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   (A)   Creation. In order to execute the purposes of this chapter, the Saugatuck Historic District Commission was established on December 14, 1981.
   (B)   Membership. The Commission shall consist of seven members who are residents of the City of Saugatuck, and shall be appointed by the Mayor with approval of the City Council. A majority of the members shall have a clearly demonstrated interest in or knowledge of historic preservation, and, if available, either reside in or own property in the historic district. The Commission shall include a member nominated by a local preservation organization, if available, a licensed architect, registered in the State of Michigan, qualified in the design, rehabilitation and construction of historic structures, if available.
      (1)   Terms of office. Members of this Commission shall serve for terms of three years. The terms of all commissioners commence on the first day of the month established by the City Council as the beginning of member terms, with no more than three member terms commencing in a single calendar year. Members may be reappointed after their terms expire.
      (2)   Vacancies. In the event of a vacancy on the Commission, interim appointments shall be made within 60 days by the Mayor with approval of the City Council to complete the unexpired term of the position.
   (C)   Meetings. All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public and any person or his or her duly authorized representative shall be entitled to appear and be heard on any matter before the Commission. Meetings of the Commission shall be held in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended, being M.C.L.A. §§ 15.261 to 15.275. Public notice of the time, date, and place of the meeting shall be given in the manner required by Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended, being M.C.L.A. §§ 15.261 to 15.275. A meeting agenda shall be part of the notice and shall include a listing of each permit application to be reviewed or considered by the Commission.
   (D)   Records. The Commission shall keep a record of its resolutions, proceedings, and actions. A writing prepared, owned, used in the possession of or retained by the Commission in the performance of an official function shall be made available to the public in compliance with Public Act 44 of 1976, as amended (Freedom of Information Act), being M.C.L.A. §§ 15.231 - 15.246.
   (E)   Rules of procedure. The Commission shall establish rules of procedure to conduct meetings pursuant to the state statutes and local ordinances. The rules of procedure shall be maintained on file at City Hall.
(Ord. passed 3-27-2000; Am. Ord. 080324-1, passed 3-24-2008)