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(a) The Human Relations Commission will consist of five to seven members who are appointed by Council subsequent to submitting a letter of interest and resume and being interviewed and recommended by two Council members.
(b) One member shall be a Council Liaison, appointed to serve at the pleasure of Council, charged with coordinating Commission activities in line with Village goals and objectives and ensuring communication between Council and the Commission. The other members shall be appointed for three-year terms. At the outset, some members shall be assigned two-year terms, and some members shall be assigned three-year terms, after which all terms shall be three years in duration. Members shall serve until their successor is appointed by Council or they are no longer eligible to serve.
(c) Up to two members can be at-large members if there are no qualified Village resident candidates or there are other compelling reasons in line with the purpose of the Human Relations Commission. However, the Human Relations Commission will consist of a majority of Village residents, and non-resident members should only be appointed in exceptional circumstances.
(d) Each member of the Human Relations Commission shall demonstrate experience, expertise and/or education that is relevant to the purpose, powers and duties of the Commission. The members of the Human Relations Commission shall be as broadly representative of the residents of the Village as possible. The Village Manager or Assistant Village Manager will serve as an ex officio member.
(e) The Human Relations Commission shall annually select a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary. Except in unusual circumstances, the Council Liaison will not serve as an officer. If the Human Relations Commission is appropriated a budget, it shall also elect a Treasurer. The Chair creates the agenda and leads the meeting. The Vice-Chair fills in for the Chair in her or his absence and takes on other responsibilities as appropriate. The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes and sending them to the Clerk of Council in a timely manner after approval.
(f) Generally, a Commission member shall serve no more than two full consecutive terms. However, Council may determine in certain situations that extending a Commission member's term is appropriate. In the event of the death or resignation of any member, a successor shall be appointed by Council to serve for the unexpired period of the term for which such member has been appointed.
(g) Council is authorized to appoint up to two alternate members to serve on the Human Relations Commission. An alternate member shall be selected for a term of two years and shall be a resident of the Village. Alternate members are encouraged to attend Human Relations Commission meetings, whether or not they are serving as a member of the Commission at that meeting. However, there is no requirement that an alternate member attend meetings at which she or he is not asked to serve as a Human Relations Commission member. In any event, no alternate member shall cast a vote on a matter that was heard, in part or in full, at a prior meeting that the alternate member did not attend. If an alternate member is present as a Human Relations Commission member and a vote is to be taken on a matter for which the alternate member was not present during part or all of the hearing on the matter, the alternate member shall not be considered as part of the quorum for purposes of determining a majority of the quorum of the Human Relations Commission in deciding votes for and against matters. An alternate may apply to be a Commission member if a seat becomes open in the manner outlined in subsection (a) hereof.
(h) A majority of current Human Relations Commission members shall constitute a quorum, and the concurring vote of a majority shall be necessary to take any action authorized by the Code.
(i) The Human Relations Commission will have available to it through the Village Manager's office, without cost to its members, those things necessary to carry out its charge, such as a meeting room, copying/printing and postage. Any other expenditure of funds must be approved by Council.
(Ord. 2015-25. Passed 11-16-15.)