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Each member of the Measure U Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall be a resident of the City of Solvang or a business owner within the City of Solvang.
A. The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council and shall have no independent authority to expend or direct the expenditure of funds received by the City under Measure U.
B. The committee may conduct hearings, review reports, request funding from the City Council for independent audits of Measure U funds, receive presentations, provide comments, make findings and recommendations and issue reports to the City Council related to implementation of Measure U and the expenditure of funds received under Measure U.
C. City staff shall provide administrative and technical support to the committee.
Committee membership and administration.
A. Membership. The Measure U citizens’ oversight committee shall be comprised of five (5) members.
B. Appointment. Each city council member shall appoint one (1) member of the Measure U citizens’ oversight committee.
C. Term. Committee member terms shall be two (2) years. To ensure committee membership turnover is staggered, the terms of the first committee members appointed by the Mayor and the Mayor pro-tem shall be for one (1) year. All subsequent committee members appointed by the Mayor and the Mayor pro-tem shall be for the regular term of two (2) years, or, if filling a vacancy, the remainder of the term.
D. Vacancies. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the City Council member making the original appointment for the unexpired portion of the term.
E. Removal. A member who is absent for three (3) consecutive meetings shall be removed without further action of the City Council and the vacancy filled as set forth in subsection D above.
F. Compensation and Expenses. Members shall serve with no compensation, but they shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses as allowed by applicable law, provided the City Council allocates sufficient funding for such expenses.
G. Officers. Officers of the committee shall include the Chair and Vice-chair. Each year, officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present at the first regular meeting of the committee in a calendar year. The Vice-chair shall serve as the Chair, pro tempore, when the Chair is absent.
H. Meetings. The inaugural meeting of the committee shall be at a time and place set by City Council. Thereafter, the committee shall meet twice annually at a time and place deemed appropriate by the majority of the committee. At the discretion of the Chair, meetings may be rescheduled or cancelled. Meetings shall be called, noticed and conducted in compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act as amended (Government Code section 54950 et seq.).
I. Voting. Only appointed members who are present at a committee meeting may make a motion, second a motion or vote upon a motion under consideration by the committee. A motion shall pass if approved by a simple majority of the members present and voting at the meeting unless otherwise required. A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of committee members (three (3) of five (5) members). The committee may only take action on items if a quorum of appointed members is present, except that if a quorum is not present, the present members may vote to adjourn the meeting.
J. Amendment of Duties. A majority of the City Council must approve any amendments to the committee’s duties set forth herein. The committee may, by majority vote of the committee, recommend amendments to the committee’s duties for consideration by the city council.