Board of directors of authority; qualifications; appointment; terms; oath; meetings; compensation




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40112140-1121.  Board of directors of authority; qualifications; appointment; terms; oath; meetings; compensation

A.  All powers, privileges and duties vested in a metropolitan public transit authority shall be administered by a board of directors consisting of at least five and not more than eleven members.  Each member shall be a resident of the area covered by the authority.  The initial board shall consist of five members as appointed by the governing body or bodies of the originating municipalities or counties.  If the authority is organized by more than one municipality or county the initial board shall be appointed by the governing bodies of such municipalities or counties with each such municipality or county having five votes for such selections.  Such vote may be cast by a municipality or county for one member or may be divided among any number of prospective appointees, not exceeding five.  The governing bodies of any such municipalities or counties in making such appointments shall provide for equal representation on a population basis to all areas within the operating area except each municipality or county the area or a portion of the area of which is included within the authority shall have at least one resident as a member of the board.  The initial board shall serve until January 1 of the year succeeding the next general election of the state.  The term of office of all elected boards of directors shall be four years.  Each four years an election shall be held for the purpose of voting for members of the board and the election shall be held at such time and conducted in such manner as prescribed by the governing body or bodies of the originating municipalities or counties.  Appointment to fill a vacancy caused other than by expiration of term shall be made by resolution of the board, upon nomination of the governing body or bodies of the municipalities or counties entitled to representation on the board.

B.  At least twelve weeks preceding the date of the next state general election the governing body or bodies of the originating municipalities or counties shall call an election to be held for the succeeding board of directors.  The call for election shall specify the number of directors to be voted for and what areas each is to represent. The governing body or bodies calling the election shall provide for equal representation on a population basis to all areas within the operating area except each municipality, county, or portion thereof if all the municipality or county is not within the authority, shall have at least one resident as a member of the board.  The governing body or bodies calling the election shall prescribe the manner in which candidates of the board of directors shall qualify in order to have their names printed on the ballots.

C.  The governing body or bodies calling the election shall set the day for the election to be held, which day shall be not less than six weeks after the call of the election.  Notice of the election must be published once in a daily or weekly newspaper of general circulation within the boundaries of the authority.  The election shall be held as nearly as possible in conformity with the general election law.  The governing body or bodies shall meet within thirty days following the election to canvass and to certify the results of the election.  Only qualified electors residing within the boundaries of the authority on the date of the election shall be entitled to vote at such election.  Electors may only vote for qualified candidates to represent the area in which such electors reside.

D.  The governing body or bodies calling the election may provide that the election shall be held on the same date as the next state general election.  It may require the board of supervisors of the county or counties in which the authority is located to conduct the election for the board of directors in conjunction with its holding of the next state general election.  The election shall be held at the same polling places and conducted by the same election officials as at the state general election, but separate ballots shall be used and those offering to vote shall sign an affidavit relating to their qualification to vote in the election for the board of directors.  In the event the county sustains any additional expense above the normal expenditures incurred in connection with the general election the authority shall reimburse the county for such additional expenditures.

E.  Each director, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take the oath of office, a copy of which shall be filed with the secretary of state and a copy thereof with the secretary of the authority.

F.  The initial meeting of a board shall be held at the time and place fixed by the governing body or bodies creating the authority, and at this first meeting shall elect from among its membership a president, a vice president and a secretary, each of whom shall serve in such capacity for a period of two years.

G.  A majority of all members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.



H.  Directors shall each receive twenty five dollars a day for attendance at board meetings, but not to exceed fifty dollars in one calendar month, and shall be reimbursed for travel to and from such meetings at the rate of ten cents per mile. 401121



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