A RESOLUTION UPDATING THE FOREST LANDS COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP, QUORUM, POWERS AND DUTIES AND REPEALING RESOLUTION 2005-31
A. Resolution No. 2005-31, a resolution updating the Forest Lands Commission, was approved July 20, 2005.
B. It is desirable to remove the requirement that no less than one owner of forest management lands be a member of the Forest Lands Commission.
C. It is desirable to replace the term "Forest Management Plan" with the correct title of "Ashland Forest Plan."
D. It is desirable to consider a commissioner no longer active and the position vacant if said commissioner was absent for four or more meetings in a one-year period without notice.
E. No other changes are desirable at this time and the powers, duties and responsibilities of the Commission should remain the same.
THE CITY OF ASHLAND RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Purpose. The Forest Lands Commission has as its primary purpose the protection and enhancement of conditions of late-successional and old-growth forest ecosystems on city-owned forest lands to provide high quality water for domestic supply.
SECTION 2. Established - Membership. The established Forest Lands Commission shall consist of seven voting members including a representative of the Ashland Parks Commission. The Commission may also consist of certain non-voting ex-officio members, including a representative of the USDA Forest Service Ashland Ranger District, a representative of the Oregon Department of Forestry, a member of the City Council, a representative from the Tree Commission, the Director of Public Works, Director of Planning, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Parks and Recreation Director or their designees. Voting members shall be appointed by the Mayor with confirmation by the City Council.
SECTION 3. Terms - Vacancies. The term of voting members shall be for three years, expiring on April 30 of each year. Members now on the Commission shall serve their remaining terms. Any vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor with confirmation by the City Council for the unexpired position of the term. Any Commissioner who is absent from four or more meetings without notice in a one-year period shall be considered no longer active and the position vacant, and a new person shall be appointed to fill the vacancy.
SECTION 4. Quorum - Rules and Meetings. Four voting members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is present, the affirmative vote of a majority of Commissioners present at the meeting and entitled to vote shall be sufficient to conduct business. The Commission may make rules and regulations for its meetings and procedures consistent with City Ordinances, and shall meet at least once every month. At its first meeting in May, the Commission shall elect a chair and vice-chair. The Director of Public Works, or a designee, shall serve as secretary.
SECTION 5. Powers and Duties - Generally. The powers, duties and responsibilities of the Forest Lands Commission shall be as follows:
A. To implement the Ashland Forest Plan developed and adopted by the City of Ashland in June, 1992.
B. To provide integrated, interdisciplinary direction and oversight for the development of forest ecosystem management plans and related activities in the Ashland watershed.
C. To develop a strong community volunteer program to assist in the implementation of the Ashland Forest Plan.
D. To submit recommendations to the City Council regarding forest management.
E. To ensure that plans integrate the forest management needs and concerns of the City and of private land owners in the wildland urban interface.
F. To promote public knowledge and acceptance of the Ashland Forest Plan programs.
SECTION 6. Reports. The Commission shall submit copies of its minutes to the City Council and shall prepare and submit such reports as from time to time may be requested of them by the City Council.
SECTION 7. Compensation. Voting members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for services rendered.
SECTION 8. Resolution No. 96-21Repealed. Resolution 96-21 "A Resolution Updating the Forest Lands Commission Membership, Quorum, Powers and Duties and Repealing Resolution 93-06" is repealed.
SECTION 9. This resolution takes effect upon signing by the mayor.
This resolution was read by title only in accordance with Ashland Municipal Code Section 2.04.090 duly
PASSED and ADOPTED this 1 day of May, 2007:
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder
SIGNED and APPROVED this 2 day of May, 2007:
John W. Morrison, Mayor
Reviewed as to form:
Michael W. Franell, City Attorney
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