[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Green Lake County as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Commission on Aging
[Adopted 4-15-1986 by Ord. No. 316-86; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The purpose of this Commission shall be to manage, organize, and help in the promotion of better living standards for senior citizens within Green Lake County.
This Commission was created by virtue of Ordinance No. 127-74 adopted August 20, 1974, by the Green Lake County Board of Supervisors and has been altered and amended by several resolutions and ordinances adopted thereafter.
This Commission shall be known as the "Green Lake County Commission on Aging."
The Commission shall act as an advisory committee to the Health and Human Services Board to improve the quality of life for senior citizens in Green Lake County. The Commission shall carry out duties as directed by the Green Lake County Board of Supervisors.
The Commission shall maintain an office, keep records of its actions and activities, and shall present an annual report to the County Board.
The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Chair of the County Board of Supervisors subject to confirmation by the entire County Board. Membership of the Commission shall be balanced to provide geographic County-wide representation.
Membership. There shall be five Commission members, appointed by the County Board Chairman and confirmed by the County Board. Fifty-one percent of the members shall be senior citizens 60 years of age or over. No more than one member shall be a County Board Supervisor. However, the County Board Supervisor shall have an alternate member assigned to serve and vote in the absence of the Supervisor.
Terms. Members of a county or tribal Commission on Aging shall serve for terms of three years, so arranged that, as nearly as practicable, the terms of 1/3 of the members shall expire each year, and no member may serve more than two consecutive three-year terms.
Appointed Chair. The Chair of the Commission shall be appointed by the County Board Chair.
Each officer shall serve for a term of one year. Said term shall commence following his appointment and confirmation, or election, and shall terminate upon appointment and confirmation or election of his successor. The elected representative to the Area Agency on Aging shall also serve a one-year term but shall be elected annually in June. Officers appointed or elected to fill vacancies shall be elected or appointed for the unexpired term only.
The Commission on Aging shall elect a Vice Chair from its membership at its first meeting following the appointment of the Commission by the County Board Chairman.
Any appointed or elected officer of the Commission may be removed from office for cause by the affirmative vote of 2/3 of the entire membership of the Commission upon approval of the County Board of Supervisors.
The Chair shall be the principal officer of the Commission. He/she shall, in general, supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Commission. The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Commission. He/she may, along with any other properly authorized officer of the Commission, sign legal documents or other instruments which the Commission has authorized to be executed. The Chair shall, in general, perform all duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Commission.
The Vice Chair, in the absence of the Chair or in the event of his/her inability or refusal to act, shall perform all duties of the Chair and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to, all restrictions otherwise upon the Chair.
Members of the Commission shall be reimbursed for their expenses at a rate and amount as determined by the annual budget of the Commission on Aging as approved by the Finance Committee and the County Board of Supervisors.
The official meeting place of the Commission shall be the Senior Mealsites, Senior Centers, or Health and Human Services Center. In case of a special or educational meeting, the location may be any specifically designated and duly published accessible meeting place.
Regular meetings of the Commission shall be held bimonthly or as needed.
Special meetings of the Commission may be called by or at the request of the Chair or the written request of any two members.
Notice of any meeting of the Commission shall be given at least three days in advance and in written notice to the press and Commission members, except in the case of special meetings where oral notice to Commission members shall be allowed.
Absence from three meetings in any appointment year shall be just cause for removal of said member from the Commission.
A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of any meeting. If less than a majority of the Commission members is present at any meeting, a majority of the members present may adjourn the meeting.
The act of a majority of the Commission members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Commission, unless the act of a greater number of members is required by special circumstances or amendments to these bylaws.
The Commission shall:
Study existing County and area-wide services for the elderly and make recommendations or effect changes to develop the most efficient method of providing maximum services to the elderly at a minimal cost.
Provide current information on ages, income, population, demographic characteristics, and pending legislation or trends regarding services to the elderly to the County Board on request or to the Area Agency on Aging.
Provide an arena where the elderly can voice their needs and desires for services, assess those needs and make decisions regarding service expansion, deletion, coordination, etc.
Assist other County agencies in responding to needs and providing services for the elderly.
Encourage development of any programs or services which would enhance the ability of the elderly to contribute to the overall welfare of the community.
Provide information to groups or individuals in the community regarding needs, interests, circumstances, and services relative to the elderly population.
Receive, disburse, and administer funds for services provided for the elderly.
Develop and implement a plan and budget on an annual or otherwise regular basis for service delivery for the elderly.
Provide an annual report on funding and services to the Health and Human Services Board or other groups or individuals regarding the year's activities and costs.
Review and make recommendations on any and all proposals or resolutions considered by the County Board that might affect the elderly.
Give general policy direction and supervision to any County Aging Unit staff with the approval of the Health and Human Services Board to enable said staff to provide service to the elderly and act as advocates for services to the elderly while remaining within the scope of their County job descriptions and the County personnel polices and procedures.
Make recommendations to the County Health and Human Services Board regarding staffing patterns and salary ranges for County Aging Unit employees.
The fiscal year of the Commission shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December of each year.
These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by a two-thirds majority vote of the Commission's members at any regular meeting or at a special meeting, provided that written notice regarding the proposed change and the text of the proposed change is delivered to each Commission member 10 days prior to the meeting where such action is to be considered. Adoption or amendment of Commission bylaws is subject to confirmation by County Board ordinance or resolution.