[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Binghamton 1-5-1989 by L.L. No. 1-1989 (Ch. 25A of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board of the Town of Binghamton hereby creates a Commission which shall be known as the "Commission for Senior Citizens of the Town of Binghamton."
The Commission shall consist of five members of which all shall be appointed by the Town Board, and the remainder shall be ex officio members as provided herein.
Of the members of the Commission first appointed and designated, all shall hold office for one year. Their successors, including such additional members as may be appointed by the Town Board, shall be appointed for terms of one year from and after the terms of their predecessors, except that the ex officio members, irrespective of their terms, shall hold office only as long as they continue in their present official position with the Town.
Persons within the Town of Binghamton who are concerned with the status of senior citizens of the Town of Binghamton shall be eligible for appointment as members of the Commission. Vacancies on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments, except that a vacancy occurring other than by the expiration of a term of office shall be filled only for the remainder of the unexpired term.
One member of the Town Board and other officials that may be hereafter designated by the Town Board shall be ex officio members of the Commission.
The Town Board shall designate a member of the Commission to act as Chairman thereof. At the first meeting of the Commission, its members shall elect from among themselves a recording secretary. The Commission shall adopt rules and procedures for its meetings. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities and shall file an annual report as provided in § 61-5 of this chapter.
The powers and duties of the Commission shall be to:
Advise the Town Board on matters affecting the senior citizens of the Town of Binghamton.
Develop and conduct recreational and educational programs designed to benefit the senior citizens of the Town of Binghamton.
Carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Town Board.
The Commission shall keep accurate records of its meetings and actions and shall submit an annual report to the Town Board, not later than the 31st day of December of each year, concerning the activities and work of the Commission. From time to time the Commission shall submit such reports and recommendations as may be necessary to fulfill the purpose of this chapter.
The members of the Commission, including ex officio members, shall receive no compensation for their services as members thereof but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties within the appropriations made available therefor.
The Town Board may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Commission, including but not limited to expenses for professional staff, consultants, clerical assistance and printing and distribution of publications. The Commission should prepare and submit an annual budget request in the manner prescribed by the Town Board. The Town Board, upon request by the Commission, also may, from time to time and for designated purposes, assign or detail public employees to perform work for the Commission.
This chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the powers of the Town of Binghamton to improve the quality of life of the senior citizens of the Town of Binghamton. This chapter is not intended and shall not be deemed to impair the powers of any other public corporation.