City of Aberdeen, MD
Harford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Aberdeen 3-23-1998 by Ord. No. 512-98 (Ch. 14 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
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The preservation of sites, structures and districts of historical, archaeological or architectural significance together with their appurtenances and environmental settings is a public purpose in Aberdeen.
B. 
It is the further purpose of this chapter to preserve and enhance the quality of life and to safeguard the historical and cultural heritage of Aberdeen by preserving sites, structures or the districts which reflect elements of cultural, social, economic, political, archaeological or architectural history; to strengthen the local economy; to stabilize and improve property values of such sites, structures or districts; to foster civic beauty; and to promote the preservation and appreciation of such sites, structures and districts for the education and welfare of the residents of the City of Aberdeen.
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The Trust shall have the number of members as is approved from time to time by action of the Mayor and City Council.
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Membership. A majority of the members of the Trust shall be residents of Aberdeen. Each member shall possess a special interest, specific knowledge or professional or academic training in such fields as history, architecture, architectural history, planning, archaeology, curation, conservation, landscape architecture, historic preservation, urban design or related disciplines.
[Amended 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 14-O-12]
C. 
Terms. Trust members shall be appointed for terms of three years, except that the terms of the initial appointments shall be staggered so that three members shall serve terms of three years, two members shall serve terms of two years, and two members shall serve terms of one year so that not more than three appointments shall expire in a given year. Trust members may be reappointed.
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Trust officers. The Trust shall elect, from its membership, a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson shall serve for one-year terms and shall be eligible for reelection.
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Compensation. Trust members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, provided that said expenses are permitted and approved in advance by the City of Aberdeen.
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Meetings. The Trust shall hold such regular meetings as necessary to discharge its duties.
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Quorum. All meetings of the Trust, except executive sessions, shall be open to the public. A majority of the Trust shall constitute a quorum. No vacancy in the Trust shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights or perform all of the duties of the Trust.
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Staff. Consistent with the City of Aberdeen's policies and procedures, employees may be assigned to the Trust and such services and facilities shall be made available as the City deems necessary or appropriate for the proper performance of its duties.[1]
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Editor’s Note: Former Subsection I, Liaison, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 2-27-2012 by Ord. No. 12-O-03. This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former Subsection J as Subsection I.
I. 
Resignation, removal and vacancy of members. In the event that a member resigns, the Chairperson shall recommend to the Mayor and City Council a qualified replacement for approval. Any member of the Trust may be removed for good cause by the Mayor and City Council. Any vacancy in the membership of the Trust shall be filled by the Mayor and City Council; provided, however, that in the case of an unexpired term, the term of the new member shall be only for the remainder of the unexpired term for which his or her predecessor was appointed.
The Heritage Trust shall have the following powers, duties and functions:
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To acquire and preserve historic or cultural properties, buildings, fixtures, furnishings, facilities, collections and appurtenances with approval by the Mayor and City Council.
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To acquire and hold real and personal property of historic or cultural significance by purchase, gift, device or bequest and to preserve and administer such properties, with approval by the Mayor and City Council.
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To accept gifts, grants, legacies, bequests and endowments on properties located in or adjacent to a locally designated historic district upon approval by the Mayor and City Council.
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To direct studies, reports and surveys to identify historical, archaeological or architecturally significant sites, structures and districts that exemplify the cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history of Aberdeen.
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Consistent with the City of Aberdeen's Charter, ordinances, resolutions, local public law, policies and procedures regarding the acceptance and use of gifts by public officials, to accept and use gifts for the exercise of its functions.
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To prescribe appropriate rules and regulations for transaction of its business.
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To cooperate and work with the Aberdeen Planning Commission, Economic Development Commission and other City volunteer organizations.
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To undertake any other action or activity necessary or appropriate to the implementation of its powers, duties and functions or the implementation of the purpose of this chapter.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former Subsection I, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 14-O-12.
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The Trust is authorized and empowered, after consultation with the Department of Planning and Community Development for the City of Aberdeen, upon making full and proper study, to recommend any area within the limits of the City of Aberdeen as a proposed historic site, structure or district and determine the boundary lines of any such site, structures or district.
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The Trust shall prepare a resolution setting forth that it recommends designation of a site, structure or district of historic, archaeological or architectural significance and cause such resolution to be introduced to the Mayor and City Council for appropriate action. No area shall be deemed to be a historic site, structure or district unless it has been designated by a resolution of the Mayor and City Council.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former § 61-5, Review of tax credit applications, as amended, was repealed 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 14-O-12.