[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Berlin 8-9-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-19. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 16, Economic Development Committee, adopted 3-18-1997 by Ord. No. 97-3, as amended.
In order to make Berlin Borough more business-friendly and promote commercial activity and growth within the Borough, to analyze, and to advise the governing body on how to promote business, there is hereby established and created by this chapter a committee to be known as the "Business Advisory Committee of the Borough of Berlin."
The Committee so created shall consist of four Class A regular members, one Class B regular member and one alternate and shall have the powers hereinafter enumerated.
The Business Advisory Committee shall select from its regular members one member to serve as its Chairperson and one member to serve as its Vice Chairperson. The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson so chosen shall serve for periods of one year.
The members of the Business Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council. Each member shall be appointed for a term of three years, with the exception of the alternate members, which position shall be appointed for a one-year term. The board members shall meet the following criteria:
Class A members. Class A members shall be business owners or corporate officers of businesses that are located and/or headquartered within the physical limits of Berlin Borough.
Class B member. The Class B member can be either a resident of the Borough of Berlin or a business owner or corporate officer of a business that is located and/or headquartered within the physical limits of the Borough of Berlin.
Alternate member. The alternate member can be either a resident of the Borough of Berlin or a business owner or corporate officer of a business that is located and/or headquartered within the physical limits of the Borough of Berlin.
The terms of the regular members shall be for three years each. The terms of the regular members shall begin on January 1 of the year of their appointment and expire on December 31 of the third year after the year of their appointment. However, the following terms shall apply for the first appointments of the regular members made to the Committee:
Member No. 1 (Class A): from the date of appointment to December 31, 2018.
Member No. 2 (Class A): from the date of appointment to December 31, 2018.
Member No. 3 (Class B): from the date of appointment to December 31, 2019.
Member No. 4 (Class A): from the date of appointment to December 31, 2020.
Member No. 5 (Class A): from the date of appointment to December 31, 2020.
A vacancy occurring other than by expiration of the term shall be filled for the unexpired term only. Members shall serve for their respective terms and until their successors are thereafter appointed and qualified.
The alternate shall be appointed for a one-year term commencing upon the enactment of this chapter to December 31, 2018, and each year thereafter. In the absence of a regular member(s) at any meeting, the alternate shall possess the same rights, duties and powers as are vested in said regular member, and their attendance shall satisfy the quorum requirements set forth herein.
Each member shall be chosen with a view to their qualifications and fitness for service, shall have had experience in industry and commerce and shall be conversant with the business climate of Berlin Borough.
The members and officers of the Committee shall serve without compensation, but each shall receive reimbursement for actual disbursements for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
A majority of the members (three of five) shall constitute a quorum of the Committee.
To effectuate its purposes, the Committee shall have the power to adopt suitable bylaws for the management of its affairs and to determine the qualifications and duties of its employees and to fix, subject to the budget for the Committee as adopted by the Borough Council, the compensation to be paid to any of its employees.
The Business Advisory Committee created by this chapter shall review and advise the governing body on impacts to businesses and the business environment from ordinances, zoning, regulations and administrative functions of the Borough government. The Committee shall make recommendations for changes that would assist businesses to be successful and grow within the Borough, study and analyze the surrounding municipalities, and advise of best practices that promote commercial activity.
The Committee shall not have any powers other than those set forth and especially shall have no power to pledge the credit of the municipality or to enter into contracts or to otherwise create debts, except as herein authorized, and shall operate within the appropriation made by the Borough Council in its annual budget.
The Committee shall make an annual report to the municipality during December of each year setting forth, in detail, its operations and recommendations covering the preceding 12 months.