[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Mount Vernon 4-14-1982, approved 4-15-1982. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 256.
The City Council recognizes that there exists an urgent need for coordinating the efforts of this City with those organizations concerned with disabled persons. In order to maximize such coordinating efforts, a Citizen Advisory Committee is created and empowered to educate the public and to formulate and make recommendations, including but not limited to governmental and public bodies, with regard to the concerns of disabled individuals in the City of Mount Vernon.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Mount Vernon Advisory Committee for the Disabled.
- MOUNT VERNON CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE DISABLED
- No more than 15 nor less than five City of Mount Vernon resident members and five City of Mount Vernon resident ex officio members, consisting of the Building Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and the Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, the Commissioner of Recreation and the Commissioner of Public Safety, appointed by the Mayor for specified terms.
- Three years from the date of appointment.
The Mount Vernon Citizen Advisory Committee for the Disabled is hereinafter referred to as the "Committee" and is established for the City of Mount Vernon, New York.
The Committee shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and five to 15 individuals who are residents of the City of Mount Vernon and appointed by the Mayor. Appointment of the five to 15 members and the five ex officio members, consisting of the Building Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and the Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, the Commissioner of Recreation and the Commissioner of Public Safety, shall be based on demonstrated interest, commitment and services in the City of Mount Vernon.
All appointments shall be for terms of three years.
The members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.
In making appointments to the Committee, the Mayor shall take into account professional competence, distinguished service rendered in the area of the community and public service or interest of an individual to serve as a Committee member.
The Committee shall meet at least eight meetings per year on a stated date to be selected by the Committee and may hold such other meetings as it may determine from time to time. Any Committee member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings without good cause shall be removed from the Committee. Five members shall constitute a quorum. Whenever the approval by the Committee is required, the affirmative vote of the majority present shall be required.
The Committee is authorized and empowered to do the following:
To increase public understanding concerning the needs of the disabled, thus encouraging our disabled citizens to enrich their lives and those of the community by wider use of talents and activities amongst us.
To work for the elimination of architectural barriers within our City which presently make some of the public buildings and recreational facilities unavailable to them.
To make education, employment, housing and transportation more readily available to disabled citizens.
To work with the Recreation Department to create activities which are beneficial and fulfilling to disabled children.
To establish a liaison between said Committee and the Board of Education regarding educational services offered to disabled youths.
To work in conjunction with the Westchester County Coordinating Council for the Disabled to facilitate referrals and to increase services for disabled citizens.
To disseminate information compiled by the Governor's Committee on Employment of the Disabled.
To take such steps and undertake such programs as will enhance and foster the above programs and the general well-being of our disabled citizens.