[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council 1-20-1998 by L.L. No. 1-1998. This local law provided that it take effect 1-15-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Waterfront revitalization — See Ch. 241.
There is hereby created a Waterfront Commission for the operation, maintenance and preservation of the city's waterfront areas, which Commission shall be known as the "Waterfront Commission."
This Commission shall consist of five members appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Common Council. In addition, the Mayor, the Director of the Community and Economic Development Department, the Recreation Commissioner and a member of the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation, Inc., shall be ex officio members of the Waterfront Commission with no voting rights.
The initial designation of members shall be as follows: The first two people appointed to the Commission shall serve until January 1, 1999; the second two people appointed shall serve until January 1, 2000; the third person appointed shall serve until January 1, 2001. Thereafter, when vacancies occur either by expiration of term of office, removal, resignation or death, those vacancies shall be filled for a term of three years with each term of office commencing on January 1 and expiring on December 31.
All members of the Waterfront Commission shall serve without pay at the pleasure of the Mayor.
Vacancies in Commission positions created by unexpired terms, removal, resignation or death shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments as set forth in § 58-1B of this chapter.
Each member of the Commission, before beginning his or her term of office, shall file the oath of office in the office of the City Clerk.
The Commission shall appoint from among its members, by majority vote, a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of its organization. These officers shall be elected at its annual meeting in January of each year and shall serve for one-year terms. The Commission shall be authorized to fill vacancies in officer positions occurring after their original election, by majority vote, to serve until the next annual meeting.
Upon its initial organization the Commission shall, as soon as possible, cause to be adopted a set of bylaws governing the conduct of its affairs, which bylaws, when adopted, shall be approved by a majority of the Common Council and filed with the City Clerk. These bylaws shall provide, at a minimum, for an annual meeting to be held in January of each year, that majority action of the Commission shall be required for approval of resolutions and that a full financial accounting of the past year's activities (January 1 thru December 31) be filed with the City Clerk no later than March 1 of the following year, which accounting shall adhere to generally accepted accounting principles.
All revenues generated by the Commission shall be used to cover Commission costs and assist in funding capital projects and/or operation expenses at the Amsterdam Waterfront, including the Riverlink Park and any other city-owned waterfront parks, marinas, docks or other waterfront developments.
The Director of the Community and Economic Development Department has authority over all capital projects undertaken in the Amsterdam waterfront area. The Common Council has final authority in deciding which Capital Projects and programs the Commission will participate in. The Director of the Community and Economic Development Department shall assist the Commission in coordinating the preparation of operating and capital budgets (including any amendment thereto) for the Amsterdam Waterfront and shall review and consult with the Commission concerning operating assumptions, major fundraising projects, budget allocations, maintenance and program priorities.
The city has authority to accept gifts to the Waterfront Commission for designated projects subject to the provisions of the City Charter and applicable state law.
Subject to the supervision and approval of the Director of the Community and Economic Development Department, the Commission may provide services to the Amsterdam Waterfront, including but not limited to horticulture, maintenance, education, recreation, tours, food, products, programs, design and construction and, where appropriate, may derive revenues through fees and other charges (which will be used directly for maintenance or improvements in the Amdsterdam Waterfront) for such services. The Director may require the Commission to waive any such fees in connection with activities sponsored by the city.
All revenues received from waterfront operations shall be deposited with the Controller of the City of Amsterdam who shall maintain a separate account of such revenues.
Purchases made by the Commission shall be made in accordance with the purchasing policy of the City of Amsterdam. All expenditures of the Commission shall be in accordance with the rules established by the City Controller. After audit by the Common Council, in accordance with the provisions of the City Charter, all such expenditures shall be chargeable to, and payable from, the fund account maintained by the City Controller for waterfront purposes.
The Common Council reserves the authority to enter into agreements for the use of all facilities, at the waterfront, including but not limited to concessions and marinas.
Purchase of capital items shall be approved by the Common Council upon recommendation of the Commission made in accordance with Article XVIII of the City Charter concerning procedures for the approval of capital projects.