[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Ithaca 10-7-1998 by Ord. No. 98-25. (This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 50, Energy Commission, adopted 10-3-1990.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Common Council does hereby approve and endorse the bylaws of the commission to be known as the "Ithaca Energy Commission."
The purposes of the Energy Commission are:
To increase public awareness of the need to conserve energy.
To assist in the establishment and implementation of a concentrated citywide energy conservation program and, in particular, to assist the City of Ithaca in reducing its energy costs.
To assist in the development of statistics on energy consumption in various sectors of the Ithaca community.
To participate in the development of short- and long-term energy management plans for the City of Ithaca, including an Annual Energy Plan.
To work with the private and public sectors on energy conservation programs.
To encourage and receive energy conservation suggestions from the public and to recommend policies that are feasible.
To review building codes and zoning restrictions to determine their effects on energy conservation.
To keep energy dollars in the community by encouraging conservation and development of alternate energy sources.
To propose policies that would increase the energy efficiency of local transportation systems and patterns.
The Commission shall consist of up to 11 members appointed by the Mayor, upon the recommendation of the Board of Public Works. Two-thirds of the members shall be residents of the City of Ithaca. Membership shall be broadly representative of the various segments of the city. Members shall serve two-year terms, with no limitation on the number of terms that can be served.
Officers defined. The officers of the Commission shall consist of a Coordinator, an Assistant Coordinator and a Secretary elected by the members of the Commission from its membership.
Duties. The Coordinator shall call and preside at meetings and appoint committees. The Assistant Coordinator shall, in the absence of the Coordinator, assume the duties of the Coordinator and perform other duties delegated by the Coordinator.
Elections. Officers shall be elected at the first meeting of the Commission and annually thereafter at the first meeting of the calendar year.
Regular meetings. Regular meetings shall be held quarterly and more regularly as needed.
Special meetings. Special meetings may be called by the Coordinator or at the request of a majority of the members. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call. At least three days' notice shall be given.
Quorum. A majority of the total membership (or six persons) shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting.
Attendance. Each member shall be expected to attend at least 3/4 of all regular meetings, provided that at least one week's notice is given.
The Commission shall report regularly to the Board of Public Works. In addition, the Commission shall forward comments and recommendations to any body it deems appropriate.