City of Aberdeen, MD
Harford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Commissioners of the Town of Aberdeen (now Mayor and Council of the City of Aberdeen) 9-8-1986 by Ord. No. 300 (Ch. 6 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Aberdeen Economic Development Commission is hereby established and shall operate subject to the following guidelines as an advisory board to the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90; 2-27-2012 by Ord. No. 12-O-03]
The Commission shall be comprised of interested citizens appointed by the Mayor and Council. Members may include county and state representatives and shall be chosen according to their interest and expertise in economic development. The Mayor and Council shall determine the number of members. The term of each member shall be one year.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
The duties of the Commission shall include the following:
A. 
To identify and promote economic development for the City.
B. 
To support and encourage the growth and retention of existing businesses and industry.
C. 
To support and encourage the location of new industry and residential development within and around the City.
D. 
To review proposed and existing legislative and policy decisions of the Mayor and Council and to study their impact on economic development.
E. 
To recommend financial incentives and/or financing methods that will foster economic development.
F. 
To cooperate and work with other governmental agencies involved with economic development.
G. 
To conduct studies and surveys as deemed desirable by the Mayor and Council.
H. 
To support and encourage conventions and tourism beneficial to the City and surrounding area.
I. 
To work with existing community enterprises to identify problems which inhibit economic growth.
J. 
To make recommendations that generally will enhance economic growth when desirable and feasible to do so.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
The members of the Commission shall not be entitled to compensation for their services, but the Mayor and Council may provide, by budget, financial assistance for operating expenses. Such expenses will be anticipated by the Chairperson of the Commission and a budget request shall be submitted, in writing, for approval.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
The Commission shall meet as often as necessary to transact business. All formal meetings shall be open to the public except where the subject matter requires confidentiality. All meetings will be called by the Chairperson, and all members will be notified.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The section titled "Binding decisions" which immediately followed this section was deleted 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90.
A minimum of three members shall be considered a quorum for the transaction of official business.
The Commission, with the approval of the Mayor and Council, shall adopt such rules and regulations as deemed necessary for the proper transaction of its business.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
A. 
In the event that a member resigns, the Chairperson shall recommend to the Mayor and Council a qualified replacement for approval.
B. 
Any member of the Commission may be removed for good cause by the Mayor and Council. Before removal, the member to be removed shall be notified in writing of the reasons therefor and may request a public hearing before the Mayor and Council within 10 days after receipt of the notice of removal.
C. 
Any vacancy in the membership of the Commission shall be filled by the Mayor and Council in the manner prescribed in § 30-2 of this chapter; 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 predecessor was appointed.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
The Chairperson shall designate a recording secretary to take minutes of every formal meeting of the Commission. A copy of the minutes will be placed in the City office for public examination, except if the subject matter requires confidentiality or is otherwise not disclosable.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
The Commission shall elect a Chairperson from its members. The Chairperson shall serve for one year and shall be subject to reelection. The Chairperson shall select a Vice Chairperson, a Treasurer and a Secretary, all of whom shall be eligible for reappointment.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
The Commission shall provide an annual report to the Mayor and Council covering the accomplishments to date, the goals which have to be met and any recommendations deemed advisable for consideration by the Mayor and Council.