City of Auburn, NY
Cayuga County
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[Adopted 1-16-2000 by Ord. No. 1-2000]
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Auburn Historic Sites Commission Ordinance."
In the event of conflict of any provisions in this article and Articles 31, 33, 35 and 37 of the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law, the provisions of the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law shall control. It is intended by the enactment of this article that the procedures sat forth herein shall be in addition to and complementary to the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
The City of Auburn is rich in cultural and natural resources. These resources offer educational, inspirational and recreational benefits for present and future generations. It is hereby declared the policy of the City of Auburn to preserve these resources through their identification, interpretation, development and use. The City Council created the Historic Park Task Force by Resolution No. 116 of 1998. This organization met and made a presentation to the Auburn City Council on April 29, 1999, and recommended that a permanent commission be created to carry on the work of this group. The City of Auburn became a White House Millennium Community in 1999.
There shall be an Historic Sites Commission appointed by the Mayor with approval of the majority of City Council.
The Historic Sites Commission shall have as its purpose and goals, including but not limited to, the development of a tourism strategy for the City of Auburn; development of a plan to link all historic sites in the City of Auburn for marketing and promotional purposes; endeavoring towards becoming a New York State Heritage Area; developing a Visitors' Center; review and revision of all promotional literature and signage; and development of special historical-related events.
A. 
Membership. The Commission shall consist of not more than 15 members. The members of the Commission shall be comprised as follows:
(1) 
A designated representative from the Willard Memorial Chapel; a designated representative from the William H. Seward House Museum; a designated representative from the Harriet Tubman Home; a designated representative from the Cayuga Museum - Case Research Lab; a designated representative from the Auburn Public Theater; and a designated representative from the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center.
[Amended 1-18-2001 by Ord. No. 2-2001; 8-25-2011 by Ord. No. 6-2011]
(2) 
The Executive Director or designated representative from the Cayuga County Tourism Office.
[Amended 1-18-2001 by Ord. No. 2-2001]
(3) 
A designated representative of the City Council of the City of Auburn.
(4) 
Up to seven appointments at large, to be appointed by the Mayor with approval of the majority of City Council.
[Amended 1-18-2001 by Ord. No. 2-2001]
(5) 
The Cayuga County Historian and Auburn City Manager shall be ex officio members.
B. 
Terms. The respective terms of the members shall be as follows: the designated officials from the Willard Memorial Chapel, William H. Seward House Museum, Harriet Tubman Home, the Cayuga Museum - Case Research Lab, the Schine Theater and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center shall serve without term, and the term of the one representative from the City Council of the City of Auburn shall be for that Councilor's term of office; in order to stagger the terms, the initial term of one of the at-large appointment positions shall be for one year, three of the at-large appointment positions shall serve two years, and the final three at-large appointment positions shall serve for three years. At the expiration of such initial terms, all terms shall be for three-year periods. Appointments made upon the retirement of the initial terms shall be for three years each. Each Commission member shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed.
[Amended 1-18-2001 by Ord. No. 2-2001]
C. 
Vacancies. If a vacancy shall occur other than by expiration of term, it shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. Any member may be removed by the appointing authority for cause and after a public hearing.
D. 
Compensation. The members of the Historic Sites Commission shall receive no payment for their services as members thereof.
The municipal officials on the Historic Sites Commission shall not, by reason of membership thereon, forfeit their right to exercise the powers, perform the duties or receive the compensation of the municipal office held by them during such membership.
At an annual meeting at the beginning of each calendar year, the Commission membership shall elect a Chairperson of the Historic Sites Commission by a simple majority for a one-year term. Upon the failure of the Commission to so elect a Chairperson, said Chairperson shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the majority of City Council.
The City Manager shall have the power and authority to employ experts and a staff upon the request of the Historic Sites Commission and to approve such other expenses of the Commission as may be necessary and proper, not exceeding in all the appropriation that may be made for such Commission by the City Council.
[Amended 1-18-2001 by Ord. No. 2-2001]
The Historic Sites Commission may adopt rules and regulations in respect to procedures before the Commission and in respect to any subject matter over which it has jurisdiction under this article or any other statute, ordinance or law, after public hearing by the Commission and approval of the City Council.