[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of St. Francis as § 1.43 of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to § 66.1335, Wis. Stats., there is hereby created the Community Development Authority, as a separate body politic, for the purpose of carrying out blight elimination, slum clearance, and urban renewal programs and projects, which Authority shall be known as the "Community Development Authority of the City of St. Francis."
The Community Development Authority shall have the exclusive power to proceed to carry on blight elimination, slum clearance and urban renewal projects in the City of St. Francis, except that the City may apply, accept and contract for federal grants, advances and loans under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, CPL 93-383.
The Mayor shall, with the confirmation of a two-thirds majority vote of the Common Council, appoint seven resident persons having sufficient ability and experience in the fields of urban renewal, community development and housing as Commissioners of the Community Development Authority.
Two of the Commissioners shall be members of the Common Council and shall serve during their term of office as Council members.
The first appointments of the five non-Council members shall be for the following terms: two for one year and one each for terms of two, three and four years. Thereafter, the terms of non-Council members shall be four years and until their successors are appointed and qualified.
Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term as provided in this section.
Commissioners shall be reimbursed their actual and necessary expenses, including local travel expenses, incurred in the discharge of their duties.
The Community Development Authority shall have all powers, duties and functions set out in §§ 66.1201 and 66.1333, Wis. Stats., for housing and redevelopment authorities, and as to all housing projects initiated by the Community Development Authority it shall proceed under § 66.1201, Wis. Stats., and as to all projects relating to blight elimination, slum clearance, urban renewal and redevelopment programs it shall proceed under §§ 66.1301 to 66.1327, 66.1331, 66.1333, 66.1337 or 66.1105, Wis. Stats., as determined appropriate by the Common Council on a project-by-project basis.
The Community Development Authority shall act as the agent of the City in planning and carrying out community development programs and activities approved by the Mayor and Common Council under the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. As to all community development programs and activities undertaken by the City under the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the Community Development Authority shall proceed under all applicable laws and ordinances not inconsistent with the laws of this state.
The Community Development Authority shall act as agent of the City to perform all acts, except the development of the general plan of the City which may be otherwise performed by the Planning Commission, under §§ 66.1301 to 66.1327, 66.1331, 66.1337 or 66.1105, Wis. Stats.
Bonds issued on or after adoption of this chapter by the Community Development Authority are declared, pursuant to § 66.1335(5m), Wis. Stats., to be issued for an essential public and governmental purpose and to be public instrumentalities and, together with interest thereon and income therefrom, are exempt from taxes.
The powers conferred under this chapter shall be in addition and supplemental to the powers conferred by any other law or ordinance. Insofar as this chapter is inconsistent with any other law, this chapter shall control.
This chapter shall be construed liberally to effect its purposes, and the enumeration of specific powers herein does not restrict the meaning of any general grant of power contained in this chapter nor does it exclude other powers comprehended in such general grant, as provided in § 66.1335(7), Wis. Stats.
If any provision of this chapter or any provision of any rule or regulation lawfully promulgated hereunder or any application of this chapter or rule or regulation promulgated hereunder to any person, firm or corporation is held invalid or inoperative, such invalidity or inoperativeness shall not affect other provisions or applications of this chapter or rules or regulations. The Common Council hereby declares that the provisions of this chapter and all rules and regulations promulgated hereunder are severable.