Task force approves by-laws for Sidney Alive

By Melanie Speicher - mspeicher@aimmedianetwork.com

SIDNEY — By-laws and code of regulations were adopted for the newly-formed Sidney Alive organization Wednesday. The City of Sidney Downtown Revitalization Task Force approved the action as part of the ongoing process to receive a 501 3c tax exempt status for the group.

Scott Barr, a member of the committee who drafted the by-laws, reviewed the document. The bylaws call for the establishment of a board of trustees for the corporation of Sidney Alive. the board will have no fewer than nine members and no more than 15. No trustee shall receive salary or compensation for serving on the board.

All individuals will be allowed to serve a maximum of two full consecutive three-year terms, said Barr. The board must include the city of Sidney city manager or the city of Sidney assistant manager and a Shelby County Commissioner. Appointed trustees are exempt from term limits and cannot serve as an officer of the board.

Meetings will be held monthly with an annual meeting held in January of each year.

Barr also discussed how votes will be taken and possible conflict of interest of trustees because of the trustee’s business relationship with Sidney Alive, his or her regular employment or other factors. “This section is intended to protect Sidney Alive and its trustees from any conflict of interest, or the appearance of impropriety, but does not prohibit or in any way disallow a legitimate business relationship between Sidney Alive and the trustee or any entity in which the trustee may have an interest,” is included in the bylaws.

Officers for Sidney Alive will include a president, vice present, secretary and treasurer. Individuals must be trustees of the Board of Trustees and will be elected at the annual organizational meeting of the board. Duties of each officer are included in the by-laws.

The by-laws also call for the establishment of various committees including the executive committee, nominations committee, finance/audit committee, advocacy committee, events and activities committee, resource development committee, marketing committee and additional committees which the board of trustees feel appropriate. Community volunteer members can serve on all the committees except the executive committee.

The task force decided the next step of the process will include building the board of trustee and committees with members of the community. Nominations of individuals to serve on the board and committees will be presented at the Jan. 27 meeting.

It was also decided that task force chair Amy Zorn and Mayor Mike Barhorst will send an email to all members of the members of the three committees which had been established to look at revitalizing downtown.

The task force also reviewed a new map showing proposed boundaries for the downtown historic district. Zorn will present the information to Sidney City Council.

By Melanie Speicher


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