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A. Qualifications.

1. Specialists. To achieve broad-based representation, there shall be appointed at least one member from each of the following specialties: architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and civil engineering. To qualify for appointment, it shall be demonstrated that the applicant’s primary work-related experience has been in the particular field for which he/she is appointed. If no certified specialists seek or are available for appointment, persons who are knowledgeable in matters of design and aesthetic judgment by training, education, and/or experience shall be appointed.

2. Lay Members. In addition to the members representing the specialties identified above, there shall be at least two lay members. One of the lay members must own property or a business within the city’s business or commercial areas.

3. Representation. An intent of the appointment process shall be to evenly represent the areas of interest as stated above and reflect the city’s diverse community. Appointed members shall represent the public interest and not specific interest groups.

B. Members.

1. Number. The design commission shall consist of seven members, serving in nonpartisan positions.

2. Residency. City residency is preferred, but not required. A nonresident member must own property that is situated in or a business whose principal office is located within the city’s business or commercial areas during the nonresident member’s term; if the nonresident member sells their property or business during their term, they must promptly resign (but in no event later than 30 days after the closing of such sale). At least five of the members shall be city residents.

3. Term. The term of each member is four years and expires on May 31 of the last year of the term or until the member’s successor is appointed. The year of expiration of the terms of the positions shall be staggered with the following groups of positions expiring in successive years: Positions 1 and 2; Positions 3 and 4; Position 5; Positions 6 and 7.

4. Term Limits. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms. If a member is appointed to a vacancy with two or more years remaining on the term, that term will be deemed a full term. If a member is appointed to a vacancy with less than two years remaining in the term, that term will not count toward the two-consecutive-term limit.

5. Staff Liaison. The city manager shall appoint a staff liaison to assist with support services for the design commission. Such staff support shall include, but not be limited to, the development of work plans and schedules, guidelines and procedures, correspondence, and agenda preparation and distribution.

C. Appointment. Appointments to the design commission will be made by a vote of the city council during a regularly scheduled meeting. Members shall serve without compensation.

D. Removal. Members may be removed by the mayor and deputy mayor, with the concurrence of the city council, for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office, or other just cause, or for unexcused absences from more than three consecutive regular meetings. The decision of the city council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom. Members finding themselves unable to regularly attend meetings are expected to resign and notify the chair and staff liaison. (Ord. 20C-02 §§ 1, 2; Ord. 19C-01 § 1; Ord. 03C-06 § 3).