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The participating municipalities in the Spring Creek Watershed in Centre County, Pennsylvania have formed the Spring Creek Watershed Commission (SCWC) through an intermunicipal agreement, dated September 26, 2007.  Section 3 (Governing Body), Subsection C., provides in part that the SCWC may, “…prescribe, amend and repeal by-laws…governing the manner in which its business may be conducted.”  The by-laws of the SCWC shall be as follows:

Section 1. The officers of the SCWC shall be Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary.  The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson must be elected officials from Participating Municipalities.
Section 2. The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings and hearings of the SCWC and shall have the duties normally conferred by parliamentary usage on this office.  He/she shall be a member of all committees.
Section 3. The Vice-Chairperson shall act as Chairperson in the Chairperson’s absence.
Section 4. The Secretary, with the assistance of such staff as is available, shall keep the minutes and records of the Commission, shall prepare the agenda of regular and special meetings under the guidance of the Chairperson, provide notice of all meetings to SCWC members, arrange proper and legal notice of meetings and hearings, attend to correspondence of the SCWC and such other duties as are normally carried out by a Secretary.
Section 5. The election of officers shall take place at the annual organizational meeting.
Section 6. Nominations shall be made from the floor at the annual organizational meeting and election of officers shall immediately follow.
Section 7. A candidate receiving a majority vote of the membership of the SCWC shall be declared elected and shall serve one year or until his/her successor shall take office.
Section 8. Vacancies in office shall be filled immediately by regular election procedure.

Section 1. An annual organizational meeting shall be held in the month of January of each year at the time, on the date and at the place designated by the SCWC for a regular meeting, with the agenda being as follows:
a) Election of Officers;
b) Any Other Business.

Section 2. Establish a yearly meeting calendar of regular meetings that will be held by the SCWC on a periodic, recurring basis.  The SCWC shall establish the times(s) of day, date(s), and place(s) where the regular meetings will be held by official action during the December meeting of each year and advertise such regular meetings in the Centre Daily Times.  It shall be presumed that the SCWC will hold all of its regular meetings at the time, on the date and at the place designated unless a meeting is canceled by the Chairperson for cause and notice is given to SCWC members.  In the event of a conflict with holidays or other events, a majority vote at any meeting may change the date and place of a regular meeting.
Section 3. A majority of the participating municipalities represented by their respective appointed or alternate member present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum of the Commission for the purpose of organizing the SCWC and conducting its business and for all other purposes.
Section 4. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson.  It shall be the duty of the Chairperson to call a special meeting within seven days when requested to do so by a majority of members of the SCWC.  The Secretary shall notify all members of the SCWC in writing or electronically no less than three (3) days in advance of such special meeting.
Section 5. The Commission, at any meeting, may reschedule a regular meeting or establish a special meeting at the convenience of the Commission.  Any such meeting shall be advertised in the Centre Daily Times.
Section 6. All meetings or portions of meetings at which official action is taken shall be open to the public.  However, the SCWC may meet in closed session only pursuant to “The Sunshine Act of 1987.”
Section 7. Unless otherwise specified, Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings at meetings of this Commission.
Section 8. Member/ alternates are expected to attend regularly scheduled meetings.  The Participating Municipality, as the appointing authority, shall be notified giving the relevant facts in the matter with a recommendation from the SCWC to remove or replace any member/ alternate who is absent from any four consecutive regular monthly SCWC meetings or who is absent from six regular monthly meetings during any twelve month period.

The Commission may establish committees and shall be responsible for appointing committee members.

Section 1. The order of business at regular meetings shall be:
a)   Roll Call;
b)   Public Comment & Written Correspondence;
c)   Review of Minutes of Previous Meeting(s) and Action Thereon;
d)   Report of Officers and Committees;
e)   Old Business;
f)   New Business;
g)   Financial Report;
h)   Approval of Bills; and
i)    Adjournment.

Section 1. The SCWC may hold public hearings when it decides that such hearings will be in the public interest.
Section 2. Except as required by law, notice of the time and place of such hearings, when on matters of widespread interest, shall be published in the Centre Daily Times pursuant to public notice requirements.
Section 3. The matter before the SCWC shall be presented in summary, by some person designated by Chairperson, and parties in interest shall have privilege of the floor.
Section 4. A record shall be kept of those speaking before the SCWC hearings.

Amendment(s) to the by-laws may be initiated by majority vote at any meeting.  Written notification will be given to all SCWC members with the amendment(s) being voted on at a following meeting by majority vote.
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 17 2009 14:38