*NOTE: Below are the proposed bylaws for Hillcrest Town Council. These additions/adjustments are on the agenda for the March 14th Town Council meeting.
The name of this association is HILLCREST TOWN COUNCIL and referred to in these bylaws as the HTC.
ARTICLE 2. MISSION AND PURPOSE
To provide a voice and enhance the quality of life for Hillcrest residents while supporting actions that benefit our neighborhood. For the purposes of HTC policies, Hillcrest residents will be defined as people living in Hillcrest who are renters, homeowners or unhoused.
The purposes of this corporation are to provide a forum that gives voice to the community, to communicate neighborhood views to appropriate government agencies, and to act on neighborhood issues, which include but are not limited to, generally improving the safety, cleanliness, sustainability and overall livability of the Hillcrest neighborhood while fostering cooperative efforts among residents and businesses for their mutual benefit, and continuing to preserve the character of the Hillcrest community.
ARTICLE 3. MEMBERSHIP
Members are defined as individuals residing in the greater Hillcrest Community with northern border as Meade Avenue, southern border as Laurel Street, western border as Goldfinch Street and eastern border as Florida Street.
In lieu of a membership fee, members attending meetings will be asked to make a voluntary donation.
ARTICLE 4: BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
The Board shall consist of no less than five (5) and no more than nine (9) directors who shall be elected at the annual meeting in March for terms of two years each, with one more than half being elected in even years, and the remainder being elected in odd years.
Nominations, of self or other, for the Board may be made by any Member. Nominations shall require a second by another Member. Proof of Member residency and attendance at a requisite number of monthly and Advisory Committee meetings may be required.
Elections for the Board will be conducted by paper ballot. A simple plurality vote of Members present at the annual meeting shall be used to determine winners of the election.
The Board will elect its officers by a simple majority vote. Officers shall consist of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The remaining Directors shall be Members-at-large.
Any vacancy on the Board occurring mid-term shall be filled by appointment of the Board. A Board member may be removed by simple majority vote of the Board.
The Board shall be responsible for all matters of this corporation, including but not limited to, finances, operations, communications, chairing the Advisory Committee, and determining matters to be brought before Members.
The Chair shall chair all meetings and manage all follow-up actions. The Vice Chair will assume the responsibilities of the Chair in his/her/their absence. The Secretary shall take meeting minutes and maintain all records. The Treasurer shall manage the bank account, provide a monthly statement and collect donations. The Members-at-Large shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Officers.
Voting by the Board may be done in person or by phone or other appropriate electronic means as determined by the Board. The Board shall take action with a simple majority vote. Only action by consent may be voted on via email.
ARTICLE 5. COMMITTEES
The Advisory Committee shall consist of the Board of Directors and any Members in attendance at its meetings. It shall meet monthly to advise the Board of Directors on any matters related to the purposes of the HTC.
The Advisory Committee meetings will be chaired by the HTC Chairperson, a board member or appointed facilitator.
The Board of Directors by majority vote may create ad hoc committees to achieve its purposes.
Committees and their members cannot authorize spending or speak on behalf of the HTC without a majority vote of the Directors.
ARTICLE 6. VOTING
Persons living within HTC designated boundaries are allowed to vote on issues before the HTC.
Annual voting for board members will be conducted by paper ballot. Each member may have to show proof of residence to receive a ballot.
Voting on actions and motions before the Board will be conducted by hand-count. Motions may be made only by Board members.
A majority of members present at the monthly community meeting constitutes a quorum. Normal votes require a simple majority. Extraordinary measures, which are actions outside the ordinary course of business, require unanimous consent.
Directors may make a motion for a vote at any community meeting. Members may make a motion for a vote, if they have given one month advanced notice to the board of their intention to make the motion. This notice may be waived by a simple majority vote of the Directors.
ARTICLE 7. BYLAWS
The bylaws can only be changed at the annual meeting. An Amendment must be proposed and seconded at the immediately previous February meeting. Modifications of the bylaws will be determined by a simple majority vote of the members in attendance at annual meeting. Directors can make recommendations to amend the Bylaws.
ARTICLE 8. ANNUAL MEETING
The annual meeting will be conducted on the second Tuesday of March.