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Chapter 69 – Community Center Board





5-69-1     Purpose
5-69-2     Community Center Board of Trustees
5-69-3     Organization of Board of Trustees
5-69-4     Duties of Board of Trustees
5-69-5     Authority to Accept Property
5-69-6     Pledging Credit or Taxing Power Prohibited
5-69-7     Adoption of Rules and Penalties

SECTION 5-69-1                  PURPOSE.  The purpose of this ordinance is to create and establish an administrative agency under the provisions of and within the meaning of Chapter 392 of the 2007 Code of Iowa and specifically to establish a community center to promote and to carry out all purposes identified at 384.24 (2) (b) and (c) of said Code.

SECTION 5-69-2                  COMMUNITY CENTER BOARD OF TRUSTEES.   A community center board of trustees is hereby created whose members shall be vested with authority to provide for the management, control, administration and government of the city enterprise to be known as the Belle Plaine Community Center and who shall provide all needed rules for the economic conduct thereof, all as provided by this ordinance.

SECTION 5-69-3                  ORGANIZATION OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES.  The board of trustees shall consist of seven trustees who shall be appointed by the City Council and whose terms of office shall be four years. Five of the members shall be residents of the City of Belle Plaine and two shall be nonresidents of the City but shall be residents of Benton County. The terms of office of three initial trustees so appointed shall be four years and the terms of office of four initial trustees so appointed shall be for a term of two years. Thereafter, four or three trustees, as required, shall be appointed every two years, and each trustee shall continue to hold office until a successor trustee has been appointed and has qualified for office. Any vacancy in the membership of the board of trustees shall be filled by appointment by the Belle Plaine City Council; such appointment to be for the unexpired term which the vacancy fills.

The trustees, within ten days after their appointment, shall qualify by taking the oath of office and shall organize as a board by the election of one of their number as chairman and one as secretary; no bond shall be required of them. The official serving as Clerk of the City shall be the treasurer of the board of trustees and shall receive and disburse all funds under the control of the board as ordered by it but shall receive no additional compensation for such services.

No trustee shall receive any compensation for services performed as a board member but may receive reimbursement for any cash expenses actually made for personal expenses incurred as a trustee.

SECTION 5-69-4                  DUTIES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES.  The board of trustees shall provide all needed rules for the economic conduct and operation of the Community Center and shall annually prepare a condensed statement of the total receipts and expenditures for said facility and cause the same to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Belle Plaine. The board of trustees shall also prepare and present to the City Council at its first meeting in the months of April, July, October and January a detailed and itemized accounting of all receipts and disbursements of the previous three months and shall further present an itemized accounting of all receipts and disbursements for the previous twelve months at the first regular meeting in each year. Except as limited by this ordinance, the board of trustees shall have all powers and duties necessary for the management, control and government of the Belle Plaine Community Center. The duties of the board of trustees shall be to administer the Belle Plaine Community Center and operate said enterprise in accordance with this ordinance, Chapter 392 and 384.24 (2) (b) and (c), 2008 Code of Iowa, and all other applicable federal and state and federal laws.

SECTION 5-69-5                  AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT PROPERTY.  The authority of the board of trustees shall include but not be limited to accepting property by gift, devise, bequest or otherwise; and, if the board deems it advisable, may, at public sale, sell or exchange any property so accepted upon a concurring vote of a majority of all members of the trustees, and with approval of the Belle Plaine City Council, and apply the proceeds thereof, or property received in exchange therefore, to any legitimate community center purpose.

The board may also in its discretion establish a fund for depreciation as a separate fund; said funds may be invested in the United States Government Bonds and when so invested the accumulation of interest on the bonds so purchased shall be used for the purposes of the depreciation fund; an investment when so made, shall remain in United States Government Bonds until such time as in the judgment of the board of trustees it is deemed advisable to use the funds for community center purposes.

SECTION 5-69-6                  PLEDGING CREDIT OR TAXING POWER PROHIBITED.  This agency and its members may not pledge the credit or taxing power of the City of Belle Plaine. The board of trustees is hereby vested with authority to establish and collect charges and to disburse the monies received for use of the Belle Plaine Community Center so long as there are no revenue bonds or pledge orders outstanding which are payable from revenues of the Belle Plaine Community Center.

SECTION 5-69-7                  ADOPTION OF RULES AND PENALTIES.  The board of trustees may adopt rules and provide penalties for violation of such rules adopted by ordinance including penalties for denial of the use of said community center or participation in a program and establish provisions for hearing appeals for the denial of such use or participation.

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