Street and Traffic Safety Advisory Board

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Council Liaison: Casi Boyer

Current Members:

Keithly, Jeff (Vice-Chairman) 5/2/2016 5/2/2019
Gerald Horn 7/18/2016 7/18/2019
Boehly, Mary M. 2/6/2017 2/6/2020
Coleman, Sheryl L. 2/6/2017 2/6/2020
Annette White 8/6/2019 8/6/2022
J.W. Walker 7/18/2016 7/18/2019
Chad Packard 10/15/2018 10/15/2021
John Correri Jr 10/15/2018 10/15/2021
James W. Walker
7/16/2019 7/16/2022
Paul Ishak
3/18/2019 3/18/2022
Carrie Parsons
8/6/2019 8/6/2022

§ 25-57. Creation.

The Havre de Grace Street and Traffic Safety Advisory Board (hereinafter referred to as the “Advisory Board”) is hereby established. The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland, shall appoint this Advisory Board with a minimum of seven voting members and not more than 11 voting members and one nonvoting member who shall be a member of the City Council Public Safety Committee. The appointments shall include: three citizens of the City of Havre de Grace, one of which will act as Committee Chair; one member of the Havre de Grace Susqueanna Hose Co.; one member of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps; one member from the Havre de Grace Police Department; one member from the Havre de Grace Department of Public Works; and four additional members may be appointed after being nominated by the Advisory Board as voting members. During the term of this Advisory Board, for any member appointed by the Mayor and City Council who chooses not to complete his or her term, a nomination from the Advisory Board for a replacement member will be forwarded to the Mayor and City Council via the Public Safety Committee Liaison for approval of appointment to complete the term of the member who chooses not to complete his or her term.
§ 25-58. Purposes; powers and duties.
A. General purposes. The purpose of this Advisory Board shall have the responsibility of performing comprehensive citywide review of issues related to street safety, to include traffic, vehicles, parking, streetlighting, pedestrian and related issues, which have been referred to the Advisory Board by the Public Safety Committee, the Mayor and City Council or Administration, both proactively and reactively, and provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for their enlightenment and consideration. In itself, it is advisory and not responsible for the implementation of modifications to existing conditions nor for the creation of new policies or construction.
B. Powers and duties of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board shall have the following duties and powers:
(1) To support and recommend to the City’s Public Safety Committee on issues as they relate to street safety, to include efficient movement of vehicular traffic, parking of vehicular traffic and matters pertaining to safety of pedestrians;
(2) To review legislation and policy decisions of local, state, and federal agencies in order to identify their impact on street safety in the City;
(3) To assist the City’s Public Safety Committee in the development of various ordinances and matters of street safety to promote a safe living environment for all citizens
and visitors within the City;
(4) To assist in the identification of funding and human resources to support street safety development functions; and
(5) To serve on committees of the Advisory Board as needed.

C. Additional powers and duties of Chairperson of the Advisory Board. The Chairperson of the Advisory Board (hereinafter referred to as the “Chair”) shall have the following additional duties and powers:
(1) To serve as spokesperson for the Advisory Board;
(2) To preside over meetings of the Advisory Board;
(3) To be available to assist and advise the City’s Public Safety Committee as needed; and
(4) To appoint committees from within the Advisory Board, as needed, to explore and assist the City’s Public Safety
Committee regarding issues related to street safety.
(5) To recommend and give full report(s), when needed, to the Mayor and City Council during City Council meetings in matters relating to street safety.

§ 25-59. Organization and members.

A. The Advisory Board shall have no less than seven appointed voting members but not more than 11 voting members (hereinafter referred to as a “member” or “members”). There shall be one nonvoting member as described below in Subsection A(6). The Advisory Board membership may include:
(1) Three members representing the citizens of Havre de Grace;
(2) One member representing the Susquehanna Hose Co. of
Havre de Grace;
(3) One member representing the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps;
(4) One member representing the Havre de Grace Police
Department;
(5) One member representing the Department of Public Works;
(6) One member representing the Havre de Grace City Council’s Public Safety Committee, who shall serve as an ex officio member and liaison to the City Council and will not be a voting member.
(7) Four additional members may be appointed after being nominated by the Advisory Board as voting members.
B. The officers of the Advisory Board shall consist of a Chair, a
Vice Chair, and a Secretary. The voting members of the Advisory Board shall elect the officers annually. All candidates for office will be nominated each April by the Advisory Board members and elections will take place at the first meeting in June of each year. The newly elected officers will take office during the July meeting of the Advisory Board and will serve until the last day of June in the following year.

§ 25-60. Appointment of members.

A. Voting members. The Mayor shall, with the consent of the City Council, appoint all voting members of the Advisory Board from the nominations made and forwarded to the Mayor from the City’s Public Safety Committee. The individual being proposed for such appointment must complete an application as provided by the City. Any member of the Advisory Board may at anytime submit the name and completed application of an individual for nomination to the Advisory Board as long as there exists an opening or there is a member of the Advisory Board who may be unable to complete his or her membership term. The Advisory Board shall vote on the nomination and, if approved, forward the nomination to the City’s Liaison for submission to the Public Safety Committee.
B. Ex officio member. The City Council’s President shall appoint a member of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee as a liaison member in June of each year for a one-year term.
C. Termination of membership. The membership of any member on the Advisory Board shall be automatically terminated 90 days after such member’s absence is unexcused for three consecutive meetings, or after he or she misses 50% of the meetings in a calendar year, unless the Chair, before the expiration of such
ninety-day period, has acted favorably on such member’s petition to relieve him or her of loss of membership provided herein.

§ 25-61. Term of membership.

Members of the Advisory Board will serve a term of three years from time of appointment by the Mayor and City Council. Those members of the Advisory Board whose terms are to expire shall be submitted by the Chair to the Liaison from the Public Safety Committee, who shall forward them to the Mayor and City Council for consideration for reappointment for another three-year term.
§ 25-62. Voting by members.
A. Only those members of the Advisory Board may vote on matters coming before the Advisory Board as well as during election of the Chair, Vice Chair, or Secretary. Any Member of the Advisory Board serving as an ex-officio member has the rights and privileges as all Members of the Advisory Board but may not vote on any matters coming before the Advisory Board or in any elections held by the Advisory Board.
B. Committee(s), made up of members of the Advisory Board, shall be appointed by the Chair. Committees shall be created, as recommended, by the Advisory Board Chair. The Advisory Board will keep a record of its transactions, findings, determinations, and such records shall be kept public, except as may be otherwise required by law.

§ 25-63. Meetings.

A. General meetings. The Advisory Board shall meet no less than eight times a year. Any special meeting shall be at the request of the Chair or the City’s Public Safety Committee. The Advisory Board may meet monthly at a specified time and place.
B. Special meetings. The Chair shall notify the members as to time, place, and purpose of any such special meeting. For any member, the actual receipt of notice in any manner at least five days in advance of the meeting shall be deemed sufficient notice. Attendance by a member at a special meeting constitutes a waiver of any right to notice.
C. Recording of minutes of meetings. The Secretary shall record all minutes of all meetings of the Advisory Board and those minutes shall be public record unless it is a matter that is clearly defined by the Closed Meetings Act and meets all criteria as such.