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3093 Redevelopment Task Force

RESOLUTION # 3093

 

RESOLUTION CREATING THE WARREN COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE; PROVIDING FOR MEMBERSHIP, ORGANIZATION AND PROCEEDURES; AND SETTING FORTH PURPOSE, FUNCTION, RESPONSIBILITY, AND SUNSET PROVISION

 

WHEREAS, the economy of Warren County has faced serious challenges over the past few decades due to job losses in manufacturing and other industries; and

 

WHEREAS, the overall population of Warren County has declined over the past decade seen in labor statistics that show a 3.4% drop in the County’s population, from 41,815 to 40,396, between 2010 and 2015; and

 

WHEREAS, the combined economic conditions, population decline, and overall aging of Warren County’s population has created issues with property maintenance, management, and overall development; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2008, the County created a Blighted Property Ordinance, a Blighted Property Review Committee, and a Redevelopment Authority to address the various issues with property blight and redevelopment; and

 

WHEREAS, since the creation of the ordinance and committees, there has been no thorough review of the blight and property management processes and strategies of the County; and

 

WHEREAS, with the decline of industrial businesses in Warren County, as well as the consolidation of Warren County School District facilities, and transition of other large businesses, there exists a host of development-ready properties that need identified, planned for, and a greater degree of management from the community to ensure thorough utilization; and

 

WHEREAS, with challenges posed by the subsequent poverty issues within the County, there is a need to evaluate and strategically manage the County’s public housing needs; and

 

WHEREAS, with challenges posed by the subsequent poverty issues within the County, there is a need to evaluate and strategically manage the County’s public housing needs; and

 

WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Commissioners is taking a proactive role in developing and implementing programs that will result in better property management and economic growth in Warren County,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, that:

Section 1.         Creation. There is hereby created the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force.

 

Section 2.         Purpose. The purpose of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force is to generate strategies and recommendations that encourage proactive redevelopment efforts in Warren County, increase robust housing opportunities to the County’s neediest citizens, and make the County more attractive to business investment and persons looking to relocate.

 

Section 3.         Limitations on Authority. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force is advisory only and shall not have the power or authority to commit Warren County or any of it agencies or instruments to any policies, incur any financial obligations, or create any liability, contractual or otherwise, on behalf of Warren County or any of its agencies or instrumentalities.

 

Section 4.         Membership. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall consist of a minimum of nine members appointed by the Warren County Board of Commissioners and consist of a minimum of one Warren County Commissioner and eight or more community members.

 

  1. Member appointments shall be made at a public meeting of the Warren County Board of Commissioners. In the event of a vacancy by an existing member of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force, a replacement shall be found and appointed at the next available public meeting of the Warren County Board of Commissioners.

 

  1. Members of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall reflect the diversity of the community.

 

  1. Members of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall select their chairperson and vice chairperson by a simple majority vote at their first official meeting. Any member vacancies on the Warren County Taskforce shall be filled by appointment of replacements by the Warren County Board of Commissioners in a public meeting after recommended replacements have been presented to the Commissioners by the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force. If the County Commissioner serving on the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force is unable to perform their duties on the Taskforce, they must be replaced by another Warren County Commissioner by appointment at a Public Meeting. In the event of a chairperson vacancy, the vice chairperson shall conduct the meeting and the members of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall select a new chairperson at that meeting. In the event of a vice chairperson vacancy, the chairperson shall conduct the next meeting and the members of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall select a new vice chairperson at that meeting.

 

Section 5.   Organization and procedures at meetings. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall meet within 30 days of the appointment of its minimum nine members, and shall meet no less than every 30 days thereafter. Additional meetings may be held at the discretion of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force. Members of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall select their chairperson and vice chairperson at the first official meeting. The chairperson shall preside at all meetings at which he or she is present. The vice chairperson shall act as chairperson in the absence of the chairperson.

 

The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force may establish, adopt, and amend bylaws, rules, and regulation for its own governance. In order to transact any business or to exercise any power vested in the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force, a quorum consisting of a majority of those persons duly appointed shall be present. The members of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall serve without compensation.

 

Section 6.         Regulations. All proceedings of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall be conducted in accordance with the Government in the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, 65 Pa.C.S. §§ 701-716 and the Pennsylvania County Code. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall be deemed an “agency” for the purposes of the Open Records Law. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall be governed by all State and County conflict of interest laws, as applicable.

 

Section 7.         Report and responsibility. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall provide its initial report setting forth its initial findings and recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners within 120 days from the date of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force’s initial meeting. The report submitted shall consist of a comprehensive assessment of Warren County’s Blighted Property Ordinance, committees and processes associated with Blighted Property management, the County’s current methods of handling commercial properties and business developments, the County’s Tax Claim Bureau and its processes, and an overview of overall housing programs and opportunities. The report will also offer recommendations on updating, expanding, and strategically planning to improve all of these programs and processes. This report shall be placed on the agenda of a public meeting of the Warren County Board of Commissioners for review and potential adoption. The board may then request further work of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force as may be in the public interest.

 

Section 8.         Staff. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force may be provided with assistance from County staff on an as-needed basis. The staff may be tasked with keeping and preparing records of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force; may prepare, in cooperation with the chairperson, the agenda for each meeting; be responsible for the preparation of reports, minutes, documents, or correspondence as the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force may direct; and, generally administer the business and affairs of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force, subject to the limitations of the County budget and general staff availability. The County Solicitor shall provide legal counsel, as needed, to the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force.

 

Section 9.         Authorized collaboration. Although the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force reports directly to the Warren County Board of Commissioners, the Board encourages and supports federal, state, and local initiatives to increase redevelopment and business investment and encourages collaboration and coordination by the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force with local, state, and federal agencies and officials in order to acquire data, solicit recommendations, and promote join ventures and investment.

 

Section 10.       Sunset. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall sunset and stand dissolved on the 365th day from the effective date of this resolution unless the Board extends the term of service by majority vote. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force may need to continue beyond the sunset period in order to provide guidance and coordination on the execution of projects related to its initial proposals and provide public education and further guidance to the community beyond its initial parameters.

 

ADOPTED this 22nd day of November 2017.

 

COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY

 

 

Benjamin Kafferlin

Chair

 

 

Cindy Morrison

Attest:                                                                   Vice Chair

 

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                 Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                         Secretary