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3122 Accepting Report and Reauthorizing Redevelopment Task Force

RESOLUTION #3122

 

RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE REPORT PRODUCED BY THE WARREN COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE; AND REAUTHORIZING THE TASK FORCE; AND SETTING FORTH PURPOSE, FUNCTION, AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

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, do hereby proclaim their appreciation for the work done by the volunteers and community members involved in the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force and affirm the findings in the subsequent Report developed by the organizers of the Task Force as a needed and positive step in the redevelopment of Warren County, Pennsylvania,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that:

 

Section 1.              Reauthorization. The Warren County Board of Commissioners do hereby re-authorize 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, reduce the cost of development for interested citizens and encourage investment in their properties, 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 seven members appointed by the Warren County Board of Commissioners and consist of one Warren County Commissioner and six 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 the first meeting following the adoption of this Resolution. Any member vacancies on the Warren County Task Force 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 Task Force, 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 the next meeting where a majority of the members are in attendance. In the event of a vice-chairperson vacancy, a new vice-chairperson shall be approved at the next meeting where a majority of the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force members are in attendance.

 

Section 5.              Organization and procedures at meetings. The Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall meet on an as-needed basis, determined by group itself. 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. At each meeting, notes will be taken and then given to the Warren County Chief Clerk to serve as a public record of each meeting.

 

Section 7.              Report and responsibilities. Having provided a comprehensive report for utilization by County Planners, the Warren County Redevelopment Task Force shall review and prioritize the projects outlined therein and work to support and implement those findings through any legal means necessary. This could include data gathering for county personnel, research for grant writing purposes, hosting collaborative events, implementing a new event or program in the community, or any other initiative which will help marketing and promotion for assets within the County. The mandate for the Task Force is purposefully broad as to allow the group to set it’s own course based on the insight of its members.

 

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 Pennsylvania tourism 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 31st day of January 2020 unless the Acting Board of Commissioners extends the term of service by majority vote of a supportive Resolution. 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.

 

This resolution shall become effective upon adoption.

 

APPROVED this 12th day of December 2018.

 

COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY

 

 

Benjamin Kafferlin

Chair

 

Cindy Morrison

Attest:                                                                   Vice Chair

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                    Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                           Secretary