[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ledgeview 5-18-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to authority arising under Wis. Stats. §§ 66.1333 and 66.1341, there is hereby created a redevelopment authority, which shall be known as the "Redevelopment Authority of the Town of Ledgeview." The Redevelopment Authority is deemed a separate body politic for the purpose of preventing and eliminating blighted areas and carrying out blight elimination, slum clearance and urban renewal programs and projects.
The Town Board of Supervisors finds that a need for blight elimination, slum clearance, urban renewal and redevelopment programs and projects exists in the Town of Ledgeview. In particular, areas exist in the Town of Ledgeview which are predominantly open and which because of obsolete platting, diversity of ownership, or deterioration of structures or site improvements substantially impair the sound growth of the Town of Ledgeview. The necessity in the public interest for the provisions of this chapter is also hereby declared as a matter of legislative determination of the Board of Supervisors of the Town of Ledgeview.
The Redevelopment Authority shall consist of seven residents of the Town of Ledgeview having sufficient interest, ability and experience in the fields of urban renewal and who shall serve as the Commissioners of the Redevelopment Authority. Commissioners shall have sufficient ability and experience in related fields, such as finance and management, to assure efficiency in its operations. One of the seven Commissioners shall be a Town Board Supervisor. No more than two of the Commissioners may be Ledgeview officers or employees. The powers of the Redevelopment Authority shall be vested in, and exercised by, the Commissioners in office from time to time. Commissioners shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be entitled to reimbursement of their actual and necessary expenses, including local travel expenses, incurred in the discharge of their duties.
The Commissioners of the Redevelopment Authority shall be appointed by the Town Board Chairperson, and confirmed by the Town Board of Supervisors, as follows:
One of the Commissioners shall be a member of the Town Board and shall serve during such person's term of office as a Town Board Supervisor.
The first appointments of the six Commissioners who are not Town Board Supervisors shall be made for the following terms:
Two for terms of one year, ending on the third Tuesday in April of 2011;
One for a term of two years, ending on the third Tuesday in April in 2012;
One for a term of three years, ending on the third Tuesday in April in 2013;
One for a term of four years ending on the third Tuesday in April in 2014;
One for a term of five years ending on the third Tuesday in April in 2015; and
Thereafter, the terms of Commissioners who are not Town Board Supervisors shall be five years and until their successors are appointed and qualified, unless a Commissioner's term ends earlier because of a Commissioner's change of residence, removal, resignation, incapacity or death.
Any vacancies occurring during any term shall be filled for the unexpired term of the Commissioner.
The Commissioners of the Redevelopment Authority shall annually elect a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary from among the Commissioners.
The Redevelopment Authority shall have all the powers, duties and functions of a redevelopment authority pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 66.1333, and all projects relating to blight elimination, slum clearance, urban renewal and redevelopment initiated by the Redevelopment Authority and approved by the Town Board shall be undertaken and carried out pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 66.1333, as determined by the Town Board on a project-by-project basis.
In addition to the foregoing powers, duties and functions, the Redevelopment Authority shall have such other powers, duties and functions relating to community development as are conferred upon it by the Town Board of Supervisors from time to time, other than with respect to public housing projects.
A certified copy of Ord. No. 2010-004 shall be filed with the Town Clerk and shall be prima facie evidence of the Redevelopment Authority's right to transact business, and such ordinance shall not be subject to challenge because of any technicality. In any suit, action or proceeding commenced against the Redevelopment Authority, a certified copy of Ord. No. 2010-004 shall be deemed conclusive evidence that the Redevelopment Authority is established and authorized to transact business and exercise its powers pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 66.1333.
The powers conferred upon the Redevelopment Authority shall be in addition and supplemental to the powers conferred by any other law. This chapter and the powers granted hereunder shall be construed liberally to effectuate its purposes.