[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Mount Vernon 9-14-1983, approved 9-15-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The City Council recognizes that meaningful community access to electronic communications will become a reality only when all the people of Mount Vernon are able to obtain the necessary equipment, training, technical assistance and channels at a minimal and nonprohibitive charge and on a continuing and nondiscriminatory basis; in order to maximize such effects, the Mount Vernon Cable Television Advisory Committee has been organized to stimulate and facilitate open community use of the electronic media.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Mount Vernon Cable Advisory Committee.
- FRANCHISE HOLDER
- Group W Cable, Inc., or any corporation that succeeds Group W Cable, Inc., as the holder of the cable television franchise for the City of Mount Vernon.
- MOUNT VERNON CABLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- Seven members who represent the Mount Vernon community, including two members appointed by the Mayor, two members appointed by the City Council, two members appointed by the Board of Education and one member appointed by the franchise holder.
The Mount Vernon Cable Advisory Committee is hereinafter referred to as the "Committee" and is established for the City of Mount Vernon, New York.
[Amended 8-12-1992, approved 8-13-1992; 3-26-1997, approved 3-27-1997; 3-27-2013, approved 3-28-2013]
The Committee shall consist of the following members who shall represent the Mount Vernon community, including four members appointed by the City Council, two members appointed by the Mayor of Mount Vernon, two members appointed by the Mount Vernon Board of Education and a representative from each cable provider. No member of the Committee shall be an elected official. One member appointed by each designated authority shall serve a one-year renewable term, and one member appointed by the aforementioned designated authority shall serve a two-year renewable term, and new members shall be appointed or old members reappointed by the aforementioned designated authorities whenever necessary. In addition, each designated authority may appoint two alternate members who shall serve as substitutes for the members it appoints. The alternates shall serve on the Committee whenever the appointed members cannot serve. The members of the Committee shall hereafter be referred to as delegates and alternates, respectively.
One member appointed by each designated authority shall serve a one-year renewable term, and one member shall serve a two-year renewable term. The member appointed by the franchise holder shall serve a two-year renewable term.
The members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.
The Committee shall have three officers, a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and a Secretary.
The Chairperson presides at all meetings and shall execute all agreements or resolutions and perform all duties incident to this office.
The Vice Chairperson shall preside in the absence of the Chairperson.
The Secretary shall issue notices of all regular and special meetings and be responsible for the keeping of all minutes of meetings and records pertaining to the work of the Committee.
The Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary shall be elected by a majority of the members present at the first meeting of the Committee and annually thereafter.
The Committee may appoint an administrator and such assistants and staff as it deems necessary to further the purpose of the Cable Television Advisory Committee. Such administrator, assistants and staff shall serve at the pleasure of the Committee for no compensation.
The Committee is authorized and empowered to do the following:
To seek the advice, representation and participation of all citizens, organizations and groups which comprise the Mount Vernon community, including representatives of all socioeconomic levels.
To make special efforts to ensure that the telecommunications needs of groups, which heretofore have traditionally not had the opportunity to use such facilities, are considered, and to continually investigate various means of meeting such needs.
To work in cooperation with the cable franchise holder in Mount Vernon to make a local access studio and equipment available to the public.
To work with the cable franchise holder in Mount Vernon to seek out and encourage public access use by all citizens and groups in Mount Vernon.
To make every effort to ensure that persons seeking to produce programming representing any and all points of view will be permitted to use the facilities and that such programming will be consistent with the Constitutional guaranties of freedom of speech and the laws of the United States and the State of New York.
To take such steps and undertake such programs as will enhance and foster the aforementioned objectives and to ensure quality programming for this community.
This Committee shall meet in the Mayor's conference room at City Hall at a time designated by the Chairperson. In the event of a holiday, the Chairperson shall schedule a meeting on the evening when a quorum of the Committee can be gathered.
Committee meetings, in addition to those regularly scheduled, may be called by the Chairperson or upon the request of the Mayor or any member of the Committee. Copies of the minutes of each meeting will be forwarded to the Mayor, City Council and Board of Education.
The presence of the Chairperson and three members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum necessary to transact the business of the Committee.
Any Committee members who fail to attend three consecutive meetings without good cause shall be removed from the Committee.
The rules in Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern this Committee in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.