ARTICLE V


ST. TAMMANY PARISH TOURIST COMMISSION


SEC.

2-061.00 Created, Purpose, Name



    There is hereby created the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, being formed for the purpose of promoting conventions and tourism in the Parish. (Ord. No. 658; amended by Ord. No. 85-516, adopted 09/21/85; repealed and revised Ord. No. 85-529, adopted 12/09/85; amended by Ord. No. 90-1348, adopted 10/18/90; amended by Ord. No. 02-0515, adopted 08/01/2002)

SEC.

2-062.00 Powers Of Board Of Directors


    The Board of Commissioners of the Tourist and Convention Commission created in this Article shall have those powers as designated in Louisiana Revised Statutes 33:4574 through 33:4574.3. (Ord. No. 658; amended by Ord. No. 85-516, adopted 09/21/85; repealed and revised Ord. No. 85-529, adopted 12/09/85; amended by Ord. No. 02-0515, adopted 08/01/2002)

SEC.

2-063.00 Membership


    a)    The St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission shall be composed of seven (7) members who shall be known as Commissioners. The Commissioners shall serve without compensation and shall be registered voters of the Parish. (Ord. No. 02-0515, adopted 08/01/2002)

            b) Six (6) commissioners shall be appointed by the Parish Council, one (1) commissioner shall be appointed by the Parish President.

    c)     To the extent reasonably possible, there shall be equal representation of both the east side and west side of the parish in the make-up of the Commission, based upon the individual domiciles of the commissioners.

    d)     One (1) commissioner shall be a member of the St. Tammany Hotel/Motel & Campground Association.

    e)     Each commissioner shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years, pursuant to state law {(R.S. 33:4574C(1)(b)(ii)}. Terms shall begin on January 1st of the year in which the appointment commences and shall be staggered in order to enhance and promote continuity of service by the commission.
        To effect the staggered terms, the first six (6) appointments to the commission after August 16, 2002 shall be made as follows:
    
            2 - one (1) year terms
            2 - two (2) year terms
            2 - three (3) year terms

        Thereafter, all appointments shall be for three (3) years.
(Ord. No. 02-0557, adopted 10/10/2002)

    f)     All commissioners appointed as outlined hereinabove may be selected from a list of names submitted to the St. Tammany Parish Council and President by the Tourist Commission Nominating Committee containing the nominees' resumes and verification of their interest in one or more aspects of the tourist industry.


(Ord. No. 02-0515, adopted 08/01/2002)

    (g) In addition to the seven (7) Commissioners established in paragraph a) herein above, the St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman, or his designee, may serve as an ex- officio non-voting member of the Commission and counted for quorum purposes at Commission meetings.
(Ord. No. 02-0557, adopted 10/10/2002)

        SEC.

2-064.00 Tourist Commission Nominating Committee; Nomination And Appointment Procedures



A.    There is hereby created a Tourist Commission Nominating Committee which shall serve as an advisory board to Parish Government for purposes of submitting nominations for appointment to the St. Tammany Tourist and Convention Commission. It is the desire and intent of Parish Government to involve as many different elements of the parish community interested in the tourism industry as possible in the selection process for commissioners.

B.     The Committee shall consist of fifteen (15) members comprised of the following:

    a)     There shall be eleven (11) members appointed by the following organizations with each organization having one (1) appointment:
        
        1.     Tammany Hotel/Motel & Campground Association
        2.     Northshore Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association
        3.     Greater Slidell Area Chamber of Commerce
        4.     St. Tammany-West Chamber of Commerce
        5.     St. Tammany Parish Art Association
        6.     La. Association of Fairs and Festivals
        7.     St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation
        8.     Young Men's Business Club of Slidell
        9.     Slidell Heritage Foundation
     10.    Explore St. Tammany
     11. Northlake Nature Center, Inc.

    b)     The Parish Council may substitute member organizations at any time by Ordinance.
    c)     There shall be three (3) committee members nominated and appointed by the Parish Council. Nothing herein shall preclude council members from being nominated for appointment.

    d)     There shall be one (1) committee member nominated and appointed by the Parish President Nothing herein shall preclude the Parish President or his designee from assuming the appointment.

C.     Neither a commissioner of the Tourist and Convention Commission nor any commission staff may serve as a member of the nominating committee.

D.     Vacancy

    1.    Whenever a vacancy occurs or a new appointment is required on the Tourist and Convention Commission, the Parish Council or President shall request the Tourist Commission Nominating Committee to convene and compile a list of not less than two (2) nominations for submission for appointment to fill the vacancy. For purposes only of convening the committee, the representative of the St. Tammany Hotel/Motel & Campground Association or Louisiana Restaurant Association shall serve as the contact member. Each time the committee meets, it shall elect a chairman to conduct the meeting.

    2.     The Nominating Committee shall have sixty (60) days from the date the request to convene is sent in which to meet and compile its list of nominations for appointment. In the event that the committee is unable to meet and compile its list within the time permitted, the appointing authority may make an appointment to fill a vacancy without recommendations from the nominating committee.

    3.     Nothing herein shall preclude a committee member, who is not an elected official, from being nominated for appointment to the Commission by the nominating committee or named to the Commission by the appointing authority.
(Ord. 02-0557, adopted 10/10/2002)

    4.     Any individual, group or association in St. Tammany Parish that has an interest in one or more aspects of the tourist industry may submit to the Nominating Committee the names of potential commissioners together with a resume and verification of the individual's interest in the tourist industry. Thereafter, the Committee shall screen the qualifications and may consider nominating the individual for appointment as a commissioner of the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission when a vacancy occurs.
(Ord. No. 02-0515, adopted 08/01/2002)

SEC

2-065.00    Officers of the Tourist Commission



    
The commissioners so appointed shall elect from among themselves a chairman who shall serve as such for one (1) year. In addition to the chairman, the commission shall elect from its membership a vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer. The office of secretary and treasurer may be combined if the Commission so elects. (Ord. No. 658; amended by Ord. No. 85-516, adopted 09/21/85; repealed and revised Ord. No. 85-529, adopted 12/09/85; amended by Ord. No. 90-1348, adopted 10/18/90; Ord. No. 02-0515, adopted 08/01/2002)

CROSS REFERENCE: The name change required by Ord. No. 90-1348, adopted 10/18/90. See also Sections 12-023.70, 12- 023.77 and 12-023.78.

SECS. 2-065.01- 2-067.00 Reserved

ST. TAMMANY ARTS COMMISSION



SEC.

2-068.00 St. Tammany Parish Arts Commission



    The St. Tammany Parish Arts Commission is the official local art agency and humanities commission of St. Tammany Parish. As such, this Commission is specifically authorized to seek any and all grants of any nature whatsoever. It shall be comprised of nine (9) members with appointments parish wide. There shall be five (5) members nominated and appointed by the Parish Council. There shall be four (4) members nominated and appointed by the Parish President.
(Ord. 00-0157, adopted 06/01/2000; amended by Ord. 03-0629, adopted03/06/2003)