ARTICLE III – COUNTY BOARD

            1‑3‑1              COUNTY BOARD MEMBERS.  The County Board of Commissioners shall be composed of five (5) Board Members pursuant to the law and hereinafter shall be referred to as the “County Board.”  In the event of any vacancy caused by death, resignation, removal or for any other cause, such vacancy shall be filled according to the Statute in such case made and provided.

            (A)                    2012 Election.

                        (1)        At the 2012 General Election, county commissioners shall be elected in the following manner:

                                    (a)        A county commissioner shall be elected to a six (6) year term to fill the seat of the county commissioner elected to a four (4) year term at the 2008 General Election to fill an unexpired six (6) year term;

                                    (b)        A county commissioner shall be elected to a six (6) year term to fill a new seat;

                                    (c)        A county commissioner shall be elected to a four (4) year term to fill a new seat.

                        (2)        After the 2012 General Election, county commissioners shall be elected to six (6) year terms at each general election to fill expired terms.

            (B)                    Petitions for Specific Term Required.  Where county commissioners are to be elected to fill two (2) or more seats on the board of commissioners at the same general election, candidates for such position shall each file nomination papers for and be nominated for and elected to a specific office.  For the purpose of designating specific offices, the five (5) seats on the board of commissioners shall be designated as follows:

                        (1)        The seat of the commissioner elected to a four (4) year term at the 2008 General Election to fill an unexpired term six (6) year term shall be designated as Seat A;

                        (2)        The seat of the commissioner elected to a six (6) year term at the 2008 General Election shall be designated as Seat B;

                        (3)        The seat of the commissioner elected to a six (6) year term at the 2010 General Election shall be designated as Seat C;

                        (4)        The seat of the commissioner elected to a six (6) year term at the 2012 General Election shall be designated as Seat D;

                        (5)        The seat of the commissioner elected to a four (4) year term at the 2012 General Election shall be designated as Seat E.

(R2010-31; 12-20-10)  (See 55 ILCS 5/2-4006(C-5))

 

            1‑3‑2               VACANCY.  If a vacancy occurs on the County Board, the Chairman of the County Board, with the advice and consent of the County Board, shall, within sixty (60) days of the date the vacancy occurs, appoint some person, possessing the qualifications of a Board Member, to serve until the next election of County Board members in the County at which time an election shall be held to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term.  (See 55 ILCS 5/2-3009)

 

            1-3-3               MEETINGS; REGULAR.  Six (6) meetings of the County Board shall be held each quarter, or twenty-four (24) meetings annually.  Regular meetings shall be held the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesdays of each month at 9:00 A.M. in the County Board Room in theCountyGovernmentBuilding,Jonesboro, unless otherwise ordered.

 

            1-3-4              SPECIAL MEETINGS.  Special meetings of the Board shall be held only when requested by at least one-third (1/3) of the members of the Board or by the Chairman of the County Board, which request shall be in writing, and specifying the time and place of such meeting, upon reception of which the Clerk shall immediately transmit notice, in writing, of such meeting, to each of the members of the Board.  The Clerk shall also cause notice of such meeting to be published in some newspaper printed in the County and presented to the Clerk of the Board at least four (4) days prior to the date of said meeting.  (See 55 ILCS 5/2-1001 and 55 ILCS 5/2-1002)

 

            1-3-5              QUORUM; MAJORITY VOTE.  A majority of the County Board members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any regular or any duly called special meeting, and all questions which shall arise at meetings shall be determined by the vote of the majority of the County Board members present, except as otherwise provided.

 

            1-3-6              APPOINTED OFFICIALS.  All persons appointed by the Chairman of the Union County Board or hired as department head by any other Board shall be residents of the County.  All persons appointed by the Chairman or hired as a department head by some other Board who are not residents of the County shall be approved by the County Board.  Upon appointment, such individuals shall become residents of Union County within ninety (90) days.

 

            1‑3‑7              RECORDS.  TheCountyClerk shall keep and maintain on file all resolutions, ordinances, policies and other records adopted by the Board in his office or the Board office.

 

            1‑3‑8              ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS.

            (A)                    Ordinances.  The style of all ordinances shall be:  “BE IT ORDAINED by theCountyBoard of Commissioners of Union County….”.

            (B)                    Resolutions.  The style of all resolutions shall be:  “BE IT RESOLVED by theCountyBoard of Commissioners of Union County….”.

            (C)                    “Yea” and “Nay” Vote. The yeas and nays shall be taken upon the passage of all ordinances and resolutions to create any liability against the County, or for the expenditure or appropriation of its money, and in all other cases, at the request of any Commissioner; and such vote shall be entered on the journal of the proceedings, as is provided by statute.

            (D)                    Distribution.  All ordinances and resolutions amending this “Revised Code of Ordinances” shall be distributed to the Commissioners at least forty‑eight (48) hours prior to the meeting at which they are to be considered.

            (E)                    Reading ‑ Approval.  All ordinances and/or resolutions shall be read one (1) time at the Board meeting.  They shall be considered, unless otherwise provided for, approved by a majority vote of the County Commissioners.

            (F)                    Record of Ordinances/Resolutions.  The County Clerk shall keep a record of all ordinances and resolutions passed in appropriate books for such purpose.

            (G)                    Publication.  All ordinances imposing any penalty for a violation thereof or making any appropriation shall be published in pamphlet form and displayed for a reasonable period in the County Clerk’s office in the Court House.

            1‑3‑9               DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE OF COUNTY.  The Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners shall be designated as the representative of theCountyBoard at any convention or any out­-of‑County meeting. The Chairman may select any County official or employee and/or members of the County Board to assist him in the transaction of official County business at such convention or meeting.

Any Board members attending meetings of any association as a representative of the County is to obtain authorization from the County Board, if the Board member expects to have his expense paid by the County.