Port Credit Business Improvement Area
WHEREAS, Section 220 of the Municipal Act, R.S.O. 1990, governs the formation and operation of a Business Improvement Area.
AND WHEREAS, Pursuant to City of Mississauga By-law No.518-92, the Port Credit Business Improvement Area adopts this constitution dated, March 14, 2001 respecting the transaction of the business affairs of the Port Credit Business Improvement Area.
1.1 The Board of Management is entrusted, subject to the limitations set out herein, to the improvement, beautification and maintenance of the municipally owned lands, buildings and structures in the business improvement area, beyond such improvement, beautification and maintenance as is provided by the City of Mississauga, and the promotion of the business improvement area as a business, commercial and shopping area.
1.2The geographic area comprising the Port Credit Business Improvement Area
(the "Port Credit BIA") is defined in the Corporation of the City of Mississauga By-law Number 518-92, attached hereto as Schedule "A".
1.3The Port Credit BIA is a non-profit organization, which shall be dedicated to improving the economic health and quality of life in downtown Port Credit.The Port Credit BIA works to create the best possible environment in which to work, shop, live and visit.
2.1 An individual, partnership or corporation is a member of the Port Credit BIA if that individual, partnership or corporation (i) operates either a business or commercial enterprise or (ii) is a professional conducting a professional practice, within the geographical boundaries defined in clause 1.2 herein
2.1.1 Any landowner who leases real property to an individual, partnership or corporation that (i) operates either a business or commercial enterprise or (ii) conducts a professional practice within the geographical boundaries defined in clause 1.2 herein is a member of the Port Credit BIA.
2.2 Each member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote on each item arising at any general meeting.
3.0 HEAD OFFICE
3.1The office of the Port Credit BIA shall be within the geographical boundaries defined in clause 1.2 herein, at such place as the Board of Management determines form time to time.
3.2In the event that the Board of Management selects a new location for its head office, written notice shall be forwarded to all members at least seven (7) days prior to the date of such relocation.
4.0 BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
4.1The Board of Management is a body corporate and shall consist of a maximum of twelve members and a minimum of seven members, one of whom shall be a member of City Council, one of whom shall be the past Chair of the Board, and the remaining Board Members shall be elected from the general membership.All members of the Board of Management will be formally appointed by City Council.
4.2Eligible members of the Board of Management shall be a member of the Port Credit BIA, as defined in section 2.0 of this constitution or the parent, child, spouse, sibling, officer, director, employee or partner of such a member.
4.3Each member shall hold office from the time of appointment until the expiration of the term of the council that made the appointment, if the member continues to be qualified as set out herein.
4.4The Board of Management shall manage the operation of the Port Credit BIA including all liaisons with the City of Mississauga elected officials and staff.
4.5The Board of Management is accountable to the general membership.
4.6All persons elected to the Board of Management shall be deemed to have accepted the provisions of this constitution.
4.7Fifty percent of the elected members of the Board of Management plus one member shall constitute a quorum and a majority vote shall be necessary to give effect to any action of the Board.
4.8 Except in cases of sickness or extenuating circumstances approved by resolution of the Board of Management, the seat of a member becomes vacant if that member is absent from Board meetings for three consecutive meetings.
4.9In the event that a seat becomes vacant during the three year term, the Board of Management shall appoint a person who has consented to accept the office if he or she is appointed.
4.10If more than one person is nominated for appointment, a vote of members of the Board of Management shall be taken, and the nominee who receives the most votes shall fill the vacancy.
4.11The Board of Management shall then request that City Council appoint the recommended members to the Board of Management.
4.12The Board of Management shall meet monthly on a regular day and time to be fixed at the beginning of each year.
4.13Additional Board of Management meetings may be called by the Chair, the Vice Chair or the Treasurer with notice being given to all members of the Board at least 48 hours prior to such meetings.
4.14Board Members shall receive (i) an agenda of a scheduled Board meeting at least five days prior to that meeting and (ii) minutes of a Board meeting within 5 days of the holding of that Board meeting.
4.15The Board of Management may postpone or cancel any regular meeting provided that it convenes at least ten (10) regular meetings during each year of its term.
4.16 No Board Member shall be remunerated for any duties respecting the Board of Management.
4.17 Upon resolution of the Board, a Member of the Board of Management may be reimbursed for out-of- pocket expenses incurred when conducting Board of Management Business.
4.18 The Executive Committee shall be appointed by the Board of Management and shall consist of the Chair, the Vice Chair and the Treasurer.
4.19 The Manager shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.
5.0 VOTING:BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
5.1Matters arising at any meeting of the Board shall be decided by a majority of votes.The Chair votes only in the event of a tie vote.
5.2 Any Board Member may request a recorded vote respecting any matter to be decided by the Board. In such event the Chair votes and if the vote is a tie vote, the resolution is lost.
5.3A declaration by the Chair that a resolution has been carried and an entry to that effect in the minutes shall be admissible in evidence as proof of the fact.
6.0 CONFLICT OF INTEREST
6.1A Board member has a conflict of interest if that member has either a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any business, financial, contractual or personal matter with which the Board is concerned.
6.2 A Board member with a conflict of interest, as defined in 6.1, shall declare that conflict of interest and shall not take part in any discussion nor participate in any vote that involves that conflict of interest.
6.3 For the purposes of 6.1 and 6.2, the pecuniary interest of a corporation of which the Board member or the Board member's spouse, parent, child or sibling is a director, officer, share holder or employee shall be deemed to be the pecuniary interest of that Board Member.
6.4 For the purposes of 6.1 and 6.2, the pecuniary interest of a parent, spouse, child, sibling, business partner, business associate or employer of a Board member shall be deemed to be the pecuniary interest of that Board member.
7.0 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
7.1 THE CHAIR
7.1.1 The Chair of the Board of Management shall preside at all Board meetings, be an ex-officio member of all committees, preside at all Membership meetings, exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Port Credit BIA and perform any and all duties normally incumbent of a Chair.
7.1.2 During the absence or inability of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall exercise the duties and powers of the Chair.
7.1.3 The Chair shall be the official spokesperson of the Board of Management in all matters relating to the activity of the Port Credit BIA with the power to delegate.
7.2.1 The Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair when the Chair is absent or unable to perform his or her duties.
7.3.1 The Treasurer shall supervise the keeping of the accounts of the Port Credit BIA and its banking arrangements.
7.3.2 The Treasurer shall advise the Board of Management with respect to the financial report which is presented by the Treasurer at the Annual Meeting.
8.1 The Chair of the Board of Management shall appoint a Nominating Committee of no less than three Board members, by September 15th.
8.2 A notice shall be published in the September newsletter notifying the general membership that a Nominating Committee has been appointed to prepare a list of prospective Board of Management members for the Board's succeeding term.The name, business address and telephone number of persons on the Nominating Committee, to be contacted, shall be included in the notice.
8.3 Notice for nominations from the membership and the date nominations close, October 15 at 5:00 p.m., shall be published in the September newsletter.
8.4 Notice for nominations from the membership and the date nominations close, October 15 at 5:00 p.m. may also be published in a flyer distributed to the general membership during the month of September.
8.5 To be eligible, all nominees must execute a "Nomination Consent" form.The Notice for nominations, mentioned in clauses 8.3 and 8.4 above, shall state that all nominees must execute a "Nomination Consent" form prior to the close of nominations on October 15 at 5:00 p.m.
8.6 If the date October 15, mentioned in clauses 8.3, 8.4, and 8.5 above, falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the notice shall state that nominations close the following Monday at 5:00 p.m.
8.7 The Nominating Committee shall select at least one nominee for each position.These nominations shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Manager, at the BIA office, on or before October 15 at 5:00 p.m.If October 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, nominations will be accepted until the following Monday at 5:00 p.m.
8.8 In the event that there are fewer than ten candidates, no vote shall be required.
8.9 Upon receiving all nominations from both the Nominating Committee and the membership, the Manager shall prepare a ballot, listing all candidates in alphabetical order.A ballot and instructions respecting the vote, including the date and time that the vote closes, shall be delivered to each member within 10 days of the close of nominations.
8.10 All ballots shall be received, by deposit in the ballot box located at the BIA office, on or prior to November 15 at 5:00 p.m.
8.11 If the date November 15, mentioned in clause 8.10 above, falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the vote shall close the following Monday at 5:00 p.m.
8.12 Within three business days of the close of the vote, the Manager and at least one member of the Nominating Committee shall open the ballot box and count all ballots cast.
8.13 The Manager shall publish the names, places of business and telephone numbers of the successful candidates in the December newsletter.
8.14 The results of the voting shall be directed to the Clerk of the City of Mississauga by December 31st for official appointment by City Council.
8.15 The newly elected Board of Management shall meet at the scheduled December Board meeting and,
I. Elect a Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer.
II. Elect the Chair of each Committee as deemed necessary to properly conduct BIA business during the year.
III. Establish an Executive Committee.
IV. Establish its regular meeting schedule including dates and times.
9.1The Board of Management shall determine the number and purpose of all special and standing committees.The Chair of the Board of Management shall immediately, at the December Board meeting, appoint all the Chairs of the standing committees and shall announce such appointments at the meeting.
9.2Members of these committees are to be selected from themembership or their appropriate designate by the respective Chair.A staff member shall sit on each committee and be responsible for the minutes of meetings.
9.3Members of the Board of Management may also sit onstanding committees.
9.4The Committee Chair, shall, at each Board of Management meeting submit a report and /or expenditures and/or minutes outlining the progress of the Committee.Any expenditure over$100.00 for projects, promotions or related committee expenses that has not received prior approval as set out as a previously budgeted item requires Board of Management approval.
9.5All meetings are open to the membership of the Port Credit BIA.
9.6Any member may attend a Board of Management meeting provided he or she notifies the Manager 24 hours in advance of the meeting.Any member may request at the beginning of said meeting to address the Board.
10.1The bank of the Port Credit BIA shall be determined by the Board of Management.
10.2The Board shall adopt and maintain banking arrangements and accounting practices that are acceptable to the City of Mississauga, Treasurer and shall keep such books of account and shall submit such statements from time to time as the City Treasurer may require.
11.0 FINANCIAL YEAR
11.1The fiscal year of the Port Credit BIA shall terminate on the 31st day of December of each year.
12.0 FINANCES AND RECORDS
12.1The Auditor of the City of Mississauga shall be the Auditor of the Port Credit BIA and all books, documents, transactions, minutes and accounts of the Board shall be open to his or her inspection at all times.
12.2All cheques received by the Port Credit BIA shall be deposited to the credit of the BIA.
12.3All budgeted items of $1000.00 or more require Board of Management approval prior to the awarding of contracts or engagements.Contracts and engagements of the regular business of the Board shall be signed by the Chairperson and another Board Member.
12.4 Documents, contracts and cheques, not provided for in 12.3 above, shall be signed by two signing authorities, one whom shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair or Treasurer.
12.5On or before March 1st each year, the Board of Management shall submit its Annual Report for the preceding year to Council, including a complete audited and certified financial statement of its affairs with a balance sheet and revenue and expenditure statement.Copies shall be provided to any member upon request.
12.6The Board shall keep proper minutes and records of all meetings, which it holds.
12.7Section 147 of the Municipal Act and Section 65 of the Ontario Municipal Board Act apply to the giving of an approval of indebtedness by a Council under subsection 12.8 as though the giving of the approval were the incurring of the indebtedness by the municipality.
12.8The Port Credit BIA shall not borrow money and without the prior approval of Council, it may not incur any indebtedness extending beyond the current year.
12.9 The Port Credit BIA shall not exceed any monies unless such monies are included in the Annual Budget approved by Council or in a reserve fund established under the Municipal Act.
13.1The Chairman of each committee shall prepare a proposed committee budget for the following year and submit it to the Manager by January 1st.
13.2The Manager of the Port credit BIA shall prepare the complete proposed budget and submit it to the Executive Committee prior to January Board meeting.
13.3The Executive Committee shall submit the proposed budget for the following year to the Board of Management at its regular January Board meeting.
13.4Following revisions, the Board of Management shall approve a final budget at its regular February Board meeting.Following the receipt of tax write-offs and supplementary from the City of Mississauga (which affect the total budget), The Board Of Management shall approve a final budget containing these figures at its February Meeting to be held prior to March 1st.
13.5 After approval is given to the budget by the membership attending the Annual General Meeting, the budget shall be submitted to City Council for their approval, no latter than 5 days after the Annual General Meeting.
14.0 ANNUAL MEETINGS
14.1The Board of Management shall each year designate a day before March 1st, as the date for the General Meeting and shall notify all members of the Port Credit Business Improvement Association of the date, time and place of the meeting.Such notice shall be in writing and delivered at lease fourteen days prior to the date scheduled for the General Meeting.
14.2The Board of Management shall submit at this meeting:
i. It's Annual Report for the preceding year including an audited financial statement of its affairs, if available from the City Auditor.
ii. Its proposed budget activities for the current year.
14.3 A majority of the members present shall carry a vote.
14.4 Each member shall be entitled to one vote.
14.5 Any member, unable to attend the Annual Meeting, may, subject to the provisions of clauses 14.6 and 14.7 herein, appoint a proxy to represent that member at the Annual Meeting.
14.6 A proxy appointed to represent a member at an Annual Meeting, in accordance with clause 14.5 herein, shall be either the manager, employee, spouse, parent, child, sibling, partner, director, officer, lawyer or accountant of that member.
14.7 A member, who appoints a proxy to represent that member at an Annual Meeting, in accordance with clauses 14.5 and 14.6 herein, shall do so, in writing, and in accordance with a prior Board approved proxy form.
15.1The Board of Management shall engage a Manager under such terms and conditions it deems advisable and may delegate to this person authority to manage and direct the day-to-day business affairs of the Board of Management.The manager shall report, on the affairs of the Board, at all regular meetings.
15.2A member of the Port Credit BIA may not be appointed as the Manager.
15.3 Additional staff may be hired to perform duties as required, following approval of the Board of Management, and all staff shall be under the direction and supervision of the Manager.
16.1 Any amendment to this constitution may be adopted by no less than two thirds of the members of the Board of Management.Written notice of the proposed amendment and date of such meeting shall be given to members of the Board of Management at least two weeks prior to the meeting.
17.0 ERRORS OR OMISSIONS
17.1 No error or omission in giving notice for a meeting shall invalidate the scheduled Board meeting.
18.1Upon the repeal of the by-law establishing the Board of Management, the Board ceases to exist and its
undertaking, assets and liabilities shall be assumed by the City of Mississauga.