(Added by Ordinance No. 161853, effective May 27, 1989.)
(Amended by Ordinance No. 168939, effective June 14, 1995.) There hereby is created the Water Quality Advisory Committee. The Committee shall consist of nine members, appointed by the Commissioner In Charge of the Bureau of Water Works and confirmed by the Council. Appointments shall be for terms of 3 years except that 4 of the initial appointments shall be for terms of 2 years. When a vacancy occurs, the Commissioner In Charge shall appoint and the Council shall confirm a member to fill a new 3-year term. The Commissioner In Charge of the Bureau of Water Works may remove a member from the Committee at any time, subject to approval by the Council. The Commissioner In Charge of the Bureau of Water Works shall appoint members to the Committee with expertise or association in areas such as water quality, water treatment, public health policy, the environmental community, civic and business organizations, major industrial or commercial users, neighborhood associations and the public at large of which at least 3 members shall have relevant technical expertise. Committee members may serve a maximum of two 3-year terms, with the 4 appointees serving the initial terms of 2 years to serve a total maximum of 5 years. Within the maximum service limit of 6 years the Council may extend, for a period of less than 3 years, the terms of committee members who were appointed to serve or who have served the balance of a retiring committee member’s term. All members shall serve without compensation from the City.
The Committee shall act in an advisory capacity to the City Council through the Commissioner In Charge of the Bureau of Water Works as follows:
A. The Committee shall have the authority to offer policy advice to the Council and the Bureau of Water Works on issues such as management of the Bull Run Watershed, protection of groundwater quality, and other related water quality issues.
B. The Committee shall have the authority to issue periodic reports to the Council and the Bureau of Water Works.
C. The Committee shall have the authority to inform the public at large and take public testimony before offering policy advice to the Council and the Bureau of Water Works.
The Committee shall have the authority to conduct public meetings to gather input; the Committee shall provide for notification no less than 5 days prior to the meeting to the general public.
A chairperson shall be elected annually from among the Committee members by a majority vote of a quorum. The Chairperson shall serve for a period of 1 year. A vacancy in the Chairperson’s position shall be filled from among Committee members by majority vote of a quorum as soon as practical after the vacancy occurs.
The Committee shall establish its own rules and provide procedures for consideration or action on all matters before the Committee. Such rules and procedures may be adopted and amended only upon an affirmative vote of five or more Committee members. Election of officers and regular business shall be passed upon by the majority of a quorum. Not less than five members shall constitute a quorum. Each member shall be entitled to one vote. Provisions shall be made for public participation in Committee meetings.
The Committee shall be staffed by personnel from the Bureau of Water Works and such additional staff or consultants as may be deemed necessary by the City Council for the committee to fulfill its responsibilities.