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Chapter 190

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  190.294.  Powers and duties of the emergency services board — meetings — vacancies — rulemaking authority (Warren County). — 1.  The powers and duties of the emergency services board shall include, but not be limited to:

  (1)  Planning a 911 system and dispatching system;

  (2)  Coordinating and supervising the implementation, upgrading or maintenance of the system, including the establishment of equipment specifications and coding systems;

  (3)  Receiving money from any county sales tax authorized to be levied pursuant to section 190.292 and authorizing disbursements from such moneys collected;

  (4)  Hiring any staff necessary for the implementation, upgrade or operation of the system;

  (5)  Acquiring land in fee simple, rights in land and easements upon, over, or across land and leasehold interests in land and tangible and intangible personal property used or useful for the location, establishment, maintenance, development, expansion, extension, or improvement of the central dispatching of emergency services.  The acquisition may be by dedication, purchase, gift, agreement, lease, use, or adverse possession;

  (6)  Borrowing money and issuing bonds, notes, certificates, or other evidences of indebtedness for the purpose of accomplishing any of its corporate purposes, subject to compliance with any condition or limitation set forth in sections 190.290 to 190.296 or otherwise provided by the Constitution of Missouri;

  (7)  Suing and being sued, and to be party to suits, actions, and proceedings;

  (8)  Having and using a corporate seal;

  (9)  Entering into contracts, franchises, and agreements with any person, partnership, association, or corporation, public or private, affecting the affairs of the board;

  (10)  Having the management, control, and supervision of all the business affairs of the board and the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of any improvements;

  (11)  Hiring and retaining agents and employees and providing for their compensation, including health and pension benefits;

  (12)  Adopting and amending bylaws and any other rules and regulations;

  (13)  Paying all expenses connected with the first election and all subsequent elections;

  (14)  Having and exercising all rights and powers necessary or incidental to or implied from the specific powers granted in this section.  Such specific powers shall not be considered as a limitation upon any power necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes and intent of sections 190.290 to 190.296;

  (15)  Maintaining central dispatching of emergency services for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area comprising the district regardless of race, creed, or color, and to adopt such reasonable rules and regulations as may be necessary to render the highest quality of the central dispatching of emergency services; excluding from the use of the central dispatching of emergency services all persons who willfully disregard any of the rules and regulations so established; extending the privileges and use of the central dispatching of emergency services to persons residing outside the area of the district upon such terms and conditions as the board prescribes by its rules and regulations;

  (16)  Purchasing insurance indemnifying the district and its employees, officers, volunteers, and directors against liability in rendering services incidental to the furnishing of central dispatching of emergency services.  Purchase of insurance pursuant to this section is not intended to waive sovereign immunity, official immunity, or the Missouri public duty doctrine defenses.

  2.  The administrative control and management of the moneys from any county sales tax authorized to be levied pursuant to section 190.292 and the administrative control and management of the central dispatching of emergency services shall rest solely with the board, and the board shall employ all necessary personnel, affix their compensation and provide suitable quarters and equipment for the operation of the central dispatching of emergency services from the funds available for this purpose.

  3.  The board may contract to provide services relating in whole or in part to central dispatching of emergency services and for such purpose may expend the tax funds or other funds.

  4.  The board shall elect a vice chairman, treasurer, secretary and such other officers as it deems necessary.  Before taking office, the treasurer shall furnish a surety bond in an amount to be determined and in a form to be approved by the board for the faithful performance of the treasurer's duties and faithful accounting of all moneys that may come into the treasurer's hands.  The treasurer shall enter into the surety bond with a surety company authorized to do business in Missouri, and the cost of such bond shall be paid by the board of directors.

  5.  The board may accept any gift of property or money for the use and benefit of the central dispatching of emergency services, and the board is authorized to sell or exchange any such property which it believes would be to the benefit of the service so long as the proceeds are used exclusively for central dispatching of emergency services.  The board shall have exclusive control of all gifts, property or money it may accept; of all interest of other proceeds which may accrue from the investment of such gifts or money or from the sale of such property; of all tax revenues collected by the county on behalf of the central dispatching of emergency services; and of all other funds granted, appropriated or loaned to it by the federal government, the state or its political subdivisions so long as such resources are used solely to benefit the central dispatching of emergency services.

  6.  Any board member may, following notice and an opportunity to be heard, be removed from any office by a majority vote of the other members of the board for any of the following reasons:

  (1)  Failure to attend five consecutive meetings, without good cause;

  (2)  Conduct prejudicial to the good order and efficient operation of the central dispatching of emergency services; or

  (3)  Neglect of duty.

  7.  The chairperson of the board shall preside at such removal hearing, unless the chairperson is the person sought to be removed, in which case the hearing shall be presided over by another member elected by a majority vote of the other board members.  All interested parties may present testimony and arguments at such hearing, and the witnesses shall be sworn in by oath or affirmation before testifying.  Any interested party may, at his or her own expense, record the proceedings.

  8.  Vacancies on the board occasioned by removals, resignations or otherwise shall be filled by the remaining members of the board.  The appointee or appointees shall act until the next election at which a director or directors are elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.

  9.  Individual board members shall not be eligible for employment by the board within twelve months of termination of service as a member of the board.

  10.  No person shall be employed by the board who is related within the fourth degree by blood or by marriage to any member of the board.

  11.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in sections 190.300 to 190.341* shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2004, shall be invalid and void.

  12.  This section shall only apply to any county of the third classification without a township form of government and with more than twenty-four thousand five hundred but less than twenty-four thousand six hundred inhabitants.


(L. 2004 S.B. 1329 § 190.346)

*Section 190.341 does not exist.

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