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  141.981.  Board of commissioners, terms, vacancies, powers, meetings — surety bond required, when — oath — immunity from liability — vote by proxy prohibited. — 1.  A land bank agency shall be composed of a board of commissioners which shall consist of five members, one of whom shall be appointed by the county, as directed by the county executive, or if the county does not have a county executive, as directed by the county commission of the county, one of whom shall be appointed by the school district that is wholly or partially located within such municipality and county and then has the largest population according to the last preceding federal decennial census, and the remainder shall be appointed by the municipality that established the land bank agency.  The term of office of the members shall be for four years each.  Members shall serve at the pleasure of the member's appointing authority, may be employees of the appointing authority, and shall serve without compensation.  Any vacancy in the office of land bank commissioner shall be filled by the same appointing authority that made the original appointment.  Members of the first board of a land bank agency shall be appointed within sixty days after the effective date of the ordinance or resolution passed establishing such land bank agency.  If any appointing authority fails to make any appointment of a land bank commissioner within the time the first appointments are required, or within sixty days after any term expires, then the appointment shall be made by the municipality that established the land bank agency.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 of section 141.720, any municipality or school district that is an appointing authority under this section shall not be an appointing authority under section 141.720.

  2.  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, any public officer shall be eligible to serve as a board member and the acceptance of the appointment shall neither terminate nor impair such public office.  For purposes of this section, "public officer" shall mean a person who is elected to a political subdivision office.  Any political subdivision employee shall be eligible to serve as a board member.

  3.  The members of the board shall select annually from among themselves a chair, a vice chair, a treasurer, and such other officers as the board may determine, and shall establish their duties as may be regulated by rules adopted by the board.

  4.  The board shall have the power to organize and reorganize the executive, administrative, clerical, and other departments of the land bank agency and to fix the duties, powers, and compensation of all employees, agents, and consultants of the land bank agency.  The board may cause the land bank agency to reimburse any member for expenses actually incurred in the performance of duties on behalf of the land bank agency.

  5.  The board shall meet in regular session according to a schedule adopted by the board, and shall meet in special session as convened by the chairman or upon written notice signed by a majority of the members.  The presence of a majority of the board's total membership shall constitute a quorum to conduct business.

  6.  All actions of the board shall be approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the board present and voting; provided, however, that no action of the board shall be authorized on the following matters unless approved by a roll call vote of a majority of the entire board membership:

  (1)  Adoption of bylaws and other rules and regulations for conduct of the land bank agency's business;

  (2)  Hiring or firing of any employee or contractor of the land bank agency.  This function may, by majority vote, be delegated by the board to a specified officer or committee of the land bank agency, under such terms and conditions, and to the extent, that the board may specify;

  (3)  The incurring of debt, including, without limitation, borrowing of money and the issuance of bonds, notes, or other obligations;

  (4)  Adoption or amendment of the annual budget;

  (5)  Sale of real property for a selling price that represents a consideration less than two-thirds of the appraised value of such property; and

  (6)  Lease, encumbrance, or alienation of real property, improvements, or personal property with a value of more than fifty thousand dollars.

  7.  The board members shall each furnish a surety bond, if such bond is not already covered by governmental surety bond, in a penal sum not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars to be approved by the comptroller or director of finance of the municipality that established the land bank agency, issued by a surety company licensed to do business in this state, which bond shall be deposited with the county clerk of such county, and shall guarantee the faithful performance of such member's duties under sections 141.980 to 141.1015, and shall be written to cover all the commissioners.

  8.  Before entering upon the duties of office, each board member shall take and subscribe to the following oath:

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State of Missouri, )
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City of ______ )
I, ______, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Missouri; that I will faithfully and impartially discharge my duties as a member of the Land Bank of ______, Missouri; that I will according to my best knowledge and judgment, administer such tax delinquent and other lands held by the land bank according to the laws of the State of Missouri and for the benefit of the public bodies and the tax bill owners which I represent, so help me God.
__________________
Subscribed and sworn to this ______ day of ______, 20______.
My appointment expires: ______
__________________
Notary Public

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  9.  Members of the board shall not be liable personally on the bonds or other obligations of the land bank agency, and the rights of creditors of the land bank agency shall be solely against the assets of such land bank agency.

  10.  Vote by proxy shall not be permitted.  Any member may request a recorded vote on any resolution or action of the land bank agency.

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(L. 2012 H.B. 1659 & 1116)


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