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  99.134.  Commissioners of housing authority — membership — terms (Kansas City). — This section shall apply to housing authorities of any home rule city with more than four hundred thousand inhabitants and located in more than one county.  The provisions of this section shall apply to such housing authorities and the following provisions shall govern the composition of the housing authority and the selection of the members thereof:

  (1)  There shall be seven members of the housing authority commission, six shall be appointed and one shall be elected by the tenants of the housing authority;

  (2)  The appointive members of the housing authority commission shall be nominated by a nominating committee and appointed by the mayor.  The nominating committee shall consist of five members, consisting of two disinterested persons selected by the jurisdiction-wide resident organization of which one must be a public housing resident and the other a person receiving Section 8 housing assistance, the remaining three members of the nominating committee shall be selected by the housing authority commissioners.  At least one appointive member must be a resident in good standing receiving Section 8 housing assistance and participating in a self-sufficiency program or successfully completed a self-sufficiency program, and at least one appointive member must be an owner of rental property located within the limits of the city who is a resident of such city, but shall not own any property containing public housing;

  (3)  The election of the tenant commissioner shall be conducted by the jurisdiction-wide resident organization and overseen by an independent third party.  The election shall be by written ballot and each tenant of the housing authority who has attained the age of eighteen years shall be entitled to one vote.  In addition to the qualifications required for the office by the provisions of sections 99.010 to 99.230, the elected member of the commission shall be a tenant in good standing;

  (4)  Commissioners of the housing authority required by this section to be tenants of the housing authority or tenants receiving Section 8 housing assistance shall not be employed in any capacity by the housing authority and shall not be construed, because of such tenancy or receipt of housing assistance, to have direct or indirect interest in any housing authority project or in any property included or planned to be included in any project, or in proposed contract for materials or services within the meaning of section 99.060;

  (5)  Each elective commissioner shall serve a term of four years.  Of the six appointive members of the commissioners first appointed pursuant to this section, two shall serve a term of one year, two commissioners shall serve a term of two years, and two commissioners shall serve a term of three years.  Thereafter all commissioners shall serve a term of office of four years except that all vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term;

  (6)  The commissioners shall select from among its members a chairperson and a vice chairperson;

  (7)  Each commissioner shall receive a stipend of two hundred dollars per month for his or her services to the housing authority in any capacity in addition to reimbursement for expenses incurred for special travel or conference expenses incurred in the discharge of the commissioner's duties.  The board of commissioners shall have the power to adjust the stipend amount annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index or similar prudent and object pre-escalator method;

  (8)  A quorum shall consist of at least four commissioners; and

  (9)  All commissioners shall be residents of the jurisdiction of the housing authority.


(L. 1990 H.B. 1510, A.L. 1995 S.B. 16, A.L. 2002 S.B. 1039)

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