715.78 Board of directors of joint economic development district.

(A) A board of directors shall govern each joint economic development district created under section 715.72 of the Revised Code.

(1) If there are businesses located and persons working within the area or areas to be included in the district, the board shall be composed of the following members:

(a) One member representing the municipal corporations that are contracting parties;

(b) One member representing the townships that are contracting parties;

(c) One member representing the owners of businesses located within the district;

(d) One member representing the persons working within the district;

(e) One member representing the counties that are contracting parties, or, if no contracting party is a county, one member selected by the members described in divisions (A)(1)(a) to (d) of this section.

The members of the board shall be appointed as provided in the contract. Of the members initially appointed to the board, the member described in division (A)(1)(a) of this section shall serve a term of one year; the member described in division (A)(1)(b) of this section shall serve a term of two years; the member described in division (A)(1)(c) of this section shall serve a term of three years; and the members described in divisions (A)(1)(d) and (e) of this section shall serve terms of four years. Thereafter, terms for each member shall be for four years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term that it succeeds. A member may be reappointed to the board, but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms on the board.

The member described in division (A)(1)(e) of this section shall serve as chairperson of a board described under division (A)(1) of this section.

(2) If there are no businesses located or persons working within the area or areas to be included in the district, the board shall be composed of the following members:

(a) One member representing the municipal corporations that are contracting parties;

(b) One member representing the townships that are contracting parties;

(c) One member representing the counties that are contracting parties, or if no contracting party is a county, one member selected by the members described in divisions (A)(2)(a) and (b) of this section.

The members of the board shall be appointed as provided in the contract. Of the members initially appointed to the board, the member described in division (A)(2)(a) of this section shall serve a term of one year; the member described in division (A)(2)(b) of this section shall serve a term of two years; and the member described in division (A)(2)(c) of this section shall serve a term of three years. Thereafter, terms for each member shall be for four years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term that it succeeds. A member may be reappointed to the board, but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms on the board.

The member described in division (A)(2)(c) of this section shall serve as chairperson of a board described under division (A)(2) of this section.

(B) A board described under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section has no powers except as described in sections 715.72 to 715.81 of the Revised Code and in the contract creating the joint economic development district.

(C) Membership on the board of directors of a joint economic development district is not the holding of a public office or employment within the meaning of any section of the Revised Code or any charter provision prohibiting the holding of other public office or employment. Membership on such a board is not a direct or indirect interest in a contract or expenditure of money by a municipal corporation, township, county, or other political subdivision with which a member may be affiliated. Notwithstanding any provision of law or a charter to the contrary, no member of a board of directors of a joint economic development district shall forfeit or be disqualified from holding any public office or employment by reason of membership on the board.

(D) The board of directors of a joint economic development district is a public body for the purposes of section 121.22 of the Revised Code. Chapter 2744. of the Revised Code applies to such a board and the district.

Cite as R.C. § 715.78

History. Effective Date: 03-22-1999; 2008 SB129 12-30-2008