(a) Establishment and administrative role; composition of membership
There is established within the Department of the Interior a commission to be known as the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission which shall administer the preservation district and provide certain services within the park in accordance with this part. The Commission shall consist of fifteen members appointed by the Secretary as follows:
Terms Used In 16 USC 410cc-31
- Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
- Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
(1) Three members who are members of the city council of Lowell, appointed from recommendations made by the mayor of Lowell.
(2) Three members appointed from recommendations made by the city manager of Lowell of persons who are representative of organized labor, the business community, local neighborhoods, and cultural institutions, and who are not elected officials.
(3) One member appointed from recommendations made by the president of the University of Lowell.
(4) Three members appointed from recommendations made by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
(5) One member appointed from recommendations made by the Secretary of Commerce and who shall be an employee of the Department of Commerce.
(6) One member appointed from recommendations made by the Secretary of Transportation and who shall be an employee of the Department of Transportation.
(7) One member appointed from recommendations made by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and who shall be an employee of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
(8) Two members who are qualified to serve on the Commission because of their familiarity with programs of the Department of the Interior involving national parks and historic preservation and who shall be an employee of the Department of the Interior.
(b) Continuation of status as appointed member for member leaving government office or becoming elected official of government; duration
If any member of the Commission who was appointed to the Commission under paragraph (1) or (4) of subsection (a) of this section as a member of the city council of Lowell or any other government leaves that office, or if any member of the Commission who was appointed from persons who are not elected officials of any government becomes an elected official of a government, such person may continue as a member of the Commission for not longer than the thirty-day period beginning on the date such person leaves that office or becomes such an elected official, as the case may be.
(c) Terms of office and reappointment of members
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, members shall be appointed for terms of two years. A member may be reappointed only three times unless such member was originally appointed to fill a vacancy pursuant to subsection (e)(1) of this section, in which case such member may be reappointed four times.
(2) Of the members first appointed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the following shall be appointed for terms of three years:
(A) The members appointed pursuant to paragraphs (2), (3), and (8) of such subsection.
(B) One of the members appointed pursuant to paragraph (4) of such subsection, as designated by the Secretary at the time of appointment upon recommendation of the Governor.
(d) Chairman; election by members; term of office
The chairman of the Commission shall be elected by the members of the Commission. The term of the chairman shall be two years.
(e) Vacancies; appointment and term of office; service after expiration of term
(1) Any vacancy in the Commission shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.
(2) Any member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the term for which his predecessor was appointed. Any member may serve after the expiration of his term until his successor is appointed.
(f) Quorum and holding of hearings
Eight members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may hold hearings.
The Commission shall meet at least once each month, at the call of the chairman or a majority of its members.
(h) Compensation; travel expenses and per diem
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, members of the Commission shall each be entitled to receive $100 for each day (including travel time) during which they are engaged in the performance of the duties of the Commission.
(2) Members of the Commission who are full-time officers or employees of the United States, the city of Lowell, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall receive no additional pay on account of their service on the Commission.
(3) While away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Commission, members of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in the Government service are allowed expenses under section 5703 of title 5.
The Commission established pursuant to this subchapter shall cease to exist seventeen years from June 5, 1978.