103F.367 MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS BOARD.
Subdivision 1. Establishment.
The Mississippi Headwaters Board established by the
counties of Clearwater, Hubbard, Beltrami, Cass, Itasca, Aitkin, Crow Wing, and Morrison by
agreement entered into on February 22, 1980, pursuant to section
, is established as a
permanent board with authority to prepare, adopt, and implement a comprehensive land use
plan designed to protect and enhance the Mississippi River and related shoreland areas situated
within the counties.
Subd. 2. Membership.
(a) The board shall consist of eight members. The governing body of
each county shall appoint one of its members to serve on the board.
(b) The terms of board members are two years commencing on the first Monday in January
of odd-numbered years.
(c) Vacancies on the board shall be filled for the remainder of the term by the governing body
that made the original appointment.
(d) The governing body of a county may designate another member of the governing body or
a county officer to act as an alternate for the member appointed by that county.
Subd. 3. Officers.
(a) The board shall annually appoint from among its members a chair,
vice-chair, and secretary-treasurer who shall serve for concurrent one-year terms.
(b) The chair shall preside over all meetings of the board and may call special meetings at
reasonable times and upon adequate notice when necessary.
(c) The vice-chair shall preside over the meetings of the board in the absence of the chair.
(d) The secretary-treasurer or the designee of the secretary-treasurer shall keep a record of
all proceedings of the board. The secretary-treasurer shall provide for the proper receipt and
disbursement of funds.
Subd. 4. Meetings.
(a) The regular meetings of the board shall be held at times and places
prescribed by it.
(b) A majority of all members of the board shall constitute a quorum and a majority vote of
all members shall be required for actions taken by the board.
Subd. 5. Staff and contracts.
The board may employ staff and contract for goods and
services as necessary to implement sections
. Contracts are subject to the
statutory procedures and restrictions applicable to county contracts.
Subd. 6. Funding.
The board shall annually submit to each county for its approval an
estimate of the funds it will need from that county in the next fiscal year to prepare and implement
the plan and otherwise carry out the duties imposed upon it by sections
Each county shall, upon approval of the estimate by its governing body, furnish the necessary
funds to the board. The board may apply for, receive, and disburse federal, state, and other grants
Subd. 7. Advisory committees.
The board shall appoint advisory committees, representing a
broad geographical area and diverse public interests, and conduct public meetings and hearings
necessary to afford the public an opportunity to become fully informed of all deliberations in the
preparation and implementation of the plan.
Subd. 8. Contact with government agencies.
The board shall initiate and maintain contacts
with governmental agencies as necessary to properly prepare the plan and shall negotiate
cooperative management agreements with the United States Forest Service and Bureau of
Land Management and the state Department of Natural Resources. The board, Beltrami, Cass,
Hubbard, and Itasca Counties shall initiate and maintain contacts with the governing body of the
Leech Lake Indian Reservation and shall negotiate a cooperative management and jurisdiction
agreement with the reservation governing body.
History: 1990 c 391 art 6 s 44; 1992 c 476 s 4