012.10.79 Ark. Code R. § 006 - Bylaws of Arkansas Territorial Restoration Commission



The name of this Commission is Arkansas Territorial Restoration Commission.


The main office of the Arkansas Territorial Restoration Commission shall be located at Territorial Square, 3rd and Scott Streets, in Little Rock, Arkansas.


The Arkansas Territorial Restoration Commission ("Commission") was created by Act 388 of 1939 of the Arkansas General Assembly, as amended by Act 76 of 1967. The Commission was placed in the Department of Arkansas Natural and Cultural Heritage by Act 1001 of 1975. The Restoration site occupies all of Block 32, Original City of Little Rock, and the Commission owns additional land in the same vicinity.

The Commission was created to restore the historic houses on its property, to landscape the grounds and to interpret the Territorial and early statehood period of Arkansas history through the museum houses and through collections appropriate to the period.. All of this is done to create "a historic center, interesting to the inhabitants of the State and to tourists who visit Arkansas." (Act 388 of 1939.)

A. ELIGIBILITY. The Commissioners consist of the persons selected by the remaining Commissioners from throughout the state. There is neither a maximum nor minimum number of Commissioners, The Director of the Department of Natural and Cultural Heritage shall be ex efficio a member of the Commission.
B. RIGHTS OF COMMISSIONERS. The right of a Commissioner to vote and all his right, title, and interest in or to the Commission shall cease on the termination of his membership. Preferring there be no specific terms of office for Commissioners (which would require periodic re-selection) , any Commissioner may resign from the Commission by delivering a written resignation to the President or Secretary of the Commission.
C. MONTHLY MEETINGS. The monthly meeting of the members of the Commission shall be held at times and places determined by the Chairman of the Commission. Normally these meetings will be held in the meeting room of the Restoration Center at Territorial Square in Little Rock, Arkansas, for the transaction of such business as may come before the meeting, on the second Thursday of each month or similar designated day.
D. SPECIAL MEETING. Special meetings of the Commission may be called by the Chairman whenever he shall deem them necessary or whenever he shall be called upon to do so by a majority of the Commissioners.
E. NOTICE OF MEETINGS. Notice of the time, place, and purpose of the monthly or special meeting shall be served either personally, or by mail, or by telephone sufficiently in advance to provide .reasonable notice. Any Commissioner may waive notice of such meetings. In compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, the press shall also be notified by the Executive Director, as appropriate.
F. QUORUM. A quorum, at all meetings shall consist of at least one-half (1/2) of the Commissioners present in person, and the act of a majority of the members present at any meeting at which time there is a quorum shall be the act of the full Commission except as may be otherwise specifically provided by statute or by these By-Laws. In the absence of a quorum, or when a quorum is present, a meeting may be adjourned from time to time by vote of a majority of the Commissioners present in person, without notice other than by announcement at the meeting and without further notice to any absent Commissioner. At any adjourned meeting at which a quorum shall be present, any business may be transacted which might have been transacted at the meeting as originally notified.
G. VOTING. Every Commissioner shall be entitled to one vote in person on each matter submitted to the vote of the Commissioners. All questions shall be decided by a majority vote of the Commissioners present in person. except as may be specifically provided by statute or by these By-Laws.
H. REMOVAL OF COMMISSIONERS. Any Commissioner may be removed from office by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the full Commission registered in person at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose, for conduct detrimental to the interests of the Commission, for lack of sympathy with its objectives, or for refusal to render reasonable assistance in carrying out its purposes. Any such Commissioner proposed to be removed shall be entitled to at least five (5) days written notice by mail of the meeting at which such removal is to be voted upon, and the Commissioner under consideration shall be entitled to appear before and be heard at such meeting.

The affairs and business of the Restoration shall be managed and administered by an Executive Director who shall be selected by and serve at the discretion of the Director of the Department of Natural and Cultural Heritage pursuant to the applicable Arkansas law and with the concurrence of the Commission.

A. OFFICERS. The officers of this Commission shall be a Chairman, Vice-chairman, and a Secretary.
B. ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE. The officers shall be selected by the Commissioners from among their numbers for terms as desired. Each officer shall hold office until his successor shall have been duly elected and qualified.
C. CHAIRMAN. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Commission. He shall have and exercise general charge and supervision of the affairs of the Commission and shall do and perform such other duties as may be appropriate. He shall be ex officio a member of all committees.
D. VICE-CHAIRMAN. In the Chairman's absence or in the event of his inability to act, the Vice-Chairman shall perform the duties and possess and exercises the powers of the Chairman.
E. SECRETARY. The Secretary shall have charge of books, documents, papers and related materials belonging or pertaining to the Commission. He shall conduct the correspondence of the Commission and issue all notices (although all notices may be served by the Executive Director). He shall attend and keep the minutes of all the meetings of the Commission. He shall keep a record containing the names, alphabetically arranged. Of all persons who are Commissioners, showing their places of residence, and this record shall be open for inspection. He may sign with the Chairman, in the name and on behalf of the Commission, any contracts or 'agreements authorized by the" Commission. He shall, in general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Secretary.

The audit of the Restoration is performed by the Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee', Division of Legislative Audit, on a periodic basis with audit reports published by the State of Arkansas and furnished to all Commissioners.


A majority of the Commissioners, by appropriate resolution, may designate and appoint one or more committees, each of which shall consist of any desired number of Commissioners. Committee members shall be appointed by the Chairman subject to acceptance by the respective Commissioners. Committee members shall serve during the pleasure of the Commission. The Executive Director shall be ex officio a member of all such committees.


The fiscal year of the Restoration shall commence on the 1st day of July and end of the 30th day of June.


The By-Laws of this Commission may be amended or revised by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Commissioners. Votes shall be cast at the monthly meeting or at any special meeting, provided that the notice of such meeting contains a summary of the proposed amendment or amendments.

Adopted this 8+1 day of march,1979.


012.10.79 Ark. Code R. § 006

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