BASTROP COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION BYLAWS
BASTROP COUNTY, TEXAS
NAME, PURPOSE, MISSION
SECTION 1. NAME: The name of this organization shall be the BASTROP COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION.
SECTION 2. PURPOSE: The purpose of this organization shall be to promote and preserve the history of Bastrop County.
SECTION 3. MISSION STATEMENT: Encourage knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of Bastrop County’s past through research, documentation and recognition of its notable historic sites.
SECTION 1. COMPOSITION: Membership shall be comprised of residents of Bastrop County who share an interest in and knowledge of Bastrop County’s history.
SECTION 2. SERVICE: Members shall be appointed during January of odd-numbered years to serve for a period of two years. Reappointments may be made for additional terms.
SECTION 1. SELECTION: The Chairman and members shall be appointed by the County Judge. Other officers shall be elected by the members of the Commission.
Section 2. TITLES: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
SECTION 3. DUTIES:
The Chairman shall conduct meetings, appoint committees and direct activities.
The Vice-Chairman shall assume responsibilities of the Chairman when he or she cannot serve.
The Secretary shall keep a record of minutes and attendance of meetings.
The Treasurer shall oversee financial affairs of the Commission.
SECTION 3. The Commission shall meet quarterly in Bastrop, the County Seat. When possible, meetings will be conducted at the Bastrop County Courthouse.
SECTION 4. All meetings shall conform to the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.
SECTION I: The Commission shall meet at least once a year in Bastrop, the County Seat.
SECTION 2: All meetings shall conform to the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.
SECTION 1. ESTABLISHMENT: Committees will be established as deemed necessary by the membership. An executive committee may be established with meetings announced by the Chairman.
SECTION 2. APPOINTMENT: Committee appointments shall be made by the Chairman.
SECTION 3. DUTIES: Grants and Finance - Review applications and make decisions regarding the disbursement of funds.
Historical Markers and Research Committee shall be responsible for all matters related to the Official Texas Historical Markers and National Register Listings.
Archives and Records Survey Committee shall work with elected officials of the county to record and preserve the county’s historical documents.
Cemetery Survey Committee shall conduct cemetery surveys and provide this information to the County Clerk.
Heritage Awareness Committee will work to educate the public on the fragile nature of our archeological resources and the need to preserve such sites for proper research. It shall be responsible for encouraging active preservation and appreciation of local history to include ethnic-related contributions.
The Historical Photo Survey Committee shall promote the preservation of our photographic historical records.
Oral History Committee shall record and document living history by tape recording/video-taping both significant contemporary events and interviews.
SECTION 1. The Commission shall prepare a budget accessible to the County Commissioner’s Court.
SECTION 2. The Commission shall make available an annual financial report to the Commissioner’s Court and to the Texas Historical Commission.
SECTION 3. As an arm of the county government, the Commission is exempt from paying income tax and need not incorporate as a non-profit organization.
SECTION 4. The Commission is exempt from paying state sales tax when transacting business in the name of the County.
SECTION 1. Parliamentary procedure will follow Roberts Rules of Order.
SECTION 2. A quorum shall consist of a majority of its members.
SECTION 3. These bylaws may be amended with thirty (30) days written notice to the general membership by a majority of those members.
SECTION 4. The Commission shall make an annual activity report to the Texas Historical Commission.