Section 1. Brown Act. All meetings of North Sonoma Valley MAC and, its committees and subcommittees, shall comply with the Brown Act (Government Code section 54950 et seq.).
Section 2. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of North Sonoma Valley MAC shall be held regularly at an established date, time and place open to the public. Notice of the meeting time and place should be given to the public and the MAC members at least seventy-two (72) hours before the meeting. After conferring with the District Supervisor, the Chair or Vice Chair may cancel any regular meeting by giving written notice of at least seventy-two (72) hours before the regularly scheduled meeting time. This requirement of notification prior to cancellation shall not be waived.
Section 3. Special Meetings. The Chair may call and preside over special meetings. The Chair may call a special meeting by providing notice of the time, place, and agenda to each member and the public at least (twenty-four) 24 hours before the special meeting. Only items on the agenda of the special meeting may be considered at said special meeting.
Section 4. Quorum. A quorum of North Sonoma Valley MAC must be present at any regular or special meeting in order for a decision to be made on any matter. A quorum is defined as a majority of MAC membership (four members), or three members plus an alternate.
Section 5. Voting. While the North Sonoma Valley MAC will strive for consensus, every official action taken by the North Valley MAC shall be adopted by a quorum vote. An alternate of the North Valley MAC may vote under the following circumstances: 1) If an at large member of the MAC is absent from a meeting and the alternate replaces that MAC member for the full meeting; 2) If an at large member of the MAC recuses themselves from an item the alternate may replace that MAC member for the full meeting. If an alternate is sitting for a MAC member and the agenda includes items continued from a prior meeting, the alternate must state on the record that she/he has reviewed the relevant materials for the items on the agenda, including the minutes (if available) from the prior meeting.
Section 6. Abstention. When any member abstains from participation in any matter before the North Sonoma Valley MAC because of a conflict of interest, that member shall not be counted as present for purposes of determining whether or not there is a quorum.
Section 7. Secretary. Administrative support for the North Sonoma Valley MAC shall be provided by staff identified by the District Supervisor, through a voluntary agreement, a contract, or other appropriate means.
Section 8. Notice. North Sonoma Valley MAC meetings will be open and public, with notice of the time and place given to the public and North Valley MAC members at least seventy-two (72) hours before the time of regular meetings and at least twenty-four (24) hours before special meetings.
Section 9. Public Comment. At each North Sonoma Valley MAC meeting, members of the public will be given the opportunity to directly address the items on the agenda before being voted on, and on Advisory Topics within the jurisdiction of the North Sonoma Valley MAC.