BYLAWS

Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today Inc.

Revised9/6/2017

 

 

ARTICLE 1. NAME

The name of this organization shall be Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today Inc., otherwise referred to as TNT.

 

RTICLE 2. MISSION & PURPOSE

The mission of TNT is to be a citizen led organization, continuing the work of TNT as outlined in the City of Syracuse General Ordinance No. 48, in partnership with the City and designed to improve the quality of life for all residents and neighborhoods in the City of Syracuse.

 

The purpose and vision of TNT is to;

·         Create a safe space for residents to dialog, plan, make decisions and discuss concerns/issues as well as explore opportunities.

·         Represent a unified voice that reflects what’s in the best interest to our residents and neighborhoods.

·         Support and enhance neighborhoods through community building projects.

·         Increase civic engagement, community involvement, awareness, training and education within the City of Syracuse.

ARTICLE 3. SECTORS, MEMBERSHIP & MEETINGS

Section 1. Eligibility:  Membership in TNT will be open to all those who live, work, or own property within the city of Syracuse, New York.

Section 2. Membership Sectors & Meetings: The city of Syracuse is divided into 8 sectors/areas.  Members are encouraged to participate regularly in sector meetings and activities.  The sectors are outlined below:

1.       Downtown

2.       Westside

3.       Southside

4.       Valley

5.       Eastside

6.       Eastwood

7.       Northside

8.       Lakefront

 

Section 4. Quorum:  For sector meetings there shall be no required quorum. 

Section 5. Meeting Announcements: All meeting dates, times, and locations must be publically posted to the city of Syracuse events calendar at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting date.

Section 6. Sector Facilitators- Election & Responsibilities:  Each sector can elect through majority vote of those in attendance a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 sector facilitators.  The elections shall be held during the September meeting of each sector with nominations made at and not before the September meeting and only by members in attendance.  Nominations of sector members only (see section 48-3 of the ordinance governing Neighborhood Planning Councils) made at the meeting are to be affirmed by a motion and vote by sector members only on each nominee.   Facilitators shall serve a one year term and can be nominated and re-elected yearly.  Voting shall be done through ballot votes for all Facilitators.

The sector facilitator’s role is to plan regular meetings of the sector membership, assist in community engagement activities, and serve as a community leader within their sector; helping to advance the mission and purpose of TNT.  The regular duties of the sector facilitator(s) are:

 

·         Schedule Sector Meetings

·         Develop Meeting Agendas

·         Facilitate Meetings

 

Section 6.5 Sector Facilitator Vacancy:  In the event of a vacancy of a facilitator prior to elections in September, the position can be filled in a special election when nominations are made one month before a vote during a regular sector meeting and in accordance to election & responsibilities above.  The Candidate must be present at the sector meeting for his or her nomination and be present at the sector meeting for the vote on his or her nomination.

Section 7.  Removal of Sector Facilitator:  Sector facilitators can be removed from office by the members of the TNT sector for which they are serving by a majority vote at a regular TNT sector meeting.

Section 8. Sector Taskforces: Each sector can establish taskforces to engage citizens within a sub-section of their sector as needed and by majority vote of the members present at a regular meeting of that sector.

 

ARTICLE 4. BOARD

Section 1. Purpose: The TNT Board will serve as the governing body overseeing the work of TNT as a whole.  The role of the Board includes, but is not limited to:

·         Hire & supervise the TNT Coordinator staff position.

·         Manage the finances of TNT as awarded by the city.

·         Facilitate agreement with fiscal sponsor and ensure compliance with any regulations governing the work of TNT.

·         Coordinate training and leadership development for TNT facilitators and community leaders.

·         Coordinate a comprehensive city-wide plan with TNT facilitators for marketing TNT meetings & events.

·         Develop policy & procedures as necessary to enhance the work of TNT.

·         Seek additional funding and grant opportunities as deemed necessary by the Board.

 

Section 2. Board Membership: The Board will be composed of 8 delegates and 8 alternates, including 1 of each from every sector.  The delegate representative shall serve as the voting board member for their sector. The alternate representative will serve on the board and will fill in as the voting member for the sector for which they represent should the delegate from their sector not be present.

Section 3. Eligibility: Individuals seeking election to the Board should live, own property, or work within the TNT sector for which they are serving.  Individuals should have demonstrated a commitment to TNT through attendance and participation as decided by the TNT sector for which they are elected by.

Section 4. Nominations and Elections:  The Board members will be nominated and elected by the TNT sector for which they are serving.  All nominations will be announced in a regular meeting of the TNT sector one month prior to the election.  Elections will be by a majority vote of those TNT members in attendance at the voting meeting in May. 

Section 5. Vacancies and Removal: If an individual can no longer serve as a delegate board member, the alternate board member will take their place and a new alternate will be elected by the TNT sector.  Board members can be removed from office by the TNT sector for which they are serving with or without cause by a two-thirds vote at a regular TNT sector meeting where previous notice has been given.

Section 6. Term and Limitations: TNT Board members will serve a 2 year term with 4 sectors being drawn at random to serve an initial 1 year board term in order to space out board turn over.  Board members can serve up to 3 consecutive terms.

Section 7. Compensation/Volunteer Status:  All Board members share serve on a volunteer basis without compensation.

 

Section 8. Quorum:  At least 5 of the 8 sectors must be represented to provide a quorum for board meetings to occur and to allow for voting.

Section 9. Meetings: Board meeting shall be open to the public, unless executive session is required to discuss legal or personnel issues.  Regular meeting shall be held at least 6 times a year with prior public notice being given. 

 

ARTICLE 5. OFFICERS

Section 1. Officers: The officers shall be elected from the board membership and shall consist of a chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, and treasurer.

Section 2. Nominations and Elections: Nominations and elections by majority vote will be held at the June meeting.

Section 3. Ballot Election and Term of Office: Officers will be elected by a majority vote of the board for a term of one year or until their successors are elected. Officers take office July 1st.

Section 4. Limitations: Each person elected shall hold only one office at a time. Each person can serve four consecutive terms in the same office.

Section 5. Vacancies: If there is a vacancy in the office of chairperson, the vice chairperson will become the chairperson. At the next regularly scheduled board meeting, there will be an election for vice chairperson. If there is a vacancy in any other office, members will fill the vacancy at the next regular board meeting.

Section 6. Removal from Office: Officers can be removed from office with or without cause by a two-thirds vote at a regular board meeting where previous notice has been given.

Section 7. Duties of Officers:  The duties of the officers of the organization shall be as follows:

·         The Chairperson shall:

o   Serve as the presiding officer of the board.

o   Call special Executive Committee meetings when necessary.

o   Call Board meetings when necessary.

o   In consultation with the Board, address any personnel issues with the TNT Coordinator as necessary.

 

·         The Vice-Chairperson shall assist the Chairperson and shall:

o   Preside at meetings in the absence of the Chairperson

o   Perform other duties assigned by the Chairperson.

 

·         The Secretary shall:

o   Record and distribute the minutes for all meetings.

 

·         The Treasurer shall:

o   Manage the organization’s financial account held with the fiscal sponsor in accordance with all required processes and procedures.

o   Be responsible for preparation and maintenance of the budget, including an annual report to the membership.

o   Maintain proper financial records and file financial reports with the fiscal sponsor and city of Syracuse budget department as required.

 

ARTICLE 6. COMMITTEES

Section 1. Executive Committee:  The executive committee shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 2. Committees: A majority vote of the Board can establish any committees as needed.

Section 3. Committee Membership: Each established committee outside of the executive committee will be co-chaired by a voting board member and alternate board member from different sectors and can consist of members from the community at large.  Each board member will be expected to serve on 1 committee.  Additionally, TNT members not on the Executive Board can serve as volunteers on any standing committee, special committee, or sector taskforce.

 

ARTICLE 7. TNT COORDINATOR

Section 1. Coordinator: The Board may appoint and employ an administrator of TNT, designated as Coordinator.  The Coordinator shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.

Section 2. Duties of the Coordinator:  The Board may delegate to the Coordinator the responsibility and authority for carrying out the policies and purposes that have been adopted and approved by the Board.  The Coordinator will serve as the front line staff assistant performing a variety of moderately complex general support duties for the organization, including the day-to-day clerical, financial, & record keeping necessary for the successful operation of TNT.  The coordinator will play a major role in helping advance the mission and vision of TNT within the city, acting as a liaison between the board, facilitators, city departments, and city residents as necessary. 

 

ARTICLE 8. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules contained within Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern meetings where they are not in conflict with the bylaws, rules of order, or other rules of the organization.

 

ARTICLE 9. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

These bylaws can be amended at any regular or special meeting providing that previous notice was given at the prior meeting in writing and then sent to all board members of the organization by the secretary. Previous notice can be sent by postal mail, e-mail, or fax.

 

 

Approved on 4/20/2015 by majority vote at a TNT steering committee meeting.

Amended on 10/7/2015 by a majority vote of the TNT Board

Amended on 12/2/2015 by a majority vote of the TNT Board

Ammended on 3/1/2017 by a majority vote of the TNT Board

Ammended on 9/6/2017 by a majority vote of the TNT Board