(a) When any district is created, the creating authority may appoint a board of commissioners composed of seven members to govern its affairs, and shall fix the domicile of the board of commissioners at any point within the district. In the case of county districts, after the expiration of the terms of the members of the board of commissioners holding office on May 23, 2000, there may be at least one member of the board of commissioners from each county commission district if the number of the county commission does not exceed seven, unless a resolution dated before January 1, 2000, was passed by a county commission establishing an appointment process different from this section or as otherwise provided by the enactment of a local act after May 23, 2000. The members of the board of commissioners shall be qualified electors of the district, two of whom shall be appointed for terms of two years, three for terms of three years, and two for terms of four years, dating from the date of the adoption of the resolution or ordinance creating the district. Thereafter, all appointments of the members shall be for terms of four years.
(b) The board of commissioners shall have complete and sole authority to appoint a chairman and any other officers it may deem necessary from among the membership of the board of commissioners.
(c) A majority of the board of commissioners membership shall constitute a quorum and all official action of the board of commissioners shall require a quorum.
(d) The board of commissioners may employ such employees, experts, and consultants as it deems necessary to assist the board of commissioners in the discharge of its responsibilities to the extent that funds are made available.
(e) In lieu of appointing a board of commissioners, the governing body of the creating authority may serve as the board of commissioners of the district, in which case it shall assume all the powers and duties of the board of commissioners as provided in this chapter.
(f) In addition to other authority and powers necessary to establish, operate, maintain, and replace an emergency communication system, the board of commissioners shall have the following authority:
(1) To sue and be sued, to prosecute, and defend civil actions in any court having jurisdiction of the subject matter and of the parties.
(2) To acquire or dispose of, whether by purchase, sale, gift, lease, devise, or otherwise, property of every description that the board may deem necessary, consistent with this section, and to hold title thereto.
(3) To construct, enlarge, equip, improve, maintain, and operate all aspects of an emergency communication system consistent with subsection (a) of Section 11-98-6 .
(4) To borrow money for any of its purposes.
(5) To provide for such liability and hazard insurance as the board of commissioners may deem advisable to include inclusion and continuation, or both, of district employees in state, county, municipal, or self-funded liability insurance programs.
(6) To enter into contracts or agreements with public or private safety agencies for dispatch services when such terms, conditions, and charges are mutually agreed upon, unless otherwise provided by local law.
(7) To make grants to municipalities for dispatching equipment and services.
(g) The board of commissioners may elect to form a nonprofit, public corporation with all of the powers and authority vested in such political and legal entities. The certificate of incorporation shall recite, in part:
(1) That this is a nonprofit, public corporation and is a political and legal subdivision of the State of Alabama as defined in this chapter.
(2) The location of its principal office.
(3) The name of the corporation.
(4) That the governing body is the board of commissioners.
(h) Any other provisions of this chapter notwithstanding, the board of commissioners shall present to the creating authority for approval the acquisition, disposition, or improvements to real property.
(i) In addition to the provisions of subdivision (5) of subsection (f), each member of the board of commissioners and each director of an emergency communication district shall be bonded in an amount equal to one-half of one percent of the total funds received by the district in the prior fiscal year except the amount of the bond for any persons required to be bonded, shall not be less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) nor exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). The board of commissioners may require other employees to be bonded in an amount set by the board and made payable to the district. The bonds shall be paid for by the district, and a copy shall be on file at the offices of the district and at the office of the judge of probate of the county in which the district is incorporated. In the event the governing body of the creating authority serves as the board of commissioners of the district, each member of the board may combine the bond required herein with the bond required for service on the creating authority provided both the creating authority and the emergency communication district are adequately protected in the event of forfeiture and the portion of the bond payment required pursuant to this section is paid by the district.
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