(A) The board of health of each city and of each general health district may establish a health district licensing council, to be appointed by the entity that has responsibility for appointing the board of health in the health district. The members of the council shall consist of one representative of each business activity for which the board of health operates a licensing program. To be appointed and remain a member, an individual shall be a resident of the health district for which the council was created.
The appointing authority shall make initial appointments to the council not later than thirty days after the board of health establishes the council. Of the initial appointments to the council, one-third of the members, rounded to the nearest whole number, shall serve for a term ending three years after the date of appointment; one-third, rounded to the nearest whole number, shall serve for a term ending four years after the date of appointment; and the remaining members shall serve for a term ending five years after the date of appointment. Thereafter, terms of office shall be five years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds.
Each member shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Members may be reappointed.
Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office as a member for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
Members shall serve without compensation, except to the extent that serving on the council is part of their regular duties of employment.
(B) Each health district licensing council shall organize by selecting from among its members a chairperson, a secretary, and any other officers it considers necessary. Each council shall adopt bylaws for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business.
Each council shall meet at least annually or at more frequent intervals if specified in its bylaws. In addition to the mandatory meetings, a council shall meet at the call of the chairperson or the request of a majority of the council members.
(C) Pursuant to sections 3709.03 , 3709.05 , and 3709.07 of the Revised Code , the health district licensing council, if established by the board of health, shall appoint one member of the board of health. The council shall appoint one of its members to serve as an alternate board of health member if for any reason the original member is required to abstain from voting on a particular issue being considered by the board of health. While serving on behalf of the original member, the alternate member has the same powers and duties as the original member.
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