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PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. Section 161D.2, Code 1999, is amended to read 1 2 as follows: 1 3 161D.2 LOESS HILLS DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION FUND. 1 4 A loess hills development and conservation fund is created 1 5 in the state treasury
, to. The fund shall include a hungry 1 6 canyons account which shall be administered by the loess hills 1 7 development and conservation authority and a preservation and 1 8 development account which shall be administered by the loess 1 9 hills preservation and development alliance, and any other 1 10 accounts which may be created and administered by the 1 11 authority. The proceeds of the fundrespective accounts shall 1 12 be used for the purposes specified in section 161D.1 or 161D.6 1 13 as applicable. The loess hills development and conservation 1 14 authority may accept gifts, bequests, other moneys including, 1 15 but not limited to, state or federal moneys, and in-kind 1 16 contributions for deposit in the fund. The gifts, grants, 1 17 bequests from public and private sources, state and federal 1 18 moneys, and other moneys received by the authority shall be 1 19 deposited in the fundrespective accounts and any interest 1 20 earned on the fundshall be credited to the fundrespective 1 21 accounts to be used for the purposes specified in section 1 22 161D.1 or 161D.6 as applicable. Notwithstanding section 8.33, 1 23 any unexpended or unencumbered moneys remaining in the fund at 1 24 the end of the fiscal year shall not revert to the general 1 25 fund of the state, but the moneys shall remain available for 1 26 expenditure by the authority or the alliance as applicable in 1 27 succeeding fiscal years. 1 28 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION. 161D.3 DEFINITIONS. 1 29 As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise 1 30 requires: 1 31 1. "Alliance" means the loess hills preservation and 1 32 development alliance created in section 161D.5. 1 33 2. "Authority" means the loess hills development and 1 34 conservation authority created in section 161D.1. 1 35 3. "Fund" means the loess hills development and 2 1 conservation fund created in section 161D.2. 2 2 Sec. 3. NEW SECTION. 161D.4 MISSION STATEMENT. 2 3 The mission of the loess hills preservation and development 2 4 alliance is to create a common vision for Iowa's loess hills, 2 5 protecting special natural and cultural resources while 2 6 ensuring economic viability and private property rights of the 2 7 region. 2 8 Sec. 4. NEW SECTION. 161D.5 LOESS HILLS PRESERVATION 2 9 ALLIANCE CREATED. 2 10 1. A loess hills preservation and development alliance is 2 11 created. The alliance shall carry out its powers and duties 2 12 under the general direction of the loess hills development and 2 13 conservation authority. The alliance shall encompass the 2 14 geographic region including the counties of Plymouth, 2 15 Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont. 2 16 Membership and participation in projects of the alliance is 2 17 not required. The alliance shall be governed by a board of 2 18 directors including the following voting membership: 2 19 a. Three members appointed by the board of supervisors of 2 20 each county participating in the alliance with at least one of 2 21 the appointees being a member of the board of supervisors. 2 22 b. Seven additional voting members who shall be persons 2 23 with experience in the fields of environmental affairs, 2 24 conservation, finance, development, tourism, or related 2 25 fields. The seven members shall be appointed by the members 2 26 appointed pursuant to paragraph "a" for a term of three years. 2 27 However, of the initial appointees, two directors shall be 2 28 appointed to a one-year term and two directors shall be 2 29 appointed to a two-year term. Thereafter, all appointments 2 30 shall be for a three-year term. 2 31 2. The administrator of the soil conservation division of 2 32 the department of agriculture and land stewardship, a staff 2 33 coordinator or director of the councils of governments serving 2 34 the counties participating in the alliance, the director of 2 35 the department of economic development, the cooperative 3 1 extension administrator of the Iowa state university extension 3 2 service, the director of the department of natural resources, 3 3 the director of transportation, the director of the department 3 4 of cultural affairs, and a staff coordinator of the golden 3 5 hills resource conservation and development agency or the 3 6 Sioux river resource conservation and development agency may 3 7 voluntarily serve as nonvoting members of the board of 3 8 directors. A director or administrator specifically 3 9 identified in this subsection may be represented by a 3 10 designee. The voting members of the board of directors shall 3 11 select the staff persons to represent the councils of 3 12 governments and the resource conservation and development 3 13 agencies. 3 14 3. Each voting member of the board of directors who is 3 15 appointed by the board of supervisors of a participating 3 16 county shall be appointed to a three-year term and shall hold 3 17 office until a successor is appointed. However, of the 3 18 initial appointees, each participating board of supervisors 3 19 shall appoint one director to a one-year term and one director 3 20 to a two-year term. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for 3 21 three years. A vacancy shall be filled by the appointing 3 22 authority for the unexpired portion of the term. A member 3 23 shall serve without compensation, but a member may be 3 24 reimbursed for actual expenses incurred while performing the 3 25 duties of office by the governmental agency or private 3 26 organization which the member represents. 3 27 Sec. 5. NEW SECTION. 161D.6 POWERS AND DUTIES. 3 28 1. The board of directors of the alliance shall have the 3 29 following powers and duties: 3 30 a. To meet, organize, and adopt rules of procedure as 3 31 necessary to carry out its powers and duties. The board of 3 32 directors may appoint an executive committee to provide 3 33 supervision and administrative direction to the staff. The 3 34 executive committee shall be voting members of the board of 3 35 directors. At least sixty percent of the members of the 4 1 executive committee shall be residents of the seven-county 4 2 geographic region specified in section 161D.5. The executive 4 3 committee may also appoint working committees that include 4 4 individuals who are not members of the executive committee. 4 5 b. To prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan for the 4 6 development of the loess hills area subject to the approval of 4 7 the authority. The plan shall provide for the designation of 4 8 significant scenic areas, the education of the public on the 4 9 need for and methods of preserving the natural resources of 4 10 the loess hills area, and the promotion of tourism and related 4 11 business and industry in the loess hills area. 4 12 c. To employ necessary staff to carry out the mission of 4 13 the alliance. 4 14 d. To acquire necessary equipment and supplies to support 4 15 the membership and staff. 4 16 e. To apply for, accept, and expend public and private 4 17 funds for planning and implementing projects, programs, and 4 18 other components of the mission of the alliance subject to 4 19 approval of the authority. 4 20 f. To study different options for the protection and 4 21 preservation of significant historic, scenic, geologic, and 4 22 recreational areas of the loess hills including but not 4 23 limited to a federal or state park, preserve, or monument 4 24 designation, fee title acquisition, or restrictive easement. 4 25 g. To make recommendations to and coordinate the planning 4 26 and projects of the alliance with the authority. 4 27 h. To develop and implement a pilot project for the 4 28 protection of loess hills areas with the use of restrictive 4 29 easements from willing sellers and fee title ownership from 4 30 willing sellers subject to approval of the authority. 4 31 2. The board of directors and its powers and duties are 4 32 not intended to affect the authority of the department of 4 33 natural resources in its acquisition, development, and 4 34 management of public lands within the counties participating 4 35 in the alliance. 5 1 EXPLANATION 5 2 This bill creates a loess hills preservation and 5 3 development alliance which encompasses the geographic area of 5 4 seven counties, including Plymouth, Woodbury, Monona, 5 5 Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont. The purpose of 5 6 the alliance is to establish projects and programs to protect 5 7 and preserve the unique natural resources of the loess hills 5 8 area and provide for responsible economic development under 5 9 the general direction of the loess hills development and 5 10 conservation authority. The alliance is to study different 5 11 options for protecting and preserving the loess hills area, 5 12 including designation as federal or state parks, monuments, or 5 13 preserves, fee title acquisition, or restrictive easements. 5 14 The alliance is also directed to develop and implement a pilot 5 15 project for the protection of loess hills areas with the use 5 16 of restrictive easements from willing sellers and fee title 5 17 ownership from willing sellers subject to approval of the 5 18 authority. 5 19 The alliance is governed by a board of directors consisting 5 20 of three members, each selected by the boards of supervisors 5 21 of the counties participating in the alliance, and seven 5 22 additional members selected by the members appointed by the 5 23 participating boards of supervisors. The seven members shall 5 24 be appointed to three-year staggered terms of office and shall 5 25 be experienced in the fields of environmental affairs, 5 26 finance, conservation, tourism, development, or related 5 27 fields. At least one of the appointees of the respective 5 28 boards of supervisors shall be a member of the board of 5 29 supervisors. The administrator of the soil conservation 5 30 division of the department of agriculture and land 5 31 stewardship, a staff coordinator or director of the councils 5 32 of governments serving counties participating in the alliance, 5 33 the director of the department of economic development, the 5 34 cooperative extension administrator of the Iowa state 5 35 university extension service, the director of the department 6 1 of natural resources, the director of transportation, and the 6 2 director of the department of cultural affairs, and a 6 3 coordinator of the golden hills resource conservation and 6 4 development agency or the Sioux river resource conservation 6 5 and development agency may voluntarily serve as nonvoting 6 6 members of the board of directors. The voting members of the 6 7 board of directors shall select the persons to represent the 6 8 councils of governments and the resource conservation and 6 9 development agencies. 6 10 The bill outlines powers and duties for the board of 6 11 directors of the alliance. The board of directors may meet, 6 12 organize, and adopt rules of procedure for the conduct of its 6 13 business. The board may create an executive committee to 6 14 supervise its staff and carry out miscellaneous administrative 6 15 duties. At least 60 percent of the members of the executive 6 16 committee shall reside in the seven-county geographic area of 6 17 the alliance. The board shall prepare and adopt a 6 18 comprehensive plan for the development of the loess hills 6 19 area, the designation of scenic areas, the preservation of 6 20 natural and historic resources, public education, and the 6 21 promotion of tourism. The board is to study various options 6 22 for the protection and preservation of significant historic, 6 23 scenic, geologic, and recreational areas of the loess hills. 6 24 The board is to solicit grants and other funds to carry out 6 25 its projects and make recommendations to and coordinate its 6 26 planning and projects with the loess hills development and 6 27 conservation authority. The plans and projects of the 6 28 alliance are subject to approval of the authority. 6 29 The bill also creates a loess hills preservation and 6 30 development account in the loess hills development and 6 31 conservation fund in the state treasury. A hungry canyons 6 32 account is also created. The board of directors of the 6 33 alliance shall administer the loess hills preservation and 6 34 development account and apply for and accept private or public 6 35 funds to carry out its mission with approval of the authority. 7 1 LSB 2261XS 78 7 2 tj/jw/5
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