SEC. 51-17-5. Board of directors.
All powers of the district shall be exercised by a board of directors to be selected and composed as follows:
(a) The board of water commissioners, the state game and fish commission, the forestry commission and the state board of health of the State of Mississippi shall each appoint one director from that department to serve on the board of directors of the Big Black River Basin District, each such director to serve at the pleasure of the respective board appointing him but not to exceed a six-year term. If possible, each of such directors must reside within one of the twelve counties composing the district.
(b) The board of supervisors of each county which elects to become a member of the district shall appoint two directors from that county, each of whom shall serve for a term of six years or until his successor is appointed by the board of supervisors of that county and qualified. In making its initial appointment of directors, the board of supervisors of each member county shall appoint one of its two directors to serve for a term of three years or until his successor is appointed and qualified.
(c) The governor of the State of Mississippi shall appoint four directors residing within the district, each of whom shall serve for a term of six years or until his successor is appointed by the governor and qualified.
(d) Each director shall take and subscribe to the general oath of office required by section 268 of the constitution of the State of Mississippi before a chancery clerk, that he will faithfully discharge the duties of the office, which oath shall be filed with the said clerk and by him preserved.
(e) Each director shall receive a per diem not to exceed twenty dollars ($20.00) per day for attending each day's meeting of the board and for each day spent in attending to necessary business of the district and, in addition, he may receive reimbursement for actual mileage traveled at the rate of seven cents (7cents) per mile, upon express authorization of the board.
(f) The board of directors shall annually elect from its number a president and vice-president of the district, and such other officers as in the judgment of the board are necessary. The president shall be the chief executive officer of the district and the presiding officer of the board, and shall have the same right to vote as any other director. The vice-president shall perform all duties and exercise all powers conferred by this chapter upon the president when the president is absent or fails or declines to act, except the president's right to vote. The board shall also appoint a secretary and a treasurer who shall be members of the board, and it may combine those offices. The treasurer shall give bond in the sum of not less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) as set by the board of directors, and each director may be required to give bond in the sum of not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), with sureties qualified to do business in this state, and the premiums on said bonds shall be an expense of the district. Each bond shall be payable to the State of Mississippi; the condition of each such bond shall be that the treasurer or director will faithfully perform all duties of his office and account for all money or other assets which shall come into his custody as treasurer or director of the district.
(g) Except as provided in the first paragraph of section 51-17-17, all business of the district shall be transacted by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total membership of the board of directors at a regular meeting duly called and held for such purpose.
(h) The state auditor of public accounts shall annually audit the books and records of the district and make a report thereof to the governor and the legislature.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 5956-223; Laws, 1964, ch. 249, Sec. 3, eff from and after passage (approved June 1, 1964).
SECTION 2. Sections 51-17-1, 51-17-3, 51-17-5, 51-17-7, 51-17-9, 51-17-11, 51-17-15 and 51-17-17, Mississippi Code of 1972, which establish legislative intent and policy for the Big Black River Basin District, authorize the organization of the district and specify which counties may become part of the district, and provide for a board of directors, creation of the district, payments to the district, expenses of the district and powers and duties of the district, are repealed.
SOURCE: 1997 Laws, Chapter 403, Sec. 2, SB2937, Effective July 1, 1997.