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Article I - Name

  1. This Association shall be known as the “Bucks County Association of Township Officials” and shall be the official organization of townships of the second class in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, as noted in Section 1401 of the Second Class Township Code.

Article II - Purpose

  1. The purpose of this Association shall be to advance best interests of townships of the second class of Bucks County.
  2. This Association shall aid in the exchange of ideas and experiences among local township officials and to promote a better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of township officials.
  3. This Association will promote cooperation with existing governmental agencies in the County of Bucks and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  4. This Association shall cooperate and communicate with the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the County of Bucks and other similar organizations in the surrounding areas including the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Officials.

Article III - Membership

  1. All townships of the second class in Bucks County are eligible to be members of the Association.  This includes all current supervisors, tax collectors and auditors, non-elected secretaries, treasurers and managers.
  2. Township appointed solicitors and township appointed engineers may become members of this Association at his/her request.
  3. Members of borough councils of boroughs within Bucks County are permitted to be non-voting members of the Bucks County Association of Township Officials.  Such members shall have only those privileges not reserved by of the Second Class Township Code to Township officials.  Dues for non-voting members shall be in an amount established by the Executive Board of the Association.

Article IV - Officers

  1. The Officers of this Association shall be elected by and from the nine (9) Directors and three (3) Delegates and Past Presidents of the Executive Board, and shall consist of a President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer and appointed Secretary and shall be known as the Executive Committee.
  2. The President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer shall serve for the term of one year from the date of the annual convention meeting or until their successors are appointed or elected. Officers shall not serve more than three consecutive one year terms.
  3. In the event of a vacancy of an Officer, the Executive Board shall elect a successor.
  4. The Secretary shall be appointed on an annual basis by the Executive Board and shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

Article V - Delegates

  1. This Association shall elect one member of the county association for each ten (10) townships, or fraction thereof, within Bucks County, as a Delegate to each annual meeting of the State Association.
  2. In the event of inability to attend the State Convention, the Executive Board shall appoint an alternate Delegate.

Article VI - Directors

  1. The Directors of this Association shall be composed of nine (9) members elected at the annual convention, who shall serve for a term of one (1) year from the date of the annual convention meeting or until their successors are appointed or elected.

Article VII - Meetings

  1. Annual meetings or conventions shall be held in the County Seat of Bucks County or other suitable place in the County.

Article VIII - Amendments

  1. The Executive Board may propose an amendment or amendments to this Constitution and direct the Secretary to give written notice to every  member of the Association, setting forth in full the contents of said proposed amendment or amendments at least thirty (30) days prior to an annual meeting which notice shall state that action will be taken at said annual meeting and that upon the favorable vote of two-thirds of the members present to said annual meeting the amendment or amendments shall become effective immediately.
  2. Any ten (10) members of the Association may propose an amendment or amendments to this Constitution by petition in writing to the Executive Board at least sixty (60) days before any annual meeting. Upon receipt of such petition, the Executive Board must direct the Secretary to give written notice  of the proposed amendment or amendments  to every member of the Association; setting forth in full the contents of the proposed amendment or amendments. Said written notice shall  be given at least thirty (30) days prior to the next annual meeting and shall state that action will be taken at said annual meeting and that upon the favorable vote of two-thirds of the members present, the same shall become effective immediately.