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By Laws





September 20, 1979


The Ford Homes Historic District is formed by Resolution of the Dearborn City Council (CR No. 6-629-79), adopted on
June 5, 1979, with its purpose being to implement jurisdictions and responsibilities granted by such
resolution. The purpose of the District shall include efforts to preserve the basic historic character of the
District, within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.


The principal office of the Ford Homes Historic District shall be located in the City of Dearborn, County of Wayne and shall be the address of the current Chairperson of the District.


Section 1: Class of Membership

There shall be one class of membership: Active.

Section 2: Eligibility

Every resident property owner of the Ford Homes Historic District shall have full-active membership rights.


Section 1: Annual Meeting

The annual meeting shall be held on the second Wednesday in May. At this time, the Annual Reports will be submitted
and the officers for the new term shall be elected and installed. Effective date of assuming office shall be
July 1.

Section 2: Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the authority of the District Committee or by petition of 5% of the active
membership, provided adequate notice is given at least one week in advance of the meeting.

Section 3: Quorum

10% of the active members in good standing shall constitute a quorum of any regular or special meeting of the District.



Section: 1

The affairs of the Ford Homes Historic District shall be managed by the District Committee, whose duty it
is to transact all normal business of the District.

Section 2: Membership

The District Committee shall consist of SEVEN resident property owners elected at large.

Section 3: Termination of Committee Member

Any Committee member failing to attend three consecutive meetings of the District Committee may be
dismissed from the Committee by a majority of the Committee members present at any regular meeting and
having been so dismissed shall immediately cease to be a Committee member.

Section 4: Regular Meetings

Regular meetings of the District Committee shall be held a minimum of four (4) times per year. The
meetings shall be scheduled by the Committee Chairperson at a mutually agreeable time and date. ay.

Section 5: Special Meetings

Special meeting of the District Committee may be called at the request of the Chairperson or any two
committee members.

Section 6: Quorum

Five members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the District Committee.

Section 7: Vacancy

The Chairperson may fill any vacancy occurring on the District Committee, with the consent of the Committee
and such person so appointed shall hold office until the next annual meeting and the successor shall have
been elected and qualified.


Section 1: Officers

Any member-resident-property owner shall be eligible to hold office. The officers shall be Chairperson, Chair-
person Pro Tern, Treasurer and Secretary. Determination of the office shall be made by the membership at the Annual
Meeting immediately following the election of Committee members. Determination shall be by secret ballot with the
positions determined by ballots cast: Chairperson–highest vote tally: Chairperson Pro Tem– second highest vote
tally; Treasurer and Secretary to be determined by the Committee.

Section 2: Election and Term of Office

All members of the District Committee shall serve for two years. (At the formation of the District Committee
THREE persons will be elected to a one year term, FOUR persons will be elected to a two year term. In each
successive year, persons will be elected to two year terms; three persons in even numbered years and four persons in
odd numbered years.)

Section 3: Chairperson

The Chairperson shall be the presiding officer at all regular and special meetings of the District and the
Committee. The Chairperson shall perform all duties incident to the office and act as liaison between the
District, the Committee and the City of Dearborn.

Section 4: Chairperson Pro Tern

In the absence of the Chairperson, the Chairperson Pro Tern shall preside and discharge the duties of the Chairperson.
The Chairperson Pro Tern shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Chairperson or the Committee.

Section 5: Treasurer

The Treasurer shall duly and faithfully keep account of any and all monies of the District, shall disburse said funds
in accordance with the directions of the committee. The Treasurer shall keep the active membership role. The funds
of the District shall be deposited in a banking institution approved by the Committee, and may be withdrawn by co-
signed check by the Treasurer and Chairperson, or any other officers designated by the Committee. Other duties may be assigned by the Chairperson or the Committee.

Section 6: Secretary

The Secretary shall keep the Minutes of the Meetings of the Historic District and the District Committee: shall
send all notices required by the by-laws and be custodian of the District records; shall perform such
duties incident to the office of Secretary and any other duties that may be assigned by the Chairperson of
the Committee. Copies of Minutes and records will be posted online and be available to the Public.


Section 1: Special Committees

The Chairperson shall appoint such special committees as are required by projects undertaken by the District.

Section 2: Nominating Committee

The Chairperson shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of five members in March of each year. It shall be the duty of this Committee to prepare a slate of candidates for the election of members to
the District Committee to be presented at the Annual Meeting in May. Nominations shall be accepted from
the floor prior to the vote, with the consent of the nominees.


Section 1:

The Fiscal Year of the District shall begin the first day of July and end the last day of June of the following year.


Section 1:

Ownership of all property belonging to the District shall be vested in the Active membership and in case of
dissolution, after the payment of all debts and charges against said District, shall become the property of the
Historical Commission.


Section 1:

Funds received through fund raising projects, gifts, etc., shall be used to advance the purposes of the Ford
Homes Historic District as recited in Dearborn City Council Resolution No. 6-629-79 and the provisions of
these by-laws adopted pursuant thereto.


Section 1:

These by-laws may be altered, amended, repealed or annulled in the following manner: the proposed change or
changes shall be presented at an Annual or Special meeting and entered in the Minutes, after which they
must lie over until the next Annual or Special meeting and a written notice with a copy of the proposed change
or changes mailed to each member of the District at least six (6) days before the meeting, when it shall
require the vote of two-thirds of the active members present and voting for passage.


Section 1:

These by-laws shall become effective when considered and adopted by the membership and confirmed by the City Council.