Oregon Statutes - Chapter 377 - Highway Beautification; Motorist Information Signs - Section 377.835 - Creation of Travel Information Council as semi-independent state agency; members; qualifications; appointment; terms; chairperson; quorum; rules.

(1) The Travel Information Council is created as a semi-independent state agency.

(2) The Travel Information Council shall consist of 11 members. One shall be the chairperson of the Oregon Transportation Commission or a person within the Department of Transportation designated by the chairperson and 10 appointed members as follows: Two members from among the lodging, restaurant and recreation industries; one member from the vehicular service industry; one member from the outdoor advertising industry; one member from the electrical sign industry; and five members from the public at large. The public at-large members shall be appointed from among the residents of each congressional district. None of the public at-large members shall have any financial interest in any restaurant, hotel, motel, recreational facility, garage, oil company or other vehicular service industry, or in any advertising business other than shares of stock that are traded on a national stock exchange.

(3) The 10 appointed members shall be appointed by the Governor. Each shall be appointed to serve for a term of four years but a member may be removed at the pleasure of the Governor. Before the expiration of the term of a member, the Governor shall appoint a successor whose term begins on July 1 next following. A member is eligible for reappointment. If there is a vacancy for any cause the Governor shall make an appointment to become effective immediately for the unexpired term. Five shall be appointed biennially on July 2 in odd-numbered years.

(4) The council shall select one of its members as chairperson, another as vice chairperson and a third as secretary. Six members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The council shall meet quarterly at a time and place to be determined by the chairperson. The chairperson or any three members of the council may call a special meeting upon not less than one week’s written notice to the other members. All members are entitled to expenses as provided by ORS 292.495.

(5) The council may, in accordance with ORS chapter 183 and consistent with ORS 377.700 to 377.840, adopt and from time to time amend and repeal rules relating to tourist oriented directional signs, logo signs and motorist informational signs and all other matters necessary and appropriate to carry out its responsibilities under ORS 377.700 to 377.840. The sign rules for protected areas in effect on July 2, 1971, shall be continued in effect unless modified by the commission. All such rules shall be consistent with federal laws and regulations relating to highways. The Director of Transportation shall take appropriate action for the administration and enforcement of orders issued and rules adopted under ORS 377.700 to 377.840.

(6) The commission may continue or amend any existing agreements and may enter into new agreements with the United States or any agency thereof authorized to make agreements under section 131, title 23, United States Code relating to the regulation, control and removal of signs within or adjacent to the Interstate and Federal Aid Systems.

(7) The council shall be under the administrative control of a director who is appointed by and who holds office at the pleasure of the council. The director of the Travel Information Council may appoint all subordinate officers and employees of the council and may prescribe their duties and fix their compensation. The director of the Travel Information Council may delegate to any subordinate officer or employee any administrative duty, function or power imposed upon the council by or pursuant to law. [1971 c.770 §4; 1973 c.790 §23; 1981 c.545 §5; 1983 c.111 §9; 1993 c.741 §§64,64a; 1997 c.632 §6]

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