WHEREAS, the citizens of ___________ County deserve the most efficient, economical, and responsive local government possible; and,
WHEREAS, the consolidation of the governments of the City (Town) of __________ and _____________ County is possible under Tennessee law through the formation of a metropolitan form of government; and,
WHEREAS, it is prudent to explore and study the benefits and possible detriments of a consolidation of the governments of the City (Town) of (principal city) and ____________ County, (and with the possible inclusion of the City (Town) of (smaller city);
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of ____________ County, Tennessee, in a __________ meeting on this ______ day of __________, 20___, that:
SECTION 1. A committee to study the possible consolidation of (principal city) and ____________ County, (and with the possible inclusion of (smaller city) shall be established.
SECTION 2. The consolidation study committee shall consist of (number) members constituted as follows:
a. (number) County Commissioners from County Commission districts not representing area of (principal city), to be appointed by the County Executive.
b. (number) members of the board of Mayor and Aldermen (or Board of Commissioners or Council), appointed by the Mayor of (principal city) [the Mayor may appoint himself as one of these members].
c. One (1) editor of a newspaper of general circulation in __________ County to be appointed by the County Executive.
d. One (1) member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (or Board of Commissioners or Council) of (smaller city).
e. The (number) members described above shall constitute the core group of the consolidation study committee. This core group shall meet and select (number) additional members of the committee from among the voters of __________ County as follows:
(1) One business person (including farmers)
(2) One industrialist
(3) One educator
(4) One lawyer
(5) One hourly wage employee
SECTION 3. Vacancies on the consolidation study committee shall be filled by the original appointing authority.
SECTION 4. The core group of the consolidation study committee shall meet at a time and place as set by the County Executive and a quorum being present shall select a chairman and a secretary. The core group of the study committee shall also select the other members of the committee, establish procedures and meeting times and locations. The full study committee shall report its findings to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (or Board of Commissioners or Council) of the (principal city) and the (smaller city), not later than (_____________).
SECTION 5. The consolidation study committee herein established shall not be and shall not be considered a metropolitan charter commission.
SECTION 6. This resolution shall take effect upon the passage of a substantially similar resolution by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (or Board of Commissioner or Council) of (principal city) or upon its passage, whichever occurs last.
SECTION 7. A certified copy of this resolution shall be sent by the County Clerk to the Mayor of (principal city) and to the Mayor of (smaller city), respectively.
Approved this _________ day of ____________, 20___.