Hutchinson Human Relations Commission

Regular Meetings


  • Monthly

Agendas & Minutes

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Members


The Commission consists of 9 members appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Governing Body. The Commission shall elect 1 of its members as chairperson thereof. The Commission shall elect 1 of its members as vice-chairperson, who shall act as chairperson during the absence or incapability of the chairperson.

The term of office of the chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be for 1 year, and no person shall serve more than 2 consecutive terms in the same office unless such election to the immediately subsequent term be made by members of the Commission by unanimous vote. Membership on the Commission is limited to 2 consecutive full terms. A single term is 3 years. For a current listing of members and terms of office, email Meryl Dye.

Meeting & Attendance Policy


The Commission shall meet regularly once a month at a place and time decided by the Commission for the purpose of adopting rules and regulations and conducting necessary business. Special meetings may be called by the chairperson or by a majority of the members of the Commission then presently serving. A record of attendance is kept. Resolution No. 2744, Section 4 (PDF), states that "members shall be required to attend not less than 75% of regular meetings."

Purpose


The Commission shall endeavor to eliminate prejudice among the various groups in the City and to create harmonious relationships among the various persons and agencies within the City. The Commission functions in an advisory capacity to the mayor and the governing body of the City on problems affecting human and inter-group relations.

Focus


The focus of this Commission is eliminating and preventing discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations regardless of:
  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Disability
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
To this end, the Commission may:
  • Make studies and surveys to collect accurate data
  • Facilitate cooperative actions with other agencies, both private and public
  • Influence and encourage community support for educational programs and appropriate legislation
  • Provide and promote distribution of information to promote goodwill and to minimize or eliminate discriminatory practices arising from prejudice

Establishment Authority


By Ordinance No. 7334.

Public Meetings


Meetings are open to the public. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication at a Board meeting (or any City program, service or activity), should email Meryl Dye, Assistant City Manager/ADA Coordinator, at 620-259-4118 (TDD - Kansas Relay Center 711), as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled meeting.