Evaluate, rank, and select local subdivision requests for financial assistance based on factors specified in law (SCIP: ORC 164.06(B) and LTIP: ORC 164.14(E)) .

Each district public works integrating committee shall appoint a subcommittee of its members that will represent the interests of villages and townships and that will review and select the capital improvement projects which will be submitted by the subcommittee to the administrator of the Ohio Small Government Commission.

Each district public works integrating committee, or if applicable, its Executive Committee, is responsible for the appointment of members to the district's eleven member Natural Resources Assistance Council.

For new NRAC members, District integrating committees must forward to the OPWC the following: letter from the appointing authority, resume or summary of qualifications, NRAC Nomination Form, and meeting minutes. For reappointments, the required documents are the letter from the appointing authority and the meeting minutes. Final determination of questioned eligibility or appointments shall be made by the OPWC Director.

ORC 164.06

Of the eleven members, one shall be a member of the appointing integrating committee and one shall represent a soil and water conservation district that is located within the geographical jurisdiction of the appointing integrating committee. The nine other members of the council shall be appointed from the following categories or organizations, units of government, or agencies and shall include at least one member from each of those categories.

    A county, municipal corporation, township, conservancy district, regional or joint district or unit of local government, or regional or joint political subdivision that   is located within the geographical jurisdiction of the appointing integrating committee;

    A conservation organization, an environmental advocacy organization, and organization with a primary interest in watershed protection and restoration, the department of natural resources, the environmental protection agency, or the United States natural resources conservation service;

    A city park system or metropolitan park system or a board of park commissioners from a county that is located within the geographical jurisdiction of the appointing integrating committee, a statewide parks and recreation organization, or the United States national park service.

    A statewide organization representing agriculture, and organization representing forestry interests, the department of agriculture, or the United States department of agriculture;

    An organization representing business, local Realtors, or a planning agency, including a Port. authority, located within the geographical jurisdiction of the appointing integrating committee.

No organization, unit of government, or agency that is listed above shall be represented by more than one member on the council at any given time. The membership of the council shall reflect the demographic and economic diversity of the population located within the geographic area represented by the council.

For new NRAC members, District integrating committees must forward to the OPWC the following: letter from the appointing authority, resume or summary of qualifications, nomination form (below), and meeting minutes. For reappointments, the required documents are the letter from the appointing authority and the meeting minutes. Final determination of questioned eligibility or appointments shall be made by the OPWC Director.

NRAC Nomination Form

Reference: ORC Section 164.21

Natural Resource Assistance Councils required to be organized under Section 164.21 (A) of the Ohio Revised Code have the following responsibilities:

    "A natural resources assistance council shall elect a chairperson, a vice chairperson, and other officers that the council considers appropriate." O.R.C. 164.21 (B)

    "A council may adopt bylaws governing its operation, including bylaws that establish the frequency of regular meetings and any necessary procedures." O.R.C. 164.21 (B)

    "A natural resources assistance council shall establish a prioritization and selection methodology system for applications submitted under section 164.23 of the Revised Code. The methodology shall be submitted to and approved by the director of the Ohio public works commission." O.R.C. 164.24 (B)

    "Natural resources assistance councils shall review and approve or disapprove applications in accordance with sections 164.20 to 164.27 of the Revised Code for grants for projects..."defined in section 164.22 (A) and 164.22 (B) of the Revised Code.

    Natural resources assistance councils shall forward approved projects to the Ohio Public Works Commission for final approval.

Reference: ORC Section 164.21

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