Upon the expiration of the term of a trustee who is in office on the
effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1975, the successor shall be a
resident of whichever county is entitled to such representation in order
to bring about the proportional representation required herein, and he
shall be appointed by the appointing authority of that county.
Thereafter, each trustee shall be succeeded by a resident of the same
county who shall be appointed by the same appointing authority; however,
the provisions of the preceding paragraph shall apply to the appointment
of the successor to each trustee who is in office at the time of the
publication of each decennial Federal census of population.
Within 60 days after the adoption of this Act as provided in Section
2 hereof, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint 7 trustees
who shall hold that office respectively one for one, one for 2, one for
3, 2 for 4 and 2 for 5 years from the first Monday of May next after
their appointment as designated by the appointing authority at the time
of appointment and until their successors are appointed and have
qualified. Thereafter on or after the first Monday in May of each year
the appointing authority shall appoint successors whose term shall be
for 5 years commencing the first Monday in May of the year they are
respectively appointed. If the circuit court finds that the size,
number of members, and scale of operations of the water district
justifies a Board of Trustees of less than 7 members he shall rule that
such board shall have 3 or 5 members. Initial appointments to a 3
member board shall be as follows: one for one, one for 2, and one for 3
years. Initial appointments to a 5 member board shall be as follows:
one for one, one for 2, one for 3, one for 4 and one for 5 years. In
each such case the term of office and method of appointing successors
shall be as provided in this Section for 7 member boards. The
appointing authority shall require each of such trustees to enter a bond
with security to be approved by the appointing authority in such sum as
such appointing authority may determine. A majority of the Board of
Trustees shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn
from day to day. No trustee or employee of such district shall be
directly or indirectly interested in any contract, work or business of
the district or the sale of any article, the expense, price or
consideration of which is paid by such district, nor in the purchase of
any real estate or property for or belonging to the district.
An appointing authority may remove a public water district trustee it appointed for misconduct, official misconduct, or neglect of office.
Whenever a vacancy in such board of trustees shall occur either from
death, resignation, removal, refusal to qualify, or for any other reason, the
appointing authority shall have power to fill such vacancy by
appointment. Such persons so appointed or qualified for office in the
manner hereinbefore stated shall thereupon assume the duties of the
office for the unexpired term for which such person was appointed.
For terms commencing before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the trustees appointed under this Act shall be paid
a sum of not to exceed $600 per annum for their respective duties as
trustees, except that trustees of a district with an annual operating budget
of $1,000,000 or more may be paid a sum not to exceed $1,000 per annum.
For terms commencing on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the trustees shall be paid a sum of not to exceed $1,200 per annum. However, trustees appointed under this Act for any public
water district which acquires by purchase or condemnation, or
constructs, and maintains and operates sewerage properties in
combination with its waterworks
properties, under the provisions of Section 23a of this Act,
shall be paid a sum of not to exceed $2,000 per annum for their
respective duties as trustees. Compensation in either case
shall be determined by resolution of the
respective boards of trustees, to be adopted annually at their
first meeting in May.
Any public water district organized under this Act with a board of
trustees consisting of 7 members may have the size of its board reduced
as provided in Section 4.1.
(Source: P.A. 100-737, eff. 8-7-18.)