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GEORGIA UTILITY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

ARTICLE I

 

NAME, SEAL, PRINCIPAL OFFICE, JURISDICTION

 

Section 101. Name

The name of this Association shall be the Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Inc.; a corporation

under the laws of the Georgia Non-profit Corporation Code.

Section 102. Seal

The corporate seal of the Association shall bear the name of the Association and the word

“Georgia.”

 

Section 103. Principal Office

The principal office of the Association has been established and shall be maintained in the State of

Georgia or such other location the Board of Directors may elect.

 

Section 104. Jurisdiction

The Association shall exercise jurisdiction throughout the State of Georgia.

 

ARTICLE II

PURPOSES, POWERS, AND AUTHORITY

 

Section 201. Purpose

The primary purpose of this Association is to include the promotion and strengthening of mutual

understanding between individuals and companies as Utility Contractors and General Contractors in

construction of public utilities such as communication systems, gas systems, sewer systems, including storm

water, water systems, reservoirs and filtration plants, sewage treatment plants, water treatment plants and

leachate systems; the promotion of greater uniformity in the preparation of plans, specifications and contracts for public utilities projects; the promotion and encouragement of competitive bidding on all public utilities work, and better and fairer bidding conditions; the encouragement of responsibility, economy, and integrity in industry on the part of the contractors, engineers, and owners alike; provide representation with other

individuals and organizations in this field of industry; and provide training, education, and safety awarness

for general/utility contractors.

 

Section 202. Powers

This Association shall have the power to sue and be sued, to complain and defend in any court of law

or equity; to collect dues and fees from members; to invest and disburse the funds for the Association; to make

borrowings and execute notes; to

acquire by purchase, gift, bequest, devise or otherwise hold, incumber,

mortgage, lease, sale, transfer, convey and otherwise dispose of such real and personal property as may be

proper, convenient, necessary, or appropriate for its corporate purposes and

the conduct of its affairs and to do

all acts and things necessary or incidental thereto, and shall have all other powers authorized by law,

including, but not by way of limitation, the power to adopt, promulgate and enforce in accordance with its

Bylaws

such rules and regulations and such code of ethics for the regulation of the business conduct of its

members as it deems necessary and advisable.

 

Section 203. Governing Authority

The operations and property of the Association shall be governed and control

led by a Board of Directors as provided herein. Their election, duration of service and other powers shall be set forth in these Bylaws. The association shall not be responsible or liable for the individual acts of its members or their

representatives, nor for any of their acts as representatives of the association except such as shall be within the

copies of the authority expressly delegated to them.

 

ARTICLE VI

OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section 601. Terms of Office

Directors terms will be staggered. The Board shall consist of ten (10) contractors of which five (5) directors will rotate with alternating two (2) year terms; and two (2) associates for a (1) one year term; the Ex-Officio and the current Officers of the Association will serve as members of the Board of Directors during their elected tenure.

 

Section 602. Officers

The officers of the Association shall be a utility contractor member and consist of the President, 1st Vice

President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and shall be elected for a term of one year at the annual

meeting by the majority of members present or represented. The Treasurer shall have an automatic renewal of

one year based on majority vote of the Board.

 

Section 603. Directors

The Directors shall be elected by the members in good standing, and shall be chosen by plurality vote of the members at the Annual Meeting as provided in the Bylaws.

 

Section 604. Hold Office

The elected Officers and Directors of the Association shall hold office until their respective successors have been duly elected and qualified, except as herein after provided with respect to removal from office for cause (Sections 605 & 606). In case of the vacancy of an officer or director, the Board of Directors shall appoint a person to fulfill the unexpired term.

 

Section 605. Board Removal

Any Officer or Director of the Association may be removed for cause at any time by a quorum vote

where 3/4 of the Board of Directors are present at a meeting duly called.

 

Section 606. Called or Special Board Meeting

All Board of Directors shall be notified by certified mail within ten (10) days of any specially called meeting. The notice shall include time, place, and purpose of called meeting.

 

Section 607. President Duties

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and serve as Chairman of the Board

of Directors. At such time as the Board of Directors is not meeting he shall be charged with the general control

and management of the business of the Association and shall perform all duties incidental to this office, as well

as such additional duties as the Board of Directors may direct or prescribe. The President shall employ and

may terminate employment of employees of the staff necessary to carry on the business of the Association and

shall prescribe their duties when not otherwise prescribed. The President shall sign and execute all authorized

bonds, contracts, and obligations in the name of the Association in or established by the Board of Directors not

in consistent therewith. The President shall also keep the Board of Directors fully informed and shall freely

consult with them concerning the business of the Association and from time to time shall make recommendations regarding the establishment and implementation of policies germane to the objectives and business of the Association as deemed appropriate. The President shall conduct and preside at all Annual and Special Meetings of the Association. This section shall not be construed, however, to prevent the President, during absences from the offices of the Association from delegating the duties and responsibilities incident to the day-to-day conduct of the Association’s business to assistants or to other subordinate members of the Association’s official staff.

 

Section 608. Vice President Duties

During the absence or disability of the President, or upon his written direction, the 1st Vice President shall assume all the powers and perform all the duties of that office, and shall perform all other acts authorized by the Board of Directors. In the event of the absence or disabilities of the President and the 1st Vice President, at the same time, the duties and obligations of the office of President shall be delegated to the 2nd Vice President.

 

Section 609. Secretary/Treasurer Duties

Duties of the Treasurer shall, subject to the direction and under the supervision of the Board of Directors, have general charge of the financial affairs of the Association and the care and custody of the funds and all valuable papers of the Association, except his/her own bond, which shall be in the custody of the President. He/she shall sign checks against the deposits of the Association; shall collect all monies from time to time due and owing the Association, including membership dues and assessments; shall deposit and disperse the same pursuant to the instructions of the Board of Directors; shall keep or cause to be kept books, in which the name of the Association members shall be recorded; shall keep or cause to be kept, an accurate books of accounts which shall be the property of the Association; shall render a statement of the financial affairs, of the Association to the Board of Directors, whenever they may be required; shall at each Annual Meeting of the Association, submit a complete statement of account as Treasurer, showing all receipts and expenditures for the preceding calendar year; and, if required by the Board of Directors, shall give bond for the faithful performance of duties, in such form, in such sum, and with such surety or sureties as the Board of Directors shall require; the premium for such bond to be paid by the Association. Duties of the Secretary shall keep or cause to keep an accurate record of the proceedings of all meetings of the members of the Association and of the Board of Directors in books belonging to the Association which books shall be kept at the office of the Association and shall be open at all reasonable times to the inspection of any member of the Association; shall issue or cause to be issued all notices of the meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors; shall cause to be published all notices, the publication of which is required. In the event of absence from any meeting a Secretary Pro-tempore may be appointed by the Chairman of the Board or the presiding officer. The office of the Treasurer and Secretary may be combined.

 

Section 610. Director Duties

The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the entire management of the Association and of the

income and property thereof, including authority to borrow money for corporate purposes. The Board of Directors shall have the sole and exclusive right, with the advice of the President, of constituting committees of any and every nature whatsoever, and to determine and prescribe the authority and duties of such committees. From time to time as the business of the Association may require, the Board may delegate to officers or employees of the Association authority to countersign any and all bonds, checks, contracts, and other obligations of the Association.

 

Section 611. Directors Powers

The Board of Directors shall, subject to the provisions of these Bylaws, also determine the requirements for eligibility, expel, or discipline members for improper conduct, violation of rules, or non-payment of dues or indebtedness; and in general exercise all powers and rights necessary or appertaining to the proper administration of the Association, its affairs and its property, except as such powers are reserved as herein stated. The Board of Directors shall have the power to set dues for all classifications of membership. The Board shall be governed by the financial conditions of the Association at any certain time. It shall review the finances of the Branch each year and increase or decrease dues paid in accordance with the requirements essential to the best interest of the members. The Board may adopt such reasonable regulations regarding the payment of dues as it deems appropriate.

 

Section 612. Directors Conduct Business

The Board of Directors shall establish all rules and regulations necessary to the conduct of its business and may change, alter, and amend the same from time to time.

 

Section 613. Board Quorum

Except as otherwise specifically provided for in these Bylaws, not less than one-half (1/2) of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.

 

Section 614. Meetings of Board

The Board of Directors shall hold at least six monthly meetings annually called by the President for the

purpose of attending to the discharge of the duties of their offices of which the officers and directors are required to attend two thirds of these called meetings. Failure to meet the minimum attendance requirements

may constitute grounds for consideration of removal by the Board.

 

Section 615. Limitations

Other Sections of these Bylaws contain explicit or implied powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Board of Directors and nothing in this Article shall be construed as limitation thereon.

 

ARTICLE VII

COMMITTEES

 

Section 701. Creation

All Committees other than standing shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors. The President may designate the chairman, and may serve on any committee as a voting member.

 

Section 702. Standing Committees

There shall be established at all times the following standing committees:

 

a. Membership Committee

This committee, composed of no less than three members, shall have jurisdiction over the development

of membership in the Association and accordingly shall review and make recommendations with respect to all matters relating to membership in the Association, such as, the appropriateness of classifications held by members and all other matters relating to the acquisition and retention of membership in this Association. The Board of Directors, may, as its desecration, delegate to such committee the power to receive and pass on all applications for membership, to make rules governing applications for membership, and to change, alter or amend such rules from time to time as the business of the Association may require.

 

b. Finance Committee

The Treasurer and Secretary shall automatically be members of the committee along with four

contractor members and one associate member of which two (2) contractors and one (1) assoicate will rotate with alternating two-year terms. The President shall appoint a minimum of two (2) contractor members and one (1) associate to replace those leaving their two-year term. The Treasurer of the Board of Directors shall serve as chairman of the committee. The committee shall have jurisdiction over the financial condition and requirements of the Association and shall keep the Board of Directors posted thereon, shall have review jurisdiction over the collection and disbursements of funds, and in collaboration with the Treasurer, shall prepare an annual budget for the Association. It is within the jurisdiction of the committee to retain a Certified Public Accountant to audit the accounts of the Association for each year.

 

c. Nominating Committee

The President shall appoint, at least three months before the Annual Meeting a Nominating Committee of at least five (5) in number, who shall select and present to the membership at each Annual Meeting of the Association a nominee or nominees for each vacancy arising in the position of Officers and Directors under these Bylaws. The Committee should interview at least two (2) members for each position to be filled and make their recommendations based on the willingness of those individuals that will participate and perform the duties of the office. If a current officer or director has displayed a willingness and has put forth superior effort that renewal of that office is acceptable. The Nominating Committee shall announce its list of nominees to the membership at least thirty days before the Annual Meeting. At any time up to twenty-four hours before the business meeting for the election of officers and directors, nominees may be added to the list of nominees at the written request of at least twenty percent of the Association’s membership, and such nominees must be included as part of the Nominating Committee’s report to the members orally or otherwise, although mention may be made of the procedure whereby their names were added to the list of nominees.

 

d. Policy and Planning Committee

This committee, composed of no less than five members, shall have jurisdiction over the continuing function of reviewing various proposals concerning the Associations activities which promote the general purposes, as herein with set forth, and for making recommendations to the President concerning Association action with respect to matters affecting the welfare of the industry.

 

Section 703. Committees Other Than Standing

May be appointed by the President with chairmen appointed by the President. Each

committee should submit a report to the Association during each Quarterly and Annual Meeting. For the purpose of fulfilling

 

Article II,

Section 201, the Association should have the following committees each year:

  • Legislative Committee

  • Scholarship Committee

  • Safety Committee

  • Annual Meeting Committee

  • Industry Relations Committee

 

Section 704. Ad Hoc Committees

From time to time, issues of consequence may require study and do not fall under the auspices of a particular committee. In this case, the President may appoint a special ad hoc Task Force. The time of service

for this group is for the length of time required to conduct its study and reports the findings to the Board of

Directors. Once the report is made, the Task Force can be dissolved.

 

ARTICLE VIII

STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To manage the business affairs of the Association, an Executive Director shall be employed at a salary

and upon the terms and conditions as the Board of Directors may direct, and shall serve at the pleasure of the

Board. Other assistants whose services are required may be employed by the Board of Directors to work under

the direction of the Executive Director

Section 801.

Executive Director

The Executive Director shall manage the business affairs of the Association and perform the duties incident and usual to this office and perform the routine work of the officers, including that of the Secretary/Treasurer. With the approval of the Board, may delegate any duties to an assistant or assistants. The Executive Director may be required to give a fidelity bond in favor of the Association in any sum deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors, with the premium being paid by the Association. The Executive Director shall receive all dues, fees, contributions and other receipts paid to the Association and shall deposit them in the name of the Association at a bank, or banks, approved by the Board. Funds of the Association may be withdrawn with the signature of the Executive Director, Treasurer, or President.The Executive Director shall receive instruction from the President of the Association or from a quorum of the Board of Directors and shall have the authority to purchase necessary office supplies and equipment; to hire or dismiss any staff and shall be in charge of all employees of the Association and shall be responsible therefore to the President and the Board; and, shall have authority in emergencies where no definite instructions have been given, to act, or speak for the Association and Directors. The Executive Director shall be present at all meetings of the Association and of the Board, and at all standing or special committee meetings deemed necessary and shall keep a record of all proceedings, reporting the same to the Association either verbally or in writing at the direction of the Board; and keep minutes of all meetings. The Executive Director shall not perform, or be expected to perform, any preferential services or treatment for a member not available to all.

 

ARTICLE IX

INDEMNIFICATION

 

To the fullest extent permitted and in in the manner and within the terms and conditions provided by law pursuant to the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code, Sections 14-3-850 through 856 or any superseding law, the Association shall indemnify and hold harmless and advance funds to pay for and reimburse the directors, officers, employees or agents of the Association for personal costs, expenses, losses or damages incurred for acts or omissions done or not done on behalf of the Association as provided below:

 

Section 901. Indemnification

Any individual who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed claim, action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (including any action by or in the name of the Association) by reason of the fact that (1) he or she is or was an officer, director, employee or agent of the Association or (2), while a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Association, serves or served at the Association’s request as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee, or agent of another domestic or foreign business or nonprofit corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, or other entity, shall be indemnified by the Association against expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by her or him in connection with such action, suit or proceeding, provided that such individual acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interest of the Association, and with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful. However, any duty of the Association to indemnity hereunder shall be limited to the greater of (1) the coverage limits of any insurance procured by the Association pursuant to Section c, below, and (2) the amount the financial assets and holdings of the Association which shall not be considered an obligation of any of its Members individually, jointly or severally.

 

Section 902. Advancement or Reimbursement

Expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) incurred by a director, officer or employee of the Association who is a party to a claim, action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (including any action by or in the name of the Association) in defending or responding to claims arising out of and because of (1) service to the Association in the capacity of director, officer or employee of the Association or (2), while a such a director, officer, employee, or agent, service and at the Association’s request, in the capacity of as director, officer, partner, trustee, employee, or agent of another domestic or foreign business or nonprofit corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, or other entity, may be paid by the Association to reimburse or advance such expenses incurred or anticipated in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding as authorized by the Board of Directors in the specific case in which it reasonably appears at the time requested that indemnification under Section a, above, is warranted. Such payment or advancement, however, shall only be, upon (1) the written affirmation by the individual of the individual’s good faith belief that he or she has met the standard of care specified required for indemnification under Section a, above, and (2) receipt of an undertaking, in writing and executed personally, by or on behalf of the director, officer, employee, or agent to repay such amount unless it shall ultimately be determined that the representative is entitled to be indemnified by the Association as authorized in this Article.

 

Section 903. Exceptions to Indemnification

The Association shall not indemnify an individual where:

 

(a) It is in connection with a proceeding by or in the right of the Association, except for reasonable expenses incurred in connection therewith if it is determined that the individual has met meet the relevant standards of conduct required for indemnification under Section a, above, or if the individual was successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of such claims;

 

(b) It is in connection with any other proceeding in which the person was adjudged liable on the basis that the person improperly received personal benefit whether or not involving action in the Director’s or Officers official capacity; or

 

(c) Where such indemnification is otherwise precluded by applicable law, including the GeorgiaNonprofit Corporation Code.

 

Section 904. Indemnification Not Exclusive

The indemnification provided by this Article shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which those indemnified may be entitled under any statute, rule of law, provision or certificate of incorporation, bylaw, agreement, vote of members or disinterested directors, or otherwise, both as to action in the representative’s official capacity and action as to a person who has ceased to be a director, officer, employee, or agent and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, and administrators of such a person. Where such other provision provides broader rights of indemnification than these Bylaws, said other provision shall control.

 

Section 905. Insurance

Upon authorization of the Board of Directors, the Association shall purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of an individual who is a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Association or who, while a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Association, serves at the Association’s request as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee, or agent of another domestic or foreign business or nonprofit corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, or other entity against liability asserted against or incurred by the individual, including the costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) of the defense of such liability, in that capacity or arising from the individual's status as a director, officer, employee, or agent, whether or not the Association would have authority, power or publication to indemnify or advance expenses to the individual against the same liability under this Article.

 

ARTICLE X

AMENDMENTS

The Bylaws of the Association may be amended or expanded by 3/4 vote of the registered and present 11 membership at the Annual or Specially called meeting of the Association. Proposals to amend these Bylaws may originate either from the Board of Directors, upon 3/4 majority vote of the said Board, or up on petition signed by at least 20% of the membership.

 

The membership of the Annual or Specially called meeting may revise or change the amendment as it deems

advisable within the reasonable limits of the notice.

 

ARTICLE XI

DISSOLUTION

 

If the corporation shall be dissolved, no member will receive any portion of its remaining assets or property. Upon dissolution, the balance of any assets or property of the corporation which remains after all debts or obligations are paid will be distributed to any other nonprofit corporation, named by the Board, which has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from federal income taxes.

Revised June, 2013 at 2013 GUCA Annual Conference