Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy
The name of the organization shall be the Knoxville-Knox County
Food Policy Council. Hereinafter referred to as the FPC.
Section 1. Ensure that an adequate and nutritious food supply is available to
Section 2. Strengthen the economic vitality of the private food industry.
Section 3. Improve the quality of food available to all citizens.
Section 4. Encourage citizens to accept and consume nutritious food.
Section 5. Avoid wasteful use of scarce resources needed for future food
production which may occur through food-related waste disposal.
Section 1. Monitor and evaluate the performance of Knoxville’s food system,
in terms of food costs, availability, accessibility, and implications for public
health and economic efficiency.
Section 2. Identify food related problems needing attention and disseminate
public reports describing those problems, along with suggested remedies where
Section 3. Promulgate goals and objectives for the food system.
Section 4. Communicate findings and recommendations about food issues to
the Mayor, City Council, County Executive, County Commission and other relevant
Section 5. Act as a forum for discussion and coordination of community-wide
efforts to improve the overall food supply and distribution network of the
Section 1. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor and County Executive for
a term of three years. If the Mayor or County Executive have not appointed
a member at the time of the annual meeting, then the member whose term has
expired shall serve until a successor has been appointed.
Section 2. Terms of service will begin at the adjournment of the annual meeting.
Section 3. In the event of a member’s inability to serve or resignation,
and depending on who made the appointment, the Mayor or County Executive shall
appoint another person to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term so
Section 4. Members shall be appointed in a “staggered”manner.
The initial appointees shall serve for the following terms: (a) one (1) appointee
of the Mayor and two (2) appointees of the County Executive shall serve for
a period of one (1) year, to be succeeded by appointees serving full three
(3) year terms; (b) two (2) of the initial appointees by the Mayor and two
(2) of the initial appointees of County Executive shall serve for a term of
two (2) years, to be succeeded by appointees serving full three (3) year terms;
and (c) two (2) of the initial appointees of the Mayor and two (2) of the initial
appointees of the County Executive shall serve for a full term of three (3)
years, to be succeeded by appointees serving full three (3) year terms.
Section 5. No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms as a member.
However, vacant, unexpired terms may be filled by appointment of standing council
members otherwise ineligible for reappointment. Exceptions may also be made
upon full vote of the FPC and approval of the Mayor and County Executive.
Section 6. There shall be eleven members on the FPC; five of whom shall be
appointed by the Mayor and six of whom shall be appointed by the County Executive.
Section 7. Council member attendance is expected at every meeting of the
FPC. For appointments beginning in 1996, in the event of three consecutive,
unexcused absences, a Council member will be asked to resign from the Council.
Section 8. Associate members shall be appointed annually by the FPC as deemed
necessary to provide technical assistance, advice and consultation. This shall
be a non-voting membership but regular participation shall be expected and
Section 1. FPC officers shall be a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and a Secretary.
Section 2. The Chairperson shall preside at meetings and perform other duties
as prescribed by these bylaws. The Chairperson shall be the principal spokesperson
for the FPC and shall sign official communications from the Council. The Chairperson,
from time to time, may appoint committees to perform specific duties related
to the Council’s purpose.
Section 3. The Vice-Chairperson shall preside in the absence of the Chairperson
and may perform other duties of the Chairperson when empowered by the Chairperson
to do so.
Section 4. The Secretary shall be responsible for ensuring that the minutes
are accurate prior to distribution to the membership.
Section 5. The officers together shall constitute the Executive Committee,
which is empowered to act for the FPC in emergencies or when timely action
is required between regular meetings. All executive committee actions in the
name of the FPC must be ratified at the next regular meeting of the FPC and
recorded in the minutes.
Section 6. Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting in July. Nominations
may be made from the floor at that time. In the event of contest for an office,
voting shall be by secret ballot.
Section 7. Terms of office shall begin immediately upon adjournment of the
annual meeting and shall continue for one year and until a successor assumes
Section 8. No person may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same
Section 9. In the event an officer is unable to serve or resigns from his
or her office, the Nominating Committee shall place name(s) in nomination for
the election of a replacement at the next regular meeting of the FPC. If the
Nominating Committee has not yet been appointed, it shall be appointed as needed
for purposes of this section and remain in existence through the annual meeting.
Section 10. An officer may be recalled from office by a majority vote of the
membership at a regular meeting of the FPC.
Section 1. Regular meetings shall be held bimonthly, except that with concurrence
of a majority of the membership, meetings may be cancelled from time to time.
Such cancellations shall not exceed two per calendar year.
Section 2. The date, time and place of the regular meetings shall be fixed
by the Executive Committee and announced to members at least one week prior
to the meeting date.
Section 3. The July meeting shall be the annual meeting, at which the election
of officers shall take place, and new appointments to the FPC will be announced.
Section 4. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for conduct
of business except as specified elsewhere in these bylaws.
Section 5. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson for a specific
purpose, with three days notice. In order to conduct business, special meetings
must be attended by the Executive Committee plus one voting member.
Section 6. The Executive Committee shall meet at least bimonthly in alternate
months from the regular meetings and may also meet as necessary in addition
to its regular meetings.
Section 1. These bylaws may be amended by affirmative vote of a majority
of the total membership at a regular meeting or at a special meeting called
for that purpose. Written notice of the proposed changes shall be in the hands
of members at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which the vote to approve
The rules contained in the current edition of “Robert’s Rules
of Order Newly Revised”shall govern the Council in all cases to which
they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws
and any special rules of order the Council may adopt.
Adopted October 20, 1983. Revised February 29, 1996, April 16, 1996 and August