Town of Ridgefield, CT
Fairfield County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Approved by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Ridgefield 8-16-1978; approved by the Town electors 11-7-1978. Amendments noted where applicable. See notes at end of Charter.]
Article I The Charter

Section 1-1 The Charter.

Article II The Town

Section 2-1 Incorporation.

Section 2-2 Rights and obligations.

Section 2-3 General grant of powers.

Article III The Town Meeting

Section 3-1 The Town Meeting.

Section 3-2 Members of the Town Meeting.

Section 3-3 The Annual Town and Budget Meeting.

Section 3-4 Special Town Meetings.

Section 3-5 Petitioned Town Meetings.

Section 3-6 Legal notice.

Section 3-7 Organization and procedure.

Section 3-8 Ordinances; general powers and provisions.

Section 3-9 Sale, lease or purchase of real estate.

Section 3-10 Bonds and notes.

Section 3-11 Special appropriations.

Section 3-12 State or federal grants.

Section 3-13 Creation of new boards, commissions.

Section 3-14 Membership in regional organizations.

Article IV Elections and Elective Officers

Section 4-1 Elective offices, boards and commissions.

Section 4-2 General.

Section 4-3 Town elections.

Section 4-4 Board of Admission of Electors.

Section 4-5 Eligibility for election to Town offices.

Section 4-6 Minority representation.

Section 4-7 Vacancies; elective boards, offices and commissions.

Section 4-8 Election of the Board of Selectmen.

Section 4-9 Election of Tax Collector, Treasurer and Town Clerk.

Section 4-10 Board of Education.

Section 4-11 Planning and Zoning Commission; Inland Wetlands Board.

Section 4-12 Board of Appeals on Zoning.

Section 4-13 Board of Assessment Appeals.

Section 4-14 Board of Police Commissioners.

Section 4-15 Board of Finance.

Section 4-16 Additional elective boards and commissions.

Section 4-17 Terms of office and transition.

Section 4-18 Restriction on multiple elected offices.

Article V Appointive Boards, Commissions And Committees

Section 5-1 Appointive boards.

Section 5-2 Appointments to appointive boards and commissions.

Section 5-3 Commission on the Aging.

Section 5-4 Architectural Advisory Committee.

Section 5-5 Building Code Board of Appeals.

Section 5-6 Conservation Commission.

Section 5-7 Commission for the Disabled.

Section 5-8 Economic Development Commission.

Section 5-9 Board of Ethics.

Section 5-10 Historic District Commission.

Section 5-11 Housing Authority.

Section 5-12 Parks and Recreation Commission.

Section 5-13 Pension Commission.

Section 5-14 Water Pollution Control Authority.

Section 5-15 Youth Commission.

Section 5-16 Committees.

Section 5-17 Removal for cause.

Article VI Procedures for Elective and Appointive Boards

Section 6-1 Organization.

Section 6-2 Attendance.

Section 6-3 Minutes.

Section 6-4 Freedom of Information Act.

Article VII Board of Selectmen

Section 7-1 Composition.

Section 7-2 Procedure and general powers.

Section 7-3 Special powers and duties.

Section 7-4 Powers with respect to ordinances.

Article VIII The First Selectman

Section 8-1 The First Selectman.

Section 8-2 Chief executive and administrative officer.

Section 8-3 Duties of the First Selectman.

Section 8-4 Appointments.

Section 8-5 Emergencies.

Section 8-6 Delegation of duties.

Article IX Administrative Offices, Agencies and Employees

Section 9-1 Administrative offices and departments.

Section 9-2 Appointments and eligibility.

Section 9-3 Vacancies.

Section 9-4 Assessor.

Section 9-5 Building Official.

Section 9-6 Canine Control Officer.

Section 9-7 Constables.

Section 9-8 Controller.

Section 9-9 Director of Civil Preparedness.

Section 9-10 Fire Department.

Section 9-11 Fire Marshals.

Section 9-12 Health Department.

Section 9-13 Public Services Department.

Section 9-14 Social Services Department.

Section 9-15 Town Attorney.

Section 9-16 Tree warden.

Article X Finance and Taxation

Section 10-1 Budget.

Section 10-2 Additional appropriations.

Section 10-3 Expenditures and accounting.

Section 10-4 Bonds and notes.

Section 10-5 Powers and duties of the Board of Finance in connection with the development of long-range financial planning.

Article XI Standards of Conduct

Section 11-1 Declaration of purpose.

Section 11-2 Standards of service.

Section 11-3 The use of Town resources.

Section 11-4 Treatment of the public.

Section 11-5 Conflict of interest.

Section 11-6 Disclosure of confidential information.

Section 11-7 Gifts, gratuities, and favors.

Section 11-8 Employment Incompatible with Town Duties.

Section 11-9 Board of Ethics.

Section 11-10 Board of Ethics established.

Article XII Transition and Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 12-1 Election of Judge of Probate and Registrars of Voters.

Section 12-2 Existing laws and ordinance.

Section 12-3 Transfer of powers and continuation of office.

Section 12-4 Applicability of standards of conduct to Town employees.

Section 12-5 Amendment of this Charter.

Section 12-6 Saving clause.

Section 12-7 Effective date.