Creation. The Common Council, the legislative body of the City of Middletown, a municipality of the State of Connecticut, hereby creates a public body politic and corporate under the name and style of the Long Hill Estate Authority. Long Hill Estate shall be comprised of all lands, and additions thereto, of the former Wadsworth/Cenacle property.
Powers and responsibilities. Such Authority shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
To administer, operate and maintain said Long Hill Estate, including all structures and land and any adjacent property owned by the City that is made part of the estate;
To contract and be contracted with, in order to administer, operate and maintain said estate;
To set policy and to make, amend and repeal bylaws, rules, and regulations not inconsistent with the Connecticut General Statutes and the Middletown Code of Ordinances to carry out its purposes;
To use and develop park facilities as authorized by law only within said park in accordance with a duly approved master plan, as amended;
To fix and revise from time to time and to charge and collect fees, rents and other charges for the use of any project or facilities thereof on behalf of the City; to pay operating and maintenance expenses; and to contribute toward repayment of bonds heretofore or hereafter issued by the City to finance the construction and reconstruction of facilities within said estate and the principal of and interest on any obligations the Authority may incur;
To pay over the net receipts annually in July each year (gross receipts less operation and maintenance expenses, a reserve for capital improvements not exceeding 25% of gross receipts for the fiscal year, and Authority debt service from the operation of the park) to the Treasurer of the City to be placed in the general fund of the City;
To make an annual audit, consistent with the Connecticut General Statutes and the Middletown Code of Ordinances, of the financial transactions of the Authority. The Treasurer elected by the members of the Authority shall be bonded in an amount determined pursuant to C.G.S. § 7-148, as amended;
To issue bonds, notes or other obligations as authorized by C.G.S. §§ 7-130a to 7-130w, inclusive, as amended, to be paid from the revenues of the Authority.
To accept loans, grants or gifts from the City or any other person, government or agency thereof, for the purposes of the Authority; and
To appoint or dismiss an executive director and to adopt an annual budget for the administration of the park under the overall direction of the Authority, the fiscal year of said budget to coincide with that of the City of Middletown.
The Common Council of the City of Middletown shall assume and retain the following powers and responsibilities for Long Hill Estate:
Approval by majority vote of a master plan, and amendments thereto, for the development of the park, said plan to designate the construction, demolition, extension, renovation, or substantial improvement, excluding routine maintenance, of all structures, lands, lakes, ponds and watercourses, conservation areas, park and recreational facilities, public utilities, roads and walkways, and other public facilities. All improvements to structures shall be compatible with the historic nature and character of the property. The master plan shall include the concepts of the site plan of the Wadsworth Mansion Building Committee for the rehabilitation of the mansion and the stewardship plan compiled by the Long Hill Estate Stewardship Committee for the use and care of the park lands. Prior to the adoption of said plan, the use of the park shall be limited to functions authorized by the Common Council of the City of Middletown at the mansion and to existing municipal use of the property, and improvements shall be limited to the restoration and maintenance of existing and/or historic structures and features, including the provision of health and safety measures. Approval of the master plan and amendments thereto shall follow a public hearing and referral to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review and report.
[Amended 1-6-2003 by Ord. No. 01-03]
The article of incorporation of the Authority are as follows:
The name of the Authority and the address of its principal office shall be: Long Hill Estate Authority, c/o the Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, Connecticut.
[Amended 6-1-2015 by Ord. No. 10-15]
The Authority is created under C.G.S. §§ 7-130a to 7-130w, inclusive, as amended.
The participating political subdivision is the City of Middletown, Connecticut.
The members of the Authority, their addresses and terms of office, shall be as appointed by the Mayor and the Common Council.
[Amended 1-6-2003 by Ord. No. 01-03; 6-1-2015 by Ord. No. 10-15]
The Mayor of the City, with approval of a majority of the Common Council, shall select and appoint the members of said Authority, which shall consist of nine members. Members shall be selected from interested citizens with experience and expertise in one or more of the following fields: natural resource planning and management, horticulture, historic preservation, arts and culture, the hospitality industry, finance and real estate management. One of said members shall be a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Long Hill Estate. All appointments will be made for a term of three years. Terms shall be limited to three three-year terms. Officers shall be a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer who shall serve for a term of one year. Officers shall be elected by the members of the Authority.
No member of such Authority may receive any compensation for his or her services.
The Authority shall remain in existence perpetually unless terminated by the City.