All the inhabitants dwelling within the territorial limits of the Town of Ellington, as heretofore constituted, shall continue to be a body politic and corporate under the name of "The Town of Ellington," hereinafter called "the town," and as such shall have perpetual succession and may hold and exercise all powers and privileges heretofore exercised by said town and not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, the additional powers and privileges herein conferred and all powers and privileges conferred upon towns under the general laws of the State of Connecticut.
All property, both real and personal, all rights of action and rights of every description and all securities and liens in said town as of the effective date of the Charter are continued. Nothing herein shall be construed to affect the rights of said town to collect any assessment, charge, debt, or lien. The town shall continue to be liable for its debts and obligations. If any contract has been entered into by said town prior to the effective date of this Charter, or any bond or undertaking has been given by or in favor of said town, which contains provisions that the same may be enforced by any office or agency therein named which is hereby abolished or superseded by the creation herein of a new commission, board or office to which are granted similar powers and jurisdiction, such contracts, bonds or undertakings shall continue in full force and effect. The powers conferred and the duties imposed with reference to the same upon any such office or agency shall, except as otherwise provided in this Charter, thereafter be exercised and discharged by the chief executive officer of said town.
In addition to all powers granted to towns under the Constitution and General Statutes of the State of Connecticut, or which may hereafter be conferred, the town shall have all powers specifically granted by this Charter and all powers fairly implied in or incident to the powers expressly granted, all powers conferred by Section 7-194 of the General Statutes, as amended, and by special acts of the General Assembly, not inconsistent with this Charter, and all other powers incident to the management of the property, government, and affairs of the town, including the power to enter into contracts with the United States Government or any branch thereof, or any other body politic or corporate not expressly forbidden by the Constitution and General Statutes of the State of Connecticut. The enumeration of particular powers in this and any other chapter of this Charter shall not be construed as limiting this general grant of power but shall be considered as an addition thereto.