Town of Ellington, CT
Tolland County
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There shall be the following regular town boards and commissions appointed by the Board of Selectmen:
Board of Assessment Appeal
Building Code Board of Appeals
Conservation Commission
Cultural Arts Commission
Design Review Board
Economic Development Commission
Ethics Commission
Flood and Erosion Control Board
Housing Authority
Human Services Commission
Inland Wetlands Agency
Insurance Advisory Board
Parks and Recreation Commission
Permanent Building Committee
Public Safety Commission
Shared Services Commission
Water Pollution Control Authority
Such permanent boards and commissions as may be created by the town meeting pursuant to Section 703 of this Charter, the members of which are by said vote to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen; and such special boards and commissions as may from time to time be created by the Board of Selectmen, in accordance with the provisions of Section 604 of this Charter. All members of such boards and commissions shall serve without compensation, except for the reimbursement of necessary expenses, as authorized by the Board of Selectmen, or as otherwise provided by law, and until their successors have been appointed and qualified. Such boards and commissions shall, except as otherwise provided in this Charter, have the powers and duties as are conferred or imposed by the General Statutes upon their respective offices. Such boards and commissions as are existing at the effective date of this Charter and which are not abolished or merged with other boards and which are reestablished by the provisions herein, shall continue, and members of said boards shall fulfill their existing terms until such terms expire and new appointments are made in accordance with this Charter. [Amended 11-5-2002; 11-6-2007]
Minority representation on all town boards and commissions as are described in Section 901 of this Charter shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-167a of the General Statutes, as amended. All appointments shall be made by the Board of Selectmen, in the manner provided herein, as vacancies on boards and commissions are created by the expiration of a member's term of service. Each board or commission shall have all the powers and duties not inconsistent with this Charter, as are now or may hereafter be conferred or imposed upon such board or commission by the applicable provisions of the General Statutes, and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint, by an affirmative vote of not fewer than four (4) members of said board, such regular town boards and commissions as are described in Section 901 of this Charter. [Amended 11-6-2007]
Alternate members shall have all the powers and duties not inconsistent with this Charter, as are now or may hereafter be conferred or imposed upon such commission by the applicable provisions of the General Statutes, as amended. When seated in place of a regular member of a board, commission, or agency, the alternate member shall have all of the powers and duties of a regular member. When not acting in place of a regular member, the alternate may participate in research, discussion, and activities to assist and further the work of the commission but may not vote. No person shall be eligible for appointment to any regular town board or commission, except the Building Code Board of Appeals or any Ad Hoc Committee, who is not, at the time of his or her appointment, an elector of said town and any person ceasing to be an elector of said town shall thereupon forfeit his or her membership on said board or commission. Any such regular town boards and commissions newly created by the provisions of this Charter shall be appointed in accordance with this section by resolution adopted at a meeting to be held not later than the 30th day of January following the first regular town election held under the provisions of this Charter. [Amended 11-6-2007]
Any vacancy on any appointive town board or commission, from whatever cause arising, shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Selectmen to such office for the unexpired portion of the term vacated. Any such vacancy shall be filled by the appointment of a member of the same political party as the person vacating the office in the event said person was affiliated with a political party. If within twelve (12) weeks after being notified of a vacancy no person has been nominated from the political party to which the resigned member belonged, the vacancy may be filled by an elector who is or is not affiliated with a political party.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Parks and Recreation Commission consisting of nine (9) members, said members to serve for terms of four (4) years.
The Board of Selectmen, in accordance with Section 902 of this Charter, shall appoint a Conservation Commission consisting of seven (7) members, to serve for terms of four (4) years. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint two (2) alternate members to the Conservation Commission who shall serve for terms of two (2) years. [Amended 11-5-2002; 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectmen, in accordance with Section 902 of this Charter, shall appoint an Economic Development Commission consisting of five (5) members, to serve for terms of four (4) years. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint three (3) alternate members to the Economic Development Commission who shall serve for terms of two (2) years. [Amended 11-5-2002; 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint, in accordance with the provisions of Section 902 of this Charter, a Human Services Commission consisting of eight (8) members, said members to serve for terms of four (4) years. Such commission shall act as an advocate of the physical and mental health needs as well as the social service needs of the community and shall investigate such needs and assist both the public and private agencies in procuring health and social services for the town residents, provided that such assistance is requested. [Amended 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectmen, in accordance with Section 902 of this Charter, shall appoint a Public Safety Commission consisting of nine (9) members, said members to serve for terms of three (3) years. All appointments to this commission shall be made by the Board of Selectmen, in the manner provided herein, as vacancies on this board are created by the expiration of a member's term of service. Said commission shall draw lines of communication, form operational policies among the town agencies involved with public safety, and work with area towns having similar public safety problems in applying for Federal and State grants and technical assistance.
[Repealed 11-4-1986; see Section 302]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint an Insurance Advisory Board, consisting of five (5) members. All members shall be appointed for four (4) year terms, except that of those such members first appointed under the provisions of the ordinance, three (3) shall be appointed for four (4) year terms and two (2) shall be appointed for two (2) year terms. Biennially thereafter, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint, in the manner provided herein, three (3) or two (2) members, depending on the number of members whose terms then expire. Members shall have expertise in the fields of life, health, property, casualty and liability insurance. The Finance Officer shall serve as an ex-officio member of the board, and the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education shall each designate one (1) of its members to be its liaison to this board. Such liaison member shall be entitled to participate in all discussions, but shall not be counted for quorum purposes nor be entitled to vote. Said board shall provide advice and assistance to the Board of Selectmen, Finance Officer, the agents of record, and town boards and commissions in the management of the town's insurance program. [Amended 11-6-2007]
The Housing Authority existing on the effective date of this Charter is hereby designated the Housing Authority of the town under this Charter. The authority shall continue to consist of five (5) members, said members to serve for terms of five (5) years. Any person holding office as a Commissioner of the Housing Authority on the effective date of this Charter shall continue to hold such office until the term for which he or she was appointed shall expire. The Board of Selectmen shall thereupon appoint a successor to each such member, such successor to serve for a term of five (5) years. Said authority shall continue to have all the powers and duties now or hereafter conferred or imposed upon such authorities by Chapter 128 of the General Statutes, as amended, and nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the existing Housing Authority in any respect other than to grant it the status and protection of a chartered board.
The Water Pollution Control Authority existing on the effective date of this Charter is hereby designated as the Water Pollution Control Authority of the town under this Charter. Said authority shall continue to consist of five (5) members, said members to serve for terms of four (4) years. Any person holding office as a member of said authority on the effective date of this Charter shall continue to hold such office until the term for which he or she was appointed shall expire. The Board of Selectmen shall thereupon appoint a successor to each such member, such successor to serve for a term of four (4) years. Nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the existing Water Pollution Control Authority in any respect other than to grant it the status and protection of a chartered board. [Amended 11-6-2007]
(a) 
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint, in accordance with Section 902 of this Charter, a Permanent Building Committee, consisting of eleven (11) members. The membership of the committee shall be made up as follows: one (1) member from the Board of Selectmen; one (1) member from the Board of Education; one (1) member from the Planning and Zoning Commission; one (1) member from the Board of Finance; and seven (7) members who do not hold an elected town office. The members from the aforementioned boards and commissions shall be appointed for two (2) year terms. All other members shall be appointed for four (4) year terms except that of those members first appointed under the provisions of this Charter, four (4) members shall be appointed for four (4) year terms and three (3) members shall be appointed for two (2) year terms. Biennially thereafter, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint, in the manner provided herein, four (4) members from the aforementioned boards and commissions and that number additional members so that the committee shall continue to consist of eleven (11) members. If any of the aforementioned boards or commissions should fail to recommend and present a member to serve on said committee within thirty (30) days after the first meeting of the Board of Selectmen, then said Board of Selectmen shall appoint from said boards and commissions without such recommendation.
(b) 
The duties of this commission shall be to investigate sites for future public buildings and make recommendations as requested by the town meeting for acquisition and construction for all building projects and/or work with construction costs of over forty thousand dollars ($40,000). The committee may investigate sites and make recommendations for acquisition and construction of building projects and/or work with construction costs of less than forty thousand ($40,000) if requested to do so by the Board of Selectmen. The committee shall undertake such functions as: surveying sites, recommending acquisition, preparation and disposition of sites and buildings, engaging architects and engineers through quality base selection, approving plans, procuring bids and entering into contracts for construction, supervising construction, and accepting the work as authorized and delegated by the town meeting. [Amended 11-6-2007]
(c) 
The Director of Public Works shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the committee and shall assist the committee in planning, supervising and inspecting projects.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint, in accordance with the provisions of Section 902 of this Charter, and Section 19-402 of the General Statutes, as amended,[1] a Building Code Board of Appeals consisting of five (5) members, said members to serve for terms of five (5) years. [Amended 11-6-2007]
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Editor's Note: See now C.G.S. § 29-266.
[Repealed 11-5-2002]
[Repealed 11/5/2002; see Section 805]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Board of Assessment Appeals consisting of three (3) members who shall serve for terms of three (3) years from the date of their appointment. Additional members may be appointed to the Board of Assessment Appeals for any assessment year in which a revaluation becomes effective and for the assessment year following such revaluation. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint two (2) alternate members to the Board of Assessment Appeals who shall serve for terms of two (2) years and shall not be from the same political party. Such appointments shall be made by the Board of Selectmen in the manner provided herein, as vacancies on this commission are created by the expiration of a member's term of service. [Amended 11-5-2002; 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectmen, in accordance with Section 902 of this Charter, shall appoint a Cultural Arts Commission consisting of nine (9) members to serve for terms of four (4) years. Such appointments shall be made by the Board of Selectmen in the manner provided herein as vacancies are created at the expiration of a member's term of service. [Amended 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint two (2) alternate members to the Planning and Zoning Commission who shall serve for a term of two (2) years. [Amended 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint three (3) alternate members to the Zoning Board of Appeals who shall serve for a term of two (2) years; said members shall be prohibited from concurrently serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission. [Amended 11-6-2007; 11-17-2017]
[Repealed 11-5-2002; see Section 905]
The Board of Selectmen, in accordance with Section 902 of this Charter and Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-42, shall appoint an Inland Wetlands Agency consisting of seven (7) members, to serve for terms of four (4) years and two (2) alternate members, to serve for terms of two (2) years. No member or alternate member of this agency shall serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission or the Conservation Commission. [Added 11-5-2002; Amended 11-6-2007]
[Repealed 11-7-2017]
The Board of Selectmen is designated as the Flood and Erosion Control Board. [Added 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectman shall appoint an Ethics Commission, in accordance with the provisions of Section 902 of this Charter, consisting of five (5) members to serve staggered terms of four (4) years. The Ethics Commission shall promote and affirm ethical behavior of the town's boards, commissions, employees, elected and appointed officials. The Ethics Commission shall draft an Ethics Code for the town for approval by the Board of Selectmen. The Ethics Commission will receive inquiries and requests for advisory opinions from town officials, employees, consultants and residents regarding possible code violations and will respond with formal procedures. The Ethics Commission will review, evaluate, resolve and adjudicate, as appropriate, ethical issues and concerns; disseminate informational and educational materials to enhance public awareness of the code; and maintain open-minded impartiality in all Ethics Commission dealings consistent with the application of precedent and rationale in its decision making. [Added 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectman shall appoint a Shared Services Commission, in accordance with the provisions of Section 902 of this Charter, consisting of seven (7) members. Four (4) members shall be citizens, one of whom will be the chairman, who are not employees of the town or the Board of Education and shall serve staggered terms of three (3) years; one (1) member from the Board of Education, one (1) member of the Board of Finance and one (1) member from the Board of Selectmen shall each serve for two (2) year terms. The Shared Services Commission shall investigate areas where services may be shared and other town boards, commissions and employees shall cooperate with and provide information to this commission. The commission may negotiate with town agencies to effect sharing of services and shall make recommendations, at minimum annually, for the sharing of support services (building maintenance, finance, information technology, et cetera) between the town and the Board of Education that are in the best interest of town residents by increasing efficiency and reducing costs. Recommendations for the sharing of support services will not undermine the ability or legal authority of either the town or the Board of Education to conduct their respective missions. [Added 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Design Review Board consisting of five (5) members, said members to serve staggered terms of four (4) years to advise the Planning & Zoning Commission regarding aesthetics and character of commercial, industrial and other significant developments projects. [Added 11-7-2017]