Town of Ellington, CT
Tolland County
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There shall be the following administrative officers and departments for the town: Town Clerk; Finance Officer; Tax Collector; Assessor; Director of Emergency Management; Director of Public Works; Building Official; Town Engineer; Town Attorney; Constables; Director of Health; Director of Recreation; Fire Marshal; Animal Control Officer; Director of Human Services; and Town Planner. The Board of Selectmen may recommend to the town meeting pursuant to the provisions of Section 703 of this Charter the creation of such additional or the elimination of such existing administrative offices and departments as it from time to time may deem appropriate and necessary to the best interest of the town. All administrative officers and department heads and their deputies and assistants shall receive compensation fixed by the Board of Selectmen; provided, however, no compensation shall be based upon any fees collected by them and all such fees collected by them shall be paid to the town treasury. [Amended 11-5-2002]
Administrative officers and department heads shall be appointed in the manner hereinafter provided. Appointees of the Board of Selectmen shall be appointed and may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Section 803 of this Charter. No officer or employee of the town shall serve on any board or commission if his or her duties on the board or commission conflict with the duties of his or her town position. Any such officer or employee elected to public office in the town shall, upon such election, forfeit the position to which he or she had been appointed. [Amended 11-5-2002]
Any vacancy in any administrative office, from whatever cause arising, shall be filled by the Board of Selectmen. Persons appointed to fill vacancies in said administrative offices shall serve for the unexpired portion of the term vacated if such office has a fixed term, or shall serve for an indefinite term in the event no fixed term is provided for such office.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Town Clerk who shall be qualified by training and experience and who shall serve for an indefinite term. Said Town Clerk shall have all powers and duties, not inconsistent with this Charter, conferred or imposed by the General Statutes on town clerks, and such other powers and duties as are prescribed in this Charter and as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen. The Town Clerk may appoint and may remove, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen, and subject to such rules and regulations covering town employees as may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to the provisions of Chapter XI of this Charter, all deputies, assistants, or employees in his or her office.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Finance Officer, who shall be chosen exclusively on the basis of technical and administrative qualifications, character, education, training, and experience, and who shall serve for an indefinite term. Said Finance Officer, shall have the following powers and duties, together with such other powers and duties as the Board of Selectmen may confer upon him or her:
(a) 
The Finance Officer shall be the Town Treasurer and the agent of the town deposit fund and all other town funds, and shall have all the powers and duties, not inconsistent with this Charter, conferred or imposed by the General Statutes on town treasurers;
(b) 
He or she shall be responsible for the keeping and maintaining of all accounts showing financial transactions for all departments, and agencies of the town, including the Board of Education;
(c) 
He or she shall prepare financial reports and submit the same to the Board of Selectmen on a monthly basis and for such other periods as may be required by the Board of Selectmen;
(d) 
He or she shall prepare cash flow analysis and shall be responsible for the investment of town funds;
(e) 
He or she shall assist in the preparation of the annual budget and in the presentation of the same to the Board of Finance;
(f) 
He or she shall be responsible for the monthly reconciliation of all bank accounts and shall establish procedures for the purposes of internal auditing;
(g) 
He or she shall maintain records of all fixed assets of the town;
(h) 
He or she shall periodically review all insurance coverage carried by the town, including the Board of Education, and shall recommend to the Board of Selectmen adjustments and improvements in such coverage;
(i) 
He or she shall familiarize the Board of Selectmen with all grants and other state and federal programs available to the town or other agency or commission and shall follow the instructions of the Board of Selectmen with respect to the implementation of the same;
(j) 
He or she shall purchase or cause to be purchased, subject to such rules and regulations as shall be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen, all supplies, materials, equipment and other commodities required by any office or agency of the town, including the Board of Education, to the extent that said Board of Education shall authorize him or her to do so;
(k) 
The Finance Officer may appoint and may remove, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and to such rules and regulations concerning town employees as may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to the provisions of Chapter XII of this Charter, all deputies, assistants or employees of his or her office;
(l) 
He or she shall have authority over and be responsible for the Tax Collector, Assessor, and their operations.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Tax Collector who shall be qualified by training and experience and who shall serve for an indefinite term. Said Tax Collector shall have all the powers and duties, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, conferred or imposed by the General Statutes on such officers and such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen. Said Tax Collector may appoint and may remove, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and pursuant to the provisions of Chapter XII of this Charter, all deputies, assistants or employees in his or her office.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint an Assessor who shall possess such qualifications as are required for said office by the General Statues and who shall serve for an indefinite term. Said Assessor shall have all the powers and duties, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, conferred or imposed by the General Statutes on assessors and such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen. Said Assessor may appoint and may remove, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and subject to the rules and regulations concerning town employees as may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to the provisions of Chapter XII of this Charter, all deputies, assistants or employees in his or her office.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Director of Emergency Management who shall serve for a term of two (2) years. Said Director of Emergency Management shall have all the powers and duties, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, conferred or imposed by Section 28-7 of the General Statutes, as amended and such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen. [Amended 11-5-2002]
[Repealed 11-5-2002; see Section 1021]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Director of Public Works, who shall possess such qualifications as are required for said office, and who shall serve for an indefinite term. It shall be the duty of the Department of Public Works to maintain, repair, clean, and remove snow from all public streets and ways; maintain and operate storm sewers and other drains; care for and maintain all town buildings other than those under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education; the Department of Public Works shall have exclusive control of the care, maintenance and repair of the library building and physical facilities and the library grounds; coordinate the Recycling Program; prepare or supervise the preparation of plans and specifications for the construction or reconstruction of streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, storm sewers, drains, public buildings and other structures and construct or supervise the construction of the same, provided that nothing herein shall preclude the employment of engineers and architects on any such project, or the appointment of citizen advisory committees on the construction of school or other public building. Further duties of the Public Works Department shall be to care for parks, grassed areas in streets and public grounds; the Public Works Department shall maintain all athletic fields and public beaches including those under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education and the Parks and Recreation Commission; to plant and care for trees within the street line; to enforce the provisions of the building code, zoning ordinances, and ordinances imposing on owners of property obligations to construct and maintain sidewalks, curbs, gutters, storm sewers and drains; and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen by ordinance. Said Department of Public Works may contract with the town Water Pollution Control Authority for the maintenance of the facilities and grounds which come under the jurisdiction of the Water Pollution Control Authority. The Director of Public Works shall appoint a Tree Warden. The Director of Public Works shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Permanent Building Committee. He or she may organize the Public Works Department in such a manner as he or she shall deem most economical and efficient and may make and enforce such reasonable rules and regulations not inconsistent with the regulations of the General Statutes or the provision of this Charter, as may be necessary to exercise the powers and duties imposed on him or her by virtue of this provision of the Charter. He or she may delegate such powers to subordinate employees and shall have the authority to appoint and to remove, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and such rules and regulations concerning town employees as may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen, all deputies, assistants or employees in this department. [Amended 11-6-2018]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Building Official who shall possess such qualifications as are required for said office by the General Statutes. Said Building Official shall serve for an indefinite term. Said Building Official shall be the enforcement officer of the building code of the town. He or she shall have all the powers and duties, not inconsistent with this Charter, conferred or imposed by the General Statutes on such offices and powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen. Said Building Official may appoint and may remove, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and subject to such rules and regulations concerning town employees as may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to Chapter XII of this Charter, all deputies, assistants or employees in his or her office.
The Board of Selectmen may appoint a Town Engineer who shall be a licensed civil engineer. Said Town Engineer shall serve for an indefinite term. All powers and duties of said Town Engineer shall be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint, not later than thirty (30) days after the commencement of their first term of office under the provisions of this Charter, a Town Attorney who shall serve for a term of two (2) years. Said Town Attorney shall be an attorney at law admitted to practice law in this state. Except as otherwise provided by law, he or she shall appear for and protect the rights of the town in all actions, suits, or procedures brought by or against it or any of its departments, offices, agencies, boards, or commissions. He or she shall be the legal advisor of the Board of Selectmen, First Selectman, and all town officers, agencies, boards, or commissions in all matters affecting the town and shall upon written request furnish a written opinion on any questions of law involving their respective powers and duties. Upon request he or she shall prepare or approve forms of contracts of other instruments to which the town is a party or in which it has an interest. He or she shall have the power, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to appeal from orders, decisions, and judgments, and subject to the approval of said Board of Selectmen, to compromise or settle any claims by or against the town. If, in special circumstances, or for investigation under Section 607 of this Charter, the Board of Selectmen deems it advisable, they may by resolution provide for the temporary employment of counsel other than, or in addition to, the Town Attorney.
The First Selectman shall have the power to appoint Special Constables, as that term is defined by section 7-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, for a term not to exceed one (1) year. The above powers and duties as conferred or imposed upon the office of constable as aforementioned may not apply to an office created by the town's chief executive authority notwithstanding the name or title given to such office. [Amended 11-6-2007]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint and may remove a Town Director of Health. The town may continue as a constituent unit of a Regional Health District established pursuant to the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes, Section 19a-240 through 246, inclusive, as amended. For so long as the town continues as a constituent unit of said district, the Director of Health for said district shall function as Town Director of Health. [Amended 11-5-2002]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint and may remove a Director of Recreation who shall serve for an indefinite term. Said Director of Recreation shall be in charge of the administration of the recreation program in the town and shall be responsible for the implementation of recreational policies approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Board of Selectmen. Said Director of Recreation may appoint and may remove, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and subject to such rules and regulations concerning town employees as may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen, all deputies, assistants or employees in his or her office. [Amended 11-5-2002]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Fire Marshal and such deputies as may be required. Said Fire Marshal and such deputies shall serve an indefinite term. The respective fire departments may offer advisory recommendations for consideration by the Board of Selectmen for any such appointments. Said Fire Marshal shall have all the powers and duties not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, conferred or imposed by the General Statutes on such offices and such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen. Said Fire Marshal may appoint and remove deputies, assistants, and employees in his or her office, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and subject to rules and regulations concerning town employees as may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen. [Amended 11-7-2017]
[Repealed 11-6-2007; see Section 1023]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint an Animal Control Officer and such deputies as may be required, who shall have all the powers and duties not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, conferred or imposed by the General Statutes, as amended, on such officers and such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen.
[Repealed 11-6-2007; see Section 1023]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint and may remove a Director of Human Services who shall serve an indefinite term and who shall possess such qualifications as are required for said office. The Director of Human Services shall serve as the Welfare Officer for the town and also shall be in charge of the administration of all welfare activities of the town. Said Director of Human Services shall have all the powers and duties, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, conferred or imposed by the General Statutes with regard to poor and dependent persons and such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Selectmen. [Amended 11-5-2002]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Town Planner who shall serve an indefinite term and who shall possess such qualifications as are required for said office. Said Town Planner shall:
(a) 
Lead and coordinate reviewing/updating of the town Plan of Conservation and Development;
(b) 
Serve as technical advisor and administrative officer to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Inland Wetlands Agency, Conservation Commission, Design Review Board and the Economic Development Commission, assisting such commissions in the discharge of their statutory duties; act as Zoning Enforcement and Wetlands Officer as necessary; [Amended 11-7-2017]
(c) 
Maintain up-to-date inventories, maps and related information of wetlands, open space, and areas of ecological, biological, geological, and hydrological significance. Aid the aforementioned commissions in updating regulations, ordinances permits, etcetera;
(d) 
Cooperate in the development of town capital improvement programs and capital budget recommendations;
(e) 
Prepare and present technical, statistical and narrative reports and studies as assigned by the First Selectman, the Board of Selectmen, and land use commissions.
Said Town Planner may appoint and may remove, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and subject to such rules and regulations concerning town employees as may be adopted by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to Chapter XI of this Charter, all deputies, assistants or employees in his or her office. [Amended 11-6-2007]
Emergency Services to the Town of Ellington will be provided by Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Crystal Lake Fire District/Crystal Lake Fire Department and Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. The Board of Selectmen shall execute a written contract with each agency specifying details of such service. As a minimum, each contract will delineate type and scope of services provided, primary response areas, financial relationships, and reporting requirements between the Town of Ellington and each agency. Each contract shall be reviewed and revised as necessary by the Board of Selectmen and each agency no less than biennially. [Added 11-6-2007; amended 11-6-2018]
In the event that any of the above named organizations become incapable of providing the services as defined in their contract, the Board of Selectmen may provide for other means of delivery of emergency services in lieu of said volunteer company(s). [Added 11-6-2018]