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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Norwalk 2-26-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 100, Sections 7-202 to 7-212a of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended (the "Chapter"), an authority known as the "Norwalk Parking Authority." The Norwalk Parking Authority (the "Authority") shall have all the powers and perform all the duties that are by law granted to or imposed upon parking authorities under and by virtue of the provisions of the Chapter, as it shall be amended from time to time, subject to the provisions of this ordinance.
A. 
The Authority shall have all of the powers and perform all of the duties that are by law granted to or imposed upon parking authorities under and by virtue of the provisions of the chapter with respect to all City parking facilities. For purposes of this chapter, "City parking facilities" shall mean lots, garages, parking terminals or other structures and accommodations for the parking of motor vehicles off the street or highway and open to the general public with or without charge, and off-street and on-street parking meters owned by the City wherever located, including, without limitation, parking facilities and parking meters constructed subsequent to the effective date of this chapter, additions to or replacements of existing parking facilities and parking meters and parking facilities and parking meters within mixed-use facilities, including the property comprising the South Norwalk, East Norwalk and the Merritt 7 Railroad Stations and their related parking facilities, subject to relevant agreements with the State of Connecticut. The areas included within the definition of this term are all buildings and improvements and all means of ingress and egress used to access and travel about within the railroad station facilities. Excluded from this definition is the property comprising the Rowayton Rail Station which is subject to an agreement with the State of Connecticut, unless otherwise provided for by a separate agreement by and between the City and the Parking Authority.
[Amended 1-13-2004; 3-24-2009; 2-28-2017]
B. 
The Authority is hereby granted all net revenues earned from City parking facilities on and after July 1, 2002, including, but not limited to, revenues from the lease, license or other use of any portion of City parking facilities directly related to the parking of motor vehicles, revenues from parking meters and parking permits collected on or after July 1, 2002, and revenues from parking fines and penalties levied on or after July 1, 2002, plus any interest thereon. For purposes of this chapter, "net revenues" shall mean revenues less any and all related expenses incurred in generating such revenues, including, but not limited to, contractual and other obligations of the City charged to the Authority, such as the cost of collecting and enforcing parking fines and penalties and an allocable share of expenses of City departments and City personnel providing services to the Authority. Net revenues shall be used by the Authority for any of its corporate purposes pursuant to the chapter, including, but not limited to, the acquisition, construction, expansion, improvement and equipping of City parking facilities, the operation and maintenance of City parking facilities, the establishment of capital and operating reserves and the payment of debt services on bonds issued by the City or the Authority pursuant to the provisions of the chapter.
[Amended 11-12-2002; 3-24-2009; 2-28-2017]
C. 
The Authority shall assume all existing obligations of the City in connection with City parking facilities as of July 1, 2002, and any obligations which accrue on or after July 1, 2002, which arise from City parking facilities. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be deemed to transfer any existing fee ownership interest of the City in any City parking facility, including the underlying land, air rights above or any easements through City parking facilities, to the Authority, and provided further, that control over parking meters within the City, including, but not limited to, the type, location, number and servicing thereof, shall be subject to the approval of the traffic authority of the City.
[Amended 11-12-2002]
A. 
The Authority shall consist of five members to be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council, not more than three of whom shall be of the same political party.
B. 
Those first appointed shall be designated to serve for one, two, three, four and five years respectively and thereafter a member shall be appointed to serve for five years, except that any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term. The Mayor and the Director of the Department of Public Works, or their designee, shall serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the Authority.
C. 
No person shall be appointed or reappointed to the Authority unless a resident of the City.
The members of the Authority shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for necessary expenses.
A. 
The Authority shall organize and operate in conformity with the provisions of Section 7-203 of the chapter.
B. 
The Authority shall annually elect one of its members as Chairman and shall elect one of its members as Vice Chairman. The Authority may also employ an Executive Director (who shall not be a member of the Authority), who shall serve at the pleasure of the Authority and have such duties and receive such compensation and benefits as shall be fixed by the Authority. The Executive Director shall be professionally qualified to carry out the purposes of the Authority.
C. 
The Authority or its Executive Director, as directed by the Authority, shall have the sole right to employ, direct and control such persons as it deems necessary to carry out the purpose of the Authority. The selection, appointment, assignment of duties, compensation, benefits, termination, status and other terms and conditions of employment of its employees shall be under the sole jurisdiction of the Authority or the Executive Director, as authorized by the Authority. The Executive Director and other employees of the Authority shall not be considered employees of the City.
D. 
The Authority or its Executive Director as directed by the Authority, shall have the sole right to select, direct and control such technical consultants, accountants, parking operators and other contractors as it deems necessary to carry out the purpose of the Authority. The selection, scope of services, compensation, termination and other terms and conditions of such contacts shall be under the sole jurisdiction of the Authority or the Executive Director, as authorized by the Authority.
E. 
The Authority or its Executive Director, as directed by the Authority, may enter into agreements with the City to provide the Authority with various services to support the Authority.
[Amended 11-12-2002]
A. 
On or before November 15th of each year, the Executive Director of the Authority shall submit to the Authority a recommended annual budget for the Authority for the next succeeding fiscal year commencing July 1st and ending June 30th. The Authority shall adopt a proposed budget on or before December 15th of each year and submit the proposed budget to the Director of Finance on or before December 31st of each year, or on or before such other dates as departments of the City shall be required to submit budgets. The Authority's budget shall be submitted to the Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Common Council for consideration and adoption in the manner and on the same schedule as departments of the City.
[Amended 11-12-2002]
B. 
Parking fee increases not included in the approved budget shall be submitted by the Executive Director of the Authority to the Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Common Council for their consideration and approval.
[Added 2-28-2017[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection B as Subsection C.
C. 
The Authority shall contract for an annual independent audit and shall submit a copy thereof to the Mayor, the Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Common Council on or before the date of submission of the City's audit for the same period.
A. 
The Authority shall annually adopt a schedule of its regular meetings and file that schedule with the City Clerk. The Authority may hold special meetings on the call of the Chairman or any two members upon giving notice thereof to all members of the Authority at least 24 hours in advance of such meeting.
B. 
All meetings of the Authority shall be held in compliance with the applicable provisions of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, as amended.
[Amended 11-12-2002]
The Authority shall continue to exist until abolished by subsequent ordinance of the Common Council, which shall not be earlier than the repayment of all obligations of the Authority, including without limitation, the retirement of all outstanding indebtedness of the Authority, or the assumption of such obligations by the City.
This chapter shall take effect upon its adoption by the Common Council.