[HISTORY: Adopted by the Representative Town Meeting of the Town of Branford 6-11-2014. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was adopted as Ch. 20, but was renumbered to maintain the organization of the Code.
There is hereby established within the Town of Branford a Public Building Commission for the purpose of managing and controlling all approved public building projects specifically assigned to it by the First Selectman, and to be known as the "Public Building Commission" (hereinafter "Commission").
Permanent members. The Commission will have five permanent members, all of whom shall be residents and electors of the Town of Branford, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, and shall serve for a term of four years, but initially two members shall be appointed and serve for a term of four years or until the successors are appointed and qualified; two members shall be appointed and serve for a term of three years and the remaining one member for two years. In the event that a vacancy occurs during the term of any member, the Board of Selectmen shall fill said vacancy. Any new member so appointed shall serve until the expiration of such term.
Ex officio members. The First Selectman and the Chairman of the Board of Finance shall each be an ex officio member of the Commission. The Board of Selectmen may appoint such additional ex officio members as it deems appropriate to serve only on matters relating to the specific project assignment for which they are appointed. Ex officio members shall not be entitled to vote on any matter.
Temporary members. The Board of Selectmen may appoint up to four temporary members to the Commission to represent the "user's interest" in a specific project. Such temporary members shall serve until final completion and approval of the project by the Town (or the completion of the Commission's work on such project) and shall serve and vote only on matters relating to the specific project assignment for which they are appointed.
Qualification for office. Each permanent member appointed by the Board of Selectman shall be qualified by experience or training in fields such as architecture, engineering, finance, building construction, law, or related areas and any temporary member appointed shall be qualified by experience in the development, use or operation of the building which is the subject of the project for which he or she has been appointed.
Vacancies. In the event of a vacancy in the term of any permanent or temporary member of the Commission, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint a successor to serve for the balance of the term vacated. Any member may be removed for cause by said Board of Selectmen after public hearing and on written request of such member. Members shall serve without compensation but shall be compensated for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.
Officers; rules and regulations. The Commission shall appoint its own chairman and secretary and shall establish its own rules and regulations for the conduct of its meetings. A copy of said rules and regulations shall be filed with the town clerk.
Scope of responsibilities. The Commission shall manage such approved building projects as shall from time to time be assigned to it by the First Selectman. The Commission may assist, at the First Selectman’s request, in the planning for approved building projects and in the supervision of the construction of such projects. The Commission may request the First Selectman to appoint an engineer to work with the Commission at its discretion.
Contracts. Any and all contracts related to public building projects, including but not limited to school building projects shall be authorized and approved by the Board of Selectmen.
Commission as School Building Committee. Unless otherwise designated by the RTM with the concurrence of the Board of Selectmen, the Commission shall be designated as the school building committee as that term is defined by the Connecticut General Statutes.
Final report. Upon completion of each project, the Commission, in consultation with the First Selectman, shall render to the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Finance and the RTM a final written report concerning said project and the Director of Finance shall render a final written accounting of all income and expenses made under the related appropriation. Upon approval by the Board of Selectmen of the Commission’s final report at the final completion of each project, the project shall be turned over to the appropriate town official or agency.