[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Simsbury 8-13-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Economic Development Commission — See Charter Chapter VI, Section 609.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 7-136 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Chapter VI, Section 609 of the Town Charter, the Board of Selectmen hereby creates, by ordinance, an Economic Development Commission. Pursuant to Section 609 of the Town Charter, the membership, terms, duties and responsibilities, not inconsistent with the Town Charter or state law, are hereby established. Hereinafter, the Simsbury Economic Development Commission will be referred to as the "Commission."
The Commission shall serve as an advisory board to the Board of Selectmen. The purpose of the Commission shall be to promote and develop the economic resources of the Town and to advance the Town's economic development goals as defined by the Board of Selectmen. The Commission shall be empowered to conduct research into economic conditions and trends and to collaborate with community organizations which promote economic development.
The Economic Development Commission shall consist of seven voting members who shall be Electors of the Town as defined in the Charter and appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Each member shall be appointed to three-year terms.
At the time of establishment of the Commission, three members shall be appointed to two-year terms and four members shall be appointed to three-year terms. Thereafter, all terms shall be for three years.
No member shall serve more than two full three-year terms, regardless of whether those terms are consecutive.
Any vacancy on said Commission shall be filled by appointment of an elector of the Town by the Board of Selectmen for the unexpired portion of the term. No member shall be appointed to fill a partial term caused by a vacancy on more than one occasion. A member may fill one partial term in addition to the two full three-year terms referenced above.
Member appointments are intended to be nonpartisan and based on qualifications and experience as it relates to economic development. Member qualifications and experience may be further defined by a separate resolution of the Board of Selectmen. Voting members shall not be elected officials of the Town, nor active full-time or part-time employees of the Town who work the minimum number of hours to be considered benefits-eligible.
Nonvoting members. The Town Manager shall be an ex-officio member of the Commission with full participation rights, but will not have the ability to vote on Commission matters. Other ex-officio members may be added by a separate resolution of the Board of Selectmen.
Chair and Vice Chair. On or before the 31st day of October each year, the members of the Commission shall meet and elect from among the appointed members a Chair and Vice Chair.
Administrative support. The Town Manager's Office will provide administrative and technical support to the Commission. The Town Manager, in his or her discretion, may assign other staff persons as needed to provide administrative and technical support as needed.
Meeting schedule. Regular meeting schedules shall be established annually and filed in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes.
Quorum. The presence of four members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum to take action. No action shall become valid unless authorized by a vote of the majority of the total membership present and voting.
On or before the 31st day of October each year, the Commission shall prepare and submit to the Board of Selectmen an annual report of its activities and, if applicable, recommendations for improving the economic condition and development of the Town. The Commission may be asked from time to time to present more frequent reports of its activities and to appear before the Board of Selectmen to report on those activities.
The Board of Selectmen will provide direction and goals to the Commission on an annual basis on or before the 30th day of November each year.
No compensation, reimbursement of expenses. Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their services. However, members shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties, when such funds are available in the Town's approved budget and authorized in advance by the Town Manager.
Commitment of Town funds. In the performance of its duties, the Commission shall not incur any expense, or obligate the Town to pay any expense, unless funds have been appropriated by the Town specifically for the use of the Commission and authorized in advance by the Town Manager.
Removal for cause. Any member of the Commission may be removed by the Board of Selectmen, upon the recommendation of the Town Manager, for cause. Such member will be afforded an opportunity for a public meeting with the Board of Selectmen prior to a final decision being made regarding their status for removal. The purpose of the public meeting is to give the member an opportunity to be heard in person before the Board of Selectmen prior to a final decision being made.
Removal for absences. Any Commission member who is absent from more than 50% of Commission meetings during any twelve-month period may be removed from the Commission, and the vacancy shall be filled by the Board of Selectmen. An exception may be granted by and at the discretion of the Town Manager due to a member's illness or other exigent circumstances.
If any part, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or other portion of this chapter is, for any reason, held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed to be a separate, distinct and independent provision, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions hereof.