Town of Griswold, CT
New London County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Conservation Commission of the Town of Griswold 9-20-1984, as amended through 8-24-2005. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Conservation Commission — See Ch. 18.
Code of Ethics — See Ch. 35.
Meetings — See Ch. 56.
Inland wetlands and watercourses — See Ch. 221.
The objectives and purposes of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Conservation Commission of Griswold are those set forth in Chapter 97 of the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 7-131a, and Chapter 440, Section 221-36 through 221-45, as amended, and those powers and duties delegated to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Conservation Commission by the aforementioned statutes by ordinance enacted at the Town Meeting of November 18, 1971,[1] and in accordance with the above enabling law.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 18, Conservation Commission, Art. I.
The Commission shall be known as the "Griswold Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Conservation Commission."
The office of the Griswold Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Conservation Commission shall be the Town offices where all Commission records shall be kept. Copies of all official documents, records, maps, etc., will be filed or recorded in the Planning and Community Development office.
A. 
Membership shall consist of seven regular members and three alternate members initially appointed by the Board of Selectmen as established by the aforementioned ordinance and subsequently appointed as follows: four members to four-year terms; and three members to two-year terms. Each appointee shall be appointed for four years after the initial term. Alternate members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for two-year terms.
B. 
Alternate members shall be appointed by the Chairman to act as full members upon the absence or disqualification of one or more full members. During the hearing of an application, during a public hearing or otherwise, alternate members may ask questions or otherwise participate in the proceeding. Upon the closing of a public hearing or entry into deliberations for a decision on an application, alternate members may no longer speak or otherwise participate in such deliberations unless seated as full members. Once seated for deliberations on an application, the alternate member shall continue to be seated for that application until a decision is made thereon. Alternate members shall be appointed in rotation for an entire meeting or for individual agenda items as the Chairman considers appropriate under the circumstances.
C. 
The Commission, by a majority vote, may accept honorary and/or associate members to the Commission who would serve in an advisory capacity.
D. 
Six months of consecutive unexcused absence from regular meetings of the Commission shall constitute a voluntary resignation of appointment by the absentee member.
[Amended 2-15-2018]
The officers of the Commission shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and a Secretary-Treasurer.
A. 
Chairperson.
(1) 
The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Commission and shall have the duties normally conferred by parliamentary usage on such officers. The Chairperson shall have the authority to appoint committees, certify expenditure of funds up to $50 without prior approval of the Commission, call special meetings, and generally perform other duties as may be prescribed in these bylaws.
(2) 
The Chairperson shall be a member of the Commission. He/she shall have the privilege of discussing all matters before the Commission and of voting thereon.
B. 
Vice Chairperson. The Vice Chairperson shall perform any and all duties of the Chairperson in the absence or disqualification of the Chairperson.
C. 
Secretary.
(1) 
The Secretary shall attend to correspondence of the Commission, and perform such other duties as are normally carried out by a Secretary.
(2) 
In the absence of Secretary because of illness or personal or disqualification reasons, the Chairperson shall appoint a Secretary Pro Tem.
D. 
Recording Secretary. The Recording Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of the Commission and may prepare the agenda of regular and special meetings.
A. 
An annual organization meeting shall be held at the regular December meeting at which time officers shall be elected. A quorum must be present before election of officers can take place.
B. 
Nominations shall be made from the floor at the annual organization meeting, and election of the officers specified in § 231-5 shall follow immediately thereafter.
C. 
A candidate receiving a majority vote from the membership of the Commission will be declared elected and shall serve for one year or until his successor shall take office. New officers shall take office immediately upon election at the annual meeting.
D. 
Vacancies in offices shall be filled by a special election within the Griswold Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Conservation Commission at its next regular meeting.
E. 
Removal of officers may be undertaken by written complaint of a majority of full membership. After seven days' notice and opportunity to be heard by a full membership at a special meeting, such officer may be divested from office by a majority vote of members other than himself/herself.
F. 
Resignations from the Commission shall be in written form and transmitted to the Chairperson who will then forward the same to the Board of Selectmen.
G. 
Vacancies on the Commission shall be filled by appointment made by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with the Town Code. New members shall finish the unexpired term of the member replaced. Vacancies shall be deemed to be effective upon acceptance of a letter of resignation by the Commission or in the case of resignation under § 231-4D, upon the vote of the Commission to accept such voluntary resignation.
H. 
No alternate member shall serve as an officer of this Commission, other than as Secretary-Treasurer Pro Tem in accordance with § 231-5C.
A. 
Regular meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month, at a time to be determined by the Commission, in the Town Hall or other location as may be determined by the members of the Commission. In the event of conflict with holidays or other events, a majority at any meeting may change the date of said meeting. The Recording Secretary shall notify the membership in advance of all such meetings. Notice of such change will be posted in the Town Hall. Anyone on the agenda will also be notified.
B. 
A majority of the membership of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. A quorum is necessary to transact a business meeting.
C. 
The notice of a meeting, other than a regular meeting, shall specify the purpose of such a meeting, and no other business may be considered. Special meetings shall be called by the Commission and/or the Chairperson and posted and/or noticed by the Recording Secretary.
D. 
All Commission meetings shall be open to the public when in session and shall be closed to the public for executive session when so voted by the majority of the Commission members present and voting.
E. 
Unless otherwise specified, Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings at the meeting of the Commission.
In accordance with Chapter 35 of the Code of the Town of Griswold, entitled "Ethics, Code of," in any matter coming before the Commission in which a member of the Commission has a personal or financial interest, that member shall be disqualified from voting on that matter.
Unless otherwise determined by the Chairperson, the suggested order of business at regular meetings shall be as follows:
A. 
Call to order.
B. 
Roll call and determination of a quorum.
C. 
Applications.
D. 
Written complaints.
[Amended 2-15-2018]
E. 
Communications.
[Amended 2-15-2018]
F. 
Applications.
[Amended 2-15-2018]
G. 
Reports from enforcement officer.
[Amended 2-15-2018]
H. 
Old business.
[Amended 2-15-2018]
I. 
New business.
[Amended 2-15-2018]
J. 
Reports from Commission members.
[Amended 2-15-2018]
K. 
Conservation Commission's matters.
L. 
Adjournment.
[Added 2-15-2018]
M. 
Aquifer Protection Agency.
[Added 2-15-2018]
A. 
Within the limits of the funds available for its use, the Commission may employ such staff personnel and/or consultants as it sees fit to aid the Commission in its work. Appointments shall be made by a majority vote of the entire membership. The Chairperson may be authorized to sign contracts for employing personnel and contracting for services as might be approved by the Commission.
B. 
Enforcing agent.
(1) 
The Commission, by majority vote, shall appoint an inland wetlands and watercourses enforcing agent who shall perform such duties as deemed necessary by the Commission. The enforcing agent shall serve for one year and shall be appointed at the annual organization meeting.
(2) 
The duties of the enforcement officer shall include but not be limited to the following:
(a) 
Personally investigating complaints and reporting to the Commission on any activity alleged to be in conflict with the regulations of the Commission.
(b) 
Inspecting and providing assurance to the Commission that the proper soil erosion and sedimentation control measures are being employed on permitted projects and that said measures are properly installed.
(c) 
Inspecting and providing assurance to the Commission that all stipulations as outlined in official decisions rendered by the Commission have been met by the applicant.
(d) 
Provision of an oral report to the Commission during the regular meeting on any matter which the enforcement officer, in his/her professional opinion, feels the Commission should be aware of to the best performance of his/her duties. Should the enforcement officer anticipate absence from the next regular meeting, a written report shall be submitted to the membership five days prior to the regular meeting.
Committees may be appointed by the Chairperson for purposes and terms which the Commission approves. Chairpersons of such committees must be duly appointed members of the Commission. However, nonmembers may serve on such committees or subcommittees to perform specific tasks. It is the policy of the Commission to encourage participation from the community.
The Chairperson or duly appointed Commission member or staff personnel shall act as public relations or publicity director for the Commission. His/her duties include the preparation of all news releases to be distributed to the communications media. All information releases shall reflect the thinking of the majority of the Commission.
Bylaws must be reviewed by the Commission at least annually at a regular or special meeting. These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership of the Commission, only after the proposed change has been read and discussed at a previous regular meeting.