[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Wethersfield 4-22-1996 (Ch. 29 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Ambulance and emergency services — See Ch. 7.
Committees, boards, commissions and agencies — See Ch. 10.
Food service establishments — See Ch. 87.
Public swimming pools — See Ch. 119.
Editor's Note: The title of this chapter, formerly "Rocky Hill/Wethersfield Health District," was changed to "Central Connecticut Health District" by ordinance adopted 8-2-1999.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Central Connecticut Health District Ordinance."
The Town of Wethersfield hereby unites with the Towns of Berlin and Rocky Hill to form the Central Connecticut Health District pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 368f of the Connecticut General Statutes. It is hereby declared that the purpose of this chapter is to protect, preserve and improve the public health of the citizens of the municipalities of the Central Connecticut Health District.
The affairs of the Health District shall be managed by a Board which shall have all the duties exercised or performed immediately prior to the effective date of the creation of this Health District by the Directors of Health of the constituent municipalities of the Health District.
The Health District Board shall exercise all the authority as to public health required of or conferred upon the constituent municipalities by law and shall have the power set forth in Section 19a-243 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
Appointment to Board. The Council for each constituent municipality shall each appoint one person per municipality to be a member of such Board. In addition, if the population of any municipality exceeds 10,000 inhabitants, as annually estimated by the Department of Public Health, such municipality shall be entitled to one additional representative for each additional 10,000 inhabitants or part thereof, provided that no such municipality shall have more than five representatives on the Health District Board. The Board shall initially consist of two members from the Town of Berlin, two members from the Town of Rocky Hill, and three members from the Town of Wethersfield.
Term of office. The terms of office for members to the Health District Board shall be three years, except that, during the initial formation of the Board, appointments shall be staggered into one- , two- or three-year terms.
Appointment. The Health District Board, after the approval of the Commissioner of Health Services, shall appoint a full-time Director of Health for the Health District pursuant to the procedure and qualifications set forth in Section 19a-242 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended. The Board may also appoint an acting full-time Director of Health to serve in the Director of Health's absence or if a vacancy exists, provided that such acting Director meets the same qualifications as the Director of Health as set forth in Section 19a-242 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, or such qualifications as may be approved by the Commissioner of Health Services. Upon the appointment of a Director of Health for the Health District, the term of office of the present Director of Health of each constituent municipality shall terminate.
Powers and duties. The Director of Health shall perform all such duties as are required of Directors of Health by the Connecticut General Statutes or the State of Connecticut Public Health Code. In addition, the Director of Health shall enforce all ordinances of the constituent municipalities within said municipalities as long as such ordinances do not conflict with the Connecticut General Statutes or the State of Connecticut Public Health Code; provided, however, that any provision of a municipal ordinance which is more strict than the State of Connecticut Public Health Code shall not constitute a conflict, and the provision of the municipal ordinance shall prevail.
Removal. The Director of Health may be removed upon vote of a majority of the members of the Health District Board upon a finding of misconduct, material neglect of duty or incompetence in the conduct of this office in accordance with Section 19a-242 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
General powers. The Health District Board may make and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations for the promotion of general health within the district; such rules and regulations shall not be in conflict with the State of Connecticut Public Health Code or any municipal ordinance of each constituent municipality; provided, however, that any provision of such rules and regulations which is more strict than the State of Connecticut Public Health Code shall not constitute a conflict, and the provision of the rules and regulations shall prevail. No such rule or regulation shall be adopted until a public hearing has been held by the Board of the proposed rule or regulation. Notice of the time, place and purpose of the hearing shall be by publication in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in each constituent municipality at least seven days prior to the hearing. The powers of the Board shall include, but not be limited to, the following: to sue and be sued; to make and execute contract and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of powers of the Health District; to make and from time to time amend and repeal bylaws, rules and regulations; to acquire real estate; and to have whatever other powers are necessary to properly carry out its powers as an independent entity of government; to develop and implement a budget; and to develop and implement public health policy for the Health District.
Meetings; Chairperson. The Board shall meet at least quarterly and at other times determined by the Chairperson. At the Board's initial meeting and thereafter at each fall meeting, the Board shall elect a Chairperson, and the Health District shall furnish the necessary offices and equipment to enable the Board to carry out its duties.
Fiscal year; budget. The fiscal year of the Health District shall be from July 1 to June 30 and, by the 30th of April in each year, the Board shall estimate the amount of money required to pay the costs and expenses of the Health District during the ensuing fiscal year. Pursuant to Section 19a-243 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, such Board shall hold a public hearing on its proposed budget, two weeks' notice of which shall be given in a newspaper having a circulation in each constituent municipality of such district. From time to time the Board shall draw upon the Treasurer of each Town within the district a proportionate share of the expenses of such district, from such funds as may have been appropriated by each, to pay the cost of operating the Health District, such apportionment to be made equitably on a per capita basis as established by the most recent annual population estimate by the Department of Health Services. The Health District shall make timely applications to the State Department of Health Services for reimbursements for which it is entitled, as set forth in Section 19a-245 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended. The Health District shall provide said Department with all budgetary and other information necessary for the Health District to qualify for any reimbursements or other funds allowable under state or federal law.
Should any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence or clause of this chapter be adjudged invalid, the remainder of this chapter shall not be affected thereby and shall be deemed valid and effective.
The effective date of this chapter shall be 10 days after the legal notice of adoption has been published.