There is hereby created a redevelopment agency for the Town in accordance with Section 8-126 of the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, as amended, said agency to be known as the "Wethersfield Redevelopment Agency." The Agency shall have all the powers and duties now or hereafter provided for redevelopment agencies by the Connecticut General Statutes, subject to the limitations on the exercise of the power of eminent domain established by § 12-1 of the Code of the Town of Wethersfield, as the same may be amended from time to time.
The Agency shall be composed of seven residents in the Town, appointed by the Town Manager as the chief executive officer of the Town and approved by the Town Council.
Of the members of the Agency first appointed, each one shall be appointed to serve for one, two, three, four and five years respectively, terminating on June 30 of the respective year. All subsequent appointments of members shall be for terms of five years, commencing on July 1 of the respective year. Each member shall serve until such member's successor is appointed and qualified. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner of the original appointment.
Any member of the Agency may be removed for cause and, on request of such member, after public hearing. [NOTE: See Town Charter § 313 regarding removal powers of Town Council]
Annually at its first meeting on or after July 1, the Agency shall select from among its members a Chairman and a Vice Chairman.
The Agency shall keep records of its meetings and other activities.
The Agency shall annually on or before July 1 submit to the Town Council a report of its activities for the prior fiscal year and its projected activities for the fiscal year then commencing. The Agency shall make such special reports as the Town Council may request from time to time.
The members of the Agency shall receive no compensation for their services as such but shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties, subject to budgetary limitations.
The Agency shall coordinate its activities with the Town Planning and Zoning Commission, the Wethersfield Economic Development and Improvement Commission and other interested officials and agencies of the Town, and the Agency may invite to attend and participate in its meetings and deliberations, but without vote, any person not a member of the Agency.
The Agency may employ a secretary and such other officers, agents, technical consultants, legal counsel and employees as it may require, subject to budgetary limitations and relevant Charter provisions.
In the performance of its duties and in the exercise of its powers aforesaid, the Agency shall not incur any expenses or obligate the Town to pay any expense in excess of the funds appropriated by the Town Council for such purpose.