Town of Wethersfield, CT
Hartford County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission 1-16-2008 (Appendix 1 of Ch. 96 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The objectives and purposes of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission of Wethersfield are those set forth in the Connecticut General Statutes, and those powers and duties delegated to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission in the aforementioned Statutes and by the "Ordinance Establishing an Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission" within the Town of Wethersfield, approved on June 24, 1974.
the Commission shall be known as the "Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission," and may hereafter be referred to as he "Commission."
The office of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission shall be at Wethersfield Town Hall where all Commission records will be kept. Copies of all official documents, records, maps, etc., will be filed or recorded in the office of the Town Engineer when required.
The membership and terms of office shall be as specified in the above stated ordinance establishing the Commission, and the aforementioned General Statutes.
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The officers of the Commission shall consist of a Chairman and a Vice Chairman.
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The Chairman shall preside at all meetings and hearings of the Commission and shall have the duties normally conferred by parliamentary usage on such officers. The Chairman shall have the authority to appoint committees, call special meetings, and generally perform other duties as may be prescribed in these rules and procedures.
C. 
The Chairman shall be one of the Commission members. He/she shall have the privilege of discussing all matters before the Commission and of voting thereon. It is the responsibility of the Chairman to assure a "Public Comments" item on the monthly agenda, that such Public Comments be limited as to time and to issues unrelated to those matters otherwise scheduled for Public Hearing.
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The Vice Chairman shall act for the Chairman in his/her absence and have the authority to perform the duties prescribed for that office. He/she shall be a Commission member.
E. 
The Town staff shall keep the minutes and records of the Commission and, shall prepare the agenda of regular and special meetings under the direction of the Chairman, provide notice of all meetings to Commission members; arrange proper and legal notice of hearings; attend to correspondence of the Commission, and such other duties as are normally carried out by a Clerk.
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An annual organization meeting shall be held the first meeting after July first, at which time officers will be elected and rules and procedures reviewed and be made a part of the annual meeting. Officers may be elected by a majority vote of members present.
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Nominations shall be made from the floor at the annual organization meeting and elections of the officers specified in § A182-5A shall follow immediately thereafter.
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A candidate receiving a majority vote of the members present shall be declared elected and shall serve for one year or until his/her successor shall take office.
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Vacancies in office shall be filled by regular election procedure as herein specified with terms to run until the next annual organizational meeting.
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Resignations from the Commission shall be in written form and transmitted to the Town Clerk, who will then forward same to the executive officer of the community.
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Regular meetings will be held at Wethersfield Town Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, except as may be otherwise noted in the schedule of meetings on file in the office of the Town Clerk. In event of conflict with holidays or other events, a majority may change the date of said meeting at the time the annual schedule of meetings is prepared for filing with the office of Town Clerk as set forth in Public Act 723 (1967). The Town staff shall notify the membership of regular meetings, in writing, not less than 48 hours in advance of such meeting.
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Special meetings may be called by the Chairman, when such meetings are deemed necessary to the interests and welfare of the Town, provided notice of such meeting is posted in the office of the Town Clerk not less than 24 hours prior to such meeting; and further, emergency meetings may be called without such notice provided a copy of the minutes of such meeting, adequately setting forth the nature of the emergency and the proceedings of the Commission is filed in the office of the Town Engineer not more than 72 hours following such meeting (Public Act 723, 1967).
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A majority of the voting membership of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, and the number of votes necessary to transact business shall be a majority of members of the Commission except approval of minutes which shall be by majority of members present, as otherwise provided by the Connecticut General Statutes. The notice of such meeting shall specify the purpose of such meeting and no other business may be considered except by unanimous consent of the members present.
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In case any member of the Commission is unable to act because of absence, sickness or self-interest, his place shall be taken by an alternate member selected under the procedure specified by the Connecticut General Statutes.
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All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public when in session and shall be open to the public when in executive sessions when so voted by the majority of the Commission members present and voting. In accordance with the "Ordinance Establishing an Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission" within the Town of Wethersfield, all meetings at which decisions are made shall be open to the public.
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Unless otherwise specified, Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings at the meetings of this Commission.
No members of the Commission shall participate in any hearing or decision or any matter when he/she is disqualified for self interest, personal, financial or otherwise. In the event of such disqualification, it shall be entered upon the records of the Commission and the place of the member disqualified shall be taken by an alternate member designated by the Chairman. The Chairman shall make the final decision as to the disqualification of a member for self-interest.
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Unless otherwise determined by the Chairman, the order of business at public meetings shall be:
(1) 
Call to order.
(2) 
General comments.
(3) 
Public hearings.
(4) 
Public meeting.
(5) 
Old business.
(6) 
New business.
(7) 
General business.
(a) 
Approval of minutes.
(b) 
Reports of officers and committees.
(c) 
Correspondence.
(8) 
Adjournment.
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A motion from the floor must be made and passed in order to dispense with any item on the agenda or change the order of business.
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Public hearings shall be held on the third Wednesday of each month, immediately preceding the public meeting, except as may be otherwise noted in the schedule of meetings on file in the office of the Town Engineer. In the event of conflict with holidays or other events, a majority vote may change the date of said hearings at the time the annual schedule of meetings is prepared for filing with the office of the Town Clerk in accordance with Public Act 723 (1967).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See C.G.S. § 1-210.
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The Commission may hold public hearings, in addition to required hearings, when it decides that such hearings will be in the public interest, provided that notice of any such hearing is posted in the office of the Town Engineer not less than 24 hours before such meeting in accordance with Public Act 723 (1967).
C. 
All public hearings prescribed by law shall be held in accordance with the requirements set forth for such hearings in the "Ordinance Establishing an Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission" within the Town of Wethersfield, the aforementioned statutes and the aforementioned Public Act 723 of 1967.
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A competent stenographer shall take the evidence, and/or the evidence shall be recorded by a sound recording device, at each hearing before the Commission in which the right to appeal lies to the Superior Court. Proceedings of the hearing shall be incorporated into the minute book of the Commission to be permanent part of the record.
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To better expedite the proceedings of the hearing and to cause a better understanding of the issue involved, the Commission shall have prepared prior to the hearing a hearing agenda and visual aids for display and presentation during the discussion of the hearing, if practicable.
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The Chairman of the Commission shall preside at the public hearing. In the event of his absence, the Vice Chairman or duly appointed Commission member shall act as presiding officer.
B. 
The Town staff shall read the legal advertisement and note the dates and newspapers in which the advertisement appeared.
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The Chairman shall prescribe the method of conduct of the hearing.
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It shall be made clear to the public that all comments must be directed to the Chair, and only after being properly recognized by the presiding officer.
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All persons recognized shall approach the hearing table in order to facilitate proper recording of comments. Before commenting on the matter before the hearing, each person shall give his name and address.
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The presiding officer shall assure an orderly hearing and shall take necessary steps to maintain the order and decorum of the hearing at all times. The presiding officer shall reserve the right to terminate the hearing in the event the discussion becomes unruly and unmanageable.
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The show of hands by those persons present shall not be allowed on any general question present at the public hearing. The hearing shall be conducted only for the purpose of taking testimony to be considered in deliberations of the public meeting of the Commission.
Special committees may be appointed by the Chairman for purposes and terms which the Commission approved.
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The Chairman or a 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.
B. 
In the matter of the press, radio, and television representatives, the Commission shall comply with Chapter 3, Sections 1-19, 1-20, 1-21, of the Connecticut General Statutes, 1958 Revisions, as amended.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Said statutes have been transferred or repealed; see now C.G.S. §§ 1-210, 1-21i and 1-225, respectively.
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The Commission shall appoint a duly authorized agent to carry out specific functions and duties as prescribed by the Commission. These duties shall include:
(1) 
Making jurisdictional rulings;
(2) 
Issuing enforcement orders;
(3) 
Making permit compliance inspections;
(4) 
Investigating complaints.
B. 
The duly authorized agent shall make a report to the Commission at its regular meeting. Such report shall consist of a list and description of all rulings and activities performed.
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Any ruling made by the duly authorized agent is subject to final approval by the Commission.
These rules and procedures may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the entire voting membership of the Commission, only after the proposed change has been read and discussed at a previous regular meeting, except that the rules and procedures may be changed at any meeting by the unanimous vote of the entire voting membership of the Commission.