[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Simsbury: Art. I, 12-16-1987. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In order to perpetuate and preserve the historic features of Simsbury and to promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places associated with the history of or indicative of a period or style or architecture of Simsbury, of Connecticut or of the nation, there is hereby established an historic district to be known as the "East Weatogue Historic District" and an Historic District Commission.
The boundaries of the East Weatogue Historic District shall be those described on Schedule A attached hereto and made a part hereof and are shown on a map entitled "East Weatogue Historic District," which map is incorporated herein by reference.
Editor's Note: Schedule A and the map are on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
At least two regular members and one alternate member of the Commission shall be owners of record or residents within an historic district under the jurisdiction of the Commission, and at least one such member or alternate shall reside in any such district and be willing to serve on the Commission.
Within 15 days of the effective date of this Article, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint five regular members to the Commission, whose terms shall expire five years, four years, three years, two years and one year from the effective date of this Article. The Board of Selectmen shall also appoint three alternate members to the Commission, whose terms shall expire three years, two years and one year from the effective date of this Article. Thereafter, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint successors to regular and alternate members to terms of five years, except that an appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the duration of the unexpired term of a regular or alternate member. Any member or alternate may be appointed for another term or terms. All regular and alternate members shall serve without compensation.
Editor's Note: The ordinance appearing in this Article took effect December 16, 1987.
Within 30 days after appointment of the members of the first Commission and annually thereafter on a date that the Commission shall establish, the members shall meet, organize and elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and a Clerk from its own number. Alternate members shall not participate in any election of officers of the Commission.
The presence of four regular or alternate members shall constitute a quorum. No resolution or vote, except a vote to adjourn or to fix the time and place of the Commission's next meeting, shall be adopted by less than three affirmative votes.
The Commission shall have such powers, shall perform such functions, shall have such duties and shall be subject to such limitations as shall from time to time be prescribed by the enabling legislation, Title 7, Chapter 97a, Sections 7-147a through 147k, of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended from time to time. Without limiting the powers and duties of the Commission as set forth in the enabling legislation, as it may be amended from time to time, the Commission's powers and duties shall include the following:
To hear and determine applications for certificates of appropriateness regarding the erection, alteration or demolition or removal of a building or structure or the use of premises for parking within the East Weatogue Historic District.
To adopt rules of practice and regulations to provide guidance to property owners as to factors to be considered in preparing an application for a certificate of appropriateness.
To employ clerical and technical assistants or consultants.
To accept grants and gifts.
To incur expenses appropriate to the carrying on of its work, subject to appropriation by the municipality or receipt of grants or gifts.
To take action to prevent illegal acts and to enforce its regulations and the enabling legislation.