[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Branford 10-13-1952. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 190.
There shall be in the Town of Branford a Department of Recreation.
The Department will be charged with the responsibility of:
Putting into effect and maintaining a recreation program for the entire Town.
Setting and publishing rules and regulations and to set and assess penalties for violations of said rules and regulations.
Maintaining and supervising all facilities and areas that have been or that may be acquired by the Town and placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of Recreation by the proper Town authorities.
The Directors and Supervisors shall have the authority to eject from any facility or area any person or persons acting in violation of rules and regulations as set forth in Subsection A(2).
In cases of serious or consistent violations of said rules or regulations, the Board of Recreation may suspend a person or persons from participating in all programs, activities and/or use of the facilities, conducted and coming under the jurisdiction of the Board of Recreation.
On all recommended suspensions, the Board of Recreation shall meet within five business days for the purpose of a hearing on the recommended suspension.
On all recommended suspensions, the Director shall notify the affected party in writing within 24 hours of said pending suspension hearing and of his opportunity to be present and to be heard.
The Department of Recreation shall be administered by a Board of five members, not all of whom shall reside in the same section of the Town and among whom both sexes shall be represented, to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen in the following manner:
In the month of October 1952, there shall be appointed one member to serve for a term expiring on the second Monday of October five years thereafter, one for a term expiring on the second Monday of October four years thereafter, one for a term expiring on the second Monday of October three years thereafter, one for a term expiring on the second Monday of October two years thereafter and one for a term expiring on the second Monday of October one year thereafter.
Each year thereafter, on or before the second Monday of October, one member shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen to serve for a term beginning on the second Monday of October and expiring on the second Monday of October five years from the time of appointment.
Any vacancies that occur shall be filled by the Board of Selectmen.
All members appointed shall serve without pay and until the expiration of their terms or until their successors shall have been appointed and qualified.
The Board of Recreation shall appoint a Director of the Department of Recreation, who shall be qualified in the field of Recreation, and may dismiss such Director for cause. Other necessary personnel of the Department may be appointed and dismissed by the Director with the approval of the Board of Recreation.
All decisions pertaining to the responsibilities with which this Department is charged in § 78-1 hereof shall be made by the Board of Recreation and shall be appealed only to a Town Meeting.
The Board of Recreation shall meet regularly and such meetings shall be open to the public upon request. Each year immediately after the second Monday in October, the Board shall meet and select from its number one person to serve as Chairman and another to serve as Clerk for the ensuing year. At that meeting, the Board shall determine the schedule of its regular meetings for the ensuing year, such schedule to be changed only by vote of the Board. Special meetings may be called by the Chairman or Clerk, and the Clerk shall call a meeting to be convened within 10 days of the receipt of a request for such a meeting duly signed by any two members of the Board. Notice of such special meetings shall be given to all members of the Board by first class mail postmarked not later than the third day prior to the day upon which the meeting is to be held. Three members shall constitute a quorum at all meetings.