[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of East Hampton 5-23-1967 (Ord. No. 4.02). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of East Hampton hereby creates a Water and Sewer Commission, and designates said Commission as the Water and Sewer Authority of the Town of East Hampton with all the powers, purposes and objectives set forth in Chapters 102 and 103 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, and grants such Commission power to construct and operate a water distribution system within the Town of East Hampton, subject to the provisions of Chapters 102 and 103 of such statutes.
[Amended 12-2-1976 STM; 2-8-1980 STM; 7-29-1987 STM]
Said Commission shall consist of seven electors of the Town of East Hampton, who shall be appointed by the Town Council and serve without compensation. The seven members shall serve for terms of five years. When terms end or resignations occur after June 30, 1987, the Town Council shall allow two positions to remain vacant to reduce the membership from nine to seven members. Terms shall expire on June 30 in each year. Whenever a vacancy occurs, the Council shall appoint a successor to hold office for the unexpired portion of the term. A Commissioner shall continue in office until his successor is appointed.
Pursuant to Town Charter Sections 3.2 and 3.3, based upon merit and fitness alone, the Town Manager shall appoint a Public Utilities Administrator to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Water Pollution Control Authority.
The Commission shall elect a Chairman from among its own members at the first meeting and annually thereafter at the first meeting held after the first day of July in each year. The Commission shall appoint a Clerk, who need not be a member of the Commission, an attorney, and such other employees as it may deem necessary, and shall prescribe and define their duties. The Clerk shall keep a complete record of the proceedings of the Commission and, when ordered by the Commission, shall file the same with the Town Clerk. All such records shall be open for public inspection at reasonable hours. Meetings of the Commission may be called by the Chairman or any two members upon 24 hours' notice thereof.
The Commission shall maintain proper accounting and financial records, and shall make an annual report to the Council. The Commission shall prepare annually a budget of estimated revenue and expenditures for the ensuing fiscal year.
A Commissioner may be removed for inefficiency or neglect of duty or misconduct in office by the Town Council after a hearing conforming to recognized standards of due process of law; a Commissioner shall be removed only after opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel before the Town Council, at least 10 days prior to which he shall have been given a copy of the charges against him. In the event of the removal of any Commissioner, a record of the proceeding, together with the charges and findings thereon, shall be filed in the office of the Town Clerk of East Hampton.