Incorporation and General Powers
All the inhabitants dwelling within the territorial limits of the Town of Orange, as heretofore constituted, shall continue to be a body of politic and corporate under the name of the “Town of Orange”, hereinafter called the Town, and as such shall have perpetual succession and shall hold and exercise all powers and privileges heretofore exercised by the Town and not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, the additional powers and privileges herein conferred and all powers and privileges conferred upon municipalities under the general laws of the State of Connecticut.
All property, both real and personal, all rights of action and rights of every description and all liens vested or inchoate in the Town as of the effective date of this Charter are continued in the Town, and the Town shall continue to be liable for all debts and obligations of every kind for which the Town shall be liable on said date. Nothing herein shall be construed to affect the right of the Town to collect any assessment, charge, debt, or lien. If any contract has been entered into by the Town prior to the effective date of this Charter or any bond or undertaking has been given by or in favor of the Town which contains provisions that the same may be enforced by a commission, board, officer or agency therein named, which is abolished by the provisions of this Charter, such contracts, bonds, or undertakings shall be in no manner impaired but shall continue in full force and effect. The powers conferred and the duties imposed with reference to the same upon any such commission, board, officer or agency shall, except as otherwise provided in this Charter, thereafter be exercised and discharged by the First Selectman.
In addition to all powers granted to towns under the Constitution and General Statutes of the State of Connecticut, the Town shall have all powers specifically granted by this Charter and all powers fairly implied in or incident to the powers expressly granted and all other powers incident to the management of the property, government and affairs of the Town, including the power to enter into contracts with the United States or any federal agency, the State of Connecticut or any political subdivision thereof for services and the use of facilities, the exercise of which is not expressly forbidden by the Constitution and General Statutes of the State of Connecticut, and to accept grants from such governmental and private agencies. The enumeration of particular powers in this and any other Article of this Charter shall not be construed as limiting this general grant of power but shall be considered as an addition thereto.