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Article VI

Appointed Boards and Commissions

Section 6.1. Board of Zoning Appeals:

There shall be a Board of Zoning Appeals consisting of five regular members and three alternate members. Said Board shall have the powers, duties and responsibilities and shall be subject to the restrictions and limitations of a Board of Zoning Appeals established under Chapter 124 of the General Statutes as said chapter is presently or may hereafter be amended and such powers, duties and responsibilities and subject to such restrictions and limitations as may, from time to time, be prescribed by the Orange Zoning Ordinance.

Section 6.10 BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS

(formerly Board of Tax Review)

There shall be a Board of Tax Review consisting of five members. Said Board shall have the powers, duties and responsibilities and shall be subject to the restrictions and limitations specified in the General Statutes with respect to boards of tax review as the same may, from time to time, be amended.

Section 6.1.1.

Those members of the Board of Tax Review in office on the day following the adoption of the Charter Amendment of 1992 shall continue as such members for the respective terms for which they have been appointed. Upon the effective date of said Charter Amendment, the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, one member to serve a term which shall expire on December 2, 1993 and one member who shall serve a term to expire on December 7, 1995. As each term expires, the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, a member for each such vacancy thus created for a term of four years.

Section 6.2.

Those members of the Board of Zoning Appeals and alternates in office on the day following the adoption of this Charter shall continue to be members thereof for the respective terms for which they shall have been elected. As each such term expires the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, a member for each such vacancy thus created for a term of four years.

Section 6.20. Board of Police Commissioners:

There shall be a Board of Police Commissioners consisting of five members. The Board of Police Commissioners shall have the powers, duties and responsibilities and shall be subject to the restrictions and limitations specified in the General Statutes with respect to boards of police commissioners as the same may, from time to time, be amended.

Section 6.21.

Those members of the Board of Police Commissioners in office on the day following the date of the adoption of this Charter shall continue as such members for the respective terms for which they have been elected. Thereafter, as each such term expires, the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, a member for each such vacancy thus created for a term of four years.

Section 6.30. Safety Commission:

There shall be a Safety Commission consisting of the Chief of Police, the Superintendent of Schools, the Building Inspector, the Town Director of Civil Defense, the Fire Marshal and such other additional members, not in excess of five such additional members, representative of Town agencies, as the First Selectman shall, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, from time to time, appoint.

Section 6.31.

It shall be the duty of the Safety Commission to recommend to the Board of Selectmen the adoption of ordinances or the taking of other appropriate Town action to assure the continued safety of the townspeople.

Section 6.32.

It shall be the duty of the Safety Commission to recommend to the Board of Selectmen the elimination of hazards to safety as the same may exist in the Town. The Board of Selectmen is empowered to negotiate with the owner of any such hazard for its elimination. Failing the successful completion of any such negotiation, the Board of Selectmen shall take such action as it, with the advice of Town Counsel, deems appropriate to eliminate such hazard.

Section 6.40. Economic Development Commission:

There shall be an Economic Development Commission consisting of five members. Such Commission organized under the provisions of Section 7-136 of the General Statutes heretofore and herein adopted by the Town shall have the powers, duties and responsibilities and shall be subject to the restrictions and limitations specified in the General Statutes with respect to development and industrial commissions as the same may, from time to time, be amended. In addition to such powers, duties and responsibilities, said Commission shall:

Make such recommendations, from time to time, as it deems appropriate to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission with respect to possible amendments to the Comprehensive Town Plan or to the zoning regulations as they affect industrial development.

Confer with similar commissions of abutting towns in order to make recommendations with respect to the development of adequate roads, utility services and industrial sewage disposal in a manner consistent with that of other towns.

Foster and promote orderly commercial and industrial development in the Town and work with other Town agencies toward such ends.

Section 6.41.

Those members of the Economic Development Commission in office on the day following the adoption of this Charter shall continue to be members thereof for the respective terms for which they were appointed. As each such term expires the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, a member for each vacancy thus created for a term of four years.

Section 6.50. Park and Recreation Commission

There shall be a Park and Recreation Commission consisting of nine members. Said Commission shall have the powers, duties and responsibilities and shall be subject to the restrictions and limitations specified in the General Statutes with respect to municipal park commissions, as said statutes have heretofore been or may hereafter be amended. In addition to such powers, duties and responsibilities, said Commission shall:

Have jurisdiction over and have the responsibility for maintaining such properties as are assigned to its jurisdiction by ordinance.

Have such jurisdiction over and responsibility for the maintenance of properties temporarily transferred to its jurisdiction by the Board of Education or other boards of the Town as shall be provided by arrangements with such other boards.

Provide a program of recreational activity and engage such personnel in the furtherance thereof within the limitations of the Commission’s budget.

Section 6.51.

Those members of the Park and Recreation Commission in office on the day following the adoption of this Charter shall continue as such members for the respective terms for which they have been appointed. The First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, four additional members for a term of four years.

Thereafter as each such term expires, the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, a member for each vacancy for a term of two years.

Section 6.60. Conservation Commission:

There shall be a Conservation Commission consisting of seven members for the development and conservation of natural resources, including water resources, within the territorial limits of the Town.

Said Commission shall have all the powers, possess all of the rights and may engage in any of the activities enumerated in Section 7-131 (a) of the General Statutes.

Section 6.61.

Those members of the Conservation Commission in office on the day following the date of the adoption of this Charter shall continue as such members for the respective terms for which they have been appointed. Thereafter as each such term expires, the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, a member for each vacancy so created for a term of four years.

Section 6.70. Sewer Commission:

There shall be a Sewer Commission consisting of five members. Said Commission shall have the powers, duties and responsibilities and shall be subject to the restrictions and limitations specified in the General Statutes with respect to sewer authorities or commissions as said statutes have heretofore been or may hereafter be amended.

Section 6.71.

Those members of the Sewer Commission in office on the day following the date of the adoption of this Charter shall continue as such members for the respective terms for which they have been appointed. Thereafter as each such term expires, the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, a member for each vacancy so created for a term of four years.

Section 6.80. Board of Ethics:

There shall be a Board of Ethics consisting of five members, no more than a bare majority of whom may be members of the same political party. They shall act on matters concerning ethical standards for public service, including conflict of interest, with such powers, duties and responsibilities as shall be determined by ordinance to be enacted by the Board of Selectmen.

Section 6.81.

Initially three members of said Board shall be appointed for a term of two years, no more than two of whom shall be from the same political party and two members of said Board shall be appointed for a term of four years, no more than one of whom shall be from the same political party.

As each such term expires, the First Selectman shall appoint, subject to the disapproval of the Board of Selectmen, a member for each vacancy thus created for a term of four years.

Section 6.82.

All actions of said Board pursuant to the legal authority with which it is empowered shall be effective only upon the vote of at least one more than a bare majority, which number shall also constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 6.90. Other Appointed Boards:

There shall be such other appointed boards as may be required by General Statutes or applicable Special Acts enacted after the effective date of this Charter or as may be created by appropriate amendment of this Charter or by appropriate action of the Board of Selectmen, such Boards to consist of such number of members and to be appointed in the manner prescribed in the General Statutes or in the applicable Special Act requiring their creation or in the amendment to the Charter or the action of the Legislative Authority creating such Board. In the absence of a specification of such number, any such Board shall consist of five members. In the absence of a specified method of appointment, any such Board shall be appointed by the First Selectman except as otherwise prescribed by the General Statutes or applicable Special Acts enacted after the Effective Date of this Charter or by appropriate amendments of this Charter, for terms of four years established and maintained at staggered biennial intervals wherever possible.

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