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7/11/2019 - Charter Revision Proposals

The Charter Revision Commission has completed the work of reviewing the town Charter and have submitted the following changes to the Board of Selectmen for their review. The Board of Selectmen encourages citizens to share their thoughts on the proposed changes at the public hearing to be held July 18, 2019, 6:30 pm, room 205 of the Town Hall. Written comments can be sent to the Office of the First Selectman, 501 Main Street South.

Proposed Changes:

  • Change of term for First Selectman and Board of Selectmen from 2 to 4 years
  • Separation of the election of First Selectman and Board of Selectmen. Removed language to allow the losing candidate for First Selectman to bump a Board of Selectman candidate
  • Change of gender specific titles to he/she/they. (Selectperson, Select Board, Chairperson)
  • First Selectman will be required to present an Annual State of the Town report to the electors
  • All appointments and removals of either employees or board members to be made by a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen (including Emergency Mgt. Director and Local Emergency Planning Committee)
  • Require a financial impact analysis be completed before any grant, gift of real or tangible personal property, labor contract, other contract with a term beyond 12 months, or modification to town employee benefit programs are accepted
  • Raised dollar thresholds for the transfer of funds (from $5000 to $10,000 -First Selectman and Finance Director approval and from $20,000 to $40,000- Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance approval)
  • All grant applications must be approved by the Board of Finance and Selectmen prior to submission
  • Posting of ordinances (either adoption or repeal), Board of Selectmen agendas, and budgets on the town website and bulletin board in Town Clerk's office
  • Allow the Chairman pro tem to act on behalf of the First Selectman
  • Allow the First Selectman to delegate duties to Selectmen
  • Addition of a Strategic Plan Commission 
  • Language change to expand police options from State Trooper program
  • Code of Ethics receipt must be acknowledged in writing by employees and officials
  • Addition of an EDC Director and Human Resources Director

Click to view the Charter with proposed changes.

The process to make changes to the Town Charter is as follows:

  • Public Hearing July 18 (first one was held on June 20)
  • The Board of Selectmen can propose changes to the Charter Revision Commission's recommendations until August 2, 2019
  • The Charter Revision Commission can meet with the Selectmen up until September 1 and make changes
  • The Board of Selectmen can approve or reject the proposals until September 16 by majority vote
  • The Town Clerk must file proposed changes with the Secretary of State by September 21
  • The Board of Selectmen must publish the proposed changes in a local newspaper by October 16
  • November 5 - The electors of the town vote on the proposed changes
  • If the changes are approved by a majority of electors they take effect January 2020 and the Town Clerk files certified copies with the Secretary of State

The current Town Charter is available on the town website: