Town of Mansfield, CT
Tolland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mansfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administrative departments — See Charter § C504.
[Adopted 3-10-2008, effective 4-7-2008]

§ 2-1 Title.

This article shall be known and may be cited as the “Ordinance Continuing and Establishing Various Administrative Departments Responsible for Public Services.”

§ 2-2 Legislative authority.

This article is enacted pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §§ 7-148 and 7-193(b), and § C504 of the Mansfield Town Charter, as amended.

§ 2-3 Purpose.

Per § C504 of the Town Charter, as amended, the Town Council shall establish by ordinance various administrative departments, agencies and offices responsible for the provision of public services.

§ 2-4 Establishment of departments responsible for public services.

A. 
In addition to those departments and offices enumerated in the Town Charter, the following administrative departments are hereby continued and established for the purpose of providing public services:
(1) 
Department of Building and Housing Inspection.
(2) 
Department of Facilities Management.
(3) 
Department of Human Services.
(4) 
Department of Information Technology.
(5) 
Department of Library Services (Mansfield Public Library).
(6) 
Department of Parks and Recreation.
(7) 
Department of Planning and Zoning.
(8) 
Department of Public Safety.
(9) 
Department of Public Works.
B. 
The Town Manager may create functional divisions within a department.

§ 2-5 Directors of departments; department rules.

A. 
Two or more departments may be headed by the same person, and the Town Manager may act as the director of any department except as specifically provided by the Town Charter.
B. 
Each director of a department shall be an officer of the Town.
C. 
A director of an administrative department may promulgate any departmental rule that is not inconsistent with this article, the Town Charter or Town policy.

§ 2-6 Provision of services by contract.

To the extent allowed by law, the Town Council may contract with the State of Connecticut, a Connecticut municipality or any other legal entity for the provision of municipal services.

§ 2-7 Department of Building and Housing Inspection. [1]

A. 
Appointment of department head. The department shall be headed by the Director of Building and Housing Inspection, who shall be appointed by and report to the Town Manager.
B. 
Responsibilities and duties. The department shall be responsible for:
(1) 
The development, administration and management of departmental activities and programs;
(2) 
Enforcing building, electrical, demolition, mechanical and plumbing codes, and the Mansfield Housing Code and the Landlord Registration Ordinance;
(3) 
Assisting the Building Code Board of Appeals and Housing Code Board of Appeals with fulfilling their statutory responsibilities;
(4) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(5) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 130, Housing Code; and Ch. 152, Rental Property, Art. I, Landlord Registration.

§ 2-8 Department of Facilities Management.

A. 
Appointment of department head. The department shall be headed by the Director of Facilities Management, who shall be appointed by and report to the Town Manager and the Superintendent of the Mansfield Public Schools.
B. 
Responsibilities and duties. The department shall be responsible for:
(1) 
The development, administration and management of departmental activities and services;
(2) 
The maintenance and repair of Town and school buildings and equipment;
(3) 
Management of various assigned capital projects;
(4) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(5) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager and Superintendent of Schools.

§ 2-9 Department of Human Services.

A. 
Appointment of department head. The Department shall be headed by the Director of Human Services, who shall be appointed by and report to the Town Manager. The Director or his/her designee shall serve as the Fair Housing Officer and the Municipal Agent for the Elderly, with power to enforce all statutes relating to the duties of those offices.
B. 
Divisions. The Department shall include, unless otherwise directed by the Town Manager, the following divisions:
(1) 
Adult Services.
(2) 
Senior Services.
(3) 
Youth Services.
C. 
Responsibilities and duties. The department shall be responsible for:
(1) 
The development, administration and management of departmental activities and programs;
(2) 
Providing counseling, referral, information and advocacy services for adults of all ages;
(3) 
The coordination and administration of a school readiness program;
(4) 
Providing supportive services and activities for youth;
(5) 
Providing various creative, educational, recreational, health, wellness and social activities for older adults; coordinating the operation of the Mansfield Senior Center;
(6) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(7) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager.

§ 2-10 Department of Information Technology.

A. 
Management. The Town Council shall authorize the Town Manager to contract for the management of information technology services, or establish a director’s or other appropriate position to head the department under the supervision of the Town Manager.
B. 
Responsibilities and duties. The department shall be responsible for:
(1) 
The coordination, administration and management of departmental activities and services;
(2) 
Developing and maintaining efficient, cost-effective information technology systems for the Town and the public schools;
(3) 
Developing and providing necessary information technology support services to Town and school staff;
(4) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(5) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager and Superintendents of Schools.

§ 2-11 Department of Library Services (Mansfield Public Library). [1]

A. 
Appointment of department head. The department shall be headed by the Library Director, who shall be appointed by and report to the Town Manager.
B. 
Responsibilities and duties. The department shall be responsible for:
(1) 
The coordination, administration and management of public library operations and services;
(2) 
Management of a public library collection, including departmental planning and technical decisions;
(3) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(4) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 51, Library.

§ 2-12 Department of Parks and Recreation. [1]

A. 
Appointment of department head. The department shall be headed by the Director of Parks and Recreation, who shall be appointed by and report to the Town Manager.
B. 
Responsibilities and duties. The department shall be responsible for:
(1) 
The coordination, administration and management of public recreational activities and programs, including the supervision and operation of the Mansfield Community Center;
(2) 
Management of various assigned capital projects;
(3) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(4) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 137, Parks and Recreation, Art. I, Town Parks; and Ch. A194, Park Rules and Regulations.

§ 2-13 Department of Planning and Zoning. [1]

A. 
Appointment of department head. The department shall be headed by the Director of Planning, who shall be appointed by and report to the Town Manager.
B. 
Responsibilities and duties. The department shall be responsible for:
(1) 
The coordination, administration and management of departmental activities and services;
(2) 
Assisting the Planning and Zoning Commission in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities, including application reviews and promulgation or amendment of a Plan of Conservation and Development, Zoning Map and land use regulations;
(3) 
Assisting the Inland Wetlands Agency and the Aquifer Protection Agency in fulfilling their respective statutory responsibilities;
(4) 
Enforcing zoning regulations and approval conditions, and issuing zoning permits;
(5) 
Assisting the Zoning Board of Appeals in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities;
(6) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(7) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 67, Planning and Zoning Commission; and Ch. 94, Zoning Board of Appeals.

§ 2-14 Department of Public Safety. [1]

A. 
Department head. The department shall be headed by the Town Manager, who shall serve as the Director of Public Safety and the legal Traffic Authority, with power to enforce all statutes relating to the duties of those offices.
B. 
Appointment of officers. The Town Manager shall appoint and supervise a Director of Emergency Management. The Town Manager shall also appoint an Animal Control Officer, who shall report to the Manager or his/her designee.
C. 
Divisions. The department shall include the following divisions:
(1) 
Police.
(2) 
Fire and Emergency Services (Mansfield Fire Department).
(3) 
Emergency Management (previously known as “Civil Preparedness”).
(4) 
Animal Control.
D. 
Responsibilities and duties for Police, Emergency Management and Animal Control Divisions. The Divisions of Police, Emergency Management and Animal Control shall be collectively responsible for:
(1) 
The coordination, administration and management of departmental activities and services;
(2) 
The preservation of public order; prevention of crime; apprehension of criminals; regulation of traffic; protection of the rights of persons and of property; and the impartial enforcement of the laws of the state and the ordinances of the Town and all rules and regulations made in accordance therewith;
(3) 
Minimizing the loss of life and property due to a natural or technical disaster, reducing personal hardship and ensuring that essential services are provided to all residents during and after an emergency or disaster;
(4) 
Enforcing state and local laws relating to canines and felines, and the provision of other animal control services;
(5) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(6) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager.
E. 
Division of Fire and Emergency Services (Mansfield Fire Department).
(1) 
Appointment of division head. The division shall be headed by the Fire Chief, who shall be appointed by the Town Manager and report to the Director of Public Safety.
(2) 
Appointment of Fire Marshal. The Town Manager shall appoint a Fire Marshal, who shall report to the Fire Chief.
(3) 
Volunteer personnel. Upon resolution of the Town Council, the Division of Fire and Emergency Services shall include career and volunteer personnel.
(4) 
Responsibilities and duties. The division shall be responsible for:
(a) 
The coordination, administration and management of division activities and services;
(b) 
The protection of life and property from fire, and the delivery of emergency medical services;
(c) 
Fire investigation; plan reviews; fire and life safety education; and the administration and enforcement of fire safety and prevention regulations, and applicable state statutes;
(d) 
The administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(e) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 70, Police; Ch. 21, Emergency Management; and Ch. 25A, Division of Fire and Emergency Services.

§ 2-15 Department of Public Works.

A. 
Appointment of department head. The department shall be headed by the Director of Public Works, who shall be appointed by and report to the Town Manager. The Director or his/her designee shall serve as the Town Engineer and the Tree Warden, with power to enforce all statutes relating to the duties of those offices.
B. 
Divisions. The department shall include, unless otherwise directed by the Town Manager, the following divisions:
(1) 
Administration.
(2) 
Road Services.
(3) 
Grounds Maintenance.
(4) 
Equipment Maintenance.
(5) 
Engineering.
(6) 
Solid Waste and Recycling.
C. 
Responsibilities and duties. The department shall be responsible for:
(1) 
The coordination, administration and management of departmental activities and services;
(2) 
A variety of road maintenance activities, including storm control operations, and road and drainage maintenance;
(3) 
Maintenance of Town parks and recreational facilities;
(4) 
Maintenance and repair of light and heavy equipment;
(5) 
Providing technical, engineering support to Town agencies and departments;
(6) 
Controlling the preservation and removal of trees within highways or public places;
(7) 
Collection, disposal and recycling of solid waste;
(8) 
Management of various assigned capital projects;
(9) 
Administration of various contracts related to departmental activities;
(10) 
Other duties as assigned by the Town Manager.

§ 2-16 Construction of terms.

Whenever used, the singular number shall include the plural, and the plural the singular.
[Adopted 9-26-2011, effective 10-24-2011]

§ 2-17 Title.

This article shall be known and may be cited as "An Ordinance Regarding the Administration of the Town Human Resources Program" or the "Human Resources Administration Ordinance."

§ 2-18 Legislative authority.

This article is enacted pursuant to certain provisions of Town Charter § C602.

§ 2-19 Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to provide by ordinance for the establishment, regulation and maintenance of human resources policies necessary for the effective administration of the Town’s departments, offices and agencies, as required by Town Charter § C602.

§ 2-20 Administration of human resources program.

Consistent with the responsibility of the Town Manager to the Town Council per § C502 of the Charter of the Town of Mansfield for the supervision, direction and administration of all municipal departments, agencies and offices, the Town Manager is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the comprehensive human resources program of the Town, in accordance with merit principles per Charter § C601, relevant state and federal requirements, and best practices. Components of the human resources program include but are not limited to: classification and compensation; employee benefits administration; employee training and development; labor relations; policy development and compliance; recruitment and retention of employees; and risk management. Specific rules and regulations governing the human resources program are set forth in the Personnel Rules, collective bargaining agreements, and other personnel policies of the Town, as amended.