The Board of Selectmen and the Town Meeting each shall have the power to enact ordinances except as provided hereinafter and not inconsistent with this Charter or the General Statutes and shall have the power to amend or repeal all ordinances.
The Board of Selectmen shall hold a public hearing prior to the Board's taking action on any ordinance. Such hearing may coincide with the Board's regularly scheduled meetings. Notice of any such public hearing shall be in compliance with § 4.03 of this Charter.
The Board of Selectmen may adopt an ordinance, defer taking action on any ordinance, adjourn to a public hearing on such action or refer the adoption, amendment or repeal of the same to a Town Meeting. An ordinance adopted by the Board of Selectmen may be subject to reconsideration by the filing of a petition in accordance with § 3.08.
All ordinances shall be published on the Town's website and in such other manner as may be required by the General Statutes within 15 days of passage and shall be in full force and effect upon publication or as specified in the ordinance.
At least five calendar days prior to the public hearing (not counting as one of said five days the day that the meeting is to be held) the Board of Selectmen shall prepare and cause to be published notice of the date, time, place and call of the meeting on the Town's website and in such other place or places, accessible to the public, as may be designated by the Board of Selectmen for this purpose. The call of the meeting shall include either the complete text of the ordinance(s) to be considered or a reference to such ordinance(s) and a statement that a copy of the complete text of such ordinance(s) is available at the office of the Town Clerk.