Town of Canton, CT
Hartford County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Amended 11-8-2011, effective 12-8-2011]
The Board of Selectmen shall consist of a First Selectman and four other Selectmen. At the regular Town election next following the effective date of this Charter, the First Selectman and two members of the Board of Selectmen shall be elected for a term of four years, and the two other members of the Board of Selectmen shall be elected for a term of two years. The term of office for the First Selectman and all other members of the Board of Selectmen elected at all subsequent regular Town elections shall be four years. At all subsequent regular Town elections a political party may nominate and an elector may vote for the same number of candidates for the First Selectman and the Board of Selectmen as there are members to be elected to the Board at any election. The votes cast for an unsuccessful candidate for First Selectman shall be counted as votes for that person as a Selectman for a four-year term. Not more than three members, excluding the First Selectman, shall be of the same political party. For the purpose of determining minority representation, the total membership of the Board of Selectmen shall not include the First Selectman. The Board of Selectmen shall elect from among its own members a Deputy First Selectman who shall serve as Acting First Selectman during the absence of the First Selectman. No Selectman may hold any other Town office or be an employee or contract employee of the Town, except that a Selectman may be an employee of the Town's Board of Education. For the purpose of this section, the term "Town office" shall not include membership on temporary or advisory agencies.
The Board of Selectmen shall hold at least one regularly scheduled meeting per month. Special meetings of the Board of Selectmen may be called at any time by the First Selectmen or by any two Selectmen. The presence of three Selectmen shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any regularly scheduled meeting or special meeting of the Board of Selectmen, except as otherwise herein provided. A majority of the votes cast at a meeting of the Board of Selectmen, at which a quorum is present at the time of the vote, shall constitute the act of the Board of Selectmen, unless a greater vote is required by this Charter or by any ordinance adopted by the Town or by a General Statute or by a special act that is applicable to the Town. At each regularly scheduled meeting and special meeting of the Board of Selectmen there shall be set aside a specified time period for public participation during which members of the public may address the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen shall have an appointed Clerk.
A. 
Responsibility and policy. The Board of Selectmen shall have all of the powers, duties, and responsibilities conferred upon the Board of Selectmen (i) by this Charter and all of the powers proper, incidental, or convenient to the exercise of such powers; (ii) by any General Statute or any special act that is applicable to the Town; and (iii) by any resolution or ordinance relating to matters within the scope of authority of the Board of Selectmen that is adopted by the Town. The Board of Selectmen shall be responsible for having the Chief Administrative Officer carry out all acts and policies of the Board of Selectmen and all resolutions and ordinances that are adopted by the Town.
The Board of Selectmen shall set policy and shall, directly or by granting authority to the Chief Administrative Officer, authorize action on all matters concerning the administration of the Town, except for those matters for which the Town's Board of Education in accordance with the General Statutes is responsible. The Board of Selectmen shall not have policy-making powers relating to land use boards and commissions and shall not have policy-making powers relating to other agencies and officials which are inconsistent with the powers granted to such other agencies and officials by the General Statutes. The Board of Selectmen shall set policy and authorize action on all matters concerning special revenue funds for recreation and emergency medical services and other such funds that may be from time to time established by the Town.
The Board of Selectmen shall be empowered to function as the Town's legislative body as described in § 2.03 of this Charter.
B. 
Review of administrative needs. The Board of Selectmen shall conduct an ongoing review of the current and projected administrative, governmental and fiscal needs of the Town. A summary of this review by the Board of Selectmen shall be published in the Annual Report presented each year to the Annual Town Meeting, as described in § 7.03 of this Charter.
A. 
Proposed budget. The Board of Selectmen shall review a preliminary annual budget presented by the Chief Administrative Officer. It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Selectmen to make adjustments to the proposed budget for departments and agencies under the Board of Selectmen's jurisdiction which are set forth in such preliminary annual budget and forward to the Board of Finance a final recommended Board of Selectmen budget, including estimated income. This recommended Board of Selectmen budget shall be submitted to the Board of Finance on or before the second Monday in March.
B. 
Redistribution or transfer of unexpended balances. The Board of Selectmen may, upon request from the Chief Administrative Officer, redistribute or transfer, at any time in any fiscal year, within or between departments and agencies, unexpended balances in excess of $5,000 upon majority vote of the Board of Selectmen.
A. 
Employment of Chief Administrative Officer. The Board of Selectmen shall hire and may discharge a Chief Administrative Officer. A minimum of four votes of the Board of Selectmen is required either to hire or discharge a Chief Administrative Officer. The Chief Administrative Officer shall be responsible to the Board of Selectmen for all of his or her actions and shall report to and keep the Board of Selectmen informed on a timely basis regarding all of the duties that are assigned to the Chief Administrative Officer by the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen shall establish the annual salary of the Chief Administrative Officer.
B. 
Appointment of Town Counsel. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint the Town Counsel for the Town.
C. 
Acceptance of public roads and improvements. The Board of Selectmen, upon the affirmative vote of three Selectmen, may accept any public improvement or public road or open space or similar real estate interest as provided in the Plan of Conservation and Development, local land use regulations, or General Statutes as may be approved or recommended by the Town's Planning Commission or Zoning Commission.[1]
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Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 236, adopted 9-25-2013, abolished the separate Planning Commission and Zoning Commission and created a Planning and Zoning Commission. See Ch. 145.
D. 
Acceptance of gifts on behalf of the Town. The Board of Selectmen may accept gifts on behalf of the Town upon the affirmative vote of three Selectmen. Any gift not accepted by vote of the Board of Selectmen may be accepted by Town Meeting that includes the acceptance of such a gift on the call of the Town Meeting. The Town's Board of Education, upon affirmative vote of five members of the Town's Board of Education, may accept gifts on behalf of the Town relating to matters that in accordance with the General Statutes are under the jurisdiction of the Town's Board of Education.
E. 
Disposition of Town property. The Board of Selectmen and the Town's Board of Education, respectively, are empowered by this Charter to dispose of Town property under the jurisdiction of the Board of Selectmen and the Town's Board of Education, respectively, having a fair market value of up to $25,000; disposition of property having a fair market value of more than $25,000, but not exceeding $50,000, shall require the approval of the Board of Finance. A disposition of Town property having a fair market value which exceeds $50,000 shall require the approval of a Town Meeting. Such dispositions shall be accomplished consistent with the regulations that have been established for this purpose by the Board of Finance, and the proceeds of any such disposition shall be deposited into the Town's general fund.
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Filling of unexpired terms on appointive agencies. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint electors of the Town to fill unexpired terms for all vacancies that may exist on all appointive agencies for which the Board of Selectmen is the appointing authority.
G. 
Removal of appointees for cause.
(1) 
Appointee attendance requirements. The Board of Selectmen may remove any member or alternate member of any agency appointed by the Board of Selectmen should such appointee miss three consecutive regularly scheduled meetings of such agency or more than 40% of the regular and special meetings of such agency to which such appointee has been appointed during the most recent twelve-month period.
(2) 
Appointee removal for cause. The Board of Selectmen may, upon the vote of four Selectmen, remove for cause any member or alternate member of any agency appointed by the Board of Selectmen, provided that such member or alternate is notified in writing of such removal and the grounds for such removal and is given an opportunity for a hearing ("hearing") before the Board of Selectmen. At such a hearing, such member or alternate shall be reinstated to the appointed position unless four Selectmen vote in favor of such removal. If such member or alternate desires such a hearing, such member or alternate shall so notify the Board of Selectmen in writing within seven days after receipt of the notice from the Board of Selectmen of such member's or such alternate's removal and the grounds thereof. Such hearing shall be public only if requested by such member or alternate. Such hearing shall be held not less than seven days or more than 30 days after receipt of the notice for a requested hearing. The decision of the Board of Selectmen shall be rendered in writing within seven days of the hearing and notice of such decision shall be mailed to the member or alternate forthwith. Such decision by the Board of Selectmen shall be final. From the initial date of the Board of Selectmen's notification of removal, such member or alternate shall be ineligible to perform any official duties pertaining to the appointed position unless such member or such alternate has been reinstated as provided for above.
H. 
Filling of vacancies of elective officials and on elective agencies. The Board of Selectmen shall fill all vacancies of elective officials until the next Town election except those vacancies occurring on multi-member elective agencies. Vacancies on a multi-member elective agency shall be filled by the remaining members of that agency until the next Town election. If a vacancy exists for more than 45 days, the Board of Selectmen shall be empowered to fill the vacancy until the next Town election. The replacement member shall be of the same political party as the vacating member or shall be an unaffiliated voter. Nothing contained herein, however, shall preclude a special election from being held in accordance with the provisions of the General Statutes to fill a vacancy in an elective office or to fill a vacancy on an elected agency in lieu of the procedures set forth above for filling such vacancies.
I. 
Appointment of temporary advisory or study committee. The Board of Selectmen may establish temporary advisory or study committees for a period not to exceed 24 months to make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen. The term of any such temporary advisory or study committee may be extended for no more than two six-month periods without Town Meeting approval.
There shall be a Police Department which shall be subject to policies established by the Board of Selectmen. The Chief Administrative Officer shall be responsible for the administration of the Police Department and appoint and promote members of the Police Department after consultation with the Chief of Police in accordance with policies established by the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen, after consultation with the Chief Administrative Officer, shall appoint the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police may be discharged by the Board of Selectmen only in accordance with the procedures applicable to such discharge which are set forth in the General Statutes.