Town of Canton, CT
Hartford County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
Establishment of departments. The Board of Selectmen shall establish such departments deemed appropriate and necessary for the functioning of the Town administration or as required by this Charter or the General Statutes. The Board of Selectmen shall establish a personnel policy, which shall apply to all employees of the Town, other than employees of the Board of Education, and may update that policy from time to time.
B. 
Appointments by the Chief Administrative Officer. The Chief Administrative Officer shall appoint all department heads, except as otherwise provided in § 10.01D, after consultation with the Board of Selectmen. All other employees shall be appointed by the Chief Administrative Officer. Duties and responsibilities of department heads and employees shall be as prescribed by the Chief Administrative Officer consistent with the policies of the Board of Selectmen, this Charter or the General Statutes.
C. 
Holding more than one office. An appointive official of the Town may hold more than one appointive office in the Town.
D. 
Appointment/discharge by the Board of Selectmen. The following officials shall be appointed, following consultation with the Chief Administrative Officer, by majority vote of the Board of Selectmen and may be discharged by such vote; provided, however, that discharge of the Chief of Police and of the Fire Chief shall be effected only in accordance with the procedures applicable to such discharge which are set forth in the General Statutes:
(1) 
Town Clerk.
(2) 
Tax Collector.
(3) 
Chief of Police.
(4) 
Finance Officer/Treasurer.
(5) 
Fire Chief.
(6) 
Library Director, with participation by the Library Board of Trustees.
A. 
Establishment by ordinance. All appointive agencies shall be established by ordinance and their members and alternates shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen unless otherwise provided in this Charter.
B. 
Eligibility for membership on appointive agencies. Only an elector of the Town shall be eligible for appointment to any agency. Any appointee ceasing to be an elector of the Town shall thereupon cease to be a member of such agency.
C. 
Political composition of agencies. Except as provided within this Charter, the composition of all agencies shall be in accordance with the requirements of the General Statutes relating to minority representation.
D. 
Powers and duties of Town officials and agencies. All Town officials and agencies shall have the powers and duties granted or imposed upon such officials and agencies by the General Statutes, this Charter and any applicable special act.
E. 
Creation of new permanent agencies. A Town Meeting, after due notice, as described in § 3.02 of this Charter, may by ordinance create new elective or appointive permanent agencies. Any permanent agency created by action of a Town Meeting may be abolished or changed upon the affirmative vote of a Town Meeting. Any dissolution shall not become effective before 30 days after the date of such action.
F. 
Term of appointment of members. The term of appointment of each member of an appointed agency who is appointed after the effective date of this Charter shall be four years, provided that the term of appointment of a member filling a vacancy shall be for the remainder of the vacating member's term. No agency member shall serve after such member's term has expired, unless such member has been reappointed by the Board of Selectmen.
G. 
Vacancies on appointive agencies.
(1) 
Vacancies arising by reason of cessation of status as elector. All members of appointive agencies for which the Board of Selectmen is the appointing authority must be electors of the Town of Canton. Any member of an agency who ceases to be an elector of the Town shall automatically cease to be a member of such agency.
(2) 
Vacancies arising by reason of resignation. The resignation of an agency member who has been appointed by the Board of Selectmen and resigns prior to the end of such member's term shall be effective upon submission of a resignation signed by such agency member to the Town Clerk.
H. 
Term of appointment of agency members who are elected officials. The term of appointment for members of appointed agencies who serve by virtue of their position as an elected official shall cease upon the members' vacating their elective office.
The following agencies have been created by ordinance as of the effective date of this Charter and continue to exist. Such agencies can be modified or eliminated by ordinance.
A. 
Aquifer Protection Agency.
B. 
Building Code Board of Appeals.
C. 
Board of Ethics.
D. 
Commission on the Aging.
E. 
Conservation Commission.
F. 
Design Review Team.
G. 
Economic Development Agency.
H. 
Historic District Commission — Canton Center.
I. 
Historic District Commission — Collinsville.
J. 
Housing Authority.
K. 
Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency.
L. 
Juvenile Review Board.
M. 
Library Board of Trustees.
N. 
Open Space Preservation and Acquisition Commission.
O. 
Park and Recreation Commission.
P. 
Pension Committee.
Q. 
Permanent Municipal Building Committee.
R. 
Planning Commission.[1]
[1]
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.
S. 
Water Pollution Control Authority.
T. 
Youth Services Bureau.
U. 
Zoning Board of Appeals.
V. 
Zoning Commission.[2]
[2]
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.