[Adopted 11-15-1978 (Ch. 2, Art. II, of the 1981 Code)]
There shall be a School and General Building Committee for the Town, consisting of seven members, not more than four of whom shall be members of the same political party.
On April 1, 1979, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint four members of the Committee to serve for terms of three years and three members to serve for terms of two years.
All members of the Committee shall serve until their successors are appointed and sworn.
Vacancies on such Committee shall be filled by the Board of Selectmen as soon as practical after they occur.
The Committee shall elect its own officers and shall be empowered to approve the expenditure of such funds as may be appropriated for its purpose.
No provision contained herein shall be deemed to diminish any power heretofore granted to the Board of Education or the Board of Selectmen pursuant to the provisions of the Charter of the Town or the General Statutes of the state.
The Committee shall establish working criteria for use by the various Town agencies in the selection of professional services.
Town agencies undertaking a building project, with the exception of highway projects duly authorized by the Selectmen, will meet with this Committee in order to review the established working criteria prior to seeking funding for the project or selecting the architect. All subsequent meetings on the building project will have representatives from the Committee to ensure continuity.
The Committee shall perform such functions and duties as may be necessary to successfully implement and complete all municipal and school construction, including privately funded construction on municipal property and excepting highway construction under an approved highway budget. Such functions and duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
The review and approval of contracts for the professional services of architects and engineers. The Committee shall be designated agent of the First Selectman to sign such contracts when approved by the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance.
The review and acceptance of bids from contractors.
Continual review of progress plans, specifications, and bid documents as regards the technical aspects of the project and the final approval of said plans, specifications and bid documents.
The review and approval of contracts.
The general supervision of all municipal construction projects.
The approval of all payments made to contractors and vendors and for professional services as contracted.