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Town of Bedford, NH
Hillsborough County
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A. 
Planning Board.[1]
(1) 
Membership. There shall be a Planning Board consisting of nine members as provided by state statute. Six of these members shall be appointed by the Council for terms of three years, such terms to be staggered.
(2) 
Ex officio members. The Town Manager and the Town of Bedford Public Works Director shall serve as ex officio members, and one representative from the Town Council shall be appointed annually at the Council's first meeting. These representatives shall have all the rights of membership including the right to hold office.
(3) 
Vacancies in office. The Council shall fill any vacancy for the period of the unexpired term.
(4) 
Powers. The Planning Board shall have all the powers granted to planning boards by state law.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See RSA 672:1 et seq.
(5) 
Terms of alternates. Three alternate members shall be appointed, each serving three-year terms, staggered.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 46, Planning and Zoning.
B. 
Conservation Commission.
(1) 
Membership. There shall be a Conservation Commission consisting of seven members. The five appointed by the Town Council shall be appointed for terms of three years, such terms to be staggered.
(2) 
Planning Board and Town Council representatives. The Planning Board and Town Council shall each appoint one of their members as a representative to the Conservation Commission annually at their first meeting. These representatives shall have all the rights of membership including the right to hold office.
(3) 
Vacancies in office. The Council shall fill any vacancy for the period of the unexpired term.
(4) 
Powers. The Conservation Commission shall have all the powers granted to conservation commissions by state law.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See RSA 36-A:1 et seq.
(5) 
Terms of alternates. Three alternate members shall be appointed, each serving three-year terms, staggered.
C. 
Recreation Commission.
[Amended 3-10-2015]
(1) 
Membership. There shall be a Recreation Commission consisting of five members. The five appointed by the Town Council shall have terms of three years, such terms to be staggered.
(2) 
Responsibilities and Town Council representative. The Recreation Commission shall make recommendations to the Town Council as to the acquisition, holding, and disposition of real and personal property pursuant to appropriations authorized by the Budgetary Town Meeting and may enter into any contract only with Council approval. It shall recommend to the Town Council all rules and regulations regarding the operation of recreation facilities. It shall recommend employment of full- or part-time employees to the Town Manager. The Town Council shall appoint one of its members as a representative to the Recreation Commission annually at its first meeting. A Town Councilor alternate shall also be appointed.
(3) 
Terms of alternates. Two alternate members shall be appointed, each serving three-year terms, staggered.
D. 
Historic District Commission.
[Amended 3-10-2015]
(1) 
Membership. There shall be an Historic District Commission consisting of four members, appointed by the Town Council. These members shall have terms of three years, such terms to be staggered in a manner determined by the Council.
(2) 
Town Council Representative. The Town Council shall appoint one of its members as a representative to the Historic District Commission annually at its first meeting. A Town Councilor alternate shall also be appointed.
(3) 
Vacancies in office. The Council shall fill any vacancy for the period of the unexpired term.
(4) 
Powers. The Historic District Commission shall have all the powers granted to historic district commissions by state law.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: See RSA 674:45 et seq.
(5) 
Terms of alternates. Three alternate members shall be appointed, each serving three-year terms, staggered.
E. 
Cemetery Committee. The Town Council shall appoint three persons who shall have terms of three years, such terms to be staggered, to meet with the Trustees of the Trust Funds as overseers of the Town cemeteries. Contracting shall be only with Council approval.
F. 
Other administrative committees. Other administrative committees may be established as necessary by the Town Council, including a Budget Advisory Committee.
G. 
Annual review of Town Committees. At least annually, in February and more often if Town affairs warrant, the Town Council shall meet with the chairmen of all standing Town committees to review significant actions taken by the committees, projects currently under discussion, and anticipated activity for the coming year.
There shall be a Zoning Board of Adjustment appointed by the Council, consisting of five members each serving a three-year term, and three alternates each serving a three-year term. Such terms shall be staggered. The Council shall fill any vacancy for the period of the unexpired term. The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall have all the powers granted to such boards under state law.
[Amended 3-10-2020]
The terms of office of all members of appointed boards shall begin on May 1 and end at 11:59 PM on April 30 in the year that their term expires. If any appointee received an appointment subsequent to May 1 of the year in which the term of office originally commenced, the term to which the person was appointed will end at 11:59 PM on April 30 in the year that it was scheduled to end.
Unless otherwise specified in this Charter, in the event of a vacancy in an elected office, board or commission of the Town, the Council shall fill that vacancy by appointment, such appointment to continue until the next Town election.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Art. XII, Transitional Provisions, which immediately followed, was repealed 3-10-2015.