[Adopted 11-12-1986, effective 11-28-1986 (Ch. 12 of the 1965 Code)]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes street railway, electric, gas, telephone, telegraph, pipeline, sewage, water and community antenna television companies owning, leasing, maintaining, operating, managing or controlling plants or parts of plants or equipment and all express companies having special privileges on railroads or street railways within this state, but shall not include telegraph company functions concerning intrastate money-order service, towns, cities, boroughs and municipal corporations or departments thereof, whether separately incorporated or not, or a private power producer.
There shall be a Utilities Commission composed of six members who shall be electors and residents of the Town of New Canaan. The members shall serve without compensation and shall hold no other office of trust or emolument in the Town government. Not more than four members of the same political party shall serve upon the Commission at the same time.
Except for the original appointments and hereinbefore stated, all subsequent appointments by the Board of Selectmen shall be for a term of three years.
The Commission is created for the purpose of monitoring the activities and operations of public and private utilities servicing the residents and businesses of New Canaan to ensure that the needs of residences and businesses located in New Canaan are adequately met and that New Canaan's consumers' interests are represented before any applicable commission or agency having jurisdiction over the utility in question.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing purpose, the Commission shall have the right to receive complaints regarding utility service in New Canaan and to require and receive information and reports from Town officials on a timely basis.
The Commission is formed for the purpose of receiving and evaluating complaints and presenting its position and concerns to appropriate local and state agencies.
The Commission may take a position on all issues involving a utility, including but not limited to quality, adequacy of supply and rate, which are raised before regional and Town boards and commissions, and make that position known to the state's boards and agencies.