[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Woodbury 6-7-1986 (Ch. 6.5, Art. II, of the Town Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 368f of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Town of Woodbury, by action of a Town Meeting, after a public hearing, hereby unites with the Town of Southbury to form the Pomperaug District Department of Health (hereinafter the "Health District"). The management, duties, and powers of the Health District shall be as follows.
The affairs of the Health District shall be managed by a board which shall have all the duties exercised or performed immediately prior to the effective date of the creation of this Health District by the Directors of Health of the Towns of Southbury and Woodbury.
The Health District Board shall exercise all the authority as to public health required of or conferred upon the Towns of Southbury and Woodbury by law and shall have the powers set forth in C.G.S. § 19a-243, as amended.
Appointment to Board. The Boards of Selectmen of the Towns of Southbury and Woodbury, or such other legislative body as shall be designated under C.G.S. § 19a-241(b), shall appoint one person per town to be a member of such Board. In addition, if the population of either town exceeds 10,000 inhabitants, as annually estimated by the Department of Health Services, said town shall be entitled to one additional representative for each additional 10,000 population or part thereof, provided no such municipality shall have more than five representatives on the Health District Board. The Board shall initially consist of two members from the Town of Southbury and one member from the Town of Woodbury.
Term of office. The term of office for members to the Health District Board shall be three years, except that, during the initial formation of the Board, appointments shall be so made that one-third of the Board shall be appointed for one year, one third appointed for two years and one third appointed for three years.
Appointment. The Health District Board, after the approval of the Commissioner of Health Services, shall appoint a Director of Health for the Health District pursuant to the procedure and qualifications set forth in C.G.S. § 19a-242, as amended. The Board may also appoint an Acting Director of Health to serve in the Director of Health's absence or if a vacancy exists, provided such Acting Director meets the same qualifications as the Director of Health as set forth in C.G.S. § 19a-242, as amended, or such other qualifications as may be approved by the Commissioner of Health Services. Upon the appointment of a Director of Health for the Health District, the term of office of the present Director of Health, if any, of the Town of Woodbury shall terminate.
Removal. The Director of Health may be removed upon vote of a majority of the members of the Health District Board upon a finding of misconduct, material neglect of duty, or incompetence in the conduct of his office in accordance with C.G.S. § 19a-242, as amended.
General powers. The District Board of Health may make and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations for the promotion of general health within the district; such rules and regulations shall not be in conflict with the Public Health Code. The powers of the Board shall include, but not be limited to, the following: to sue and be sued; to make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of the powers of the Health District; to make and from time to time amend and repeal bylaws, rules and regulations; to acquire real estate; and to have whatever other powers are necessary to properly carry out its powers as an independent entity of government.
Meetings; Chairman. The Board shall meet at least quarterly and at other times determined by the Chairman. At its initial meeting and thereafter at each September meeting, it shall elect a Chairman, and it shall furnish the necessary offices and equipment to enable it to carry out its duties.
Fiscal year; budget. The fiscal year of the Health District shall be from July 1 to June 30, and, during the month of January in each year, the Board shall estimate the amount of money required to pay the costs and expenses of the Health District during the ensuing fiscal year. Such Board shall hold a public hearing on its proposed budget, two weeks' notice of which shall be given in a newspaper having a circulation in each constituent municipality of such district. From time to time the Board shall draw upon the Treasurer of each town within the district a proportionate share of the expenses of such district, from such funds as may have been appropriated by each, to pay the cost of operating the Health District, such apportionment to be made equitably on a per-capita basis as established by the most recent annual population estimate by the Department of Health Services. The Health District shall make timely applications to the State Department of Health Services for reimbursements to which it is entitled, as set forth in C.G.S. § 19a-245, as amended. The Health District shall provide said department with all budgetary and other information necessary for the Health District to qualify for any reimbursements or other funding allowable under state or federal law.