[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Suffield 3-2-1983 (Ch. 14, Art. VI, of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
In order to encourage the establishment and development of economic enterprises in the Town to service, foster and promote the interests of present economic enterprises in the Town and to encourage the economic development of the community through the maintenance of a proper balance among such growth elements as residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial and municipal in the Town, the provisions of Public Act No. 211 passed by the 1955 General Assembly are hereby accepted.
Editor's Note: See Connecticut General Statutes § 7-136.
There is hereby established for the Town an Economic Development Commission for the promotion and evolvement of the business and industrial resources of the Town.
The Economic Development Commission shall consist of five regular members, not more than four of whom shall belong to the same political party, and two alternate members who shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Two members shall be appointed to serve for a period of two years, and three members shall be appointed to serve for a period of four years. Thereafter, members shall be appointed to serve for a period of four years.
The Economic Development Commission shall elect annually a chairperson and a secretary from among its members. All meetings of the Economic Development Commission shall be held upon the call of the chairperson or in his absence the secretary thereof and at such times and places as the chairperson shall determine in accordance with applicable state law.
Any vacancy in the membership of the Economic Development Commission shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by the Board of Selectmen.
Any member of the Economic Development Commission may be removed by the Board of Selectmen for cause, but upon request of such a member, such removal shall become effective only after a public hearing.
The members of the Economic Development Commission shall receive no compensation for their services as such, but shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.
The Economic Development Commission shall conduct researches into economic opportunities in the Town, shall seek to coordinate activities of official bodies organized for such purposes, may advertise and may prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts and pamphlets which in its judgment will further its official purposes.
The Economic Development Commission shall prepare an annual budget and may request an annual appropriation which shall be submitted to the Board of Finance for approval as provided by law.
The Economic Development Commission shall make an annual report to the Board of Selectmen prior to August 31 of each year and said report shall be published in the annual report of the Town.