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Town of Suffield, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Suffield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-7-1917 (Ch. 2, Art. II, Div. 3, of the 1987 Code)]
The Town hereby establishes a Board of Finance under the provisions of Chapter 257 of the Public Acts of 1917, the Board of Finance to have the terms of office, powers and duties provided in the Act.
[Added 8-28-1975]
A. 
At the biennial election of the Town to be held in November 1977, and quadrennially thereafter, three resident electors and taxpayers of the Town, not more than two of whom shall be of the same political party, shall be elected to serve as alternates on the Board of Finance, pursuant to the provisions of Public Act 75-440, enacted by the 1975 session of the General Assembly.
B. 
Within 60 days following the approval of the ordinance from which this section derives, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint three resident electors and taxpayers of the Town, not more than two of whom shall be of the same political party, to serve as alternates on the Board of Finance from the date of their appointment until the biennial election of the Town to be held in November 1977.
C. 
Following the approval of the ordinance from which this section derives, when a regular member of the Board of Finance is absent or disqualified, such regular member shall designate an alternate, duly elected or appointed under the provisions of this section, to serve in his place and stead.
D. 
Each alternate elected or appointed under the provisions of this section shall possess, when seated, all of the powers and duties set forth in the General Statutes, any special act, or any ordinance of the Town relating to the Board of Finance, while serving in the place and stead of a regular member of the Board of Finance who is absent or disqualified.
[Adopted 5-22-1974 (Ch. 14, Art. VII, of the 1987 Code)]
[Amended 12-19-2019]
There is hereby established for the Town an Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures. The purpose of this Commission is to ascertain the long-range capital improvements the Town is expected to require and to prepare and present annually to the Board of Finance its projections and recommendations thereon. The Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall consist of five members and two alternate members, all of whom shall be appointed as provided in the Town Charter. Each regular and alternate member of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall be a resident elector of the Town holding no salaried municipal office. No regular or alternate member of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall receive any compensation for his services, but necessary expenses, incurred in the performance of his official duties, shall be reimbursed. No more than four regular members shall belong to the same political party, and an alternate shall not belong to the same political party as the other alternate.
[Amended 8-28-1975]
The Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall conduct such studies as it may deem advisable for the purpose of ascertaining the capital improvement needs and priorities of the Town for the ensuing five fiscal years, and for such further period in the future as the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures may deem appropriate, and the manner in which such improvements shall be financed. On or before October 1 of each year, the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall request of each officer or agency of the Town supported in whole or in part by funds appropriated in the Town budget its projection of the capital improvements it will require for the ensuing fiscal year and at least for the four fiscal years thereafter, in such form as may be prescribed by the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures. On or before December 1 of each year, each such officer or agency shall supply such projection to the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures as aforesaid. On or before February 1 of each year, the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall hold a public hearing, notice of the date, time and place of which shall be published in a newspaper having circulation in the Town not later than seven nor more than 14 days prior to such hearing, to ascertain the views of the residents and taxpayers of the Town on capital improvements for the ensuing fiscal years. On or before March 1 of each year, the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall present to the Board of Finance its recommendations regarding capital improvements to be undertaken by the Town in the ensuing fiscal year and at least the four fiscal year thereafter. Such recommendations shall include, but not be limited to, a designation of the location and description, estimated costs, suggested methods of financing, approximate time of starting, and approximate time of completion of each such capital improvement, and an indication of priorities among the several capital improvements. The Board of Finance shall take such recommendations into consideration in preparing its proposed annual Town budget.
Any member or alternate of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures may be removed by the Board of Selectmen for cause, but upon request of such member, such removal shall become effective only after a public hearing.
A. 
Within 30 days after the appointment of the members of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures they shall meet, organize, and from among the regular members of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures elect a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and a Clerk. Thereafter annually during the month in which the original Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Clerk were elected as provided herein, the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall elect from among its regular members a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and a Clerk.
B. 
Alternate members of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall not participate in any election of officers of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures. In all other matters, when a regular member of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures is unable to act because of absence, illness, or disqualification, he/she shall notify the Chairperson, who shall forthwith designate one of the alternate members to serve in the place of such regular member, and such alternate member shall thereupon exercise all the powers and duties of such regular member until the absence, illness or disqualification of the regular member shall have been terminated.
The Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall fix the time and place of its regular meetings, and may hold such special meetings as may from time to time be required. The Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall prepare an annual budget and may request an annual appropriation as provided by law. The Commission may, within the limits of appropriations made for the purpose by the Town, employ clerical and technical assistance or consultants. The presence of three regular members, or in the absence of proper designation of an alternate or alternates as provided by the terms of this article, the presence of a total of four regular and alternate members, shall constitute a quorum. No resolution or vote except a vote to adjourn or to fix the time and place of its next meeting shall be adopted by fewer than three affirmative votes.
The Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall supersede any other board, commission or agency heretofore created by ordinance or resolution for the purposes set forth as the purposes of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures. Specifically, but without in any way limiting the foregoing, the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures shall supersede the Capital Improvement Advisory Committee created in 1958, which Committee is hereby abolished.