[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Suffield 12-29-1988 by Ord. No. 88-06 (Ch. 14, Art. X, of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established the Flood and Erosion Control Board of the Town of Suffield pursuant to the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes § 25-84.
The Board shall consist of seven regular members and two alternate members who shall be the members of the Conservation Commission.
Regular members shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen to serve four-year staggered terms. Initial appointments shall be made of the Conservation Commission members for the balance of their existing terms. Thereafter, all subsequent appointments shall be made for four-year terms.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint two alternate members for a term of four years. Initial appointments shall be made of the Conservation Commission alternate members for the balance of their existing terms. Thereafter, all subsequent appointments shall be made for four-year terms.
Should any regular or alternate member of the Conservation Commission decline to serve on the Flood and Erosion Control Board, the Board of Selectmen may appoint another elector of the Town.
Within 30 days after the appointment of the members of the Flood and Erosion Control Board, they shall meet, organize, and from among the regular members of the Board 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 Board shall elect from among its regular members a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, and a Clerk. Alternate members of the Board shall not participate in any election of officers of the Flood and Erosion Control Board. In all other matters, when a regular member of the Board 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. Alternate members shall serve in rotation as near as possible.
The Flood and Erosion Control Board shall fix the time and the place of its regular meetings and may hold such special meetings as may from time to time be required. The Board shall prepare an annual budget and may request an annual appropriation as provided by law. The Board may, within the limits of appropriations made for the purpose by the Town, employ clerical and technical assistants or consultants. The presence of four regular members or, in the absence of proper designation of an alternate or alternates as provided by the terms of this chapter, the presence of five 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 four affirmative votes.
Any member of the Board 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.
The Flood and Erosion Control Board shall have all the powers and duties provided by §§ 25-84 through 25-94 of the Connecticut General Statutes as they may be amended together with such other powers as may now or hereinafter be conferred on municipal flood and erosion control boards by local, state, or federal law.
In order to carry out its duties, the Flood and Erosion Control Board is empowered to adopt regulations which shall be consistent with all federal and state law, Town Code, and Charter provisions.