[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Suffield 4-30-1974; amended in its entirety 5-16-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-01 (Ch. 2, Art. II, Div. 4, of the 1987 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created in the Town a Social Services Commission which shall consist of seven resident electors of the Town who shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
Members of the Social Services Commission shall serve for terms of four years except that the initial term shall be as follows: four members of the Commission shall be appointed to serve from the day of their appointment until the first Monday of November 2004. The remaining three members of the Commission shall be appointed to serve from the day of their appointment until the first Monday of November 2006. Any vacancy in the membership of the Commission shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by the appointment of the Board of Selectmen.
The members of the Social Services Commission shall choose by ballot a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and a Secretary from among its members. The Social Services Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Town in the manner required of other boards, commissions and agencies of the Town.
The members of the Social Services Commission shall serve without compensation, but the necessary expenses of the Social Services Commission shall be paid by the Town.
The Social Services Commission shall oversee the efforts of the Town Social Worker, the Town Youth Services Director, the Minibus Coordinator and the Senior Center Director.
In so doing, the Commission shall study the conditions and requirements of the groups under its purview, analyze the services and programs provided and available both by the Town and through other public and private agencies, make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen concerning more efficient operation and use of the various Town services under its oversight, present proposed budgets for each of the areas within its department to the Board of Selectmen and shall make the required changes to those budgets for final submission by the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Finance.
The Commission may also receive gifts in the name of the Town for the use and benefit of the elderly, disabled and handicapped, senior citizens and other groups in its area of responsibility.
The Commission may propose, initiate and organize programs and services as the Commission believes necessary for the benefit of the Town in the areas of its responsibility, subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen and, as necessary, the Board of Finance and any other Town boards and commissions, and when necessary, the Suffield Town Meeting.