[Adopted as Ch. 21 of the 1976 Code]
A Traffic Commission, consisting of five members, shall be appointed by the Mayor, which members shall hold office for the term for which they are appointed and until their successors have been appointed and have qualified.
The original appointments shall be for the terms of one, two, three, four, and five years, and thereafter, in the month of May of each year, the Mayor shall appoint a citizen as a member of said board to hold office for a term of five years from the first Monday of June next.
Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term, and any member may be removed for cause by the Mayor.
The Chief of the Fire Department, the police officer designated by the Chief of Police as head of the Traffic Bureau, a member of the Planning Board designated by the Planning Board and the President of the City Council shall, ex officio, be advisory members of the Traffic Commission.
The Commission shall organize annually in the month of June and elect a Chairman and a Clerk.
The Commission shall make surveys of the traffic conditions in the City of Chicopee and make such recommendations to the City Council as it deems advisable, subject to the approval of the Department of Public Works.
The Commission may employ assistants and expend such moneys as may be appropriated therefor by the City Council.
Those persons identified in § 16-32 of this article as ex officio advisory members of the Commission shall be permitted to send designees in their stead and shall be expanded to include the City Engineer and the Superintendent of Streets.
The Commission shall have powers relative to the holding of public hearings on any matter within its area of review.
The City Council shall refer for review to the Commission any transportation-related matter and shall, in turn, review recommendations presented to it by the Commission.