[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Orange as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Adoption of Code
[Adopted by the Board of Selectmen 3-14-2001]
The compilation of the ordinances of the Town of Orange, codified and consolidated into parts, chapters, articles and sections in the form attached hereto and made a part hereof, is hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the Town of Orange, Connecticut," hereinafter called the "Code." All provisions contained in the compilation provided for herein and known as the "Code of the Town of Orange" shall be in force and effect on and after the effective date of this ordinance.
The adoption of the Code of the Town of Orange shall have no effect on nor shall the adoption of this ordinance in any way affect the authority, powers, duties or responsibilities of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission or the Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Commission by virtue of the inclusion in said Code of the regulations adopted by said Commissions, nor shall the regulations of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and the Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Commission be affected thereby, except as the regulations may have been amended by action of the respective Commission.
The provisions of this Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those ordinances in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this ordinance, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior ordinance. All such provisions are hereby continued in full force and effect and are hereby reaffirmed as to their adoption by the Board of Selectmen.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances of the Town of Orange of a general and permanent nature in force on the date of the adoption of this ordinance which are inconsistent with any provisions of the Code are hereby repealed from and after the effective date of this ordinance; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed as repealing or altering the zoning, subdivision or inland wetlands regulations of the town.
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, article or part of this ordinance or of any ordinance appearing in the Code or included in this Code through supplementation shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, article or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.
A copy of the Code, in loose-leaf form, has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Orange and shall remain there for use and examination by the public until final action is taken on this ordinance; and if this ordinance shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified to by the Town Clerk of the Town of Orange by impressing thereon the Seal of the Town of Orange, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of said Town Clerk to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times when said Code is in effect. The enactment and publication of this ordinance, coupled with the availability of a copy of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.
Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to any of the ordinances or regulations known collectively as the "Code of the Town of Orange," or any new ordinances, when enacted or adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Board of Selectmen to be a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the Code shall be understood and intended to include such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be enacted or adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the loose-leaf book containing said Code, as amendments and supplements thereto. Nothing contained in this ordinance shall affect the status of any ordinance or regulation contained herein, and such ordinances and regulations may be amended, deleted or changed from time to time as the Board of Selectmen deems desirable.
It shall be the duty of the Town Clerk to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing the Code of the Town of Orange required to be filed in the office of the Town Clerk for use by the public. All changes in said Code and all ordinances adopted by the Board of Selectmen subsequent to the enactment of this ordinance in such form as to indicate the intention of said Board to be a part of said Code shall, when finally enacted or adopted, be included therein by temporary attachment of copies of such changes until such changes are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.
Copies of the Code may be purchased from the Town Clerk of the Town of Orange upon the payment of a fee to be set by resolution of the Board of Selectmen, which Board may also arrange by resolution for procedures for the periodic supplementation thereof.
Any person who, without authorization from the Town Clerk, changes or amends, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code of the Town of Orange, or who alters or tampers with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the legislation of the Town of Orange to be misrepresented thereby, or who violates any other provision of this ordinance, shall be guilty of an offense and shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $90.
In compiling and preparing the ordinances and regulations for publication as the Code of the Town of Orange, no changes in the meaning or intent of such ordinances or regulations have been made, except as have been made by formal amendment thereto. Certain grammatical changes and other minor nonsubstantive changes were made in one or more of said ordinances, as authorized by the Board of Selectmen. The following nomenclature changes were also made:
In Chapter 36, Community Services, references to the "Executive Director" were revised to read "Director."
Throughout Chapter 81, all references to the "Inland Wetlands Agency" or "Agency" were updated to read "Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Commission" and "Commission," respectively.
It is the intention of the Board of Selectmen that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances had been previously formally amended to read as such.
This ordinance shall take effect 21 days after publication in accordance with Section 3.4 of the Town Charter.