[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Colchester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The compilation of the ordinances and administrative regulations of the Town of Colchester, codified and consolidated into parts, chapters 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 Colchester, Connecticut," hereinafter called the "Code." All provisions contained in the compilation provided for herein and known as the "Code of the Town of Colchester" shall be in force and effect on and after the effective date of this ordinance.
The provisions of the Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those ordinances and administrative regulations in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this ordinance, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and administrative regulations and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior ordinance or regulation. All such provisions are hereby continued in full force and effect and are hereby reaffirmed as to their adoption by the Town Meeting.
All ordinances and administrative regulations or parts thereof of the Town of Colchester of a general and permanent nature in force on the date of the adoption of this ordinance which either are inconsistent with any provisions of the Code or have not otherwise been addressed by specific language in the Code are hereby repealed from and after the effective date of this ordinance.
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, article or part of this ordinance or of any ordinance or regulation 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 judgment shall have been rendered.
Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to any of the ordinances or administrative regulations known collectively as the "Code of the Town of Colchester," or any new ordinances or administrative regulations, when enacted or adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Board of Selectmen and/or the Town Meeting 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 administrative regulations may be amended, deleted or changed from time to time as the Board of Selectmen and/or Town Meeting deems desirable pursuant to Charter Section 403.
Whenever in the Code, in describing or referring to any person, party, matter or thing, any word importing the singular number or masculine gender is used, the same shall be understood to include and to apply to several persons or parties as well as to one person or party and to females as well as males, and to bodies corporate as well as individuals, and to several matters and things as well as one matter or thing.
Copies of the Code may be purchased from the Town Clerk of the Town of Colchester 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.
In compiling and preparing the ordinances and administrative regulations for publication as the Code of the Town of Colchester, no changes in the meaning or intent of such ordinances or administrative 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 and administrative regulations. It is the intention of the Town Meeting that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances and administrative regulations had been previously formally amended to read as such.
Changes made throughout the Code.
Statutory references. Statutory references throughout the Code have been updated to refer consistently to "C.G.S.§ _____."
In addition, the following changes, amendments or revisions are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this ordinance. (Chapter and section number references are to the legislation as it has been renumbered and appears in the Code.)