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- Subchapter 001: CORPORATE EXISTENCE RETAINED
§ 1 Corporate existence retained
(a) Pursuant to the authority granted by the General Assembly, there is hereby enacted a charter to govern the organization and operation of local government in the Town of Bridport.
(b) The inhabitants of the Town of Bridport, within the geographical limits as now established, shall continue to be a municipal corporation by the name of the Town of Bridport. (Added 2015, No. M-16 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 17, 2016.)
- Subchapter 002: GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 2 General provisions
(a) Except when changed, enlarged, or modified by the provisions of this charter, all provisions of the statutes of the State relating to municipalities shall apply to the Town.
(b) The Town shall have all the powers granted to towns and municipal corporations by the Constitution and laws of the State and this charter, together with all the implied powers necessary to carry into execution all the powers granted. The Town may enact ordinances not inconsistent with the Constitution of the State or this charter, and impose penalties for violation thereof.
(c) In this charter, any mention of a particular power shall not be construed to restrict the scope of the powers that the Town would have if the particular power were not mentioned, unless this charter otherwise provides.
(d) Nothing in this charter shall be construed to in any way limit the powers and functions conferred on the Town, the Selectboard, or its elected or appointed officers by general or special enactment of State statutes or rules in force or effect or hereafter enacted, and the powers and functions conferred by this charter shall be cumulative and in addition to the provisions of the general or special enactment unless this charter otherwise provides. (Added 2015, No. M-16 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. May 17, 2016.)
- Subchapter 003: APPOINTED OFFICERS
§ 3 Appointed officers
(a) In addition to all other offices that may be filled by appointment by the Selectboard pursuant to State law or this charter, the Selectboard shall appoint the following Town officers, who shall serve for such terms as the Selectboard may establish in its act of appointment or until the office otherwise becomes vacant:
(1) A Town Treasurer who shall not simultaneously hold any elective office within Town government. The Town Treasurer shall:
(A) be open to the public at hours adopted by the Selectboard;
(B) be responsible for the collection of current taxes;
(C) perform duties as specified in the accounting and financial policies adopted by the Selectboard and required by State law; and
(D) make monthly reports to the Selectboard of the financial activities of the Town. These reports shall include:
(i) a listing of all expenditures during the preceding month;
(ii) a listing of all revenue received during the preceding month, including the source of these revenues;
(iii) an accounting of all reserve funds of the Town; and
(iv) a statement showing the balance in the general, highway, and all special funds at the end of the preceding month.
(2) A Town Clerk who shall not simultaneously hold any elective office within Town government. The Town Clerk shall:
(A) be open to the public at hours adopted by the Selectboard; and
(B) perform those duties adopted by the Selectboard and required by State law.
(b) The Selectboard shall adopt and revise, from time to time, a general statement of the qualifications necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of each of these appointed Town offices and a job description of those offices. These appointed officers shall exercise all the powers and duties necessary to carry out the provisions of this charter as well as those provided by State law generally.
(c) These appointed officers shall be employees of the Town, subject to all personnel and employment rules, regulations, and policies of the Town. An officer appointed hereunder shall be eligible to apply for reappointment at the expiration of his or her term of office, but failure by the Selectboard to make such reappointment shall not be construed as discharge from employment.
(d) A person appointed to the position of Town Treasurer or Town Clerk need not be a resident or voter of the Town. (Added 2015, No. M-16 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. May 17, 2016.)
- Subchapter 004: SEPARABILITY
§ 4 Separability
If any provision of this charter is held invalid, the other provisions of the charter shall not be affected thereby. (Added 2015, No. M-16 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. May 17, 2016.)