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Title 24 Appendix : Municipal Charters

Chapter 101 : TOWN OF BARRE

Subchapter 003 : ELECTED OFFICERS

(Cite as: 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 101, § 11)
  • § 11. Selectboard

    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, all the powers of the Town shall be entrusted to and exercised by a Selectboard composed of five members chosen by the voters of the Town of Barre. Three members shall be elected for terms of three years, and two members shall be elected for terms of two years. The Board shall discharge all the duties conferred or imposed upon selectboards by law, including the duties of sewer commissioners, Board of Liquor Commissioners, and any similar ex officio duties; and when sitting in such ex officio capacity, it shall not be necessary specially to convene in a separate capacity.

    (b) The Selectboard shall meet within seven business days after the annual Town election to elect a Chair and a Vice Chair and to designate a Clerk. At the same meeting, the Board shall adopt rules of order and fix the time and place of its regular meeting, which shall be held at least twice a month. Special meetings of the Board may be called at any time by the Chair, or in his or her absence, the Vice Chair, or by a majority of the Board in writing to the Chair. Notice of any special meeting shall be served on members, posted in the municipal building and, except for an emergency meeting, released to the news media at least 12 hours prior to the meeting.

    (c) No action of the Board, except on purely procedural matters, shall be valid or binding unless approved by a majority of the full Board, except that in the case of passage of an emergency ordinance, at least four affirmative votes shall be required. Voting on all matters, except procedural matters, shall be by roll call unless in the case of unanimous agreement.

    (d) Upon due notice and hearing, the Board may remove one of its members from office for failure to attend four consecutive, regular meetings of the Board without prior approval of the Chair. The removal shall be done only upon the affirmative vote of all four remaining members.

    (e) The Selectboard shall, from time to time, designate an acting Town Manager who shall have all the powers and duties of the Town Manager in the event of the latter’s absence or disability. The name of the acting Town Manager shall be on file in the Town Clerk’s office at all times.

    (f) The Selectboard shall adopt a comprehensive personnel policy for all Town employees and shall amend the policy from time to time as is deemed necessary or advisable. (Amended 2019, No. M-1, § 2, eff. April 19, 2019; 2021, No. M-1, § 2, eff. April 13, 2021.)