(a)   The purpose of this act is to revise the Charter of the Town of Clayton and to consolidate certain acts concerning the property, affairs and government of the Town. It is intended to continue without interruption those provisions of prior acts which are expressly consolidated into this act, so that all rights and liabilities which have accrued are preserved and may be enforced.
   (b)   This act does not repeal or affect any acts concerning the property, affairs or government of public schools, or acts validating official actions, proceedings, contracts or obligations of any kind.
   (c)   All local acts in conflict with this act are repealed. The following acts having served the purposes for which they were enacted or having been consolidated into this act, are expressly repealed:
      Chapter 262, Private Laws of 1899
      Chapter 159, Private Laws of 1911
      Chapter 19, Private Laws Extra Session of
      Chapter 37, Private Laws of 1915
      Chapter 69, Private Laws of 1919
      Chapter 378, Public-local Laws of 1937
      Chapter 391, Public-local Laws of 1941
      Chapter 872, Session Laws of 1949
      Chapter 873, Session Laws of 1949
      Chapter 653, Session Laws of 1951
      Chapter 676, Session Laws of 1955
      Chapter 428, Session Laws of 1955
      Chapter 397, Session Laws of 1955
      Chapter 376, Session Laws of 1963
      Chapter 257, Session Laws of 1969, as to Clayton only
      Chapter 516, Session Laws of 1973.
   (d)   The Mayor and Councilmembers serving on the date of ratification of this act shall serve until the expiration of their term. Thereafter, those offices shall be filled as provided in Articles II and III of this Charter.
   (e)   This act does not affect any rights or interests which arose under any provisions repealed by this act.
   (f)   All existing ordinances, resolutions and other provisions of the Town of Clayton not incon- sistent with the provisions of this act shall continue in effect until repealed or amended.
   (g)   No action or proceeding pending on the effective date of this act by or against the Town or any of its departments or agencies shall be abated or otherwise affected by this act.
   (h)   If any provision or application of this act is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are declared to be severable.
   (i)   Whenever a reference is made in this act to the particular provision of the General Statutes, and such provision is later amended, superseded or recodified, the reference shall be deemed amended to refer to the amended General Statute, or to the General Statute which most clearly corresponds to the statutory provision which is superseded or recodified.
(Ratified by Gen. Ass., 6-27-88)