CHARTER
OF THE
TOWN OF HAMDEN
Connecticut
[IMAGE]
 
 
Hon. Scott D. Jackson
Mayor
 
Hon. Vera Morrison
Town Clerk
 
Adopted by the electors of the Town of Hamden
and effective thereupon, November 8, 2011
PREAMBLE
CHAPTER I:  CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF HAMDEN
   Section 1-1:   Title
   Section 1-2:   Definitions and Titles Generally
   Section 1-3:   Time of Appointments and Meetings Generally
   Section 1-4:   Definitions
CHAPTER II:  INCORPORATION AND GENERAL POWERS
   Section 2-1:   Territory
   Section 2-2:   Incorporation
   Section 2-3:   General Grant of Powers
   Section 2-4:   Continuance of Rights and Obligations
CHAPTER III:  ELECTIONS, ELECTORS, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND TERMS OF OFFICE
   Section 3-1:   Application of the General Statutes
   Section 3-2:   Electors
   Section 3-3:   Date of Election and Terms of Office for Elected Offices
   Section 3-4:   Eligibility
   Section 3-5:   Vacancies in Elected Offices
   Section 3-6:   Temporary Disability or Absence of the Mayor
   Section 3-7:   Reapportionment of Voting Districts
   Section 3-8:   Public Officials to Deliver Records to Successors
   Section 3-9:   Conflict of Interest and Ethics
   Section 3-10:   Removal of Elected and Appointed Officials
CHAPTER IV:  LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
   Section 4-1:   Legislative Power
   Section 4-2:   Officers of the Council
   Section 4-3:   Procedures of the Legislative Council - Public Participation in Council Proceedings
   Section 4-4:   Clerk of the Council
   Section 4-5:   General Powers
   Section 4-6:   Counsel to Council
   Section 4-7:   Ordinances, Statutory Resolutions, Resolutions, Orders or Motions: the Role of the Legislative Council and the Mayor
   Section 4-8:   Public Notice of Final Action
   Section 4-9:   Petition for Overrule
   Section 4-10:   Selection of Independent Auditors
   Section 4-11:   Approval of Mayoral Appointments
   Section 4-12:   Interlocal Agreements and Regional Cooperation
CHAPTER V:  THE MAYOR
   Section 5-1:   Election and Qualifications
   Section 5-2:   Duties
   Section 5-3:   Appointments, Terms of Office and General Powers
   Section 5-4:   Appointments to Boards and Commissions
   Section 5-5:   Emergency Powers
CHAPTER VI:  OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS
   Section 6-1:   Town Clerk
   Section 6-2:   Registrars of Voters
CHAPTER VII:  BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
   Section 7-1:   General Requirements for Appointed Boards and Commissions
   Section 7-2:   Boards and Commissions Established by the Charter
         A.   Civil Service Commission
         B.   Board of Ethics
         C.   Police Commission
         D.   Fire Commission
         E.   Zoning Board of Appeals
         F.   Planning and Zoning Commission
         G.   Building Board of Appeals
         H.   Personnel Appeals Board
         I.   Library Board
         J.   Inland Wetlands Commission
   Section 7-3:   Appointed Boards and Commissions Required by the Charter
   Section 7-4:   Appointed Boards and Commissions Established by Ordinance or as Otherwise May Be Prescribed by the General Statutes
   Section 7-5:   Boards Appointed by the Legislative Council
         A.   Board of Assessment Appeals
   Section 7-6:   Continuance of Boards and Commissions
   Section 7-7:   Merger or Consolidation of Boards and Commissions
CHAPTER VIII:  THE TOWN GOVERNMENT: DEPARTMENTS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS
   Section 8-1:   The Authority to Establish the Departments of Town Government
   Section 8-2:   Appointment of Department Heads and Other Mayoral Departmental Appointees; General Requirements
   Section 8-3:   The Legal Department - Town Attorney
   Section 8-4:   Government Administration
         A.   The Department of Finance
         B.   The Tax Collector
         C.   The Assessor
         D.   The Purchasing Agent
         E.   Personnel and Human Resources
   Section 8-5:   Public Safety, Health and Community Services
         A.   The Police Department
         B.   The Fire Department
         C.   The Health District
         D.   Community Services
   Section 8-6:   Government Operations and Infrastructure
         A.   Department of Public Works and Parks
         B.   Engineering Department
   Section 8-7:   Town Planning, Zoning Enforcement, Environment and Economic Development
         A.   Town Planning and Zoning Enforcement Responsibilities
         B.   Building Department
         C.   The Town Planning and Zoning Department
         D.   Other Departments
CHAPTER IX:  EDUCATION
   Section 9-1:   Board of Education
   Section 9-2:   Budget
CHAPTER X:  BUDGET
   Section 10-1:   Formulation and Submission of Town Budgetary Requests
   Section 10-2:   The Mayor, and the Director of Finance and the Budget
   Section 10-3:   Legislative Action on the Proposed Town Budget
   Section 10-4:   Approval, Veto, Acceptance and Veto Override of the Adopted Town Budget
   Section 10-5:   Petition for Budget Overrule
   Section 10-6:   Fiscal Year
   Section 10-7:   Expenditures and Accounting
   Section 10-8:   Public Funds and Finance
   Section 10-9:   Referendum on Borrowing of Funds
CHAPTER XI:  TRANSITION AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
   Section 11-1:   Legal Proceedings
   Section 11-2:   Periodic Review of the Charter
   Section 11-3:   Existing Laws and Ordinances
   Section 11-4:   Amendment of Charter
   Section 11-5:   Saving Clause
   Section 11-6:   Effective Date
   Section 11-7:   "Transition Provision A" Pertaining to § 3-3.B(2) of this Charter - The General Election Scheduled for 2012
   Section 11-8:   "Transition Provision B" Pertaining to § 3-3.C(3) of this Charter - The Term of Office for the Registrars of Voter Elected in the General Election Scheduled for 2012
   Section 11-9:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for Regular Members of the Board of Ethics Derived from § 19-5.A of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
   Section 11-10:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for Alternate Members of the Board of Ethics Derived from § 19-5.A of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
   Section 11-11:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for Regular Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission Derived from § 13-1 of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
   Section 11-12:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for Alternate Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission Derived from § 13-2 of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
   Section 11-13:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for Members of the Personnel Appeals Board Derived from § 17-5 of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
   Section 11-14:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for Members of the Library Board Derived from § 14-1 of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
   Section 11-15:   "Transition Provision E" Pertaining to § 7-2.J of this Charter - The Inland Wetlands Commission
   Section 11-16:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for Members of the Board of Tax Review Derived from § 4-1 of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
   Section 11-17:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for the Six Members of the Board of Education Derived from § 12-1 of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
   Section 11-18:   Historical Note Regarding the Term of Office for the Three Members of the Board of Education Derived from § 12-1 of the Prior Revision of the Charter (Rev. November 8, 1983)
CHAPTER XII:  SUNSET PROVISIONS
   Section 12-1:   Generally
   Section 12-2:   Ethics Commission
   Section 12-3:   Parks and Recreation Commission
CHAPTER XIII:  HISTORICAL PROVISIONS
   Section 13-1:   Status of Present Employees