NO. M-1. AN ACT RELATING TO THE CITY OF ST. ALBANS CHARTER.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. CHARTER APPROVAL
The City of St. Albans charter is amended as provided in this act. Proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on March 5, 2002 and validated by the voters on September 10, 2002.
Sec. 2. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 11, § 9 is amended to read:
§ 9. CITY MANAGER
The city council shall, within three months of the date of acceptance by a majority
of the legal voters of the City of St. Albans
present and voting at a duly warned meeting, appoint and employ a city
He The city manager shall be chosen, and his or her
salary fixed, by the council solely on the basis of his or her technical
education as a city manager and executive and administrative qualifications. His
The city council’s choice shall not be limited to the inhabitants of the
city or state.
The council shall appoint the city manager for a three-year term and may remove
him the city manager by a majority vote of its members. At least
thirty 30 days before such removal shall become effective, the
council shall by a majority vote of its members adopt a preliminary resolution
stating the reasons for his or her removal. The manager may reply in
writing and may request a public hearing, which shall be held not earlier than twenty
20 days nor later than thirty 30 days after the filing of
such request. After such public hearing, if one is requested, and after full
consideration, the council by majority vote of its members may adopt a final
resolution of removal. During the absence or disability of the city manager
the city council shall designate some properly qualified person to perform the
duties of the office.
(c) Neither the city council nor any of its committees shall dictate the appointment of any person to office or employment by the city manager, or in any manner interfere with the city manager or prevent him or her from exercising his or her own judgment in the appointment of officers and employees in the administrative service with the exception of the appointment of the superintendent of streets, the chief of the board of fire wardens, and the chief of police, as provided in subsection (e) of this section. Except for the purpose of inquiry, the council and its members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the city manager and neither the council nor any member thereof shall give orders to any subordinates of the city manager, either publicly or privately.
The city manager shall be responsible to the city council for the proper
administration of all affairs of the city not otherwise herein delegated, and
to that end shall make all appointments, except as otherwise provided in this
act. Except when the council is considering his or her removal,
the city manager shall be entitled to be present at all meetings of the
council and to take part in their discussion. He The city manager
shall prepare and submit to the council an annual budget after receiving
estimates made by the several city officers and offices.
The city manager shall within 30 days of his or her appointment and
annually thereafter appoint, and may remove at his or her pleasure and
appoint others in their stead, the following officers, none of whom shall be
members of the city council, viz: a superintendent of streets, a health
officer, a first and second constable,
three auditors, a board of fire
wardens, consisting of one chief and a first and second assistant engineer, a
chief of police, and such number of other police officers as he or she
shall deem necessary, three listers, to constitute the board of listers, an
overseer of the poor, and such other officers as are required by law and are
not declared to be elective officers by the terms of this act. Appointments
by the city manager of the following officers shall be subject to the approval
of the city council, viz: superintendent of streets, chief of the board of
fire wardens, and chief of police. Such appointive officers, shall, unless
removed, serve for one year and until their successors are appointed and
qualified. Such officers and employees appointed by the city manager as herein
provided shall be immediately responsible to the city manager for the administration
of their departments and their advice in writing may be required by him or
her on all matters affecting their departments. They shall prepare
departmental estimates which shall be open to public inspection, and they shall
make all other reports and recommendations concerning their departments or
offices at stated intervals or whenever requested by the city manager.
The city manager shall be the collector of taxes and shall have the same powers
and be subject to the same liabilities in and for the city as collectors of
town taxes in this state by law have and are subject to and in the exercise of
that office shall perform the same duties collectors of town taxes are required
to perform unless otherwise provided by this charter. It shall be the duty of
the city manager as the collector of taxes to execute all tax warrants and
other like warrants as shall be delivered to him or her by the city
he the city manager shall pay all taxes,
assessments, penalties, tax collectors collectors’ fees and
service rates as soon as they are collected into the city treasury. The length
and manner of notices required to be given by the collector of taxes to
resident and nonresident delinquent taxpayers shall be the same as provided by
Sec. 3. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 11, § 10 is amended to read:
§ 10. THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
The mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the city.
mayor shall use his or her best efforts to see that the laws and
city ordinances are enforced, and that the duties of all subordinate officers
are faithfully performed; and shall bring before the board of aldermen whatever
he or she may deem worth worthy of their its
attention, for prudentially and efficiently carrying on the affairs of the
city. In his the mayor’s absence, the president of the board of
aldermen shall act as mayor in his or her stead. The mayor, with the
consent of the board of aldermen, shall have the power to remit penalties for
the breach of city ordinances, in whole or in part and shall cause the reason
for such remission to be entered on the city records.
Mayor mayor shall preside at all meetings of the city, with
the power of moderator in town meetings, and at all meetings of the city
The city council shall have all the powers of selectmen. Said city council
shall hold a meeting on the second Monday
, of each month, and oftener at
the call of the mayor or at the call of the majority of the board of aldermen;
the presence of a majority of said council shall be necessary to transact
business at any meeting.
The city council shall establish rates to be paid for the use of water supplied
by the city
water-works waterworks, which shall be called service
rates, and shall be collected by the city treasurer; water from said city water‑works
waterworks may, at the option of the city council, be furnished outside of
the limits of the City of St. Albans.
(e) The city council shall appoint, for terms not exceeding three years, auditors, none of whom shall be members of the city council, upon such terms and conditions, including compensation, as the city council deems appropriate.
Approved: February 21, 2003