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NO. M-5. AN ACT RELATING TO CITY OF BARRE CHARTER.

(H.555)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. APPROVAL OF CHARTER AMENDMENT

The charter of the City of Barre is amended as provided in this act. Proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on November 3, 1998.

Sec. 2. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 1, § 302 of the Charter is amended to read:

§ 302. Regular meetings; meetings to be public; executive session

The city council shall meet regularly every Tuesday, unless the council approves an alternative day, and at such other times as they shall be called as otherwise provided by the charter. All meetings of the city council, whether regular or special meetings, shall be public. Executive sessions may be held in conformance with the provisions of the Vermont Statutes.

Sec. 3. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 1, § 307 of the Charter is amended to read:

§ 307. Powers of city; policy matters; appointment of certain officers

All powers of the city and the determination of all matters of policy shall be vested in the city council except as otherwise provided by this act or by general law. The city council shall annually appoint a city attorney, a city grand juror, *[a library trustee]* a library liaison, and may provide for any planning board, zoning board of adjustment, recreation board or personnel board, and may create commissions or other bodies with advisory powers and may appoint personnel to serve on said boards or commissions.

Sec. 4. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 1, § 316 of the Charter is amended to read:

§ 316. Expenditures

No money shall be paid except on warrant, by the treasurer*[,]* or a designated deputy *[designated by the treasurer in the event of his absence or disability]*, and authorized by the city council *[and signed by the mayor or city manager]*.

Sec. 5. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 1, § 407 of the Charter is amended to read:

§ 407. Appointments

(a) Any provision of general law conferring the appointing power or other power upon the mayor, the mayor and board of aldermen, the selectmen or other executive heads of a municipality, shall be construed as meaning the city manager and the appointments or power exercised by the city manager, in accordance with such provision, shall be given the same force and effect as if executed by the official named therein, except as herein otherwise provided.

(b) There shall be appointed by the city manager after the annual city election in the manner as hereinafter provided a superintendent of streets, superintendent of waterworks, recreation director, city physician, a city engineer, building inspector, an inspector of electric wiring, an inspector of plumbing, *[an inspector of milk and foods,]* a tree warden, three (3) members of the board of health (see board of health). All officers shall hold their offices respectively for one year or until their successors shall be appointed and qualified. The city manager may also appoint such other subordinate officers as may be elected or appointed in towns. Members of the various boards shall be appointed in the same manner, who shall hold office as otherwise herein provided or until their successor shall be appointed and qualified.

Sec. 6. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 1, § 511 of the Charter is amended to read:

§ 511. Creation; duties

There is hereby created a recreational board. Said recreational board shall consist of six (6) legal voters of the city, one of whom shall be the mayor *[as chairman]* who shall designate the chair, one appointed from the board of school commissioners, one from the city council, three (3) from the citizens at large. The board of recreation shall be advisory in nature concerning all aspects of public recreation within the limits of the City of Barre. The board members shall be appointed annually by the city council.

Sec. 7. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 1, § 515 of the Charter is amended to read:

§ 515. Formation

The city council and the justices of the peace elected, qualified and residing in the city, shall constitute the board of civil authority. The board of civil authority and the assessor, the latter of whom shall have no vote, shall be the board for the abatement of taxes of the city. The city clerk shall be the clerk of said boards.

Sec. 8. 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 1, § 526 of the Charter is amended to read:

§ 526. Housing Board of Review

There is created for the City of Barre a housing board of review. The board shall consist of five (5) members who shall be appointed by the City Council. The members of the board shall be composed of two (2) landlords, two (2) renters and one (1) homeowner. Each member of the board shall serve for a term of three (3) years. A board member may be reappointed after their term expires. *[No board member shall serve more than two (2) full terms.]*

Sec. 9. REPEAL

24 App. V.S.A. chapter 1, § 310 of the Charter, relating to payments, is repealed.

Sec. 10. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect from passage.

Approved: May 5, 1999