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H.875

Introduced by   Representative Rusten of Halifax

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Municipal government; village charters; Village of Jacksonville

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to approve amendments to the charter of the Village of Jacksonville.

AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER OF THE VILLAGE OF JACKSONVILLE

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

Sec. 1.  CHARTER APPROVAL

Notwithstanding the provisions of 17 V.S.A. § 2645(a) and (b), the general assembly approves the Village of Jacksonville charter amendments as provided in this act.  The amendments were approved by the voters on November 29, 2005.

Sec. 2.  24 App. V.S.A chapter 227, §§ 2, 3, and 15 are amended to read:

§ 2.  ANNUAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

(a)  The annual meeting of said the village shall be held on the first Tuesday in May at two third Tuesday in June at seven o’clock p. m. p.m., or at such other time as shall be prescribed by the bylaws at such places as shall be prescribed by the bylaws.

(b)  Special meetings shall be called by the clerk on request of seven legal voters of the village.  All meetings of the village shall be warned by the clerk by posting a notice in at least three public places in the village ten days before the meeting.  Legal voters in town meeting, who have resided in the village at least three months, shall be legal voters in village meetings.

§ 3.  ELECTION AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS

(a)  At the annual meeting, there shall be elected, by ballot if called for by three voters, a president who shall preside at all meetings and have all the powers of a moderator in town meeting and be ex-officio a member and presiding officer of the board of trustees; a clerk, a treasurer, a chief engineer, first and second assistant engineers, a collector, three auditors, and four five trustees, who shall serve until their successors are elected.  They shall be sworn, and the clerk shall make a record thereof.  The clerk, collector, and treasurer shall give such bonds as shall be required by the trustees.  Vacancies may be filled at special meetings called for that purpose.

(b)  The trustees shall elect one trustee to serve as president.

(c)  Each of the elected officers shall perform the following duties:

(1)  The president shall preside at all meetings and have all the powers of a moderator in town meetings and be an ex-officio member and presiding officer of the board of trustees.

(2)  The senior trustee shall act as president if the president is absent at the annual meeting or any meeting of the trustees.

(3)  The clerk shall keep a record of the annual meeting and any

special meetings that are called in accordance with the charter of the village and also keep a record of all proceedings at the trustees’ meetings.

(4)  The treasurer shall be custodian of all money belonging to the

village and shall pay all obligations of the village that the president and at least two trustees have approved.

(d)  The village shall employ an auditor who shall conduct an annual audit in accordance with Government Accounting Standards and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rules.

(e)  The trustees shall:

(1)  Have general charge of all affairs of the village and shall meet at least once a month at the time and place as the president may designate for the meetings, and the trustees may hold as many additional meetings in any month as they deem advisable.

(2)  Shall make all contracts concerning the building of electric light lines and maintenance of the same.

(3)  Do all things necessary to maintain the electric light system that the village owns in the town of Whitingham.

(4)  Fix the compensation of all employees and officers of the village.

(5)  Establish the rates for the electric light service that the village furnishes, subject to the approval of the public service board of the state of Vermont.

§ 15.  Bylaws

The village, at an annual or special meeting duly warned for that purpose, may make, alter, and repeal bylaws of the following subject matter, viz.:

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Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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