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H.72

AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF BARRE

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

Sec. 1.  CHARTER APPROVAL

The general assembly approves the amendments to the charter of the city of Barre as provided in this act.  Proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on May 9, 2006 and November 7, 2006.

Sec. 2.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 202(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The annual city meeting of the city for the election of officers, the voting of budgets, and any other business included in the warnings for said meeting, shall be held on the second first Tuesday in May March, unless otherwise legally warned by the council.

Sec. 3.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 206(a) is amended to read:

(a)  In case of vacancy of any elected municipal city officer, except an alderman, occasioned by death, removal from the city, resignation or inability to serve, such vacancy, unless herein otherwise provided, shall be filled by the city council until the next annual election.  In such case, nomination may be made by any member for the council.


Sec. 4.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 207 is amended to read:

§ 207.  Voting on requests of the city manager

(a)  Annually, on the second first Tuesday in May March, the legal voters of the city shall meet to vote on the requests of the city manager.

(b)  If, at the annual May March meeting, the voters disapprove the request of the city manager, the mayor, or in his or her absence or disability, the city clerk shall warn a general meeting of the legal voters to consider the article disapproved by the voters, and to authorize a specific sum of money therefor.  The meeting shall be in accordance with chapter 55 of Title 17 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated and shall be held at the same location as the previous meeting with the polls open for the same hours as the previous meeting.  If the voters continue to disapprove any portion of the request, similar meetings shall be held in the same manner.

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Sec. 5.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 302 is amended to read:

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

The city council shall meet regularly every Tuesday at least twice monthly on Tuesdays, 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. 6.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 505 is amended to read:

§ 505.  Established

The city council shall may establish a police department for the city subject to control and supervision of the city manager and shall may, by ordinance, determine of what officers and members of the department shall may consist, prescribe the time and modes of their appointment and removal, define their powers, duties, and periods of service, fix their compensation, and make such other regulations regarding their conduct and government as the city council shall may deem expedient.  All police officers shall have authority to serve anywhere within the state and return processes in criminal causes returnable within the state, and for such duties shall be allowed the fees provided by law to sheriffs for similar services, which fees shall belong to the city and be paid into the city treasury, whenever such policemen shall be under pay from the city.  The police officers shall have the power of constables in all matters arising under the criminal and police laws of the state and the police regulations of the city.  Such officers shall not serve civil process.

Sec. 7.  24 V.S.A. App. chapter 1, § 510 is amended to read:

§ 510.  Established

The city council shall may establish and operate a fire/ambulance department for the city, subject to the control and supervision of the city manager and shall may, by ordinance, determine of what offices and members this department shall may consist, prescribe the time and mode of their appointment and removal, define their powers, duties, and periods of service, fix their compensation and make such other regulations regarding their conduct and government as they deem expedient.  The city may procedure and hold such land, buildings, furniture, engines, ambulances, and other apparatus as may be necessary for the purpose of the fire and ambulance department, and the city council may, by ordinance, make regulations regarding the use, control, and preservation thereof.  The city council may contract with surrounding and nearby towns, villages and fire and or ambulance districts, for the use of part or parts of the facilities and equipment of the fire/ambulance department to assist such towns and villages in case of emergency; provided, however, that no assistance shall be rendered to any town or village that does not satisfy within sixty (60) days any obligation to the city for any such past service rendered.

Sec. 8.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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