|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representative Otterman of Topsham
Subject: Municipal government; municipal charters; village of Newbury
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to approve amendments to the charter of the village of Newbury which increase the number of elected auditors from one to three and increase the amount of money set aside for water systems improvements and water emergency funds.
AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER OF THE VILLAGE OF NEWBURY
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 village of Newbury as provided in this act. Proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on May 23, 2006.
Sec. 2. 24 V.S.A. App. chapter 247 § 401 is amended to read:
§ 401. Election of Officers
officers of the corporation shall consist of a Moderator, three
Trustees, a Clerk, a Treasurer, and an Auditor three auditors. Said
The officers shall be elected at the annual meeting of said the
corporation for the term of one year and until their successors are elected,
except that trustees shall hold office for three years. One Trustee shall be
elected at each annual meeting.
Sec. 3. 24 V.S.A. App. chapter 247 § 602 is amended to read:
§ 602. Auditor
auditor auditors shall compile and prepare a report of his
or her their examination of the accounts and vouchers of the
officers of the corporation, which report shall be printed each year in the
annual report of the Village of Newbury. Prior to the annual meeting in
1980 the books of the corporation for the fiscal years 1978 and 1979 shall be
audited by a certified public accountant and every three years thereafter the
books shall be audited by a certified public accountant or a public accountant
prior to the ensuing annual meeting. All certified public accountant’s reports
shall be published in the annual report of the village.
Sec. 4. 24 V.S.A. App. chapter 247 § 1303 is amended to read:
§ 1303. Water Commissioners and Water Works
The village shall have
3 three water commissioners who may be
elected by ballot if the village has so ordered; otherwise they shall be
appointed by the trustees. Of those commissioners first elected or appointed,
one shall have a term of one year, one a term of two years, and one a
term of three years.
Trustees trustees may remove from office a commissioner
appointed by them for just cause after due notice and hearing. The trustees
may appoint members of their own board to serve as water commissioners.
The village shall have such powers, and the commissioners shall have such duties, with reference to any waterworks that are in existence or established as set forth in Chapter 89 of Title 24 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, or any amendments thereto.
Without limiting the generality of
the foregoing subsections (a) and
(b) of this section, such commissioners shall have the supervision
of such the municipal water department and shall make and
establish all needful water rates, rules, and regulations for its
control and operation.
Said The water commissioners shall hire a person to superintend
the physical operation of the water system, provide such person him
or her with written guidelines of the superintendent’s duties, and such
a this superintendent shall be responsible for the proper and
efficient maintenance of the system in accordance with such the
Said The superintendent shall report once each month to the Water
Commissioners water commissioners and once each year shall make a
written report to them and such. The written report shall be
included in the water commissioners annual report to the village.
The books and bank accounts of the water system shall be kept separate from the
other books and accounts of the village. The rents and receipts for the use of
such municipal water shall only be used and applied to pay the interest
upon the water department bonds, the expense of repairs, improvements and
management of the water department, and in payment of the municipal water
department bonds. The money received from the operation of such the
municipal water department shall not be used for any other purposes until all such
bonds, notes, or other certificates of indebtedness have been paid.
Any improvements to the system costing more than
shall require the approval of a majority of the legally qualified voters of the
village present and voting, at either an annual or special meeting called for
From the income of the system an emergency fund, not to exceed
$10,000.00, may be created by the water commissioners. Such
emergency Emergency funds shall be expended only in case of an
emergency and the nature of such the emergency recorded by the
clerk as declared by the water commissioners.
Any extension of the main lines of the system as
such the lines
exist on the effective day of this charter shall require a two-thirds vote of
the qualified voters, present and voting, of the Village of Newbury at either
an annual or special meeting called for that purpose.
The Vermont General Assembly
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