The Town of Buxton’s Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on the following Charter Amendment for the June 12, 2018 Annual Town Meeting at the Buxton Municipal Building 185 Portland Road, Buxton, Maine on Wednesday March 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.:
Article # Shall the Town approve the Charter amendments reprinted below to be effective upon Town Meeting approval? (Additions are underlined, deletions are strikethrough)
Section 2.07 Vacancy or Forfeiture of Office
(b) Forfeiture of Office. A person shall forfeit the office of Selectman if he/she:
(3) is convicted of a crime or offense punishable by a sentence term of imprisonment for more than thirty (30) days six months.
(d) Vacancies. If a seat in the Board of Selectmen becomes vacant more than 90 Days prior to the next annual municipal regular election, the Board of Selectmen shall call a special election to fill the unexpired term.
Section 3.03 Elected Positions
(b) Vacancies occurring during a regular term shall be filled by appointment by the Selectmen when there is more than 90 days till the next annual municipal scheduled election, with the exception of any board committee or commission governed by an adopted ordinance shall not be subject to this section. All vacancies shall be posted in 5 (five) local stores or put into the Buxton News and shall allow at least 7 (seven) days thereafter before a list of candidates is formed. The successful candidate shall serve until the next scheduled election at which time the voters of the Town shall elect, by secret ballot, a person to assume the remainder of the unexpired term.
3. Transition: Members of the Planning Board whose terms expire after the approval of this amendment and those persons elected to the Planning Board on the date of approval of this amendment shall continue to serve until their terms expire or until replaced. No further elections for Planning Board shall be held until membership reaches five (5) elected members, at which time elections shall resume for such initial terms of office of one (1), two (2) or three (3) years as will result in staggered expiration of terms. Thereafter, terms shall be for three (3) years. (Amendment: June 10, 2014)
Section 3.06 Municipal Services
(a) Fire Prevention/Rescue: Fire prevention, and fire fighting and ambulance service for the Town shall be provided by the Buxton Fire Department with Bar Mills, Chicopee and Groveville Stations. Each Station, along with Rescue, shall submit its annual budget request for review and approval by the Fire & Rescue Chief who will submit a total Fire/Rescue Department budget to the Board of Selectmen, and Budget Committee for inclusion, as recommended by the Board of Selectmen, and Budget Committee in the Annual Town Warrant
(b) Rescue: Ambulance service for the Town shall be provided by Buxton Rescue. Buxton Rescue shall submit its annual budget request for review and approval by the Fire & Rescue Chief who will submit a total Rescue Budget to the Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee for inclusion, as recommended by the Board of
Selectmen, and Budget Committee in the Annual Town Warrant
(b)(c) Law Enforcement: Law Enforcement shall be provided by the Buxton Police Department. The Buxton Police Chief shall submit an annual budget request to the Budget Committee and the Board of Selectmen for inclusion as recommended by the Budget Committee and Selectmen in the Annual Town Warrant.
(c)(d) Waste and Sanitation: Shall be provided through the Solid Waste Department. The Solid Waste Manager shall submit an annual budget request to the Budget Committee and the Board of Selectmen for inclusion as recommended by the Budget Committee and Selectmen in the Annual Town Warrant.
(d)(e) All municipal service departments and officials shall be under the direction of the
Board of Selectmen.
The Board of Selectmen shall provide for the appointment of a Charter Review Committee not to exceed five members every seven years for the purpose of reviewing and recommending updates to this Charter. In the event a Committee shall have been appointed within any seven (7) year period, a new seven (7) year period shall commence from the date of the dissolution of said Committee.