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ARTICLE III. ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION


Section 3.01    Title and Appointments

        (a)     The following officers and boards shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen: Board of Appeals, Health Officer, Chairman of the Board of Voter Registration, Code Enforcement Officer and Assistant Code Enforcement Officer, and boards, commissions or committees created by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to Section 2.05, and such other boards and officers as may exist from time to time when appointment is permitted by State or federal law or Town ordinance. The Board may, where appropriate and where not prohibited by law, vest in employees all or part of the duties of any office.

        (b)     Prohibited appointments: No municipal official may be appointed to any paid position of the municipality, which was created or the compensation of which was increased by the action of that municipal official during the term for which that official was elected and for one year thereafter.

Section 3.02 Appointed Positions

        (a)     Health Officer: A Health Officer, who shall be responsible for the prevention and suppression of diseases and all conditions dangerous to the public health, shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for a three year term with compensation, if any, to be determined by the Annual Town Meeting.

        (b)     Board of Appeals: There shall be a Board of Appeals consisting of five (5) voting members with staggered three year terms. The Board of Appeals shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Voting members shall elect their chairman and secretary. A majority of the Board of Appeals shall constitute a quorum. No action of the Board of Appeals shall be binding or valid unless adopted by a majority of all Board members then holding office. The Board of Appeals shall have the power and authority set forth under Maine law and, in addition, any other powers or authority set forth in any zoning ordinance or other ordinances adopted by the legislative body of the town. The chairman shall submit a written report of activities to the municipal officers to be included in the annual Town Report.

        (c)     CEO: There shall be a Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) appointed to enforce the regulations and ordinances of this municipality and the State of Maine where applicable. Including but not limited to building, land use, and plumbing codes. The appointment shall be made each year commencing on May 1, and ending on April 30. The CEO shall operate under the supervision of the Board of Selectmen.

        (d)     Assistant CEO: There shall be one (1) or more Assistant CEO’s appointed by the Board of Selectmen as needed, to fill in and assist the CEO. The Assistant CEO shall have the same enforcement powers as the CEO. The assistant(s) appointment shall be made each year commencing on May 1 and ending on April 30. The assistant(s) shall operate under the direction of the CEO and the Board of Selectmen.

Section 3.03 Elected Positions   

        (a)     Elected Positions: A candidate for elected office must be a resident of the Town of Buxton. Residency status must be maintained for the duration of the term. The elected positions and compensation for such positions shall be determined at the Annual Town Meeting.

        (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 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.
        
        (c)     Elected positions of the Town shall include:
        
1.      Moderator: A Moderator to preside at the Annual Town Meeting shall be chosen by written ballot. Moderators for Special Meetings shall be chosen and elected at each Special Meeting by written ballot. Moderators shall govern each meeting using Roberts Rules of Order and the Maine Moderators Manual.

2.      Planning Board: There shall be a Planning Board consisting of seven (7) members with staggered three (3) year terms, who shall be elected by secret ballot. The members shall elect their chairman, vice chairman, treasurer, and secretary. The Planning Board shall review the comprehensive plan every 5 (five) years to assure that the comprehensive plan meets current needs and the requirements of the community, and may call for a comprehensive plan review committee to be formed, if necessary.  The Planning Board shall evaluate and prepare amendments for zoning ordinances, and review subdivisions in accordance with Maine law. A majority of the Planning Board shall constitute a quorum. No action of the Planning Board shall be binding or valid unless adopted by a majority of all Board members then holding office. The Planning Board shall have the power and authority set forth under Maine law and, in addition, any other powers or authority set forth in the zoning ordinance or other ordinances adopted by the legislative body of the Town. The Chairman shall submit a written report of activities to the municipal officers to be included in the Annual Town Report. When there is a permanent vacancy, the municipal officers shall within sixty (60) days of its occurrence appoint a person to serve until the next annual municipal election, following the standards for filling a vacancy in elected positions.

3.      Directors of School Administrative District #6:  The number of directors and terms shall be determined pursuant to State Statutes.

4.      Budget Committee: The Budget Committee shall be made up of Twelve (12) elected members, serving three(3) year staggered terms and shall be elected by secret ballot.
                
5.      Town Clerk and Treasurer: Shall be elected for a three (3) year term by secret ballot. The Clerk and Treasurer shall perform all duties required to complete all statutory requirements as well as any other duties included in a written job description. The Clerk and Treasurer shall operate under the direction of the Board of Selectmen.

6.      Tax Collector: Shall be elected for a three (3) year term by secret ballot. The Tax Collector shall perform all the duties required to complete all statutory responsibilities as well as any other duties included in a written job description. The Tax Collector shall operate under the direction of the Board of Selectmen.

7.      Highway Department: Shall consist of one Road Commissioner, elected for a three (3) year term. The Road Commissioner is a working supervisory position, responsible for the repair and maintenance of highways and bridges as well as other duties included in a written job description. The Road Commissioner shall operate under the direction of the Board of Selectmen.  amended 6-12-01

8.      Personnel Review Committee: The Personnel Review Committee shall be made up of five (5) elected members, pursuant to the Personnel Review Committee Ordinance, serving three (3) year staggered terms and shall be elected by secret ballot.


        
Section 3.04 Removal – Appointed Positions

        After notice and hearing, and upon a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen, the Selectmen may dismiss any appointee of a board or commission appointed by the Selectmen for cause.after notice and hearing as required by State law. Failure to attend three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings may be considered  cause for removal by the Board of Selectmen.

Section 3.05 Removal – Elected Positions

        Any elected member of any Town board, committee, or commission, pursuant to state statutes, may be suspended from membership at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen if that person has missed three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings of the member’s board, committee or commission. Any member suspended may be replaced by an alternate appointed by the Board of Selectmen, to fill out the unexpired term or until the next scheduled secret ballot election whichever comes first.

Section 3.06 Municipal Services

        (a)     Fire Prevention: Fire prevention and fire fighting for the Town shall be provided by the Buxton Fire Department with Bar Mills, Chicopee and Groveville Stations. Each Station shall submit its annual budget request for review and approval by the Fire & Rescue Chief who will submit a total Fire 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

        (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.
        
        (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.
        
        (e)     All municipal service departments and officials shall be under the direction of the Board of Selectmen.

Section 3.07 Bonds

        All officials required by State law to post bonds shall do so in accordance with State law, in an amount determined by the Board of Selectmen. In addition, the Board of Selectmen shall require a bond by a reputable surety company, or other acceptable sureties satisfactory to the Board, from all persons trusted with the collection, custody or disbursement of any monies of the Town. The Town, however, shall pay the costs of providing such bonds.

 
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