Section 8.01 Effective Date
This Charter shall take effect on the first day of the next succeeding municipal year as set forth in Title 30-A M.S.R.A., Section 2105(4).
Section 8.02 Ordinances
All existing codes, ordinances, and policies will remain in effect until altered, amended, or repealed except where these codes, ordinances, and policies are inconsistent with this Charter.
Section 8.03 Officers, Employees and Board Members
(a) Continuance of Office or Employment.
(1) Except as specifically provided by this Charter, if at the time this Charter takes full effect any appointed official or employee holds any office or position which is or can be abolished by or under this Charter, he or she shall continue in such office or position until the taking effect of some specific provision under this Charter directing that he/she vacate the office or position.
(2) All elected officials and established Boards and Committees not inconsistent with this Charter shall continue in effect until changed by the legislative body or the Board of Selectmen’s action, and the incumbent members shall serve their appointed terms or until replaced.
Section 8.04 Departments, Offices and Agencies
(a) If a department, office or agency is abolished by or under this Charter, the powers and duties given it by law shall be transferred to the Town department, office or agency designated in this Charter, or if the Charter makes no provision, designated by the Board.
(b) Property and Records. All property, records and equipment of any department, office or agency existing when this Charter is adopted shall be transferred to the department, office or agency assuming its powers and duties, but, in the event that the powers or duties are to be discontinued or divided between units, or in the event that any conflict arises regarding a transfer, such property, records or equipment shall be transferred to one or more departments, offices or agencies designated by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with this Charter.
Section 8.05 Pending Matters
All rights, claims, actions, orders, contracts and legal administrative proceedings shall continue except as modified pursuant to the provisions of this Charter and in each case shall be maintained, carried on or dealt with by the town department, office or agency appropriate under this Charter.
Section 8.06 State and Municipal Laws
All town ordinances, resolutions, orders and regulations which are in force when this Charter becomes fully effective are repealed to the extent that they are inconsistent or interfere with the effective operation of this Charter or of ordinances or resolutions adopted pursuant thereto. To the extent that the Constitution and laws of the State of Maine permit, all laws relating to or affecting this Town or its agencies, officers or employees which are in force when this Charter becomes fully effective are superseded to the extent that they are inconsistent or interfere with the effective operation of this Charter or of ordinances or resolutions adopted pursuant thereto.
Section 8.07 Charter Review Committee
The Board of Selectmen shall provide for the appointment of a Charter Review Committee 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.