Ordinances

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New Ordinance Adoptions


 

IMPACT FEE RESOLUTION TO ORDINANCE


On June 20, 2017 the Hartford Selectboard adopted a resolution amending Chapter 90 of the Hartford Code of Ordinances and establishing a temporary moratorium on the imposition of impact fees. under the authority granted by 24 V.S.A. §1971 and 19 V.S.A. §304. The purpose of this Ordinance is as follows:

WHEREAS, agreeable to the provisions of Chapter 131 of Title 24, Vermont Statutes Annotated, on December 29, 1986 the Selectboard of the Town of Hartford enacted an ordinance establishing and imposing an impact fee upon residential and commercial development within the Town; and

WHEREAS, said ordinance, as amended, is codified as Chapter 90 of the Town of Hartford Code of Ordinances; and
WHEREAS, the validity and enforceability of said ordinance was confirmed in 1993 by the Vermont Supreme Court in the matter of Robes, et al. v Town of Hartford, et al. 161 VT 342; and
WHEREAS, the Selectboard has determined that an examination into the methodology and formula by which the amount of Town’s impact fee is calculated is warranted; and
WHEREAS, the Selectboard desires to suspend the collection of the Town’s impact fee for the period during which an analysis of the subject is ordinance is conducted; and
WHEREAS, the Selectboard seeks to confirm the designation of Chapter 90 of the Town of Hartford Code of Ordinances as a civil ordinance as provided by Section 1974a of Title 24, Vermont Statutes Annotated.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Chapter 90 of the Town of Hartford Code of Ordinances is amended, first, by adding there to a new Section 90-12 to read as follows:

90-12 Suspension of Assessment.

(1)    For the period commencing June 21, 2017, and extending indefinitely, assessment and imposition of the impact fee established in Section 90-1 hereof shall be suspended.
(2)    During the period established in (1) above, the provisions of Section 90-9 and Section 90-11 shall be inoperative. In determining zoning permit eligibility, payment of applicable impact fees shall be deemed to have occurred
(3)    Impact fees collected prior to the effective date of this amendment shall be maintained, accounted for and expended as provided in Section 90-4 and Section 90-5, and shall be subject to refund only as provided in Section 90-6.
(4)    No impact fee liability shall accrue for continuing residential and non-residential construction undertaken and in progress after the effective date of this amendment.  Impact fees previously paid for such construction shall not be subject to refund except as provided in Section 90-6.

And, second, by adding to Section 90-11 at the end thereof the following sentence:

90-11 Violation and penalties.In addition the penalties and remedies set forth in this Section, the Town may enforce a violation of this ordinance to the fullest extent permitted for violations of civil ordinances.

Effective Date.
Adopted by the Selectboard of the Town of Hartford at a duly convened meeting thereof held on June 20, 2017.  This amendment shall be effective sixty (60) days from the date of its adoption, subject to disapproval as provided by law.

The full text of the Ordinance may be viewed at the Town Manager’s Office and the Town Clerk’s Office at the Hartford Town Hall, 171 Bridge Street in WRJ, the Department of Public Safety at 812 VA Cutoff Road in WRJ, the Department of Public Works at 173 Airport Road in WRJ, the Bugbee Senior Center at 262 North Main St. in WRJ and on the Town’s Website at www.hartford-vt.org.  Copies of the full text may be obtained in the Town Manager’s Office and the Parks & Recreation Department.

The amendment to the Ordinance will become effective on June 21, 2017. A petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the ordinance must be signed by not less than five per cent of the qualified voters of the municipality, and presented to the legislative body or the clerk of the municipality by August 3, 2017.

Please contact Eliza LeBrun, Executive Assistant at 802-295-9353 or elebrun@hartford-vt.org  with any questions or comments.

PARKING ORDINANCE

On February 17, 2015 the Hartford Selectboard adopted the “Town of Hartford, Parking Ordinance” under the authority granted by 24 V.S.A. §1971 and 19 V.S.A. §304. The purpose of this Ordinance is as follows:
Proposed edits/changes to the Vehicles & Traffic Ordinance are highlighted in red relating to the following:
1.      Article III, Specific Parking and Traffic Restrictions
2.      §220-16. White River Junction
A.    Parking is prohibited at all times on the following streets or parts of streets in the Village of White River Junction:
Name of Street                 Side                 Location
Bridge Street                     Both                 From North Street across the White River
Church Street                    West                From North Main Street to Gates Street,
                                                                      except Sundays.
Gates Street                      North               From Church Street to Currier Street
North Main Street             South               From Church Street to Currier Street
Hollow Drive                      Both                 Entire Length                                            
The full text of the Ordinance may be viewed at the Town Manager’s Office and the Town Clerk’s Office at Temporary Town Offices, 35 Railroad Row, WRJ, 171 Bridge Street in WRJ, the Department of Public Safety at 812 VA Cutoff Road in WRJ, the Department of Public Works at Airport Road in WRJ, and the Bugbee Senior Center at 262 North Main St. in WRJ and on the Town’s Website at www.hartford-vt.org.  Copies of the full text may be obtained in the Town Manager’s Office and the Parks & Recreation Department.
 
The Ordinance will become effective on April 17, 2015. A petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the ordinance must be signed by not less than five per cent of the qualified voters of the municipality, and presented to the legislative body or the clerk of the municipality by April 1, 2015.
 
Please contact Eliza LeBrun, Executive Assistant at 802-295-9353 or elebrun@hartford-vt.org  with any questions or comments.

 DOGS [AND WOLF HYBRID] ORDINANCE


On April 15, 2014 the Hartford Selectboard adopted the “Town of Hartford, Dogs [And Wolf Hybrids] Ordinance” under the authority granted by 24 V.S.A. §1971 and 19 V.S.A. §304. The purpose of this Ordinance is as follows:
Proposed edits/changes to the Dogs [And Wolf Hybrids] Ordinance are highlighted in in bold below:
 
§27-4   DISTURBANCES AND NUISANCES.
 
            The following are declared to be public nuisances punishable under this Ordinance, without intending limitation of availability of remedy of any party to pursue any action for private nuisance or damage to person or property.
 
A.    No dog shall run at large in the town of Hartford.
                  Cross Reference Park Ordinance Article IV section 4C
 
The above listing is the complete text of the proposed amendment and may be viewed at the Town Manager’s Office and the Town Clerk’s Office at 171 Bridge Street in WRJ, the Department of Public Safety at 812 VA Cutoff Road in WRJ, the Department of Public Works at Airport Road in WRJ, and the Bugbee Senior Center at 262 North Main St. in WRJ and on the Town’s Website at www.hartford-vt.org. 
 
The Ordinance will become effective on June 13, 2014. A petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the ordinance must be signed by not less than five per cent of the qualified voters of the municipality, and presented to the legislative body or the clerk of the municipality by May 28, 2014.
 
Please contact Parks & Recreation Director Tad Nunez at 295-5630 or tnunez@hartford-vt.org with any questions or comments.
 
Copies of the full text may be obtained in the Town Manager’s Office.
 

PARKS ORDINANCE


On April 15, 2014 the Hartford Selectboard adopted the “Town of Hartford, Parks Ordinance” under the authority granted by 24 V.S.A. §1971 and 19 V.S.A. §304. The purpose of this Ordinance is as follows:
Proposed edits/changes to the Parks Ordinance are the following:
1.      Article II Definitions, Number  2
2.      Article IV No Person in a park shall:
·         Number  4, C relating to dogs
·         Number  6, A relating to hours of park operat
3.      Article V Behavior – No person in a park shall: Number 1 relating to no tobacco use.
The above listing is the complete text of the proposed amendment and may be viewed at the Town Manager’s Office and the Town Clerk’s Office at 171 Bridge Street in WRJ, the Department of Public Safety at 812 VA Cutoff Road in WRJ,  the Department of Public Works at Airport Road in WRJ, and the Bugbee Senior Center at 262 North Main St. in WRJ and on the Town’s Website at www.hartford-vt.org. 
 
The Ordinance will become effective on June 13, 2014. A petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the ordinance must be signed by not less than five per cent of the qualified voters of the municipality, and presented to the legislative body or the clerk of the municipality by May 28, 2014.
 
Please contact Parks & Recreation Director Tad Nunez at 802-295-5630 or tnunez@hartford-vt.org with any questions or comments.
 
Copies of the full text may be obtained in the Town Manager’s Office.
 
 

PERSONNEL POLICY LANGUAGE AMENDMENT


On December 10, 2013 the Hartford Selectboard accepted the “Proposed Amendment to Personnel Policy Language” under the authority granted by 24 V.S.A. §1121 and §1122. The proposed amendment is as follows:
“Employees having a minimum of ten (10) years of continuous service to the Town of Hartford and who retire at the age of 55 or older, shall have their health insurance premium reimbursed through a Premium Reimbursement Arrangement in which the Town shall allow the amount of $550.00 per month for Single coverage and $1,100.00 per  month for 2-person/Family coverage to be reimbursed to the retiree until the retiree becomes Medicare eligible.”
 
The above listing is the complete text of the proposed amendment and may be viewed at the Town Manager’s Office and the Town Clerk’s Office at 171 Bridge Street in WRJ, the Department of Public Safety at 812 VA Cutoff Road in WRJ, and the Bugbee Senior Center at 262 North Main St. in WRJ and on the Town ’s Website at www.hartford-vt.org. 
Copies of the full text may be obtained in the Town Manager’s Office.
 
ALARM ORDINANCE
On December 10, 2013 the Hartford Selectboard adopted the “Town of Hartford, Alarm Ordinance” under the authority granted by 24 V.S.A. §1971 and 19 V.S.A. §304. The purpose of this Ordinance is as follows:
“An increasing number of persons have installed individual alarm system which are connected to equipment in the Hartford Public Safety Communications Center. This has resulted in additional services being provided to such persons by the Police and Fire Departments. In order to continue to provide these services, the following regulations are hereby adopted to regulate alarms monitored by the Hartford Public Safety Communications Center.”
 
The full text of the Ordinance may be viewed at the Town Manager’s Office and the Town Clerk’s Office at 171 Bridge Street in WRJ, the Department of Public Safety at 812 VA Cutoff Road in WRJ, and the Bugbee Senior Center at 262 North Main St. in WRJ and on the Town’s Website at www.hartford-vt.org.  Copies of the full text may be obtained in the Town Manager’s Office and at the Department of Public Safety.
 
The Ordinance will become effective on February 7, 2014. A petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the ordinance must be signed by not less than five per cent of the qualified voters of the municipality, and presented to the legislative body or the clerk of the municipality by January 22, 2014.
 
Please contact Public Safety Director Steven Locke at 295-3232 or slocke@hartford-vt.org with any questions or comments.
 
 

LOCAL ENFORMCEMENT OF SPEED LIMIT ON STATE HIGHWAY


 Adopted by the Hartford Selectboard on October 15, 2013. The Ordinance may be viewed at the Town Manager’s Office and the Town Clerk’s Office at 171 Bridge Street in WRJ, the Department of Public Works at 173 Airport Road in WRJ, and the Bugbee Senior Center at 262 North Main St. in WRJ and on the Town’s Website at www.hartford-vt.org. Copies of the may be obtained in the Town Manager’s Office. The Ordinance will become effective on December 15, 2013. A petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the ordinance must be signed by not less than five per cent of the qualified voters of the municipality, and presented to the legislative body or the clerk of the municipality by December 10, 2013.
 
Please contact Public Safety Director Eliza LeBrun 295-9353 or elebrun@hartford-vt.org with any questions or comments.