Senate Bill #450 (2019)

AN ACT IN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT PURSUANT TO A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT ON DECEMBER 27, 2018

Makes various amendments pertaining to the duties and operations of the Central Coventry Fire District.

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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • IN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT
  • PURSUANTTO A RESOLUTION OFTHEBOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COVENTRY
  • FIRE DISTRICT ON DECEMBER 27, 2018
  • Introduced By: Senators Raptakis, and Rogers
  • Date Introduced: February 27, 2019
  • Referred To: Senate Housing & Municipal Government
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • AN ACT IN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT PURSUANT TO A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT ADOPTED ON DECEMBER 27, 2018.
  • SECTION 1. Sections 3 through 14 of Chapter 492 of the Public Laws of 2006, entitled "AN ACTIN AMENDMENTOFTHEINCORPORATION OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT IN FURTHERANCE OF THE "CONSOLIDATION PLAN" OF THE CENTRALCOVENTRY FIREDISTRICT,THEWASHINGTON LIGHTINGDISTRICT,THE HARRIS FIRE & LIGHTING DISTRICT AND THE TIOGUE FIRE DISTRICT, AS APPROVED BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF SAID DISTRICTS, AT DULY CALLED MEETINGS HELD ON MARCH 28, 2006"are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • Sec. 3. FIRST CONSOLIDATED DISTRICT MEETING AND ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE CONSOLIDATED FIRE DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE FIRE DISTRICT.
  • (a) 2006 - First consolidated meeting:
  • Commencing in the year 2006, a special meeting of the consolidated district shallbe held within thirty (30) days of the amendment of this Charter by and among the Boards of Directors of Central Coventry Fire District, the Washington Lighting District, the Harris Fire & Lighting District and the Tiogue Fire District for the purposes of constituting the first Board of Directors of the consolidated district, in accordance with Section 5 herein and for adopting the initial by-laws for the Consolidated District.
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • IN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT
  • PURSUANT TO A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COVENTRY
  • FIRE DISTRICT ON DECEMBER 27, 2018
  • Introduced By: Senators Raptakis, and Rogers
  • Date Introduced: February 27, 2019
  • Referred To: Senate Housing & Municipal Government
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • AN ACT IN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT PURSUANT TO A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT ADOPTED ON DECEMBER 27, 2018.
  • SECTION 1. Sections 3 through 14 of Chapter 492 of the Public Laws of 2006, entitled "AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF THE INCORPORATION OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT IN FURTHERANCE OF THE "CONSOLIDATION PLAN" OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT, THE WASHINGTON LIGHTING DISTRICT, THE HARRIS FIRE & LIGHTING DISTRICT AND THE TIOGUE FIRE DISTRICT, AS APPROVED BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF SAID DISTRICTS, AT DULY CALLED MEETINGS HELD ON MARCH 28, 2006" are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • Sec. 3. FIRST CONSOLIDATED DISTRICT MEETING AND ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE CONSOLIDATED FIRE DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE FIRE DISTRICT.
  • (a) 2006 - First consolidated meeting:
  • Commencing in the year 2006, a special meeting of the consolidated district shall be held within thirty (30) days of the amendment of this Charter by and among the Boards of Directors of Central Coventry Fire District, the Washington Lighting District, the Harris Fire & Lighting District and the Tiogue Fire District for the purposes of constituting the first Board of Directors of the consolidated district, in accordance with Section 5 herein and for adopting the initial by-laws for the Consolidated District.
  • (b)(a) Annual Meetings & Quorum: Annual meetings of said fire district District for the election of officers and the transaction of any other business of the fire district shall be held. Twenty five (25) qualified voters shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the corporation. Commencing in 2007 and continuing annually thereafter, the district The District shall hold an annual meeting in a public place on the second third Monday in September, at 7:00 P.M. at such place within the District as the Board shall determine, for the purposes of: (1) electing a Board of Directors; (2) authorizing the assessment of all the taxable personal and real property of the District; (3) authorizing the collection of taxes, as further set forth in Section 6 hereunder; (4) authorizing an annual budget to provide for the purchase and maintenance of equipment, apparatus, real and personal property, the payment of wages and salaries, and for such other expenditures deemed necessary by the qualified voters of the District; and (5) For such other lawful purposes deemed necessary and proper by either the Board of Directors or qualified voters of the district.
  • (c)(b) Callof the Meeting:
  • (c)(b) Call of the Meeting:
  • The Clerk of the District shall give notice of the annual meetings by causing a copy thereof to be posted at least twice in some newspaper in the Kent County Times, the Reminder, or a similar newspaper of general circulation distributed in Kent County, and posted in each fire station of the District not less than sixty (60) thirty (30) days prior to the meeting date and thereafter, at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting date.
  • The annual meeting and all other meetings of the District shall be held in a public place, which shall be accessible to the handicapped, pursuant to the requirements of the Rhode Island Constitution, Article 1 & 2 and applicable federaland state non-discrimination laws.
  • The annual meeting and all other meetings of the District shall be held in a public place, which shall be accessible to the handicapped, pursuant to the requirements of the Rhode Island Constitution, Article 1 & 2 and applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws.
  • Sec. 4. SPECIAL MEETINGS
  • (a) Special meetings of the fire District may be called upon written request of not less than twenty-five (25) one hundred (100) qualified voters, or may be called by a majority vote of the board of Directors. Written application for a special meeting of the fire District as wellas the notice thereof, shall mention the reason for such specialmeeting. Notice of the specialmeeting of the fire District shall be given in the same manner as the annual meeting not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting and thereafter, at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting. The purpose of the special meeting of the fire District shall be stated in the notice and call for meeting and no other business shall be transacted.
  • (b) Any special meeting called for the purpose of filling a vacancy among district officers
  • LC001510 - Page 2of 9 shall be advertised in the same manner as the annual meeting, as set forth in Section 3 (c) of this Charter. Nothing herein shall prohibit the Board of Directors from calling such special Board of Directors meetings, or Board work session or workshops as they may from time to time require, so long as said meetings comply with the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act, chapter 46 of title 42.
  • (a) Special meetings of the fire District may be called upon written request of not less than twenty-five (25) one hundred (100) qualified voters, or may be called by a majority vote of the board of Directors. Written application for a special meeting of the fire District as well as the notice thereof, shall mention the reason for such special meeting. Notice of the special meeting of the fire District shall be given in the same manner as the annual meeting not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting and thereafter, at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting. The purpose of the special meeting of the fire District shall be stated in the notice and call for meeting and no other business shall be transacted.
  • (b) Any special meeting called for the purpose of filling a vacancy among district officers shall be advertised in the same manner as the annual meeting, as set forth in Section 3 (c) of this Charter. Nothing herein shall prohibit the Board of Directors from calling such special Board of Directors meetings, or Board work session or workshops as they may from time to time require, so long as said meetings comply with the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act, chapter 46 of title 42.
  • Sec. 5. DIRECTORS & OFFICERS OF THE CORPORATION –MODERATOR - QUALIFICATIONS
  • (a) The consolidated district board District Board shall be comprised of seven (7) Directors. directors, none of whom shall be then serving as a Treasurer or Tax Collector of any individual district, appointed by the respective Boards of each individual fire district and shall be constituted as follows: Two (2) members shallbe appointed by the CentralCoventry Fire District; Two (2) members shall be appointed by the Central Washington Fire District; One (1) member shall be appointed by the Harris Fire District; One (1) member shall be appointed by the Tiogue Fire District; the final member shall be appointed by the preceding six (6) members and may be from any of the individual fire districts. The consolidated district Board of Directors shall elect a President and Vice President, and all seven (7) Directors shall be qualified to serve in office until at least the next annualmeeting. Board member shallserve three (3) year terms, staggered by the year in which they were elected. Therefore, Board members elected in 2018 would be up for reelection in 2021. At the first meeting of the consolidated district, the Board shall determine by some acceptable means, the order in which the members' seats shallcome up for election.
  • (a) The consolidated district board District Board shall be comprised of seven (7) Directors. directors, none of whom shall be then serving as a Treasurer or Tax Collector of any individual district, appointed by the respective Boards of each individual fire district and shall be constituted as follows: Two (2) members shall be appointed by the Central Coventry Fire District; Two (2) members shall be appointed by the Central Washington Fire District; One (1) member shall be appointed by the Harris Fire District; One (1) member shall be appointed by the Tiogue Fire District; the final member shall be appointed by the preceding six (6) members and may be from any of the individual fire districts. The consolidated district Board of Directors shall elect a President and Vice President, and all seven (7) Directors shall be qualified to serve in office until at least the next annual meeting. Board member shall serve three (3) year terms, staggered by the year in which they were elected. Therefore, Board members elected in 2018 would be up for reelection in 2021. At the first meeting of the consolidated district, the Board shall determine by some acceptable means, the order in which the members' seats shall come up for election.
  • (b) Thereafter, three (3) Directors will be elected to a three (3) year term at the 2007 annual meeting and every third year thereafter. Two (2) directors shall be elected at the 2008 annual meeting and every third year thereafter. Two (2) Directors shall be elected at the 2009 annual meeting and every third year thereafter.
  • (c)(b) Any inhabitant qualified to vote at any District meeting, may be a candidate for District office, provided, however, that no one who is employed by the District, as a firefighter, or employed by another fire District in the Town of Coventry, or employed by the Town of Coventry, or the State of Rhode Island, or is an immediate family member of a District employee shall be a candidate for District office. Such such candidate submits must submit to the District clerk Clerk the title of the elective office sought, together with a petition signed by twenty (20) inhabitants qualified to vote at any District meeting, at least sixty (60) days prior to the date of the meeting, This list of signatures is to be certified by the clerk District Clerk no later than thirty (30) days prior to an annualor special meeting of the fire District.
  • (d)(c) The clerk Clerk of the District shallpost in a conspicuous place a list of allpersons certified to stand for election and the office to which each person seeks election in at least eight
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  • (c)(b) Any inhabitant qualified to vote at any District meeting, may be a candidate for District office, provided such candidate submits must submit to the District clerk Clerk the title of the elective office sought, together with a petition signed by twenty (20) inhabitants qualified to vote at any District meeting, at least sixty (60) days prior to the date of the meeting, This list of signatures is to be certified by the clerk District Clerk no later than thirty (30) days prior to an annual or special meeting of the fire District.
  • (d)(c) The clerk Clerk of the District shall post in a conspicuous place a list of all persons certified to stand for election and the office to which each person seeks election in at least eight (8) public places within the district District, including all actively used District stations, at least twenty (20) days prior to the annual meeting or any other special meeting called for the election of officers.
  • (e)(d) The Board of Directors shall have the power to declare an office vacant if the person filling that office fails to attend three (3) consecutive monthly meetings of the Board without prior notification to the Board. The Board is authorized to excuse the absence of a Director from any meeting.
  • (f) In the eventthat a vacancy in any elective office of the District occurs, the president or clerk shall call a meeting of the Board of Directors of the district within ten (10) working days after such vacancy occurs. The Board of Directors shallselect a qualified elector of the District to fill the vacancy for a period of up to sixty (60) days.
  • (f) In the event that a vacancy in any elective office of the District occurs, the president or clerk shall call a meeting of the Board of Directors of the district within ten (10) working days after such vacancy occurs. The Board of Directors shall select a qualified elector of the District to fill the vacancy for a period of up to sixty (60) days.
  • (g) Upon the occurrence of any vacancy in any elective office of the District, the president shall call a special meeting of the District for the purpose of electing a qualified elector to fill the office vacated for the remainder of the original term of office. Said special meeting shall be held within sixty-five (65) days from the date such original vacancy occurs.
  • (e) If a vacancy shall occur on the Board, the President or Clerk shall call a meeting of the Board of Directors of the District within ten(10) working days after such vacancy shalloccur. The remaining Board members shall appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy until the next regular election of officers, at which time the vacant position shall be filled through an election for the balance of the term.
  • (e) If a vacancy shall occur on the Board, the President or Clerk shall call a meeting of the Board of Directors of the District within ten (10) working days after such vacancy shall occur. The remaining Board members shall appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy until the next regular election of officers, at which time the vacant position shall be filled through an election for the balance of the term.
  • Sec. 6. DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • (a) The Board of Directors shall hold monthly public meetings to conduct the business of the District. The Board of Directors shallbe empowered and responsible to:(1) Fix the amount of the bond of the the Finance Director or Treasurer and the Tax Collector; (2) Order payment of the district's District's bills and indebtedness; (3) Be in charge of and supervise the care of the district's District's properties; (4) Cause district District property to be insured; (5) Purchase equipment, property and apparatus as required by the District's needs and budget; (6) Appoint an Administrative a Fire Chief, Tax Collector and Treasurer and other employees. No less than one half (1/2) of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board.
  • (b) The foregoing list of duties shall not be deemed to be limiting and the directors Board of Directors shall have all necessary authority to operate and conduct the business of the District as necessary, all within the bounds of the laws of the State of Rhode Island. The Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint and/or employ a tax assessor, tax collector, treasurer,
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  • (c) The members of the Board of Directors and any official appointed by said Board of Directors shall be subject to the Rhode Island Code of Ethics in Government, Chapter 14 of Title 36 of the Rhode Island GeneralLaws.
  • (a) The Board of Directors shall hold monthly public meetings to conduct the business of the District. The Board of Directors shall be empowered and responsible to: (1) Fix the amount of the bond of the the Finance Director or Treasurer and the Tax Collector; (2) Order payment of the district's District's bills and indebtedness; (3) Be in charge of and supervise the care of the district's District's properties; (4) Cause district District property to be insured; (5) Purchase equipment, property and apparatus as required by the District's needs and budget; (6) Appoint an Administrative a Fire Chief, Tax Collector and Treasurer and other employees. No less than one half (1/2) of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board.
  • (b) The foregoing list of duties shall not be deemed to be limiting and the directors Board of Directors shall have all necessary authority to operate and conduct the business of the District as necessary, all within the bounds of the laws of the State of Rhode Island. The Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint and/or employ a tax assessor, tax collector, treasurer, clerk, and other committees and/or positions deemed necessary for the efficient operation of the District.
  • (c) The members of the Board of Directors and any official appointed by said Board of Directors shall be subject to the Rhode Island Code of Ethics in Government, Chapter 14 of Title 36 of the Rhode Island General Laws.
  • (d) The president President of said District shall preside at all annual and special meetings as moderator; in his/her absence the vice president Vice President shall serve as moderator; in the absence of both, a temporary moderator may be elected by a majority of voters present and voting.
  • (e) The administrative duties of these Directors shallbe specified in the by-laws By-Laws of the fire district District.
  • (f) Recallof Director(s).
  • (e) The administrative duties of these Directors shall be specified in the by-laws By-Laws of the fire district District.
  • (f) Recall of Director(s).
  • Any Director, having been in office for at least six (6) months, may be removed from office by a recall petition prepared and approved by the voters of the District in the manner hereinafter provided.
  • Upon application by a registered voter of the District, the Clerk of the District shallissue recall petition blanks, which shall be dated, which shall demand the removal of the designated Director, which shall also state the cause upon which the removal is sought. The petition is to be filed with the Clerk of the District within thirty (30) days after issuance to be in order for the certification process.
  • Upon application by a registered voter of the District, the Clerk of the District shall issue recall petition blanks, which shall be dated, which shall demand the removal of the designated Director, which shall also state the cause upon which the removal is sought. The petition is to be filed with the Clerk of the District within thirty (30) days after issuance to be in order for the certification process.
  • The signatures to a recall petition need not all be appended to a single paper, but each signer shall add his or her signature as the same appears on the Board of Canvassers and Registration's records, and the signer's place of residence, giving the street name and number. One of the signers shall take an oath before an officer competent to administer oaths that the statement therein made is true, as the signer believes, and that each signature to the paper appended is the genuine signature of the person whose name it purports to be.
  • The recall petition shall be signed by at least twenty percent (20%) of the registered voters of the District for certification purposes. The petition is to be submitted by the Clerk of the District to the Coventry Board of Canvassers and Registration for certification forthwith. If the petition shall be found and certified by the Board of Canvassers and Registration to be sufficient, within ten (10) days said Board shallsubmit the same to the Board of Directors without delay; the Board of Directors shall order an election to be held on a Monday fixed by it no more than seventy-five (75) days after the date of the Board of Canvassers and Registration's certificate that a sufficient petition is filed. However, if the annual meeting is to occur within ninety (90) days
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  • Sec. 7. TAXING AUTHORITY - TAX ASSESSOR
  • (a) Said qualified voters at any of their legal meetings shallhave the power to order such taxes and provide for the assessing and collecting of the same on the taxable inhabitants and property in said district District as they shall deem necessary for purchasing fire engines, and all other implements and apparatus for the extinguishing of fire; for the purchase of land and buildings for keeping same; for the purchasing, installation, operation and maintenance of a suitable alarm system; for making cisterns and reservoirs; for paying the salaries of district District officers and employees, as well as the members of the rescue unit known as Central Coventry Rescue. And such taxes, so ordered, shall be assessed by the assessors of said district District on the taxable inhabitants and property therein according to the last valuation made by the assessors of the town of Coventry next previous to said assessment, adding, however, any taxable property which may have been omitted by said town assessors or afterwards acquired;and in assessing and collecting said taxes such proceedings shallbe had by the officers of said district District, as near as may be, as are required to be had by the corresponding officers of towns in assessing and collecting taxes.
  • (b) The qualified voters of the Central Coventry Fire District are also authorized to raise money through taxes to purchase the necessary vehicles and equipment to operate and maintain a rescue unit to be known as the CentralCoventry Rescue.
  • The recall petition shall be signed by at least twenty percent (20%) of the registered voters of the District for certification purposes. The petition is to be submitted by the Clerk of the District to the Coventry Board of Canvassers and Registration for certification forthwith. If the petition shall be found and certified by the Board of Canvassers and Registration to be sufficient, within ten (10) days said Board shall submit the same to the Board of Directors without delay; the Board of Directors shall order an election to be held on a Monday fixed by it no more than seventy-five (75) days after the date of the Board of Canvassers and Registration's certificate that a sufficient petition is filed. However, if the annual meeting is to occur within ninety (90) days after the date of the certification, the Board of Directors shall postpone the holding of the recall election to the date of said annual meeting.
  • Sec. 7. TAXING AUTHORITY - TAX ASSESSOR
  • (a) Said qualified voters at any of their legal meetings shall have the power to order such taxes and provide for the assessing and collecting of the same on the taxable inhabitants and property in said district District as they shall deem necessary for purchasing fire engines, and all other implements and apparatus for the extinguishing of fire; for the purchase of land and buildings for keeping same; for the purchasing, installation, operation and maintenance of a suitable alarm system; for making cisterns and reservoirs; for the purchase of necessary vehicles and equipment to operate and maintain emergency medical services; for paying the salaries of district District officers and employees, as well as the members of the rescue unit known as Central Coventry Rescue. And such taxes, so ordered, shall be assessed by the assessors of said district District on the taxable inhabitants and property therein according to the last valuation made by the assessors of the town of Coventry next previous to said assessment, adding, however, any taxable property which may have been omitted by said town assessors or afterwards acquired; and in assessing and collecting said taxes such proceedings shall be had by the officers of said district District, as near as may be, as are required to be had by the corresponding officers of towns in assessing and collecting taxes.
  • (b) The qualified voters of the Central Coventry Fire District are also authorized to raise money through taxes to purchase the necessary vehicles and equipment to operate and maintain a rescue unit to be known as the Central Coventry Rescue.
  • (c) TAX ASSESSOR
  • There shall be at least one District Tax Assessor, who may also serve as District Clerk, who shall be appointed or employed by the District Board of Directors. The tax assessor shall levy and assess taxes at such rate as the district shall vote, on all taxable real and personal property in the district and shall prepare and deposit the tax list with the tax collector and treasurer of the district; said board shallassess property on the basis of the last valuation made by the assessors of the Town of Coventry next previous to said assessment. The Assessor shall be responsible to certify the tax roll prior to the annual meeting and shall report the same to the Board of Directors.
  • There shall be at least one District Tax Assessor, who may also serve as District Clerk, who shall be appointed or employed by the District Board of Directors. The tax assessor shall levy and assess taxes at such rate as the district shall vote, on all taxable real and personal property in the district and shall prepare and deposit the tax list with the tax collector and treasurer of the district; said board shall assess property on the basis of the last valuation made by the assessors of the Town of Coventry next previous to said assessment. The Assessor shall be responsible to certify the tax roll prior to the annual meeting and shall report the same to the Board of Directors.
  • Sec. 8. DISTRICT CLERK
  • There shall be a District Clerk who shall be appointed or employed by the District. The clerk Clerk shall keep full, fair and accurate records and minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and district District meetings and shall make said minutes available to members of the public, in accordance with the Rhode Island Public Records Act, Chapter 2 of Title 38 of the
  • LC001510 - Page 6of 9 Rhode Island General Laws. The Clerk shall be responsible to give notice of District meetings as set forth under the provisions of this Charter and pursuant to the Rhode Island Open Meetings Laws, Chapter 46 of Title 42 of the Rhode Island GeneralLaws. The clerk Clerk shallmaintain a current copy of the District Charter and by–laws By-Laws.
  • There shall be a District Clerk who shall be appointed or employed by the District. The clerk Clerk shall keep full, fair and accurate records and minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and district District meetings and shall make said minutes available to members of the public, in accordance with the Rhode Island Public Records Act, Chapter 2 of Title 38 of the Rhode Island General Laws. The Clerk shall be responsible to give notice of District meetings as set forth under the provisions of this Charter and pursuant to the Rhode Island Open Meetings Laws, Chapter 46 of Title 42 of the Rhode Island General Laws. The clerk Clerk shall maintain a current copy of the District Charter and by–laws By-Laws.
  • Sec. 9. DISTRICT TREASURER There shall be a District Treasurer who shall be appointed or employed by the District. FINANCE DIRECTOR – TREASURER
  • The Board of Directors shall be empowered to employ a Finance Director or Treasurer, as the same shallbe referred to. The Treasurer shall position shall be responsible for management and administration of the District, except for fire department operations, which shall be the purview of a fire chief, and shall be responsible to and shall report to the Board of Directors monthly. This person shall have a degree in accounting or a Certified Public Accountant ("CPA") designation as minimum criteria. The following shall also be included as the duties and responsibilities of this position, as may be modified from time to time by the Board of Directors:
  • The Board of Directors shall be empowered to employ a Finance Director or Treasurer, as the same shall be referred to. The Treasurer shall position shall be responsible for management and administration of the District, except for fire department operations, which shall be the purview of a fire chief, and shall be responsible to and shall report to the Board of Directors monthly. This person shall have a degree in accounting or a Certified Public Accountant ("CPA") designation as minimum criteria. The following shall also be included as the duties and responsibilities of this position, as may be modified from time to time by the Board of Directors:
  • The position shall account for receive all money paid to the District and deposit ensure that the same in is deposited into such federally insured bank or banking system institution as shall be designated by the Board of Directors to the credit of the District, provided that in the event of a surplus of funds, the Board of Directors may direct deposits to be made in a savings account in some federally insured banking institution. The Treasurer position shall sign all duly authorized distinct District notes and bonds and shall be bonded in an amount to be determined by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer position shall pay all District obligations by check, or by way of an automated clearing house (ACH), provided the same are within the spending authority established by the qualified electors at the annual meeting; otherwise, such expenditures shall be as approved by the Board of Directors. The position shall and shall close the books as of the last day of each fiscal year. The Treasurer position shall submit a report to the Board of Directors monthly. The Treasurer position shall at every annual meeting, fully report the condition of the treasury of the District, showing receipts and expenditures of the preceding year.
  • In addition to the foregoing, the position shall oversee all financial operations of the District and direct financial planning and structure, coordinate, analyze and report the financial performance to the Board; prepare short and long-term financial forecasts of financial performance for use with internal management and external parties; oversee audit functions; develop, implement and maintain accounting and administrative policies and procedures for financial accounting, employee relations and other District policies; coordinate all human resource activities including employee benefits, retirement, corporate insurance and related activities.
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  • Sec. 10. TAX COLLECTOR
  • There shall be a District Tax Collector who shall be appointed or employed by the District. The tax collector Tax Collector shall collect and pay to the District treasurer cause to be deposited into a federally insured bank or banking institution as designated by the Board of Directors all taxes and interest collected by him/her as and when received and shallbe bonded in a sum fixed by the Board of Directors; shallclose his or her books as of the last day of each fiscal year and shall prepare and present a written report to the annual meeting; shall submit a written report to the treasurer Board of Directors monthly; shall consult an attorney approved by the Board when legal action is necessary for the collection of unpaid taxes, including being responsible for holding an annual tax sale on property to satisfy unpaid taxes owed to the District; and shall be responsible for the preparation of the tax roll.
  • There shall be a District Tax Collector who shall be appointed or employed by the District. The tax collector Tax Collector shall collect and pay to the District treasurer cause to be deposited into a federally insured bank or banking institution as designated by the Board of Directors all taxes and interest collected by him/her as and when received and shall be bonded in a sum fixed by the Board of Directors; shall close his or her books as of the last day of each fiscal year and shall prepare and present a written report to the annual meeting; shall submit a written report to the treasurer Board of Directors monthly; shall consult an attorney approved by the Board when legal action is necessary for the collection of unpaid taxes, including being responsible for holding an annual tax sale on property to satisfy unpaid taxes owed to the District; and shall be responsible for the preparation of the tax roll.
  • Sec. 11. BY-LAWS
  • The qualified voters of said district District may enact all by-laws By-Laws by them adjudged necessary and expedient for carrying the provisions of this act into effect, provided the same be not in violation of or repugnant to the laws of this state.
  • The qualified voters may change any provision of the by-laws By-Laws at any annualor specialmeeting, provided the proposed change has been noticed in the callof the meeting.
  • The qualified voters may change any provision of the by-laws By-Laws at any annual or special meeting, provided the proposed change has been noticed in the call of the meeting.
  • Sec. 12. AUTHORIZATION TO BORROW FUNDS
  • The Central Coventry fire district Fire District is hereby authorized and empowered to borrow from time to time such sums of money as may be necessary, not however, to exceed the sum of one-half (1/2) of the annual operating budget, for the purpose of procuring real and personal estate, the erection and maintenance of buildings, the procuring of fire and water apparatus, for the payment of any legal indebtedness of said district, or for the purpose of purchasing or procuring any other property, real or personal, that may be legally acquired and held by said district sums of money as may be necessary in anticipation of current taxes and revenues.
  • Sec. 13. The Central Coventry fire district is authorized to install lighting on the streets and highways of the district; provided, however, that any new installation of lighting shall be required to use Light-Emitting Diode ("LED") or other energy-reducing technology to lower the cost of said lighting.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • IN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT PURSUANTTO A RESOLUTION OFTHEBOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COVENTRY
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • IN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT
  • PURSUANT TO A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COVENTRY
  • FIRE DISTRICT ON DECEMBER 27, 2018
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  • This act would make various amendments pertaining to the duties and operations of the CentralCoventry Fire District.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001510 ========
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  • This act would make various amendments pertaining to the duties and operations of the Central Coventry Fire District.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001510 ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Approval of Amendment

June 27, 2019 at 9:19pm
Yeas: 38 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 0 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. McKenney Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y

Floor vote for Passage as Amended

June 27, 2019 at 9:20pm
Yeas: 38 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 0 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. McKenney Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y