Charter, Ordinances and Policies

Charter, Ordinances and Policies

In this chapter of our web site, you will find information about  Barre Town's government structure, its laws, proposed ordinances, rules and regulations, and policies. The Town Charter is analogous to a constitution; it establishes the framework of the Barre Town local government. Ordinances are the laws of the town. The ordinances are codified (organized) in a book referred to as the Code Of Ordinances. Policies establish ground rules for singular topics. General town policies are listed below. 

The Ordinance adoption process (described in Town Charter Section 37) has three steps. The first step (first reading) is the introduction of the proposed ordinance. If the Selectboard votes to introduce the ordinance, it is advanced to the second step (second reading) for public hearing. The public hearing is held two weeks after the introduction. Notice of the public hearing must be published in a local newspaper. If after holding and closing the public hearing the Selectboard wishes to continue with the ordinance adoption, the third step (third reading) or final action is held 7 - 10 days after the public hearing. Notice of adopted ordinances must be published in a local newspaper at least seven days prior to the effective date, which usually is 15 days after the Selectboard's final action (third reading).

Town voters may petition for repeal of the ordinance by submitting to the Town Clerk (on or before the effective date) a petition signed by not fewer than 10% of the registered Town voters. If a valid petition is submitted, a special Town Meeting (election) must be held not more than 45 days from the petition being filed.


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