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Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency

Recognizing the importance of inland wetlands and watercourses to the health of the environment and quality of life in Enfield, the Town Council established, by ordinance, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency. The authority for creating this local regulatory agency comes from CT General Statutes, Sections 22a-36 to 22a-45 inclusive.

The duties of this agency involve carrying out and effectuating the purpose and policies of "The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act" of the State, which also recognizes the importance of protecting and preserving these features in the public interest, for the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the State. The agency is responsible for regulating and permitting any proposed clearing, filling, excavation, paving, grading and discharge of storm water in and within 100 feet of any wetlands and/or watercourses. This 100 foot "regulated upland review area" extends to 200' for proposed activities along the Connecticut and Scantic Rivers, Beamans Brook and Freshwater Brook, upstream of Elm Street crossing (excluding tributaries). Activities occurring outside of these upland review areas that still have potential to negatively impact wetlands and/or watercourses may also be regulated by this agency.

The agency enforces all provisions of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act and shall issue, with or without modifications, or deny permits for all regulated activities involving inland wetlands, watercourses and upland review areas in the Town of Enfield. The agency also provides, through regulation, the manner in which the boundaries of inland wetland and watercourse areas in the Town shall be established, amended or changed. The agency is comprised of seven (7) members and three (3) alternate members and meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month (with the exception of January - only the third Tuesday).

Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees, established within the Town Charter (Chapter V, Section 5) is a Town Council appointed board consisting of three (3) members, for a three-year (3) term of office. Said board shall be empowered to receive legacies and gifts on behalf of the library endowment funds and shall administer said endowment funds and grants that may be made to the libraries by the State of Connecticut. The Department of Finance shall have charge of financial record keeping for the Board of Library Trustees. Said board shall not take part in the administration and operations of libraries. This board meets quarterly on the third Monday of the month.

Loan Review Committee

The loan review committee was formed by the town council at its meeting of February 22, 1983. The committee was established to review and approve all loan applications, review and approve all deferred payment loan applications, review and approve all combination loans and deferred payment loan applications, review and approve all forgiveness loans and recommend from time to time changes in the policies and guidelines of the Residential rehabilitation program. The voting membership of the committee is comprised of the following: TWO members of the town council, THREE citizen members and two alternate members, each who shall reside in or have a place of business in one of the three designated target areas. the Term of office is for two years. The Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month.

North Central District Health Department - Board of Directors

The North Central District Health Department Board of Directors was formed in accordance with Chapter 368f, Section 19a-241 of the CT General Statutes. Eight (8) municipalities make up the North Central District Health Department. They are East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Stafford, Suffield, Vernon, Windham and Windsor Locks. Each municipality appoints one (1) person to be a member of the Board of Directors of the District. If the town, city or borough has a population of more than 10,000 inhabitants, an additional representative is appointed for each 10,000 population of part thereof, provided no such municipality shall have more than five (5) representatives on a District Board of Health. The Town of Enfield is entitled to appoint five (5) representatives. The Director of Health is staff liaison and one (1) member of the Town Council serves as Council liaison. The term of office is three (3) years. This board meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The District Health Department's primary mission is public health promotion and disease prevention. It is responsible for epidemiological investigation and follow-up in areas of communicable diseases and food borne illnesses and immunization of children in the seven-town area. Also conducted are inspections of restaurants and other food service establishments, swimming pools, beaches, convalescent homes, wells, septic systems, physical plant and cafeterias of all public and private schools. In addition, the department approves all on-site subsurface sewage disposal systems and provides chemical and bacteriological tests for water as well as laboratory testing through the State Health Department for blood, stools and other samples when related to communicable disease investigations, food borne outbreaks, prevention or genetic screening programs. A new area of responsibility of the District is to develop plans for mass vaccination clinics and other activities related to the threat of bio-terrorism.

Planning & Zoning Commission

The Planning & Zoning Commission was established in accordance with Chapter V, Section 2 of the Town Charter. This commission is appointed by the Town Council and is comprised of seven (7) electors who shall be regular members, three (3) electors who shall be alternate members, all of whom shall be resident taxpayers of the town in accordance with the following provisions: no more than four (4) of the regular members shall be of the same political party and no more than two (2) of the alternate members shall be of the same political party. The commission shall have all the powers and duties not inconsistent with the Charter, which are prescribed in Title 8, Chapter 124 of the CT General Statutes. Broadly, the Planning & Zoning Commission is authorized to regulate, within the limits of the municipality, the height, number of stories and size of buildings and other structures; the percentage of the area of the lot that may be occupied; the size of yards, courts and other open spaces; the density of population and the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence or other purposes, including water-dependent uses as defined in Section 22a-93, and the height, size and location of advertising signs and billboards. The Planning & Zoning Commission is also responsible for adopting the Town's Plan of Conservation and Development which is designed to provide guidance in the Town's zoning and capital improvement decisions. By law, the Plan must be updated at least every ten (10) years. The Planning & Zoning Commission members serve for a four (4) year term of office. They meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

Prison / Town Liaison Committee

The Prison/Town Liaison Committee was formed by the adoption of Resolution #9471, adopted by the Town Council at a special meeting held on July 23, 1990. The purpose of the committee is to open the lines of communication and the exchange of information between residents of Enfield, Town officials and prison officials, and regarding the operations of the prisons and the concerns of Enfield. The committee consists of a minimum of nine (9) members and a maximum of thirteen (13) residents. Also, the committee consists of wardens or their designees from each of the prisons, the Town Manager, and the Police Chief and three (3) Council liaisons. Meetings are scheduled four (4) times each year, or by special meeting, if determined as necessary.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals was created in accordance with title 8, chapter 124, section 8-5 of the CT general statutes. The responsibility of the board is to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement or decision made by the official charged with the enforcement of chapter 124 or any bylaw, ordinance or regulation adopted under the provisions of this chapter and to hear and decide all matters including special exceptions and special exemptions under section 8-2g upon which it is required to pass by the specific terms of the zoning bylaws, ordinance or regulations in harmony with their general purpose and intent and with the due consideration for conserving the public health, safety, convenience, welfare and property values solely with respect to a particular parcel of land. The board is comprised of five electors who shall be regular members, THREE electors who shall be alternate members, all of whom shall be resident taxpayers of said town, in accordance with the following provisions: no more than three of the regular members shall be of the same political party and no more than two of the alternate members shall be of the same political party. No member of the planning and zoning commission shall be eligible for appointment to the zoning board of appeals as a regular or an alternate member. The term of office is four years. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the last Monday of the month.