May 9, 2021

Essex Town Meeting to Consider Repeal of Outdated Town Ordinances

ESSEX, CT — Voters will be asked at a town meeting Wednesday to approve repeal of eight town ordinances that are now obsolete or outdated. The town meeting convenes at 6:30 p.m. in Room A at town hall.

Town Clerk Frances Nolin presented the ordinances to the board of selectmen at the Sept. 5 meeting as part of an ongoing review of town ordinances, all approved by a past town meeting, that are now outdated. The board voted unanimously to bring the list to a town meeting for repeal.

The ordinances include a 1979 ordinance on the appointment of town constables, made obsolete as the town moved to a more full time police force during the 1980s and 1990s. There is also a 1910 ordinance related to the Riverview cemetery, a 1929 ordinance related to building permit procedures, and ordinances from 1947 covering littering and burning at the now closed town landfill.

Voters at the town meeting will also be asked to approve a resolution on a grant application seeking funding for possible improvements to the intersection in Ivoryton Village center, and to approve the appointment of Claire Matthews at the town’s regular representative to the regional Connecticut River Gateway Commission. Matthews has volunteered for the position that had been held in recent years by Anthony Chirico.