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This is the new version of the Fire District By-Laws.  February 08, 2016.

The Minutes to the Fire District Special Meeting held on February 08, 2016 can be viewed here.  SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

At the Fire District Special Meeting on Monday evening the voters approved the change to the Fire District By-Laws by a vote of 49 Yes and 13 No.

As we approach the Simsbury Fire District Special Meeting on Monday February 8, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Main Firehouse, 871 Hopmeadow Street I would like to invite all registered Simsbury voters to attend the meeting and vote on the proposed changes to our by‐laws.

The following is a brief overview of these changes. The full proposal can be viewed by clicking on this link Proposed By-Laws Change.

Formed in 1944, the Fire District has the ability to change their by–laws with voter approval. As there have only been two previous revisions to our by-laws, the last in 1999, it is time to revise and update them. Other than some grammatical improvements, the emphasis is on the voting process that we now use. Currently, it is not required that the slate of candidates be announced until the night of the annual meeting in May.

The Fire District feels that the residents of Simsbury would be better served if there were a longer period of notice for any prospective candidate to announce their candidacy to the voters.

The proposal is: no later than1 week prior to the meeting all prospective candidates must be registered with the Fire District Clerk at which time they will become a candidate. This proposed change will allow the voters of Simsbury time to investigate, consider and decide in their minds which candidate they think is best suited for the position. We feel this is a more open and fair method and is much more consistent with The Town of Simsbury voting. Nominations from the floor or any other last minute candidates are not permissible in town elections and should not be permissible in Fire District elections. I have received some emails in recent days with questions regarding this process and I hope the following key questions can help others understand present rules about voting in towns and districts.

1) The Town uses Roberts Rules of Order why can’t the District?

We do. We conduct our meetings in accordance with Roberts Rules but just as municipal elections do not follow Roberts Rules it is also acceptable for this District to adopt the proposed voting rules, provided the voters accept them.

2) There is a space for a write in candidate on a town ballot so why can’t we nominate from the floor?

You may think that a write in option allows for last minute or random candidates but voting regulations require even write in candidates to register with the Secretary of State well in advance of the election day.

Any Write in names not previously registered are not counted.

3) If I register, does that mean that I will be nominated on the night of the meeting?

No. If this change is approved by the voters there will be no "night of the meeting" nominations. All candidates names will be publicized seven days prior to the Annual Meeting and the voters at the meeting will have the option to vote for you.

 

I hope this helps to clarify the Fire District proposal. Should you have further questions please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gary Wilcox

President

Simsbury Fire District

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