CT Marketing Authority Meeting Minutes, Agendas, & Statutory Reference
2018 Meeting Schedule
Connecticut Marketing Authority meetings will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the CMA office (second floor of Building A at the Hartford Regional Market) on the following Wednesdays:
January 10, 2018
April 11, 2018
July 11, 2018
October 10, 2018
2018 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2017 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
Special Meeting: October 10 2017 Draft Minutes
October 10, 2017 Agenda
October 11, 2017 meeting is cancelled.
July 12 2017 Minutes
July 12, 2017 Agenda
Special Meeting: April 21, 2017 Minutes
April 21, 2017 Agenda
April 12, 2017 meeting has been cancelled.
January 11, 2017 meeting has been cancelled.
2016 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
Special Meeting: December 21, 2016 Special Meeting Minutes
December 21, 2016 Agenda
Special Meeting: October 26, 2016 Special Meeting Minutes
October 26, 2016 Agenda
October 12, 2016: Meeting Cancelled
Special Meeting: September 28 2016 Minutes
September 28, 2016 Special Meeting Agenda
Special Meeting: August 8, 2016 Minutes
August 8, 2016 Special Meeting Agenda
Special Meeting: July 28, 2016 Minutes
Revised Agenda July 28 2016 (as of July 26, 2016)
July 13, 2016 Minutes
July 13, 2016 Agenda
April 13, 2016 Minutes
Updated April 13, 2016 Agenda
January 13, 2016 Minutes
January 13, 2016 Agenda
2015 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
October 28, 2015 Minutes
October 28, 2015 Meeting Agenda
July 22, 2015 Minutes
July 22, 2015 Agenda
May 27, 2015 Special Meeting Minutes
May 27, 2015 Special Meeting Agenda
2013 and 2014 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2012 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
Sec. 22-63. Marketing Authority; members. There shall continue to be a Marketing Authority within the Department of Agriculture. The authority shall continue to have and exercise the powers and duties authorized for it by this chapter. Such authority shall consist of eleven members. The authority shall be composed of one public member from each congressional district of the state, two at-large public members, the Commissioner of Agriculture or his designee, and the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development or his designee. The Governor shall appoint three members of the authority and the president pro tempore of the Senate, the Senate minority leader, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member. In addition, the Governor shall appoint two members of the authority who shall be tenants of the Hartford market facility. Any vacancy in the membership of said authority shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired portion of the term. The name of the authority shall be "Connecticut Marketing Authority". The members of the authority shall serve without compensation, but their necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties shall be paid by the state. Any member absent from three consecutive meetings shall be deemed to have resigned. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the terms of all appointed members of the authority serving before and on January 1, 2004, shall expire on said date. Not later than January 1, 2004, new members shall be appointed to the authority in accordance with the provisions of this section and such members shall begin serving on said date and shall complete the terms of their predecessors.
Sec. 22-63a. Executive director; appointment; duties. (a) The Connecticut Marketing Authority shall appoint an executive director who shall serve at the pleasure of the authority and receive such compensation as shall be fixed by the authority, and who shall not be a member of the authority. The executive director may be the director of marketing and technology for the Department of Agriculture.
(b) The executive director shall, subject to the rules and directives of the Marketing Authority, administer and coordinate the functions of the Marketing Authority and shall have overall supervisory authority and responsibility for its operations.
(c) The executive director shall approve all accounts for salaries and expenses of the Marketing Authority. The executive director shall submit a budget, approved by the Marketing Authority, through the Department of Agriculture to the Office of Policy and Management and to the legislature.
(d) The executive director may employ personnel necessary to perform the duties required of the authority in carrying out the purposes of this chapter. All employees of the authority hired on or after July 1, 1983, shall be exempt from the classified service. The executive director shall develop personnel policy guidelines, approved by the authority, for the hiring and dismissal of such employees.
Sec. 22-64. Duties of Marketing Authority. Regulations. The Marketing Authority shall develop the marketing facilities of Connecticut agriculture to bring about a wider and more economical distribution of Connecticut's agricultural products through the development of existing farmers' markets and through the establishment, acquisition, development and operation of market facilities, including land and buildings, by purchase, construction or condemnation; provided, however, that any such real estate acquisitions financed by bonds involving the full faith and credit of the state shall be subject to the provisions of section 4b-23. Subject to the provisions of section 4b-3, the Marketing Authority may lease the land or markets under the control of the authority. The Marketing Authority shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 concerning the leasing of land or markets. The Marketing Authority shall maintain a written record of the reasons why a prospective tenant has been granted or denied a lease, and shall notify applicants that such a record is available for inspection. Any such market or land may be leased in portions (1) to an agricultural cooperative organized under the laws of this state and (2) to wholesalers of farm produce or farm supplies and (3) to dealers in other commodities, if the authority determines that the sale of such other commodities is of general benefit to the market, and (4) to persons rendering services connected therewith essential to the market, subject to such regulations as the Marketing Authority promulgates. Such leases shall be for periods determined by the authority, not to exceed ninety-nine years, and may be renewed for like periods. Said leases may be terminated upon mutual agreement by both parties thereto. Except as provided in section 22-63a, the appointment of all necessary employees by the Marketing Authority shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 67. The Marketing Authority shall, for the purpose of providing for the payment of the expenses of the market and the construction, improvements, repairs, maintenance and operation of its properties, fix, charge and collect rentals and charges for stores, stalls, space, buildings, equipment and other appurtenances, privileges and services furnished or performed, in or in connection with the market. The Marketing Authority shall have charge and supervision of repairs, maintenance and capital improvements of its properties provided that contracts may be submitted to the Commissioner of Public Works for review. The Marketing Authority may collect any charges due a cooperative from its sublessees and may apply any sums so collected to the payment of rent payable to the authority by such cooperative. The Marketing Authority shall promulgate reasonable regulations relating to the use and operation of the market and its premises, equipment and facilities; marketing hours and days; sanitation; weight, measurement and display of products; inspection of products by the authority, and traffic and parking regulation, all in the interest of the public safety and convenience and to insure the most efficient and economical use of market property. The Marketing Authority, or a committee thereof to be designated by the authority, after hearing, may impose a penalty not exceeding five hundred dollars for each violation of any of such regulations, and said authority may provide for the removal from the market premises of any motor vehicle operated or parked in violation of any regulation. The nonpayment of any penalty imposed as herein provided shall be grounds for eviction and exclusion from the market of the person or corporation upon whom the penalty is imposed and in addition the amount of such penalty may be recovered by the authority in a civil action. Any person or corporation aggrieved by the imposition of penalties in excess of fifty dollars in the aggregate may appeal to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford.