City Adopts Law Updating Codes And Removing Old Regulations
Published: September 24th, 2009
By: Michael McGuire

NORWICH – It’s now legal to buy contraceptives and to go to the movie house after midnight in the City of Norwich.

The Common Council Tuesday voted 4-0 Tuesday to accept revisions that remove outdated laws and archaic language from the city’s general codes.

Obsolete regulations and wording made keeping the codes – last revised in 1967 – up to date and in compliance with superseding laws cumbersome, said Deputy City Clerk Brian Drake.

“A lot of this is housekeeping stuff. It’s been 42 years,” said Drake. “This gives us a base to work from ... And we’ll always be current, which is great.”

Some revisions added wording that allows the Common Council to adjust fees and fines by vote, rather than have them be set in the codes. That was done so the codes didn’t have to be re-written each time the council wants to raise or lower them, Drake said.

The city has been working on updating the codes for at least six years, city officials said.

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