Town of Belchertown, MA
Hampshire County
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The following is a list of General Law provisions accepted by the town:

§ A300-1 List of acceptances.

1872
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 158 of the Acts of 1871 in regards to the care of highways and bridges.
1890
VOTED to accept the provisions of Sections 74, 75, 76 and 77 of Chapter 27 of the Public Statutes and to choose three Road Commissioners (for overlapping terms of three years). [Action revoked in 1892, as noted below.]
1890
VOTED that the town accept the provisions of Chapter 386 of the Acts and Resolves of 1890 and that all our town officers be hereafter chosen by ballot and the number of terms of such officers be the same as was fixed upon at our last Annual Meeting. [Vote was revoked at Town Meeting 3-5-1894.]
1890
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 264 of the Acts and Resolves of 1890 as to the election of Commissioners of Burial Grounds.
1892
VOTED to revoke acceptance of Sections 74, 75, 76 and 77 of Chapter 27 of the Public Statutes relating to the Board of Road Commissioners and abolish its present Board.
1895
VOTED to accept the provisions of Sections 20 through 25 of the Chapter 50 of the Public Statutes.
1896
VOTED to accept the provisions of Sections 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 of Chapter 50 of the Public Statutes, pertaining to sidewalks.
1896
VOTED to accept a bylaw relating to the clearing of ice and snow from sidewalks. (The action was taken in accordance with the provisions of Sections 8 and 9 of Chapter 53 of the Public Statutes.)
1897
VOTED to accept Chapter 507 of the Acts of 1897, an act accepting the bequest of Susan M.D. Bridgman.
1900
VOTED that a Tree Warden be chosen each year by nomination. (The article had anticipated the acceptance of the provisions of Chapter 330 of the Acts of 1899, providing for the election "by ballot, each year, of a Tree Warden, to serve for one year.")
1903
VOTED to accept Section 336 of Chapter 11 of the Revised Laws, relating to the election of a Highway Surveyor. (This action was subsequently rescinded in 1905.)
1905
VOTED to rescind acceptance of Chapter 11, Section 336 of the Public Statutes as to election of the Highway Superintendent, leaving the Selectmen to appoint.
1909
VOTED to accept an act (Section 5 of Chapter 209) passed by the General Court in the year 1908, "An act to provide for the protection of forest or sprout lands from fire."
1912
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept an act passed by the General Court in 1912 entitled "An act relative to pensioning laborers in the employ of cities and towns."
1913
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept an act compensating laborers, workmen and mechanics for injuries sustained in the line of duty.
1914
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept Chapter 807 of the Acts of 1913, being an act to provide for compensating laborers, workers and mechanics for injuries sustained in public employment.
1914
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept Section 42 of Chapter 514 of the Acts of 1909, as affected by Chapter 494 of the Acts of 1911, which provides that an eight-hour day shall constitute a day's work for town employees.
1914
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept an act to make Saturday a half holiday for town employees.
1914
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept "An act to abolish party enrollment (at primaries)."
1915
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 287 of the Acts of 1915, "An act to authorize the Town of Belchertown to supply itself and its inhabitants with water."
1916
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept Chapter 104 of the General Acts of 1916, "An act to make the first day of January a legal holiday (for state and municipal employees)."
1916
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept Chapter 179 of the General Acts of 1916, "An act to prevent the voters of one party from voting in the primaries of another political party."
1917
VOTED to petition the Director of the Bureau of Statistics for the installation of a system of accounts in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 598 of the Acts of 1910, as amended.
1917
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a Town Accountant in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 624 of the Acts of 1910, as amended.
1918
VOTED to abolish the office of Auditor, as provided by Chapter 624 of the Acts of 1910.
1918
VOTED to establish a reserve fund as provided by Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1913.
1919
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 11, § 336, relative to the election of a Highway Surveyor, the same to take effect February 2, 1920. (This action was subsequently rescinded in 1921.)
1919
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept Chapter 311, General Acts of 1919, entitled "An act relative to the establishment and maintenance of continuation schools and courses of instruction for unemployed minors."
1919
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept Chapter 116 of Acts of 1919, relating to savings banks and institutions.
1920
VOTED to accept the Act of 1920 in regard to sports on Sunday.
1922
VOTED to accept MGL c. 114, §§ 23 to 26, inclusive, relative to the election, by ballot, of a Board of Cemetery Commissioners.
1925
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 39, § 20, as amended, said section pertaining to establishing precinct voting for all town officers.
1931
VOTED to elect the Moderator annually by ballot as provided by MGL c. 39, § 14, as amended.
1939
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 152, §§ 69 to 75, inclusive, providing that the terms "laborers," "workmen" and "mechanics" shall include such other employees, except members of the Police or Fire Department, regardless of the nature of their work, as may be employed on work to be done under the commonwealth.
1939
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 438 of the Acts of 1938, relative to the town workmen's compensation.
1940
VOTED to assume liability in the manner provided by MGL c. 91, § 29 and Chapter 513 of the Acts of 1939 for all damages that may be incurred by work to be performed by the Department of Public Works of Massachusetts in rivers and streams of the town in accordance with the provisions of said Chapter 513 and authorize the Selectmen to execute and deliver a bond of indemnity therefor to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1945
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 723 of the Acts of 1945, establishing a Veterans' Services Department.
1946
State election, ballot question. VOTED to accept MGL c. 32, §§ 1 to 28, inclusive, authorizing any city or town to establish a contributory retirement system for its employees, as applicable to all its employees, except teachers who are eligible for membership in the teachers' retirement system.
1949
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 111, §§ 126 and 127, relative to the construction and maintenance of privy vaults and the use of common sewers, where available.
1949
VOTED to authorize the Selectmen to appoint an Inspector of Wires, as required by Chapter 529 of the Acts of 1949.
1950
VOTED to adopt the provisions of MGL c. 49, § 28 and authorize the impounding of beasts taken up by a field driver on the premises of the field driver at a town pound.
1950
VOTED to accept MGL c. 48, §§ 42, 43 and 44, relative to the establishment of a Fire Department in Belchertown.
1950
VOTED to elect Sewer Commissioners at the Annual Town Meeting, for three years, as provided in MGL c. 41, § 63.
1950
VOTED to elect at the next Annual Town Meeting a Planning Board composed of five members, in accordance with MGL c. 41, § 81A.
1951
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 820 of the Acts of 1950, relative to increases in the annual amounts of pensions, retirement allowances, annuities and other benefits payable by the commonwealth and its political subdivisions to certain former employees and persons claiming under them.
1952
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 54, § 103A, relative to absentee voting in town elections.
1957
Ballot question. VOTED to accept MGL c. 32B, authorizing any county, city, town or district to provide a plan of group life insurance, group accidental death and dismemberment insurance and group general or blanket hospital, surgical and medical insurance for certain persons in the service of such county, city, town or district and their dependents.
1957
VOTED to establish a term of office of three years for the Town Treasurer, as authorized under the provisions of MGL c. 41, § 1, beginning in 1958.
1958
VOTED to adopt an order, as provided under the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 21, requiring that all town officers, elected and appointed, pay all fees received by them into the town treasury.
1958
VOTED to establish a Regional School District Planning Board, in accordance with MGL c. 71, § 14.
1959
VOTED to adopt an Official Town Seal in accordance with MGL c. 40, § 47, said Seal to be retained in the custody of the Town Clerk.
1959
VOTED to establish the number of constables at six and the term of office for constables at three years, as provided in MGL c. 40, § 1.
1961
VOTED to establish a stabilization fund as authorized under MGL c. 40, § 5B, as amended by Chapter 404 of the Acts of 1957.
1963
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 8C, authorizing the Selectmen to appoint a Conservation Commission, and to accept the provisions of said MGL c. 40, § 5, cls. 51 and 50. (The motion established a Conservation Commission of seven members.)
1964
VOTED to petition the State Tax Commission for the installation of the State Assessment System, as provided in MGL c. 58, § 7A.
1967
VOTED to authorize the Selectmen to designate which elected officers of the town, exclusive of the Selectmen and the police and fire forces, shall be included in workmen's compensation, under MGL c. 152, §§ 68 through 75.
1968
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 121, § 26K and thereby to establish a Housing Authority.
1968
VOTED to accept provisions of MGL c. 71, §§ 16 to 16I, inclusive, providing for the establishment of a Regional School District, consisting of the Towns of Belchertown, Hardwick, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Palmer, Ware, Warren and West Brookfield.
1968
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 8A and authorize the establishment of a Development and Industrial Commission of 10 members.
1969
VOTED to establish (another) Regional School District Planning Committee under MGL c. 71, § 14.
1970
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 149, § 33C relating to the payment of overtime to town employees required to work in excess of the regular number of maximum hours per week as regulated by law.
1971
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 53, § 121, establishing the use of a nonpartisan caucus in the town.
1972
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 41, § 97A, establishing a Police Department in the Town of Belchertown.
1973
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 8D, establishing a Historical Commission of five members, appointed by the Selectmen for overlapping three-year terms. (Increased to seven members by Art. 6, 3-11-1996.)
1973
VOTED to establish a Council on Aging under the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 8B and further regulated by MGL c. 40, § 5, Paragraph 49.
1973
VOTED to authorize the Selectmen to establish regulations and license fees for the regulation and control of hawkers and peddlers, as provided by MGL c. 101.
1974
VOTED to accept Section 20 of Chapter 1140 of the Acts of 1973, relative to the State Highway Distribution Fund.
1974
VOTED to accept Section 22 of Chapter 1140 of the Acts of 1973, relative to the State Highway Account.
1974
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 22D, so as to provide the Board of Selectmen with the authority to establish, adopt, amend, alter or repeal rules and regulations for the removal to some convenient place of any vehicle parked or standing on any part of any way under the control of the town in such a manner as to impede, in any way, the removal or plowing of snow or ice or in violation of any rule or regulation which prohibits the parking or standing of all vehicles on such ways or portions thereof, which rules and regulations so adopted shall be administered through the Chief of Police or such Sergeants or other officers of higher rank in the Police Department as the Chief may from time to time designate.
1975
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 32B, § 7A, Paragraph D, in reference to paying a subsidiary or additional rate for contributory group life and health insurance for employees in the service of the town and their dependents, in addition to the payment of 50%.
1975
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40, § 8G allowing Belchertown to enter into agreements to provide mutual aid programs for the Police Department.
1977
VOTED to join the Lower Pioneer Valley Regional Transit Authority pursuant to MGL c. 161B and to authorize the Selectmen to enter into such agreements that may be required to accomplish the foregoing.
1978
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 586 of the Acts of 1977, amending MGL c. 83 by adding §§ 16A to 16F, said law authorizing the addition of unpaid sewer use charges to real estate tax bills.
1978
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 956 of the Acts of 1977, amending MGL c. 60 by adding a new § 23A. (This action, taken on June 12, was subsequently rescinded two months later on August 28.)
1978
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 808 of the Acts of 1975, entitled the "Zoning Act."
1980
VOTED to form a Health District between the Towns of Belchertown and Ware, pursuant to the provisions of MGL c. 111, § 27A.
1981
VOTED to establish an Energy Resources Commission, as provided under MGL c. 40, § 81.
1982
VOTED to authorize the creation of an Economic Development and Industrial Commission, pursuant to the provisions of MGL c. 121C.
1982
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 71, § 71E, as amended, so as to establish a revolving fund for the purpose of adult education.
1983
VOTED to accept the provisions of Chapter 597 of the Acts of 1982, "An act providing for the issuance, without payment of a fee, of distinctive license plates to former prisoners of war."
1984
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 138, §§ 33A and 33B, as amended; said laws permit the establishment of the hours during which alcoholic beverages may be served.
1985
VOTED to accept Chapter 477 of the Acts of 1984, regarding the acquisition of surplus equipment from federal government sales. (Art. 22)
1986
VOTED to accept MGL c. 60, § 106, regarding single payments for property tax not in excess of $25. (Art. 2)
1986
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40, § 57, regarding denial, revocation or suspension of licenses or permits for failure to pay taxes, fees, assessments or other charges. (Art. 32). [MGL c. 40, § 57 was accepted again by Art. 24 of the 1995 Annual Town Meeting.]
1987
VOTED to accept Chapter 194 of the Acts of 1986, regarding a scholarship fund. (Art. 24)
1988
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40, § 39K, establishing an enterprise fund for sewer services. (Art. 11)
1988
VOTED to accept Chapter 613 of the Acts of 1985, the Right To Farm Law. (Art. 5)
1989
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40, § 4G, providing for an increase in the ceiling for competitive bidding to $4,000. (Art. 8)
1989
VOTED to accept Chapter 245 of the Acts of 1988, regarding expenditure of default funds. (Art. 13)
1989
VOTED to accept MGL c. 44, § 53D, establishing a Recreation Revolving Fund. (Art. 23)
1990
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40, §§ 44A to 44L, regarding the regional refuse district. (Art. 12)
1991
VOTED to accept Chapter 291 of the Acts of 1990, regarding enhanced 911 service. (Art. 1)
1992
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40, §§ 42G, 42H and 42I, regarding special assessments to meet the cost of water pipes. (Art. 8)
1992
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40, § 22F (Section 123 of Chapter 138 of the Acts of 1991), providing for municipal fees and charges. (Art. 9)
1992
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40D, regarding the Industrial Development Financing Authority. (Art. 13)
1992
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 57C, regarding the quarterly real estate tax payment system. (Art. 26)
1992
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41C, regarding tax abatement for elderly property owners. (Art. 28)
1993
VOTED to accept MGL c. 41, § 25. (Art. 7) [Action was rescinded 5-12-1997 ATM by Art. 7.]
1993
VOTED to accept MGL c. 32B, § 18, regarding Medicare extension plans. (Art. 22)
1993
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 17C, regarding tax abatement for surviving spouse, minor or elderly property owners. (Art. 33)
1995
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 57B, providing for one annual bill for all personal property and real estate bills which do not exceed $50. (Art. 1)
1996
VOTED to accept MGL c. 41, § 108L, the Quinn Bill. (Art. 16)
1996
VOTED to accept MGL c. 148, §§ 26E and 26G, regarding smoke detectors and sprinkling systems. (Art. 17)
1997
VOTED to accept MGL c. 71, § 16 (Chapter 140 of the Acts of 1996), regarding the regional school district. (Art. 39)
1997
VOTED to accept MGL c. 258, § 13, regarding the indemnification of town officers. (May Election, Question No. 1)
1998
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 17D, allowing an increase to the maximum asset requirement under this clause. (Art. 23)
1998
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 37A, increasing the amount of this exemption from $437.50 to $500.00. (Art. 24)
1998
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 22E, which reduces the residency requirement for eligibility for the veterans property tax exemption under Massachusetts General Laws. (Art. 25)
1999
VOTED to accept Section 40 of Chapter 653 of the Acts of 1989, amending MGL c. 59, § 2A(a), regarding the collection of real estate taxes on new structures built between January 2 and June 30. (Art. 20)
1999
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 59A, relative to the establishment of agreements between the town and eligible persons. (Art. 4)
1999
VOTED to accept MGL c. 40, § 13A, to establish and maintain an insurance fund to pay workers compensation claims and charges (Art. 8)
2001
VOTED to accept MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 54 (Section 114 of Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2000), to allow Belchertown to establish a minimum value of $1,500 for personal property accounts to be taxed. (2-12-2001 STM, Art. 21)
2001
VOTED to accept MGL c. 41, § 108P, which compensates a municipal Collector or Treasurer who has taken the proper courses and been certified by the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association. (2-12-2001 STM, Art. 32)
2003
VOTED to adopt Chapter 184, § 51, of the Acts of 2002, allowing the Town to adjust the eligibility requirements that seniors must meet in order to qualify for a property tax exemption under MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41C, effective for Fiscal Year 2004. (5-12-2003 ATM, Art. 20)
2004
VOTED to accept Section 1 of Chapter 137 of the Acts of 2003, which provides for the payment to an employee, who is a member of the army national guard, the air national guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, who is called to active duty in the armed forces of the United States and who is granted military leave, the employee's regular base salary, excluding any additional compensation, reduced by any amount received by him/her from the United States as pay or allowance for military service performed during the same period. (5-10-2004 ATM, Art. 19)
2005
VOTED to adopt MGL c. 80, § 13B, and under MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 41A, set the maximum qualify gross receipts amount at 40,000 (1-18-2005 STM, Art. 11)
2007
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 39, § 23D, for all boards, committees or commissions holding adjudicatory hearings such that a member of a board, committee or commission holding an adjudicatory hearing shall not be disqualified from voting the matter solely due to the member's absence from one session of such hearing, provided that certain conditions are met (5-14-2007 ATM, Art. 18)
2007
VOTED to adopt MGL c. 41, § 110A, to close the Office of Election and Registration on Saturdays (5-14-2007 ATM, Art. 19)
2008
VOTED to accept Chapter 43D of the Massachusetts General Laws as amended pursuant to Section 11 of Chapter 205 of the Acts of 2006 and to approve the filing of an application with the Interagency Permitting Board for the designation of land between State Street and Jackson Street as a priority development site. (5-12-2008 ATM, Art. 15)
2009
VOTED to adopt Clause 5A of MGL c. 59, § 5. This local option provides a property tax exemption of $400,000 worth of real and personal property owned by or held in trust for veterans organizations and used for their organization’s charitable purposes. (5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 32)
2012
VOTED to accept the provisions of MGL c. 32B, § 20, in order to allow the establishment of an Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund for the accumulation of funds to reduce the unfunded actuarial liability of health care and other post-employment benefits. (5-14-2012 ATM, Art. 16)
2015
VOTED to accept MGL c. 54, § 16A, which provides that if the warden, clerk, or inspector, or the deputy of any such officer, if any, is not present at the opening of the polls, the Town Clerk may appoint a person to fill such vacancy who shall be an enrolled voter of the same political party as the absent officer, if any competent person enrolled in such party is present and willing to serve. (5-11-2015 ATM, Art. 15)