Town of North Reading, MA
Middlesex County
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The following is a list of votes taken at Town Meeting relating to acceptance of General Laws and Acts of the Legislature. Consult municipal records for a more detailed description of each action.
MGL c.
Chapter/ Acts of
Adoption Date/ Art. No.
Subject
238/1857
1857/2
To change the boundary line between North Reading and Lynnfield
158/1871
1872/8
Election of Road Commissioners
--/1908
1909/19
Protection of forest or sprout land from fire
624/1910
1913/11
Appointment of Town Accountant
807/1913
1914
Workmen's compensation for town employees
153/1916
1922/33
Fees for slaughterhouse licenses
271/1916, Sec. 1
1916
Ratifying Annual Town Meeting
560/1916, Sec. 359
1916/9
Method of choosing Moderator
288/1918
1919/1
Contributions toward the cost of the North Reading branch line
247/1920
1920/1
Operation of the railroad
655/1920, Secs. 1 to 3
1920/1
Regulation of building construction
--/1945
1946
Equal pay for men and women teachers
9/1945
1945/9
Board of Public Works
723/1945
1946/22
Assistance to veterans
638/1949
1952/63
Appointment of RSD Planning Committee
798/1951, Sec. 5
3-10-1952 ATM/59
Set working hours and days of employees
21/1952
3-3-1952
Placing the office of Chief of Police under the Civil Service Laws
624/1952
3-8-1954 ATM/11
Amount of pensions, retirement allowances and annuities payable to certain former public employees
297/1954; 511/1954
10-18-1954 STM/4
Industrial Development Commission created
223/1957
4-11-1960 ATM/10
Establish Conservation Commission
647/1960
4-3-1961 ATM/80
Increase amount of pensions and retirement allowances payable to certain former public employees
31/1962
Place Public Works Department under civil service
703/1962; 682/1963
1964 Election, Question 1
Establish regional school district; amend regional school district
107/1965
1966 Election, Question 1
Remove the office of Superintendent of Public Works from civil service
7/1965
3-14-1966 ATM/11
Consolidate the offices of the Town Engineer and Superintendent of Public Works
494/1965
10-11-1965 STM/20
Payment to Shahmoon Industries
670/1974
5-5-1975 ATM/20
Rights and responsibilities of public secondary school students
308/1985
1986 ATM/11
Dog licensing
MGL c.
Chapter/ Acts of
Adoption Date/ Art. No.
Subject
10/1988
4-1992 ATM/6 and 7
Method for selecting Regional School Committee members
245/1988
4-5-1993 ATM/5
Release seized bond monies for completion of approved plan work
561/1989
4-26-1990 ATM/24
Mobile home park rent control
653/1989, Sec. 40
4-2-1990 ATM/6
Assessment date changes for new growth
653/1989, Sec. 41
4-2-1990 ATM/7
Quarterly tax bills
291/1990
4-11-1991 ATM/14
Enhanced 911 service
71/1993, Sec. 83
7-19-1993 STM/1
Early retirement incentive program
181/1995, Sec. 1
4-7-1997 ATM/10
Increase exemptions under certain clauses of c. 59, § 5
170/1999
4-2-2001 ATM/5
Additional compensation to Municipal Treasurer/Collector and/or Municipal Clerk
369/2002
4-7-2003 ATM/5
Dog license fees for senior citizens
184/2002, Sec. 51
4-7-2003 ATM/7
Adjusting qualifications for a property tax exemption
31, § 48
1974 Election, Questions 2 and 3
Placing Fire Department members and Fire Chief under § 48
31, §§ 61A and 61B
10-8-1998 OTM/23
Age requirement for police officer or fire fighter
32, §§ 1 to 28
1946
Retirement system
32, § 4(2)(b 1/2)
10-4-2004 OTM/4
Crediting service time towards retirement to include call and permanent- intermittent fire service, for Public Works and Police Departments
32, § 99
5-2-1977 ATM/21
Advance payment of certain retirement funds
32B
1960 Election, Question 2
Provide insurance for certain town employees
32B, § 7A
10-15-1974 OTM/30
Contributions to life and health insurance for active employees
32B, § 16
7-12-1982 - Board of Selectmen
Town may seek alternatives in health care insurance
32B, § 18
4-5-2010 ATM/22
Require eligible retirees to enroll in a Medicare equivalent health insurance program
32B, § 20
10-4-2010 OTM/14; 6-3-2013 ATM/36
Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund (transfer balance from OPEB Stabilization Fund)
39, § 23
1933/20
Election of town officers
39, § 23D
79/2006
10-16-2006/2
Voting regulations for members of municipal boards holding adjudicatory hearings
40, § 5B
3-10-1952 ATM/31
Stabilization fund
40, § 6B
3-15-1954 STM/3
Purchase uniforms for Police and Fire Department members
40, § 6C
1980 Election, Question 4
Removal of snow and ice from private ways
40, § 6E
538/1950; 299/1951
3-10-1952 ATM/19
Town may repair private ways
40, § 6H
3-26-1962 ATM/38
To permit the town to make repairs on private ways
40, § 6J
10-11-1965 STM/22
Purchase of storm clothing for employees
40, § 6N
10-6-1980 OTM/7
Temporary repairs of private ways
40, § 8D
4-8-1974 ATM/9
Establish Historical Commission
40, § 8E
10-20-1969 STM/31
Establish Youth Commission
40, § 8G
10-6-2003 OTM/2
Agreements for mutual aid police programs
40, § 8H
4-1991 ATM/18
Recycling
40, § 8J
4-11-1996 ATM/8
Establish Commission on Disabilities
40, § 21D
10-6-1980 OTM/6
Noncriminal disposition
40, § 21E
10-7-1996 OTM/3
Interest on overdue water accounts
40, § 22D
322/1961
9-11-1961 STM/6
Towing of vehicles
40, § 22F
4-7-2003 ATM/6
Authorizing certain Town departments to increase fees set by statute and to charge fees which would be competitive with other communities
40, § 39K
4-24-1989 ATM/21
Enterprise fund
40, §§ 42A to 42F
1938/1
Collection of water rates
40, §§ 42G to 42K
4-4-1966 ATM/62 10-6-2003 OTM/3
To charge abutters a portion of costs
40, § 57
4-2-1990 ATM/8
Denial, revocation or suspension of permits for failure to pay local charges
40A
808/1976
10-13-1977 STM/1
Zoning Act
40A, § 8
10-20-1969 STM/11
Basis for appeals by persons aggrieved
41, 1
1941/6
Election of Board of Health
41, 31
1945/20
Board of Selectmen to act as Board of Public Welfare
41, § 73
1937/2
Selection of Board of Survey
41, § 81A
1944/7
Planning Board
41, § 81U, paragraph 12
6-16-2016 ATM/37
Use of security funds for Town completion of subdivisions
41, §§ 100 and 100A
1937/7
Pay for police officers and fire fighters
41, § 100A
108/1965
3-28-1966 ATM/21
Indemnification of officers and employees
41, § 100B
10-4-1982 OTM/12
Indemnification of retired police officers and fire fighters
41, § 100G1/4
4-3-2000 ATM/8
Payment of funeral and burial expenses for fire fighters and police officers killed in the line of duty
41, § 108
1954/51
Salaries for town officers
41, § 108D
3-11-1963 ATM/5
Minimum compensation for fire fighters
41, § 108L
4-16-1987 ATM/23
Police career incentive pay program
41, § 110A
6-3-2013 ATM/34
Office hours on Saturdays
43D
4-9-2007 ATM/23
Expedited permitting (104 Lowell Road, Map 7, Lot 2)
43D
10-6-2014 OTM/11
Expedited permitting (102 Lowell Road, Map 14, Parcel 148)
44
1934/4
Accounting system
44, § 53C
3-19-1973 STM/6
Compensation for off-duty or special detail work
44, § 53F1/2
10-10-1991 OTM/12
Enterprise fund
45, § 17A
1940/10
Closing section of Haverhill Street during school hours
48, §§ 42, 43 and 44
6-1-1949 STM/4
Establish Fire Department
48, § 43 48, §§ 45 to 55
3-19-1951 ATM/30 1928/5
Chief of Fire Department to act as Forest Warden Fire company
54, § 16A
4-24-1972 ATM/34
Appointments to fill vacancies
54, § 103A
10-18-1954 STM/16
Absentee voting
59, § 5, cl. 17D
4-11-1988 ATM/10
Tax relief for widows and minor children
59, § 5, cl. 17E
10-1-2001 OTM/7
Increase in maximum amount of assets for senior citizens to qualify for exemption
59, § 5, cl. 37A
4-3-2000 ATM/7
Increase in tax exemption for property owners who are blind
59, § 5, cl. 41B
653/1982
4-17-1986 ATM/22
Tax relief for persons 70 or older
59, § 5, cl. 41C
4-11-1988 ATM/11
Tax relief for elderly homeowners
59, § 5, cl. 41D
10-1-2001 OTM/8
Increase in maximum amount of income and assets for senior citizens to qualify for exemption
59, § 5K
4-3-2000 ATM/5
Property tax reduction for senior citizens exempt from state withholding taxes, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation
59, § 59A
10-4-1999 STM/3
Brownfields Tax Agreements
60, § 3D
4-8-1999 ATM/11
Elderly and disabled taxation fund
60A, § 1
4-9-1984 ATM/19
Excise tax on motor vehicles
64L, § 2(a)
10-5-2009 OTM/3
Local option meals tax
71, § 71E
10-1981/4
Adult education fund
78, § 32
150/1964
3-22-1965 ATM/25
Leaves of absence for library staff
80, §§ 1 to 17
1955/3 10-6-2003 OTM/3
Betterment Act
80A, §§ 1 to 16
10-6-2003 OTM/3
Eminent domain takings and betterment assessments by judicial proceedings
82, §§ 22 to 24
1937/4
Taking land by eminent domain
83, §§ 14 to 29
10-6-2003 OTM/3
Sewers, drains and sidewalks
85, § 6
10-5-2015 OTM/19
Snow removal on streets and sidewalks
85, § 11A
3-10-1952 ATM/30
Bicycle registration and operation
90, § 20A
10-5-1981 OTM/13
Parking regulations
90, § 20C
10-6-1980 ATM/4
Nature of proceedings under §§ 20A and 20A1/2
91, §§ 11 and 29
1955/15
Town assumes damages for state work on waterways
111, §§ 31 and 31A
1937/3
Formation of Board of Health
114, §§ 22, 23, 24 and 26
1933/15
Cemeteries and burials
121, § 26K
1948/27
Formation of Housing Authority
121, §§ 26K and 26L
3-1962 ATM/26
Housing Authority
129, § 15
1946/8
Inspector of Animals
136, § 4B
5-15-1961 STM/4
Licensing bowling alleys
138, § 33B
6-3-2013 ATM/35
Sale of alcoholic beverages by on-premises licensees on Sundays
143, §§ 6 to 12
1944/6
Building Inspector's duties
147, §§ 13A and 13C
4-7-1997 ATM/5
Reserve police officer program
147, § 17B
3-11-1963 ATM/4
Work week for police
148, § 13
10-1985 ATM
Fees for underground storage of flammables
148, § 26C
4-14-1980 ATM/12
Automatic smoke or heat detectors
148, § 26G
10-7-1985 ATM/8
Automatic sprinklers
148, § 26H
4-16-1987 ATM/22
Automatic sprinkler devices in boarding and lodging houses
148, § 26I
10-1-1990 ATM/11 10-10-1991 ATM/15
Automatic sprinklers in multifamily housing
258, § 9
1980 Election, Question 2
Indemnification of employees
258, § 13
1980 Election, Question 3
Indemnification of officers