Town of Lexington, MA
Middlesex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Accepted
Date of Action
Subject
Secs. 18 to 20 of Ch. 24 of the General Statutes
3-4-1861 TM Art. 12
Fire Department pay
Secs. 7 and 8 of Ch. 45 of the General Statutes
4-22-1872 TM Art. 5
Sidewalks
Secs. 72 to 75 of Ch. 49 of the General Statutes
11-5-1867 TM Art. 3
Superintendent of Schools
Chapter 50 of the Public Statutes
9-27-1886 TM Art. 4
Street betterments
Sec. 37 of Ch. 19 of the Revised Laws
3-27-1911 TM Art. 27; rescinded 3-27-2019 ATM Art. 29
Civil service for police
Secs. 1 to 14 of Ch. 28 of the Revised Laws
3-3-1913 Election
Public parks
Sec. 103 of Ch. 48 of the Revised Laws
12-1-1902 TM Art. 2
Building lines
Sec. 43 of Ch. 49 of the Revised Laws
3-13-1911 TM Art. 30
Sidewalk assessments
Secs. 1 to 9 of Ch. 50 of the Revised Laws
3-24-1913 TM Art. 39
Betterment assessments
Secs. 1 to 10 of Ch. 104 of the Revised Laws
3-27-1911 TM Art. 28
Building laws
MGL c. 30B, § 5
4-8-1991
10,000 bid limit
MGL c. 30B, § 12
3-21-1994 ATM Art. 27
Procurement officer to solicit and award contracts
MGL c. 31, § 49
1926 TM Art. 16; rescinded 3-27-2019 ATM Art. 29
Civil service - police chiefs
MGL c. 32, § 7(2)(a)(iii)
4-4-2007 ATM Art. 17
Accidental disability payments to dependent children
MGL c. 32, § 7(2)(e)
4-24-2006 ATM Art. 24
Disability retirement benefits for veterans
MGL c. 32, § 9(2)(d)(ii)
4-4-2007 ATM Art. 17
Accidental death payment to dependent children
MGL c. 32, § 12(2)(d paragraph 11)
4-10-2013 ATM Art. 17
Increase minimum monthly benefit to spouses of deceased members of the retirement system
MGL c. 32, § 20A
4-4-1983 ATM Art. 5
Indemnification of Retirement Board members
MGL c. 32, §§ 22(1)(b 1/2), 6(1), 90G 1/2 and 7(2)(a)(iii)
4-24-1989 ATM Art. 52
Retirement Board
MGL c. 32, § 22D
4-23-1990 ATM Art. 42
Retirement Board
MGL c. 32, §§ 26 to 31H
1936
Contributory retirement
MGL c. 32, § 85E
1946
Retirement of police and fire personnel
MGL c. 32, § 90G 3/4
4-8-1991 ATM Art. 43
Creditable service time
MGL c. 32, § 95A, as amended by Chapter 727, Acts of 1965
3-27-1967 ATM Art. 39
Annuities for widows and children of employees
MGL c. 32, § 101
3-23-2011 ATM Art. 16; 4-10-2013 ATM Art. 16
Supplemental annual allowance
MGL c. 32, § 103
4-29-1998 ATM Art. 54
Retirement system
MGL c. 32, § 103(h)
3-24-1999 ATM Art. 21
Retirement system
MGL c. 32B, § 9D
3-7-1983 ATE
Payment of one-half premium of health insurance of surviving spouse of insured employee
MGL c. 32B, § 11A
1958; 3-2-1981 ATE Question 2
Group insurance for employees
MGL c. 32B, § 7A
4-12-1976 ATM Art. 82
Payment of subsidiary or additional rate for insurance for employees
MGL c. 32B, § 9E
4-6-1977 ATM Art. 67
Payment of subsidiary or additional rate for insurance for retired employees
MGL c. 39, § 20
9-19-1922 TM Art. 5
Precinct voting
MGL c. 39, § 23D
11-29-2006 STM Art. 5
Attendance at adjudicatory hearings by board, committee or commission members; voting disqualification
MGL c. 40, § 3, second paragraph
3-20-2017 ATM Art. 36
Act modernizing municipal finance: rental revolving funds
MGL c. 40, § 4G
1-26-1981 STM Art. 11
Advertising contracts prior to award
MGL c. 40, § 6B
4-24-1974 ATM Art. 91
Uniforms for police and firemen
MGL c. 40, § 6C
1944
Snow removal
MGL c. 40, § 6H
4-7-1976 ATM Art. 83
Repairs on private ways without liability for damage
MGL c. 40, § 6J, as amended by Chapter 90, Acts of 1964
3-20-1968 ATM Art. 44
Rain wear and work clothes for employees
MGL c. 40, § 8C
11-25-1963 STM Art. 9
Conservation Commission
MGL c. 40, § 8D
3-25-1975 ATM Art. 74
Historical Commission
MGL c. 40, § 8E
4-6-1977 ATM Art. 66
Youth Commission
MGL c. 40, § 8G
3-23-1992 ATM Art. 28
Mutual police aid programs
MGL c. 40, § 8J
4-2-2003 ATM Art. 27
Disability Commission
MGL c. 40, § 13A
3-26-1979 ATM Art. 7
Workmen's compensation insurance funds
MGL c. 40, § 13A
4-6-1987 ATM Art. 15
Workmen's compensation self-insurance
MGL c. 40 §§ 22A, 22B, and 22C
3-20-2017 ATM Art. 36
Act modernizing municipal finance: parking meter receipts and uses
MGL c. 40, § 22D
4-10-1972 ATM Art. 87
Removal of vehicles impeding snow removal
MGL c. 40, § 22F
11-4-1991 STM Art. 3
Fees
MGL c. 40, § 22F
4-8-1998 ATM Art. 50
Fees to be approved by Board of Selectmen
MGL c. 40, § 39K
4-6-1987 ATM Art. 14
Water and sewer enterprise funds
MGL c. 40, § 39K
Now MGL c. 44, § 53F 1/2
4-2-1990 ATM Art. 8
Recreation enterprise fund
MGL c. 40, §§ 42A to 42F
4-8-1998 ATM Art. 58
Water liens
MGL c. 40, § 42J
3-27-1995 ATM Art. 22
Deferral of water charges
MGL c. 40, § 57
4-23-1990 ATM Art. 48
License/permit denial for nonpayment of taxes
MGL c. 40A, § 20
4-24-1974 ATM Art. 95
Reconsideration of appeal or petition for variance
MGL c. 40U
3-26-2012 ATM Art. 29
Fines imposed for violations of municipal housing, sanitary and snow and ice removal requirements
MGL c. 41
1936
Board of Appeals
MGL c. 41, § 41B
4-6-1977 ATM Art. 68
Payment of employees by direct bank credits
MGL c. 41, § 41B
4-23-1990 ATM Art. 43
Direct deposit of payroll
MGL c. 41, §§ 81F to 81J
1938 TM Art. 33
Public ways
MGL c. 41, § 81U, next to last paragraph
4-10-1989 ATM Art. 51
Expenditure of subdivision construction deposits
MGL c. 41, § 97
1922 TM Art. 17
Police Department
MGL c. 41, § 100A
1941
Indemnification of officers
MGL c. 41, § 100B
4-30-1979 ATM Art. 6
Indemnification of retired police officers and fire fighters for certain expenses
MGL c. 41, § 100G 1/4
4-3-2000 ATM Art. 21
Payment of funeral and burial expenses for fire fighters and police officers killed in the line of duty
MGL c. 41, § 108L
5-15-1996 ATM Art. 36
Quinn Bill
MGL c. 41, § 111F, last paragraph
3-20-2017 ATM Art. 36
Act modernizing municipal finance: special fund for injured police and firefighters
MGL c. 44, § 53D
4-2-1979 ATM Art. 39
Recreation and park revolving funds
MGL c. 44, § 53F 1/2
See MGL c. 40, § 39K
Enterprise Fund
MGL c. 44, § 65
3-25-1975 ATM Art. 73
Advances of vacation pay to employees
MGL c. 44B, §§ 3 to 7
3-30-2005 ATM, Art. 7; 3-6-2006 ATE
Community Preservation Act
MGL c. 48, §§ 57B and 57C
4-24-1974 ATM Art. 92
Time of for delegates to conventions of fire fighters
MGL c. 53, § 9A, as added by Chapter 249, Acts of 1962, § 1
3-18-1963 ATM Art. 33
Nomination papers
MGL c. 53, § 19
1936 Election
Tax limitation
MGL c. 54, § 16A
4-2-2003 ATM Art. 26
Election Officers
MGL c. 54, § 103A as amended by Chapter 77, Acts of 1397
4-7-1941
Absentee voting
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 17C
5-17-1982 ATM Art. 46
Certain property exempted - real estate
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 17D
5-11-1987 ATM Art. 53
Elderly/surviving spouse/minor exemption
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 37A
4-4-1983 ATM Art. 4
Exemption for certain real property of blind persons
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41B
4-4-1984 ATM Art. 4
Elderly tax exemption
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41C
5-11-1987 ATM Art. 52
Elderly tax exemption
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41D
4-4-2005 ATM Art. 15
Property tax exemptions
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 54
3-23-2015 ATM Art. 34
Establishment of minimum value of personal property subject to taxation
MGL c. 59, § 5, last paragraph
4-9-2001 ATM Art. 28
Annual increase in abatement
MGL c. 59, § 5C1/2
4-9-2018 ATM Art. 37
Providing additional real estate exemption for taxpayers who are granted personal exemptions on their domiciles under MGL c. 59, § 5, including certain blind persons, veterans, surviving spouses and seniors, and providing an additional exemption of 100% of the personal exemption
MGL c. 59, § 5K
4-9-2001 ATM Art. 28; 4-24-2006 ATM Art. 21
Tax reduction for volunteers; rescinded
MGL c. 59, § 57A
3-20-2017 ATM Art. 36
Act modernizing municipal finance: tax bills under $100
MGL c. 60, § 3C
3-24-1997 ATM Art. 32
Financial aid donations accompanying excise tax bills
MGL c. 60, § 23B
4-23-1990 ATM Art. 44
Municipal lien certificate fees
MGL c. 60A, § 1
4-14-1986 ATM Art. 38
POW excise tax exemption
MGL c. 64G, § 3A
12-2-1985 STM Art. 3; 11-18-2009 STM Art. 7
Local room occupancy excise tax of 6%
MGL c. 64J
4-14-1986 ATM Art. 37
Taxation of jet fuel
MGL c. 64L, § 2(a)
11-18-2009 STM Art. 6
Local meals excise tax
MGL c. 71, §§ 16 to 16I
3-1-1971 ATE Question 2
Regional vocational- technical school district
MGL c. 71, § 37M
11-29-2006 STM Art. 7; 4-4-2007 ATM Art. 19
Consolidation of administrative functions of school committee with Town; Joint Facilities Department
MGL c. 71, § 71E
3-26-1980 ATM Art. 46
Expenditure of receipts from certain school programs
MGL c. 83, §§ 16A to 16F
4-8-1998 ATM Art. 58
Sewer liens
MGL c. 83, § 16G
3-27-1995 ATM Art. 23
Deferral of sewer charges
MGL c. 85, § 11A
1943
Registration and operation of bicycles
MGL c. 90, §§ 17C and 18B
3-20-2017 ATM Art. 36
Act modernizing municipal finance: speed limit
MGL c. 90, § 18A, as added by Chapter 409, Acts of 1962, § 1
11-25-1963 STM Art. 13
Metropolitan District Commission
MGL c. 90, § 20A 1/2
4-26-1982 ATM Art. 43
Parking regulations
MGL c. 90, § 20C, as added by Chapter 786, Acts of 1962, § 6 and amended by Chapter 451, Acts of 1963, §§ 1 and 2
6-20-1966 STM Art. 5
Noncriminal disposition of parking violations
MGL c. 90I, § 1
4-1-2015 ATM Art. 35
Complete Streets Program
MGL c. 111, § 126
5-3-1921 TM Art. 37
Sewer connections
MGL c. 131, § 73
1944
Fur-bearing animals
MGL c. 136, § 4B
1947
Bowling on Sunday
MGL c. 138, § 33B
3-23-2011
Sale of alcoholic beverages by on-premises licensees on Sundays and certain holidays
MGL c. 139, §§ 1, 2 and 3
1964
Adjudication of burnt dilapidated buildings
MGL c. 140, § 147A
4-8-1998 ATM Art. 51
Licensing and regulating dogs
MGL c. 147, § 10F
4-23-1990 ATM Art. 41
Parking control officer
MGL c. 147, § 16B
1947
Police off duty one day in six
MGL c. 148, § 26C
4-2-1980 ATM Art. 54
Smoke or heat detectors for dwellings not otherwise regulated
MGL c. 148, § 26I
4-8-1991 ATM Art. 40
Automatic sprinklers
MGL c. 148, § 26G
4-4-1984 ATM Art. 5
Automatic sprinklers
MGL c. 200A, § 9A
3-26-2012 ATM Art. 28
Alternative procedure for disposing of abandoned funds
MGL c. 258, § 13
3-2-1981 ATE Question 1
Indemnification of municipal officers
MGL c. 271, § 22A
1944
Whist or bridge
Accepted
Date of Action
Subject
Chapter 161, Acts of 1855
1-12-1857 TM Art. 7
Fireman organization
Chapter 469, Acts of 1855
4-7-1856 TM Art. 10
Dilapidated buildings
Chapter 179, Acts of 1863
3-7-1864 TM Art. 11
Weights and measures
Chapter 242, Acts of 1867
6-17-1879 TM Art. 3
Shade trees
Chapter 169, Acts of 1869
1886 TM Art. 3
Street betterments
Chapter 382, Acts of 1871
6-29-1895 TM Art. 9
Betterment assessments
Chapter 382, Acts of 1872
1886 TM Art. 3
Street betterments
Chapter 214, Acts of 1873
4-21-1873 Art. 6
Draining meadows
Chapter 386, Acts of 1890
1891 Art. 2
Australian Ballot
Chapter 170, Acts of 1891
8-14-1894 TM Art. 2
Highways and county bridges
Chapter 455, Acts of 1894
3-7-1898 TM Art. 27
Licensing plumbers
Chapter 186, Acts of 1895
5-25-1895 TM Art. 6
Street watering
Chapter 504, Acts of 1897
2-5-1898 TM Art. 4
Sewerage Act
Chapter 520, Acts of 1897
2-5-1898 TM Art. 5
Enter Metropolitan Sewer System
Chapter 327, Acts of 1904
3-18-1919 TM Art. 28
Fire and police pensions
Chapter 191, Acts of 1907
5-12-1911 TM Art. 9
Board of Survey
Chapter 209, Acts of 1908
3-1-1909 TM Art. 7
Forest fires
Chapter 209, Acts of 1908
1914 Election
Brush fires
Chapter 423, Acts of 1909
3-7-1921 Election
Sale of ice cream, etc., on Sunday
Chapter 514, Acts of 1909, Sec. 42
3-2-1914 Election
Eight-hour day
Chapter 107, Acts of 1910
4-12-1910 TM Art. 2
Trust funds
Chapter 367, Acts of 1911
3-25-1912 TM Art. 21
School halls
Chapter 320, Acts of 1912
1914 TM Art. 35
School halls
Chapter 447, Acts of 1912
3-27-1916 Art. 31
Veterans pensions
Chapter 503, Acts of 1912
11-5-1912 Election
Pension Act
Chapter 635, Acts of 1912
5-15-1913 TM Art. 3
Tenement houses
Chapter 322, Acts of 1913
2-10-1915 TM Art. 3
Sewer system
Chapter 487, Acts of 1913
3-2-1914 Election
Firemen's promotion
Chapter 575, Acts of 1913
3-8-1915 TM Art. 21
School lunches
Chapter 807, Acts of 1913
11-4-1913 Election
Workmen's compensation
Chapter 217, Acts of 1914
11-3-1914 Election
Laborers vacations
Chapter 688, Acts of 1914
11-3-1914 Election
Saturday half holiday
Chapter 790, Acts of 1914
11-3-1914 Election
Party enrollment at primary elections
Chapter 795, Acts of 1914
3-1-1915 Election
Fire prevention
Chapter 59, Acts of 1916
3-5-1917 Election
Holding of Town Meeting
Chapter 153, Acts of 1916
3-5-1917 Election
License fee for slaughterhouses
Chapter 291, Acts of 1916
3-5-1917 Election
Term of Fire Chief
Chapter 293, Acts of 1916
3-5-1917 Election
Jitney licenses
Chapter 23, Acts of 1917
3-4-1918 Election
Licensing coffee houses
Chapter 140, Acts of 1917
3-4-1918 Election
Term of Fire Chief
Chapter 254, Acts of 1917
3-4-1918 Election
Payment of enlisted employees
Chapter 166, Acts of 1920
11-2-1920 Election
Police - one day off in eight
Chapter 240, Acts of 1920
4-29-1920 TM Art. 4
Sunday sports
Chapter 1, Acts of 1922
2-6-1922 TM Art. 2
Board of Public Works
Chapter 391, Acts of 1923, Secs. 42A to 42F
1924 TM Art. 22
Water rate lien
Chapter 496, Acts of 1924, Secs. 119 and 120
1925 TM Art. 19
Slaughterhouse license fee
Chapter 221, Acts of 1926
5-12-1926 TM Art. 2
Sewer assessments
Chapter 263, Acts of 1926
5-12-1926 TM Art. 3
Drainage
Chapter 215, Acts of 1929
11-4-1929 Election
Representative Town Government Act
Chapter 351, Acts of 1930
1931
Police and fire uniforms
Chapter 41, Acts of 1931, Sec. 100A
1941
Chapter 12, Acts of 1933
4-6-1933 TM Art. 23
Dissolution of ministerial fund
Chapter 205, Acts of 1935, Sec. 67
1935 TM Art. 5
Employee military service
Chapter 91, Acts of 1939, amended by Chapter 446, Acts of 1939
11-13-1939
Sewer construction
Chapter 6, Acts of 1943
3-15-1943
Board of Public Welfare
Chapter 11, Acts of 1945
3-26-1945
Board of Health
Chapter 559, Acts of 1946
1947
Increase pension amounts
Chapter 186, Acts of 1947
1947
Authorize town to borrow money for school purposes
Chapter 341, Acts of 1948
1948
Buckman Tavern alterations
Chapter 588, Acts of 1948
1949
Increase pension amounts
Chapter 527, Acts of 1949
1949
175th Anniversary of Battle of Lexington
Chapter 104, Acts of 1950
1950
Validating acts and proceedings at 1949 adjourned town meetings
Chapter 8, Acts of 1951
3-19-1951 ATM Art. 32
Fire Department
Chapter 781, Acts of 1951
3-16-1953 ATM Art. 28
Increase in pensions and retirement allowances
Chapter 624, Acts of 1952
3-15-1954 ATM Art. 27
Increase in pensions and retirement allowances
Chapter 141, Acts of 1954
3-28-1955 ATM Art. 25
Inspectors of Plumbing
Chapter 381, Acts of 1954
3-7-1955
Ref. to voters re: certain votes of Rep. Town Meeting
Chapter 511, Acts of 1955
7-5-1955
Authorizing the Town to sell water to the Burlington Water District and authorizing said District to purchase water from the Town
Chapter 401, Acts of 1956
3-25-1957 ATM Art. 32
Indemnification of civil defense volunteers
Chapter 442, Acts of 1956
3-4-1957
Representative Town Meeting
Chapter 447, Acts of 1956
11-19-1956 STM Art. 5
Historic Districts Commission
Chapter 18, Acts of 1959
3-2-1959
Determining ties in election of Town Meeting members
Chapter 320, Acts of 1965
1966
Certain nonresidents eligible to take exam for police officer
Chapter 777, Acts of 1965
3-21-1966 ATM Art. 35
Comptroller
Chapter 753, Acts of 1968
3-3-1969
Selectmen/Town Manager Form of Government Act
Chapter 808, Acts of 1975
12-5-1977 STM Art. 2
Zoning
Chapter 284, Acts of 1976
Selectman/Town Manager
Chapter 179, Acts of 1978
5-22-1978
Representative Town Meeting
Chapter 521, Acts of 1983
Lexington Housing Assistance Board
Chapter 120, Acts of 1985
Selectman/Town Manager
Chapter 188, Acts of 1985, Sec. 13
12-2-1985 STM Art. 2
Improving public schools
Chapter 132, Acts of 1989
6-13-1989
Representative Town Meeting
Chapter 653, Acts of 1989, Sec. 40
4-23-1990 ATM Art. 47
Provision to capture new growth
Chapter 653, Acts of 1989, Sec. 41
4-23-1990 ATM Art. 46
Quarterly tax bills
Chapter 291, Acts of 1990
4-8-1991 ATM Art. 41
Enhanced 911 emergency telephone system
Chapter 158, Acts of 1992
8-12-1992
Representative Town Meeting
Chapter 235, Acts of 1994
3-30-2015 ATM Art. 23
Regulation of pension rights of certain firefighters and police officers terminated due to reduction in force
Chapter 71, Acts of 1996
3-26-1997 ATM Art. 40
Military service buy-back
Chapter 194, Acts of 1998, Sec. 288
3-24-1999 ATM Art. 21
Pension adjustment
Chapter 127, Acts of 1999, Sec. 51
4-3-2000 ATM Art. 16
Cost of living adjustment by Retirement Board
Chapter 412, Acts of 2000
3-24-1999 ATM Art. 15
Conservation Commission
Chapter 424, Acts of 2000
4-10-2000 ATM Art. 24
Utility lines
Chapter 426, Acts of 2000
4-10-2000 ATM Art. 20
Noncriminal enforcement of rules and regulations of Historic Districts Commission
Chapter 317, Acts of 2002
4-9-2001 ATM Art. 27
Post retirement insurance liability fund
Chapter 137, Acts of 2004, Sec. 1
3-31-2004 ATM Art. 35
Military pay
Chapter 157, Acts of 2005, Sec. 2
4-24-2006 ATM Art. 24
Disability retirement benefits for veterans