City of Waltham, MA
Middlesex County
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[Gen. Ords. 1962, §§ 1-15—1-17]
The design of the City Seal shall be a circle, across the center the word, "Waltham"; above such word, a perspective view of a cotton mill, river, dam, bridge, train of cars and hills; below such word, a perspective view of a watch factory, river and hills; in the upper border the words, "Incorporated a Town, 1738"; in the lower border the words, "Incorporated a City, 1884."
The City Clerk shall be ex officio keeper of the City Seal but shall permit the Mayor or any other officer to affix the same to any document to which the City Seal is required to be affixed.
The City Seal shall be affixed to all deeds and other legal documents made, given or entered into by the City which require a seal.
Cross reference — Seal to be affixed to cemetery lot deeds, § 4-3.
State law reference — City Seal, MGLA c. 40, § 47.
[Gen. Ords. 1962, § 2-17]
All boards and officers having under their charge any property belonging to the City shall make and transmit to the Mayor and Auditor an inventory thereof and an estimate of its value at the close of each fiscal year.
Every motor vehicle purchased and owned by the City shall be marked on a part of the vehicle not readily removable, and in a conspicuous place, with the Seal of the City or other identifying device, containing the words in plain letters, at least three inches in height, "City of Waltham," in such manner as may be approved by the Mayor who shall make rules and regulations governing such marking. Such motor vehicles as the Chief of Police shall certify in writing to the Mayor as being essential to the proper functioning of the Detective Division of the Police Department shall be exempt from the provisions of this subsection. All welfare department cars shall be exempt from the provisions of this subsection.
State law references — Power of City to require annual reports by City boards and officers, MGLA c. 40, § 21(12); fiscal year; c. 44, § 56A.
[Gen. Ords. 1962, § 2-18]
No board or officer shall exchange or barter any property belonging to the City, except by authority of the Mayor, and whenever a sale of any City property is made, a bill thereof shall be sent to the City Treasurer for collection; provided, however, that this section shall not apply, to the exchange of books by the Board of Trustees of the public library.
No property belonging to the City shall be sold or given away without first obtaining the written authorization of the Mayor in each case, a copy of which shall be filed with the City auditor.
All expenses incurred in the sale of City property or in collections due from such sale shall be charged to the account credited with the amount so received.
State law references — Power of City to regulate disposal of personal property, MGLA c. 40, § 21(11); abandonment of land or easements, c. 40, § 15.
[Gen. Ords. 1962, § 2-21]
No contract involving the employment of labor shall be made by any officer or board until the person to whom the contract is to be awarded shall have certified that they are properly insured under the provisions of the "Workers' Compensation Act," General Laws, Chapter 152.
[Gen. Ords. 1962, §§ 2-16, 2-43]
All bonds required to be given by any officer of the City shall be in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor and with sureties offered upon the same, and shall be approved by the Council before the officer enters upon the performance of his duties. All bonds of City officers, except that of the City Treasurer, shall be kept by the Treasurer. The expense of obtaining all bonds shall be borne by the City and shall be paid from the appropriations made for such officers' departments.
State law reference — Fidelity bonds and payment of premiums thereon, MGLA c. 41, § 109A.
[Gen. Ords. 1962, § 2-57; Ord. No. 33485, 6-27-2016]
The clerk of the Veterans' Services Committee shall be the City Treasurer-Collector.
[Gen. Ords. 1962, § 2-5]
The heads of the several departments, boards and commissions of the City shall make appointments of officers and employees whose appointments are not otherwise provided for.
[Gen. Ords. 1962, § 2-10; Ord. No. 22195, § 4, 2-26-1966; Ord. No. 30445, 6-26-2006]
The members of the Board of Survey and Planning, Board of Health, Cemetery Commission, Trust Fund Commissioners, Library Trustees and Parks-Recreation Board shall keep records of their proceedings and shall hold regular monthly meetings, except during the months of July and August. For attendance at meetings, each permanent member, except the School Committee representative to the Parks-Recreation Board, shall be entitled to a stipend, in an amount established by ordinance, for each meeting of said Board or Commission, or hearing conducted by said Board or Commission, in which said permanent member actually participates as such a member. A permanent member shall be eligible for only one such stipend per day, regardless of the number of meetings and/or hearings conducted on such day, and shall receive no other compensation for serving as a member. For the purpose of this Section a site view, site visit or other such activity shall not be considered a meeting or hearing. Failure on the part of any member to attend three consecutive regular meetings shall constitute a vacancy in such commission to be filled by appointment as provided by law, except when such absence is caused by illness.
Special meetings may be called by the chairmen on such boards whenever necessary.
Cross references — Board of Health, § 2-107; meetings of Board of Cemetery Commissioners, § 4-18; Meetings of Board of Commissioners of trust funds, § 9-18; Parks-Recreation Board, § 11-16 et seq.; meetings of Board of Survey and Planning, § 12-1; meetings of Board of Library Trustees, § 15-18.
[Gen. Ords. 1962, § 2-12; Ord. No. 26859, 2-26-1990]
The several boards and officers of the City shall have the expenditure of the appropriations made for the several matters under their charge, and shall make a written report to the Mayor, at the close of said year, of their doings for the year, with such suggestions and recommendations as they deem proper.
Expenditures by boards, departments and officers of the City, having the authority to expend funds for the purchase of approved capital improvements, shall be restricted to the items specified in the capital improvement budget as finally approved by the City Council. In the event a board, department or officer of the City wishes to purchase an item not specified in the capital improvement budget, as approved by the City Council, such board, department or officer shall obtain the approval, by majority vote, of the City Council and the approval of the Mayor, prior to the purchase of such item; and, provided further, that no expenditure for an item included in said approved capital improvement budget shall exceed by more than 10%, the amount allocated for such item in the budget.
State law reference — Power of council to require reports, MGLA c. 40, § 21(12).
The need for the Housing Review Board shall be reviewed annually by the Mayor and Council before October 1 of each year and its existence shall not be continued after January 1 without the authority of the Mayor and City Council.
State law reference — Need for housing review board to be reviewed annually and its existence not to be continued after January 1, 1975 without authority of the Mayor and council, Acts 1971, c. 790, § 9.
[Ord. No. 22838, 9-28-1970][1]
Except as otherwise provided in this section and notwithstanding any other provision of general or special law, the service of all persons employed by every City in which this section shall be accepted, in the case of cities having a Plan E charter, by the affirmative vote of 2/3 of all the members of the City Council, and, in the case of other cities by vote of the City Council, subject to the provisions of its charter, and in every town in which it shall be accepted by vote of the town at an annual town meeting, shall be restricted to five days and 40 hours in any one week, and eight hours in any one day, and said eight hours shall be arranged to fall within a period of not exceeding nine consecutive hours; provided, that service in excess of the days and hours aforesaid may be authorized by an officer of such City or town or by any other person whose duty it is to employ, direct or control such employees, and such additional service shall be compensated for as overtime. This section shall not apply to policemen, firemen, school teachers, incumbent officers specifically established by or under the authority of any general law or special act, or such other classes or groups of employees as from time to time may be specifically exempted therefrom in the manner provided for the acceptance of this section. The compensation payable to any employee shall not be reduced by reason of acceptance of this section.
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 22838, adopted Sept. 28, 1970, which accepted MGLA c. 149, § 33B, has been included as § 2-11 at the discretion of the editor.