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Town of Belmont, MA
Middlesex County
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[Adopted as Arts. 12, 13, 16, 19, 25 and 33 of the 1981 Bylaws]
[Added 4-25-1983 ATM, approved 8-2-1983]
A. 
There shall be a Bylaw Review Committee consisting of the Town Clerk and four members appointed by the Moderator.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Committee to consider all articles in the warrant for any Town Meeting which propose an amendment or addition to the General Bylaws.
C. 
The Committee Chair or some members of the Committee designated by the Chair shall report to the Town Meeting such recommendations, if any, as the Committee shall consider appropriate with respect to any article in the warrant which proposes an amendment or addition to the General Bylaws. The Moderator shall call upon the Committee for such report prior to the discussion or vote on such article.
D. 
Whenever practicable, the Select Board shall submit to the Committee all proposed amendments or additions to the General Bylaws prior to their inclusion in the warrant for any Town Meeting. The Committee shall meet and review all such proposed amendments and additions and shall report to the Select Board its recommendations as to their form and consistency with existing provisions of the General Bylaws and as to their placement in the General Bylaws.
E. 
The Committee may propose to the Select Board for inclusion in the warrant for the next Annual or Special Town Meeting any amendments or additions to the General Bylaws which the Committee determines should be made so as to resolve inconsistencies with other provisions or with applicable law. The Committee shall propose to the Select Board, for inclusion in the warrant for the next Annual or Special Town Meeting, any amendments or additions to the General Bylaws which have been requested of it by any Town board or officer.
F. 
The Committee may consult with Town Counsel as to the legality of any provisions or proposed provisions of the General Bylaws.
G. 
The Committee shall assist the Town Clerk in preparing the publication from time to time of appendices and supplements to the General Bylaws, including all amendments and additions thereto.
[Amended 5-29-2013 STM, approved 10-8-2013]
H. 
Failure to observe any provision of this section shall not affect the validity of any change in the General Bylaws which has been duly adopted by vote of the Town Meeting.
[Amended 5-29-2013 STM, approved 10-8-2013]
A. 
There shall be a Capital Budget Committee of seven members, consisting of the Chair of the Select Board or a member of that Board designated by its Chair, the Chair of the Warrant Committee or a member of that Committee designated by its Chair, the Chair of the Planning Board or a member of that Board designated by its Chair, the Chair of the School Committee or a member of that Committee designated by its Chair and three members who shall be appointed by the Moderator.
[Amended 4-22-1996 ATM, approved 8-6-1996]
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Committee annually to prepare a Capital Budget Report showing, for each of the six years next following, a list of those public improvements and nonrecurring major equipment needs which, in its opinion, represent the most necessary and urgent projects or purchases to be undertaken by the Town during each such year. The report shall include the probable cost of each such improvement or purchase and the Committee's recommendations as to the method of financing them. For this purpose each officer, board or committee of the Town shall submit to the Committee a list of proposed public improvements and nonrecurring major equipment needs together with an estimate of their cost for each of the six years next following. As used by this bylaw, the term "public improvement" shall include the purchase or taking of land.
C. 
The Capital Budget Report shall be submitted to the Town Clerk in sufficient time to be distributed to Town Meeting Members at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the session at which the Capital Budget is to be considered. The report shall be available in the Town Clerk's office for distribution to the public. The report shall also be included in the Annual Town Report.
[Amended 4-29-2013 ATM, approved 10-9-2013]
[Added 4-25-2011 ATM, approved 6-22-2011]
A. 
There is hereby established, pursuant to MGL c. 44B (the Community Preservation Act, hereafter in this section referred to as "the Act"), a Community Preservation Committee (hereafter in this section referred to as "the Committee") consisting of nine members.
[Amended 5-29-2013 STM, approved 10-8-2013]
(1) 
The Committee shall consist of the following members:
(a) 
One member of the Board of Park Commissioners as designated by the Board;
(b) 
One member of the Conservation Commission as designated by the Commission;
(c) 
One member of the Historic District Commission as designated by the Commission;
(d) 
One member of the Housing Authority as designated by the Authority;
(e) 
One member of the Planning Board as designated by the Board;
(f) 
One member of the Recreation Commission as designated by the Select Board; and
(g) 
Three at-large members as designated by the Select Board.
(2) 
Members appointed to the Committee pursuant to Subsection A(1)(a) through (e) above are referred to hereafter in this section as "the statutory members."
(3) 
With respect to initial statutory members and the initial member from the Recreation Commission, members appointed pursuant to Subsection A(1)(a) and (b) shall be appointed for one-year terms, members appointed pursuant to Subsection A(1)(c) and (d) shall be appointed for two-year terms and members appointed pursuant to Subsection A(1)(e) and (f) shall be appointed for three-year terms or, in the case of each initial statutory member, if sooner occurring, until such member no longer serves on the appointing board, commission or authority or, in the case of the initial member from the Recreation Commission, if sooner occurring, until such member no longer serves on the Recreation Commission. After the initial appointments, all statutory members and the member from the Recreation Commission shall serve for terms of three years or, if sooner occurring, until the statutory members no longer serve on the appointing board, commission or authority or, in the case of the member from the Recreation Commission, until such member no longer serves on that Commission.
(4) 
With respect to initial at-large members, one member shall be appointed for a one-year term, one for a two-year term and one for a three-year term. After the initial appointments, all at-large members shall be appointed for three-year terms. At-large members shall include persons who have expertise or demonstrated interest in open space, recreation, historic preservation or affordable housing.
(5) 
Mid-term vacancies in the office of at-large member, statutory member or member from the Recreation Commission shall be filled by the board, commission or authority that made the original appointment, and members appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term.
B. 
The Committee shall study the needs, possibilities and resources of the Town regarding community preservation. The Committee shall consult with other Town boards, commissions, committees and authorities, including, among others, the Conservation Commission, the Historic District Commission, the Housing Authority, the Planning Board and the Recreation Commission, and with the Belmont Housing Trust in conducting such studies. As part of its studies the Committee shall hold one or more public information hearings on the needs, possibilities and resources of the Town regarding community preservation, notice of which shall be posted publicly on the Town's web page at least two weeks prior to the date of the hearing and published in each of two weeks preceding the week in which the hearing is to be held in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town. The Committee shall file an annual report of its activities with the Town Clerk.
(1) 
The Committee shall make recommendations to the Town Meeting for the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space; for the acquisition, rehabilitation, restoration and preservation of historic resources; for the acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational use; for the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing; and for the rehabilitation or restoration of open space, land for recreational use and community housing that is acquired or created as provided in the Act. With respect to community housing, the Committee shall recommend, wherever possible, the reuse of existing buildings or construction of new buildings on previously developed sites.
(2) 
The Committee may include in its recommendations to the Town Meeting a recommendation to set aside for later spending funds for specific purposes that are consistent with community preservation but for which sufficient funds are not then available in the Community Preservation Fund to accomplish that specific purpose or to set aside for later spending funds for general purposes that are consistent with community preservation.
C. 
The Committee shall not meet or conduct business without the presence of a quorum. A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The Committee shall approve its actions by majority vote of the quorum. Recommendations to the Town Meeting shall include their anticipated costs.
D. 
The Select Board shall insert one or more articles in the warrant for each Annual Town Meeting, and for any Special Town Meeting, upon the written request of the Committee, to enable Town Meeting to make appropriations or take other actions for community preservation purposes recommended by the Committee for the current or next fiscal year.
E. 
At all times this section shall be interpreted and implemented in a manner consistent with the Act, as amended. In case any subsection, paragraph or part of this section is for any reason declared invalid or unconstitutional by any court of last resort, every other subsection, paragraph or part shall continue in full force and effect.
[Amended 5-29-2013 STM, approved 10-8-2013]
A. 
There shall be a Permanent Audit Committee of seven members consisting of the Chair of the Select Board or a member of that Board designated by its Chair, the Town Treasurer, the Town Accountant and four members who shall be appointed by the Select Board.
B. 
At periodic intervals as requested by the Select Board, but not less often than triennially, the Committee shall assist the Select Board in the selection of an auditor who, when selected, shall perform an audit of the accounts of the Town. The Committee shall monitor the accomplishment of the selected auditor and shall participate in the review and discussion of the auditor's findings with the Select Board.
C. 
The Committee shall annually report to the Select Board, which report shall discuss the matters presented in the auditor's report and shall recommend such changes or alterations in accounting practices and procedures as the Committee sees fit. The auditor's report shall be published in the Annual Town Report.
[Added 12-13-1999 STM, approved 3-9-2000]
A. 
There shall be a Permanent Building Advisory Committee of seven members who shall be residents of the Town, one of whom shall be appointed by the Select Board and six of whom shall be appointed by the Town Moderator. To the extent possible, the Town Moderator shall appoint members who have experience in architecture, engineering, building construction, law or finance.
B. 
Notwithstanding other provisions of these bylaws, it shall be the responsibility of the Committee to oversee all projects for the design, construction, reconstruction, alteration or enlargement of any building or other facilities owned by the Town, or undertaken on land owned, leased or operated by the Town, with an expected construction value of $50,000 or more, except as the Town Meeting may authorize the appointment of a building or project committee with respect to a particular project. The Committee may also review projects with an expected value of less than $50,000.
C. 
Any building or project committee authorized by Town Meeting shall include one or more Committee members designated by the Committee. Committee members serving on any such building or project committee shall serve as full voting members for the duration of said building or project committee. In the event that the Town Meeting does not authorize the appointment of a building or project committee with respect to a particular project, the Committee shall have the sole authority to procure engineering and architectural services, to award bids for construction and to administer contracts for construction services in accordance with applicable law.
D. 
Except as otherwise provided by vote of the Town Meeting, the Committee shall assume the responsibility for any project in progress as of December 13, 1999, except the Town Hall and Town Hall Annex projects and the new Municipal Light Department project.
[Amended 5-29-2013 STM, approved 10-8-2013]
A. 
There shall be a Warrant Committee of 17 members, consisting of the Chair of the Select Board or a member of that Board designated by its Chair, the Chair of the School Committee or a member of that Committee designated by its Chair, and 15 other voters of the Town who shall be appointed by the Moderator. A majority of the entire Committee shall always be voters of the Town who hold no Town office. For purposes of these bylaws, Town Meeting Members shall not be considered holders of a Town office. The Committee shall serve without pay.
[Amended 4-27-2009 ATM, approved 10-1-2009]
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Committee to consider for all Town Meetings all articles in the warrant which involve an appropriation of money and to report thereon at the Town Meeting. The Select Board shall, immediately upon voting to include in the warrant any such article, transmit a copy thereof to the Committee which shall thereupon take the same under consideration. On the copies of the warrant provided by the Select Board for the Town Meeting Members at each Town Meeting, there shall appear a short statement of the report and recommendations of the Committee. The Committee shall also consider and report upon other warrant articles and other matters which, in the Committee's judgment, affect the financial interests of the Town.
[Amended 4-25-1983 ATM, approved 8-2-1983]
C. 
The Committee Chair or some member designated by the Chair shall attend each Town Meeting and shall present or read to the Town Meeting the vote of the Committee containing its recommendations with reference to each article in question, including the number in favor or against the same. Said report shall be presented or read as above before any debate shall be in order on said article.
D. 
The various Town officers and boards charged with expenditure of Town money shall submit their recommendations for appropriations to the Committee on a schedule established by the Committee. The Committee may give one or more public hearings regarding every proposed appropriation and shall give public notice of the time and place of such hearing or hearings. The various Town officers and boards may be required by the Committee to attend such hearing or hearings and give such evidence and explanation as may be required of them concerning their recommendations for appropriations.
E. 
The Committee shall duly consider all matters before it and shall report in writing its approval or disapproval of the articles in the warrant within the scope of its investigation hereunder. The Select Board shall include said report in the Annual Town Report.
F. 
Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to prevent the Town from appropriating money or taking any other action according to law, without the matter first having been acted upon and recommendations and report made thereon by the Committee.
[Amended 4-25-1983 ATM, approved 8-2-1983; 5-29-2013 STM, approved 10-8-2013]