Town of Lynnfield, MA
Essex County
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We, the people of the Town of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, in order to reaffirm the customary and the traditional liberties of the people with respect to the conduct of our local government and to take the fullest advantages inherent in the Home Rule Amendment of the Constitution of the Commonwealth, do hereby adopt the following Home Rule Charter for this town.
CHAPTER 1 POWERS OF THE TOWN

Section 1 Incorporation

Section 2 Scope of Town Powers

Section 3 Form of Government

Section 4 Construction of Charter

Section 5 Intergovernmental Relations

CHAPTER 2 TOWN MEETING

Section 1 Organization

Section 2 Powers and Responsibilities

Section 3 Procedures

Section 4 Initiative Petition

Section 5 Presiding Officer

CHAPTER 3 THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Section 1 The Board of Selectmen

Section 2 General Powers

Section 3 Powers of Appointment

Section 4 Powers of Investigation

Section 5 Administrative Reorganization

CHAPTER 4 OTHER ELECTED TOWN BOARDS

Section 1 General Provisions

Section 2 Vacancies

Section 3 School Committee

Section 4 Planning Board

Section 5 Board of Assessors

Section 6 Library Trustees

CHAPTER 5 APPOINTMENTS BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Section 1 Powers to Appoint Town Officers

Section 2 Duties

Section 3 Power to Appoint Town Boards and Commissions

Section 4 Other Appointive Powers

Section 5 The Power to Rescind Appointments

Section 6 Qualifications of the Town Administrator

Section 7 Duties of the Town Administrator

Section 8 Removal of the Town Administrator

CHAPTER 6 ELECTIONS

Section 1 Town Elections

Section 2 Elections to be Nonpartisan

Section 3 Eligibility of Town Voters

Section 4 Recall of Elective Officers

Section 5 Apportionment

CHAPTER 7 FINANCIAL PROVISIONS AND PROCEDURES

Section 1 Applicability of State Law

Section 2 Fiscal Year

Section 3 Annual Audit

Section 4 Finance Committee

Section 5 Submission of Budget and Budget Message

Section 6 Capital Improvements Program

Section 7 Action on Proposed Budgets

Section 8 Budget Adoption

Section 9 Public Records

Section 10 Collections and Disbursements

Section 11 Emergency Appropriations

Section 12 Insufficiency of Funds

Section 13 Lapse of Appropriations

Section 14 Prohibitions

CHAPTER 8 ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS

Section 1 Powers and Duties of Planning Board

Section 2 Planning Director

Section 3 Authority

CHAPTER 9 ADMINISTRATION

Section 1 Divisions and Departments Established

Section 2 Division of Public Works

Section 3 Division of Finance and Administrative Services

Section 4 Division of Zoning Enforcement and Inspection

Section 5 Personnel System

CHAPTER 10 GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 1 Amendment of Charter

Section 2 Specific Provisions Shall Prevail

Section 3 Severability of Charter

Section 4 Revision and Publication of By-Laws

Section 5 Town Boards, Commissions, and Committees

Section 6 Executive Sessions

Section 7 Boards and Positions Abolished

CHAPTER 11 TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

Section 1 Continuation of By-Laws

Section 2 Continuation of Government

Section 3 Transfer of Records and Property

Section 4 Continuance of Contracts and Other Obligations

Section 5 Pending Actions and Proceedings

Section 6 Appointments to Finance Committee

Section 7 Effective Date