[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Ipswich as Ch. 1, §§ 1 through 3, of the 1973 Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following provisions shall constitute the general bylaws of the Town of Ipswich and shall be in lieu of all general bylaws heretofore in force. (1937: c. I, s. 1)
Editor's Note: Pursuant to Art. 18, adopted 5-14-2019 ATM, approved by the Attorney General 9-5-2019, the General Bylaws were amended to substitute “Select Board” for the term “Board of Selectmen” and “member of the Select Board” for the word “Selectmen.” In addition, Art. 18 amended the General Bylaws to make all references to the Town Manager, the Town Clerk and other Town officers gender neutral.
The following rules of construction shall be observed unless their observance would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the voters, or repugnant to the context of the bylaw:
The repeal of a bylaw shall not revive any law in force when the bylaw repealed took effect
The repeal of a bylaw shall not affect any punishment or penalty incurred before the repeal takes effect, or any suit, prosecution, or proceeding pending at the time of the repeal for an offense committed or for the recovery of a penalty incurred under the bylaw repealed.
If a bylaw of the Town requires publication in a newspaper published in the Town, it shall be sufficient to make publication in a newspaper which, by its title page, purports to be printed or published in the Town, or which has a general or substantial circulation therein.
Words and phrases specifying or naming any board, commission, committee, or officer of the Town shall be construed as including the lawful successor, or the persons having the powers and performing the duties, of such a board, commission, committee, or officer. (1937: c. I, s. 2)
In construing these bylaws, the following words shall have the meanings herein given unless a contrary intention clearly appears: (1937: c. I, s. 3)
The word "street" shall include highways, Town ways, public ways and all public streets, roads, bridges, alleys, courts, and sidewalks, and also those portions of public squares and places which form traveled parts of public ways.
The words "public place" shall include all commons, parks, playgrounds, and public lands belonging to or in the charge of the Town, or any of its departments, and those portions of public squares and places which do not form traveled parts of public ways.
The words "public building" shall include all buildings belonging to, or under the control of, the Town or any of its departments.
The word "person" shall include corporations, societies, associations and partnerships.
The word "driver" shall mean the person having the charge or control of a vehicle or horse upon a street.
The word "voter" shall mean a duly registered voter of the Town.
The words "Town officer" or "officer" shall include all Town officers, either elected or appointed, and any person serving as a member of any board, commission or committee.
[Added 5-10-2016 ATM by Art. 22, approved by Attorney General 8-9-2016]
The headings and section numbers that appear in this bylaw are for convenience only and shall not be interpreted to limit or otherwise affect the provisions of the article or section to which they refer. With the approval of the Town Manager, the Town Clerk may assign appropriate alphanumeric references to chapters, articles, sections, subsections, paragraphs, and subparagraphs of the General Bylaws, and may correct internal cross-references, and, in each case, the assignment of such references or the making of such corrections shall be identified by a footnote or functionally similar editorial convention.