Town of Norwell, MA
Plymouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Norwell. Formerly designated Art. V. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
The Board of Selectmen shall consist of five members elected for terms of three years each, so arranged that the term of office of as nearly an equal number of members as is possible shall expire each year.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Charter § 3-1.
B. 
The Selectmen shall have general direction and management of the property and affairs of the Town in all matters not otherwise provided for by law and these bylaws.
C. 
The Selectmen may appear, either personally or by counsel, before any legislative committee, board or commission to protect the interest of the Town, but are not authorized by this bylaw to commit the Town to any course of action.
D. 
Whenever it shall be necessary to execute any deed or other instrument required to carry into effect any vote of the Town, the same shall be executed by the Selectmen or a majority of them, in the name and in behalf of the Town, properly sealed and subscribed by a majority of them, unless otherwise provided in any special case.
E. 
The Selectmen shall compile and cause to have printed the Annual Report of all Town officers, boards, committees, departments, elections and vital statistics, to be made available to all residents and citizens of the Town at the following locations: Town Clerk's office, Town Library, Norwell Housing Authority Common Room and such other places designated by the Board of Selectmen, at least seven days before the Annual Town Meeting, but failure to do so shall not invalidate the Meeting.
F. 
The Selectmen shall notify the Town Clerk promptly of any appointments made by them to any Town office, board, committee or otherwise, giving the name and addresses of any person or persons so appointed, the office to which appointed or the business upon which the person or persons so appointed are to act.
G. 
The Selectmen in their discretion may, or upon the written request therefor, signed by 50 voters, shall, conduct a forum at least seven days prior to any Regular or Special Town Meeting for the purpose of discussing the articles in the warrant for such Meeting.
A. 
The Board of Assessors shall consist of three members, one elected each year for a term of three years.
B. 
The Assessors shall deliver the tax list and warrant for collection to the Town Treasurer-Collector. Additional warrants shall be issued to the Treasurer-Collector for all taxes assessed or reassessed which are not covered by the original warrant.
C. 
The Assessors shall keep the record of all tax abatements required by law. Each month the Assessors shall notify the Town Treasurer-Collector and Town Accountant in writing the amount of taxes abated in the preceding month, stating separately the amount abated from each tax levy.
A. 
The Board of Health shall consist of three members, one elected each year for a term of three years.
B. 
The Board of Health is to perform all the duties required by law and may make any lawful regulations beneficial to the health of the Town and for the permanent elimination of any offensive stench obnoxious to the users of public ways or residents of the Town. Such regulations are to be posted in five public places and published in one or more newspapers published in the County of Plymouth and circulating in the Town of Norwell.
C. 
Except as otherwise provided for by law, the Board of Health upon request of any complainant shall notify any person or persons responsible for any conditions claimed to be obnoxious that complaint has been made. If after 30 days the condition is still claimed to be offensive, the Board of Health shall investigate and take whatever lawful action it may deem advisable.
D. 
The Board of Health shall forbid all commercial slaughtering, the storage of all decayed animal matter and the disposal of all refuse subject to offensive decay in any location injurious to the health of the Town, obnoxious to residents of the Town or unsightly as seen from any existing dwelling house or public way in the Town.
The Highway Surveyor/Director is elected for a three-year term. Said Highway Surveyor/Director shall perform and discharge all of the duties of the Highway Surveyor and all of the duties of Director of Lands and Natural Resources set forth in MGL c. 41, § 69G.
The Moderator's term of office shall be one year.
[Amended 5-6-2019 ATM, Art. 28]
The Housing Authority consists of five members, four elected for three-year overlapping terms and one appointed in accordance with the General Laws.
A. 
The Planning Board shall consist of five members, one elected each year for a term of three years, and shall perform all duties which are required by law.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Board to consider and advise upon municipal improvements in regard to which advice of the Board, at any time, may be asked by any official or officials of the Town. The Board may, upon its own initiative, make to any official or officials of the Town such recommendations in regard to municipal improvements as the Board may from time to time think proper or expedient.
C. 
The Planning Board may make such rules and regulations as it may deem advisable, not inconsistent with the bylaws of the Town or the General Laws and all statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
A. 
The School Committee shall consist of five members, two elected one year, two elected the following year and one elected the third year, all for a term of three years.
B. 
The School Committee may make such rules and regulations governing the operation of the public schools as it may deem advisable not inconsistent with the bylaws of the Town or the General Laws and all statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
A. 
The Town Clerk's term of office shall be three years.
B. 
The Town Clerk shall have custody of the Town Seal.
C. 
The Town Clerk shall perform the duties which are required by law, recording and filing all agreements and other papers and documents affecting the interest of the Town.
D. 
As soon as may be, the Town Clerk shall transmit to the Selectmen, to the Town Treasurer-Collector, to the Town Accountant, and to the Assessors certified copies of all votes appropriating money or authorizing the expenditure of money or otherwise affecting the finances of the Town, and within the same period the Town Clerk shall transmit to all other Town officers or committees a certified copy of any vote of the Town affecting their respective powers or duties.
E. 
It shall be the duty of the Town Clerk to notify the Selectmen or other appointing authority monthly of any unfilled committee, board or department appointments.
F. 
The Town Clerk shall record, file for publication and maintain a current list of all acts of the Legislature accepted by the Town.
G. 
The Town Clerk shall record, file for publication and make all revisions necessitated by any changes in, or additions to, the bylaws voted in any Town Meeting or otherwise affecting them and, in addition, shall have available for citizens of the Town copies of these bylaws including all revisions.
H. 
The Town Clerk shall pay fees received by her by virtue of her office into the Town treasury.
A. 
There shall be six trustees of the Norwell Public Library, with two elected each year for a term of three years. The first Board of Trustees shall be constituted as follows: the two members of the present Board of Trustees of the William J. Leonard Memorial Library whose terms expire in 1974 and 1975 shall be members of the Board of Trustees for the Norwell Public Library and shall continue as such Trustees until the expiration of their present terms in 1974 and 1975; four other members shall be elected at the 1973 Annual Town Election, with one to serve for a one-year term, one to serve for a two-year term and two to serve for a three-year term. Thereafter as terms expire Trustees shall be elected for a term of three years.
B. 
All public library facilities in the Town of Norwell, including the William J. Leonard Memorial Library, shall be under the supervision and control of the Trustees of the Norwell Public Library. The Trustees shall annually choose a Chair and a Secretary. The Town Treasurer-Collector shall act as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees.
C. 
The Trustees of the Norwell Public Library may adopt such rules and regulations governing the use of the public library facilities as they may deem advisable. A copy of such rules and regulations and all amendments and revisions thereof shall be filed with the Town Clerk before they become effective.
A. 
The Water Department shall be under the supervision of Water Commissioners of which there shall be three, one elected each year for a term of three years.
B. 
The Water Commissioners shall have such duties and powers as are provided by law and these bylaws.
C. 
The Water Commissioners may appoint one or more Registrars, who shall, as directed by the Commissioners, take and tabulate a census of water services connected to the Town water system, read and record all service meters at such intervals as the Commissioners may direct, and perform any other duties required by the Commissioners.
D. 
The Water Commissioners shall, at such regular intervals in each year as they may determine, transmit the assessments for water rates to the Town Treasurer-Collector, who shall collect the same and transmit statements thereof to the Town Accountant.
[Amended 5-6-2019 ATM, Art. 28]
E. 
A charge as the Water Commissioners from time to time may determine shall be made whenever the Water Commissioners, or their representatives, at the request of the water taker, turn on or shut off the water in any service pipe.
[Amended 5-6-2019 ATM, Art. 28]
F. 
No tap for service shall be made unless approved by the Water Commissioners, who may require the payment of a suitable fee for the same.
G. 
No alteration shall be made in any of the pipes or fixtures installed by the Town except by persons authorized by the Water Commissioners who shall also be allowed to enter the premises, examine the fixtures, read the meters and ascertain if there is any unnecessary waste.
H. 
If any person shall open a hydrant or remove the cover thereof or make any opening or connection with any Town pipe or turn on or off the water from any Town pipe except in case of fire or by authority of the Water Commissioners, he shall be liable to a fine of not more than $20.
I. 
It shall be the duty of the Water Department to maintain the hydrants of the Town in good working order and to test them at reasonable intervals.
J. 
Bills for water rates and charges shall be due and payable 30 days from the date shown thereon. If such bills are not paid by the due date, the provisions of the General Laws and all statutes of the Commonwealth respecting the collection of such rates and charges, including the establishment of a lien and shutting off of water, shall apply.
K. 
The Board of Water Commissioners may make abatements in the water rates and charges in such cases as the Commissioners may deem proper, and may temporarily shut off water from any street after giving notice to those affected by their intention to do so. The Commissioners shall notify the Fire Department of the Town prior to any permanent or temporary shutoff of any water mains.
L. 
The Board of Water Commissioners shall keep suitable records in which shall be entered the names of all water takers and the amounts charged, and these records shall be open to public inspection.
M. 
The Board of Water Commissioners may make such rules and regulations governing the Water Department as it may deem advisable, not inconsistent with the bylaws of the Town or the General Laws and all statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.