There is hereby established pursuant to General Laws, Chapter 40C, as amended, (the "Massachusetts Historic Districts Act"), a Randolph Historic District Commission (the "Commission"), with all the powers and duties legally assigned thereunto.
Said Commission shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the Town Manager with confirmation from the Town Council, to be selected as follows:
One (1) member shall be selected, if possible, from two (2) nominees whose names are submitted by the Randolph Historical Society;
One (1) member shall be selected, if possible, from two (2) nominees who are local licensed Realtors covering the Town of Randolph.
One (1) member shall be selected, if possible, from two (2) nominees who are licensed Architects covering the Town of Randolph.
One (1) member shall be selected, if possible, from two (2) nominees who are licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and whose law practices cover the Town of Randolph.
If within thirty (30) days after submission of a written request for nominees to an organization entitled to submit nominations for membership on the Commission no such nominations have been made the appointing authority may proceed to make the appointment to the Commission without nomination by such organization.
At any given time, three (3) of the appointees serving upon the Randolph Historic District Commission shall be property owners and live within the Historic District in Randolph established pursuant to the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act unless, on account of the small number of residents or individual property owners living in Randolph Historic Districts, there are an insufficient number of such volunteers or nominees who are willing to serve on the Commission.
When the Commission is first established, two (2) members shall be appointed for terms of one (1) year, two (2) shall be appointed for terms of two (2) years, and three (3) shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years. A successor to a member shall be appointed in the same manner as such member was appointed, except that the successor's term shall be for three (3) years.
If an unscheduled vacancy occurs on the Commission, it shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the vacating member was appointed.
Each member shall serve without compensation and shall continue in office after the expiration of the allotted term, until such time as that member's successor is appointed.
The Commission shall elect annually a chair and vice-chair from its own number and a secretary from within or without its number.
Except as permitted under the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act or as otherwise provided in this chapter, no building or structure within an historic district shall be constructed or altered in any way that affects exterior architectural features unless the Commission shall first have issued a certificate of appropriateness, a certificate of non-applicability or a certificate of hardship with respect to such construction or alteration, as described under the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act.
All buildings in an historic district shall be eligible for low interest loans and/or grants from Community Preservation Funds under Historic Preservation for exterior alterations that improve the historical integrity of a property. Those items eligible shall be only items which the Historic District Commission has regulatory authority over.
Whoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter may, in addition to such other penalty as may be provided by law, be subject to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100), imposed by the Commission through the Building Commissioner or the Building Commissioner's designee, as a noncriminal disposition pursuant to Chapter 40, Section 21D, of the Massachusetts General Laws. Each day during any portion of which a violation continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense.