Town of Watertown, MA
Middlesex County
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[1982 Code, Ch. XI, § 1; amended Ord. 15, passed 3-13-2001]
A town Traffic Commission is hereby established.
[1982 Code, Ch. XI, § 2; amended Ord. 15, passed 3-13-2001; amended Ord. O-2011-26, passed 5-24-2011]
The Traffic Commission shall be composed of members as follows:
(A) 
Chief of the Police Department.
(B) 
Chief of the Fire Department.
(C) 
Superintendent of Public Works.
(D) 
Town Engineer.
(E) 
Director of Community Development and Planning or his or her designee.
(F) 
Two citizens at large both of whom shall be residents of the town, and one a representative of town industry. These members are appointed by the Town Manager and approved by the Town Council for staggered terms of two years each.
[1982 Code, Ch. XI, § 3; amended Ord. 15, passed 3-13-2001]
The members of the Traffic Commission shall receive no compensation for their service as commissioners, but all expenses incurred shall be paid by the town out of an appropriation for those services.
[1982 Code, Ch. XI, §§ 4 — 5; amended Ord. 15, passed 3-13-2001]
(A) 
Chairperson. The Chief of Police shall act as the Chairperson of the Traffic Commission.
(B) 
Secretary. The Traffic Commission shall designate a Secretary. The Secretary shall arrange meetings, supply records, obtain data, prepare reports and attend to the other duties as shall be decided by the Traffic Commission.
[1982 Code, Ch. XI, § 6; amended Ord. 15, passed 3-13-2001; amended Ord. O-2011-26, passed 5-24-2011]
The Traffic Commission shall suggest and advise the Town Manager in ways and means to regulate traffic in the town with a view towards reducing accidents, relieving traffic congestion and increasing safety for cars and alternative modes of transportation. The Commission shall study and make recommendations on road design projects and any proposed addition or deletion of crosswalks, stop signs, traffic signals, signage, parking meters, or parking spaces; and on any proposed traffic calming measures or traffic directional changes.
[1982 Code, Ch. XI, § 7; amended Ord. 15, passed 3-13-2001]
All traffic rules and orders, complaints or suggestions relative to traffic conditions in the town shall first be submitted through the Secretary of the Traffic Commission to that Commission for study and recommendations before being acted on by the Town Manager.
[Amended Ord. 15, passed 3-13-2001]
The Traffic Commission shall meet periodically as needed. When an agenda item for a meeting of the Traffic Commission is brought forward by a town resident or directly concerns a town resident, the Traffic Commission shall make every effort to meet after 6:00 p.m. when it deems appropriate due to the nature of the issue or upon request by the petitioners or citizens.