Town of Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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The following are laws of the commonwealth accepted by the Town:
Subject
Reference
Date
Where Located
Adoption of code concerning truant children
Acts 1873, c. 262
April 14, 1879
Bk. 1, Pg. 49, Art. 12
Ballots, printing and distributing
Acts 1890, c. 386
February 14, 1891
Bk. 1, Pg. 490, Art. 2
Assessors of taxes, election and term
Public Statutes c. 27, § 65; amended by Acts 1883, c. 203 and amended by 3 other acts
March 28, 1892 (took effect 1893)
Bk. 1, Pg. 538, Art. 23
Plumbing and drainage of buildings, rules and regulations for
Acts 1893, c. 477
March 26, 1894
Bk. 2, Pg. 13, Art. 13
Eight-hour day for certain Town employees
Revised Laws c. 106, § 20
April 12, 1902
Bk. 2, Pg. 257, Art. 14
Public playgrounds, provide and maintain
Acts 1908, c. 513
April 5, 1909
Bk. 2, Pg. 417, Art. 13
Relating to watering of public streets
Revised Laws c. 25, § 22 and amendments
April 4, 1910
Bk. 2, Pg. 444, Art. 11
Compensation for injuries sustained by certain public employees
Acts 1913, c. 807
March 2, 1914
Bk. 2, Pg. 583, Art. 6
Promotion of call men in Fire Department
Acts 1913, c. 487
March 2, 1914
Bk. 2, Pg. 584, Art. 7
Eight-hour day for Town employees
Acts 1909, c. 514, § 42 as affected by Acts 1911, c. 494
March 2, 1914
Bk. 2, Pg. 584, Art. 8
Licensing of motor vehicles carrying passengers for hire
Acts 1916, c. 293
September 6, 1919
Bk. 3, Pg. 209, Art. 2
Regulating and controlling certain sports and games on Sunday
Acts 1920, c. 240
May 20, 1920
Bk. 3, Pg. 241, Art. 2
Boxing laws
MGL c. 147 §§ 32 to 47
April 26, 1924
Bk. 3, Pg. 391, Art. 10
Sunday sports
MGL c. 136, §§ 21 to 25
March 4, 1929
Bk. 4, Pg. 62
Town Moderator, election and duties of
MGL c. 39, § 14
March 1931
Bk. 4, Pg. 149, Art. 28
Paying wages and salaries to Town militia
Acts and Resolves 1930, c. 157
March 14, 1931
Bk. 4. Pg. 156, Art. 17
Taking of fur-bearing mammals by use of traps-suspended
MGL c. 131, § 105C
March 1935
Bk. 4, Pg. 332, Art. 20
Town Accountant, appointment, and office of Auditor abolished
MGL c. 41, § 55
March 16, 1935
Bk. 4, Pg. 338, Art. 18
An act establishing in the Town of Adams representative town government by limited town meetings
Acts 1935, c. 235
March 2, 1936
Bk. 4, Pg. 363
Cemetery Commission to manage cemeteries
MGL c. 114, §§ 22 to 25, as amended by Acts 1934, c. 85
June 29, 1937
Bk. 4, Pg. 453, Art. 1
Sexton, appointment
MGL c. 41, § 4A
March 26, 1938
Bk. 5, Pg. 38, Art. 32
Permanent police force under civil service
MGL c. 31, § 48
April 1, 1939
Bk. 5, Pg. 139, Art. 48
Chairman of Board of Cemetery Commissioners, to be Town Meeting member at large
Acts 1939, c. 202
March 4, 1940
Bk. 5, Pg. 169
Nomination of candidates for Town officers by Town caucus
MGL c. 53, § 121
March 30, 1940
Bk. 5, Pg. 192, Art. 41
Police Department, members excused from duty without loss of pay
MGL c. 147, §§ 16B and 17
March 22, 1941
Bk. 5, Pg. 306, Art. 26
Janitors of schools, inclusion within classified civil service
MGL c. 31, § 4
March 22, 1941
Bk. 5, Pg. 306, Art. 27
Permitting certain places of business to keep open on Sunday
MGL c. 136, §§ 7 and 8 as amended
March 22, 1941
Bk. 5, Pg. 306, Art. 31
Reserve police force, establishment and appointments thereto subject to civil service
MGL c. 147, §§ 13A and 13C
October 14, 1941
Bk. 5, Pg. 327, Art. 15
An act authorizing the Town of Adams to reduce the number of Town Meeting members required for doing business in said Town
Acts 1941, c. 560
March 2, 1942
Bk. 5, Pg. 353
Town Constables, appointment by Board of Selectmen
MGL c. 41
March 1946
Bk. 6, Pg. 44, Art. 38
Board of Park Commissioners, election
MGL c. 45, § 14
March 17, 1947
Bk. 6, Pg. 145, Art. 46
Increase pension allowances certain retired Town employees
Acts 1947, c. 615
March 15, 1948
Bk. 6, Pg. 230, Art. 31
Increase pension or retirement allowances former Town employees
Acts 1948, c. 588
March 7, 1949
Bk. 6, Pg. 296
Town Wire Inspector, salary and appointment by Board of Selectmen
Acts 1949, c. 529
March 20, 1950
Bk. 6, Pg. 405, Art. 39
Provide permanent tenure for I. Audrey Louison, the present Town Clerk
MGL c. 41, § 19B
March 5, 1951
Bk. 6, Pg. 498
Providing certain increases in retirement pensions
Acts 1951, c. 781
March 17, 1952
Bk. 6, Pg. 587, Art. 35
Police force: five-day week
Acts 1951, c. 346
March 17, 1952
Bk. 6, Pg. 589, Art. 46
Relating to assessment for construction, maintenance and repair of domestic sewers installed in streets not presently containing such sewers
MGL c. 83
March 17, 1952
Bk. 6, Pg. 589, Art. 48
Personnel Board, appointment and classification and pay plan for certain positions
Acts 1948, c. 351
March 15, 1954
Bk. 7, Pg. 152, Art. 39
Civil service sec.
MGL c. 31, § 49A
March 7, 1955
Bk. 7, Pg. 279
Contribute to payment of premiums on group life insurance policies for certain Town employees
MGL c. 40, § 5, cl. 44
March 21, 1955
Bk. 7, Pg. 301, Art. 39
Authorizing Town to provide insurance for certain persons in service of Town and their dependents
MGL c. 32B
March 5, 1956
Bk. 7, Pg. 398
Provide unlimited tenure for Joseph T. Satko, present Town Accountant
Acts 1937, c. 5, §§ 1 and 2
March 4, 1957
Bk. 8, Pg. 38
Snow removal from private ways
MGL c. 40, § 6C
March 4, 1957
Bk. 8, Pg. 39
Bicycle registration and operation
MGL c. 85, § 11A
March 18, 1957
Bk. 8, Pg. 99, Art. 67
Stabilization fund established
MGL c. 40, § 5B
March 17, 1958
Bk. 8, Pg. 223, Art. 17
Planning Board established
MGL c. 41, § 81A
March 17, 1958
Bk. 8, Pg. 231, Art. 51
Providing for establishment of a regional school district by the City of North Adams and the Towns of Adams, Williamstown, Clarksburg, Florida, Savoy, Monroe, Heath and Charlemont
Act of General Court, 1958
November 3, 1959
Bk. 8, Pg. 479
Dancing school licenses
Acts 1939, c. 253; MGL c. 140, § 185H
November 14, 1960
Bk. 9, Pg. 278, Art. 11
Purchasing uniforms for Police Department
MGL c. 40, § 6B
March 20, 1961
Bk. 9, Pg. 363, Art. 29
Inspector of Gas Piping and Gas Appliances, appointment and term by legislature
MGL c. 143, § 30 enacted in 1960
March 20, 1961
Bk. 9, Pg. 383, Art. 2
Urban renewal program needed
MGL c. 12K, § 26XX
March 1962
Bk. 10, Pg. 29, Art. 38
Redevelopment authority needed
MGL c. 121, § 26QQ
March 1962
Bk. 10, Pg. 29, Art. 39
Subdivision Control Law
MGL c. 41 §§ 81K to 81GG
March 1963
Bk. 10, Pg. 238, Art. 33
Permit purchase of certain items of footwear and clothing
Acts 1964, c. 90, amending MGL c. 40
March 22, 1965
Bk. 11, Pg. 109, Art. 82
Establishment of regional school district together with Town of Cheshire
MGL c. 71, §§ 16 to 16I
March 7, 1966
Bk. 11, Pg. 178
Membership in Berkshire County Planning District
MGL c. 40B
March 28, 1966
Bk. 11, Pg. 231, Art. 54
Chief of Police, compensation for holiday service
Acts 1965, c. 786
March 28, 1966
Bk. 11, Pg. 232, Art. 57
Authority of Board of Selectmen to issue winter seasonal liquor licenses
MGL c. 138, § 17
March 28, 1966
Bk. 11, Pg. 233, Art. 61
Council on Aging
MGL c. 40, § 8B
July 25, 1966
Bk. 11, Pg. 256, Art. 2
Common sewers, rules and regulations for use
MGL c. 83, § 10
October 31, 1967
Bk. 11, Pg. 434, Art. 5
Housing Authority established
MGL c. 121, § 26K as amended
March 25, 1968
Bk. 12, Pg. 114, Art. 45
Industrial development financing authority established
Acts 1967, c. 772
March 25, 1968
Bk. 12, Pg. 115, Art. 46
Permit Board of Selectmen to establish certain traffic regulations relative to clearing of streets during snow plowing operations
MGL c. 40, § 22D
December 8, 1969
Bk. 12, Pg. 123, Art. 1
Traffic regulations
MGL c. 90, § 18A
May 27, 1970
Bk. 12, Pg. 111, Art. 4
Parking regulations
MGL c. 90, § 20C
June 4, 1973
Bk. 13, Pg. 512, Art. 8
Transfer of railroad bridge at Grove Street to commonwealth
Acts 1971, c. 634
June 4, 1973
Bk. 13, Pg. 512, Art. 7
Advanced vacation pay
MGL c. 44, § 65
June 10, 1974
Bk. 14, Pg. 141, Art. 2
Insurance
MGL c. 32B, § 7A
January 3, 1978
Bk. 15, Pg. 104, Art. 4
Insurance
MGL c. 32B, § 9E
January 3, 1978
Bk. 15, Pg. 105, Art. 5
Educational incentive, Police Department
MGL c. 41, § 108L
September 10, 1979
Bk. 15, Pg. 407, Art. 48
Selectmen - Administrator form of government
Acts 1983, c. 31
May 2, 1983
Bk. 16, Pg. 94, Q. 1
Establishment of Department of Public Works
Acts 1983, c. 34
May 2, 1983
Bk. 16, Pg. 94, Q. 2
To advertise Adams
MGL c. 40, § 6A
September 10, 1984
Bk. 16, Pg. 275, Art. 4
Equal education grant, professional development grant, minimum teacher salaries
Acts 1985, c. 188, §§ 12, 13 and 16
October 7, 1985
Bk. 16, Pg. 392, Arts. 1, 2 and 3
Property tax reduction (low income/elderly)
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 17C
May 27, 1986
Bk. 16, Pg. 474, Art. 49
Equal education opportunity grant
Acts 1985, c. 188
May 27, 1986
Bk. 16, Pg. 474, Art. 46
Improving public schools of the commonwealth
Acts 1985, c. 188, § 12
May 26, 1987
Bk. 16, Pg. 658, Art. 45
Establishment of Town scholarship fund
Acts 1986, c. 194
May 26, 1987
Bk. 16, Pg. 659, Art. 46
Regulating the payment of certain taxes in certain districts
Acts 1985, c. 59, § 57A
May 26, 1987
Bk. 16, Pg. 659, Art. 47
Granting or renewing certain licenses and permits
MGL c. 40, § 57 as amended by Acts 1985, c. 640
May 26, 1987
Bk. 16, Pg. 659, Art. 48
Improving public schools of the commonwealth
Acts 1985, c. 188, § 12
May 31, 1988
Bk. 17, Pg. 59, Art. 40
Payment of property taxes
MGL c. 59, § 57B as amended by Acts 1987, c. 402
May 31, 1988
Bk. 17, Pg. 60, Art. 41
Enhancing the teaching profession and recognizing educational achievement
MGL c. 71, § 40 as amended by Acts 1987, c. 727, § 10
October 3, 1988
Bk. 17, Pg. 107, Art. 8
Improving public schools of the commonwealth
Acts 1985, c. 188, § 12
May 30, 1989
Bk. 17, Pg. 181, Art. 47
Payment of public employees by direct bank credit
MGL c. 41, § 41B as amended
May 30, 1989
Bk. 17, Pg. 181, Art. 48
Workmen's compensation of certain elected and appointed officials
MGL c. 152, § 69 as amended
May 30, 1989
Bk. 17, Pg. 181, Art. 50
Establishing a stabilization fund by regional school districts
Acts 1988, c. 225, adding MGL c. 71, § 16G 1/2
May 30, 1989
Bk. 17, Pg. 181, Art. 51
Changes in assessment dates for new growth
Acts 1989, c. 653, § 40
Feb. 20, 1990
Bk. 17, Pg. 232, Art. 2
Compensation of certain local retirement system officials
MGL c. 32, § 20(4)(d 1/2) and (h)
May 29, 1990
Bk. 17, Pg. 309, Art. 19
Elderly tax exemptions
MGL c. 59, § 5 (17C 1/2)
May 29, 1990
Bk. 17, Pg. 309, Art. 20
Retirement system calculation
Acts 1987, c. 697, § 64
May 28, 1991
Bk. 17, Pg. 442, Art. 20
Retirement, service after age 70
Acts 1987, c. 697, § 107
May 28, 1991
Bk. 17, Pg. 442, Art. 21
Enhanced 911 emergency telephone service
Acts 1990, c. 291
May 28, 1991
Bk. 17, Pg. 443, Art. 22
Added credible service after age 70
MGL c. 32, § 90G 3/4, as amended by § 3 of c. 254, Acts 1990
May 26, 1992
Bk. 17, Pg. 531, Art. 20
Noncriminal disposition of bylaw violations
MGL c. 40, § 21D
May 26, 1992
Bk. 17, Pg. 531, Art. 21
Town officers to establish fees
MGL c. 40, § 22F
May 26, 1992
Bk. 17, Pg. 532, Art. 22
Benefits to part-time elected officials
Acts 1993, c. 58
September 2, 1992
Bk. 17, Pg. 562, Art. 4
Elderly property tax exemption
MGL c. 59, § 5 (41C)
May 30, 1995
Bk. 18, Pg. 257, Art. 23
Busing of school age children
Acts 1987, c. 767
May 30, 1995
Bk. 18, Pg. 257, Art. 24
Retirement Board compensation
MGL c. 32, § 20(6)
June 10, 1996
Bk. 18, Pg. 357, Art. 22
Establishment of various revolving funds
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
May 27, 1997
Bk. 18, Pg. 474, Art. 20
Employee disability, dental, vision care without mandatory contributions
MGL c. 32B, § 15(a) as amended by Acts 1996
May 27, 1997
Bk. 18, Pg. 478, Art. 28
Creditable retirement service for military duty
MGL c. 32, § 4(1)(h) as amended by Acts 1996
May 26, 1998
Bk. 19, Pg. 54, Art. 24
Annual cost of living adjustments for retirees
MGL c. 32, § 103 as amended by Acts 1997
May 26, 1998
Bk. 19, Pg. 54, Art. 25
Bylaws and ordinances relative to the regulation of dogs
MGL c. 140, § 147A as amended
June 28, 1999
Bk. 19, Pg. 170, Art. 2
Excise rate of 4% of rent for each occupancy
MGL c. 64G, § 3A
May 22, 2000
Bk. 19, Pg. 373, Art. 26
Allows for senior citizens to volunteer to reduce tax bill
Acts 1999, c. 127, § 59
May 22, 2000
Bk. 19, Pg. 373, Art. 28
Allows for 3% cost of living increase for retirees
Acts 1999, c. 127, § 51
Oct. 10, 2000
Bk. 19, Pg. 401, Art. 15
Credible service for veterans
Acts 2002, c. 116, § 6
Nov. 18, 2002
Bk. 19, Pg. 729, Art. 13
Permit common victualers licensed to sell wine and malt beverages to also sell liqueurs and cordials
Acts of 1993, c. 481
June 21, 2005
Bk. 20, Pg. 280, Art. 32
Mutual aid agreements
MGL c. 40, § 4A; c. 48, § 59A; c. 40, § 8G
June 26, 2006
Bk. 20, Pg. 352, Art. 30
Hazardous waste agreements
MGL c. 59, § 59A (see also Ch. 32 of Town Code)
June 18, 2007
Bk. 20, Pg. 451, Art. 29
Medicare for retirees
MGL c. 32B, § 18
June 18, 2007
Bk. 20, Pg. 451, Art. 30
Application for Greylock Glen
MGL c. 43D, as amended, pursuant to § 11 of Chapter 205 of the Acts of 2006
June 18, 2007
Bk. 20, Pg. 452, Art. 31
Intermittent or reserve police members
MGL c. 31, § 60A
September 3, 2008
Selectmen's minutes for September 3, 2008
Automatic amusement devices license
MGL c. 140, § 177A-(4)
June 16, 2009
Bk. 21, Pg. 246, Art. 27
Commercial above and underground storage tank license
MGL c. 148
June 16, 2009
Bk. 21, Pg. 246, Art. 28
Economic opportunity area (EOA)
MGL c. 23A, § 3A-3H
June 16, 2009
Bk. 21, Pg. 246, Art. 29
Expedited permitting
MGL c. 43D, § 11; Chapter 205 of the Acts of 2006
June 16, 2009
Bk. 21, Pg. 247, Art. 30
Establishment of various revolving funds
MGL c. 44, § 53D
June 24, 2010
Bk. 21, Pg. 311, Art. 22
Local room occupancy tax of 2%
MGL c. 64G, § 3A
April 26, 2011
Bk. 21, Pg. 376, Art. 3
Local meals excise tax
MGL c. 64L, § 2A
June 27, 2011
Bk. 21, Pg. 430, Art. 24
Adams Retirement Board cost of living adjustment base
MGL c. 188; § 19 of the Acts of 2010
June 26, 2012
Bk. 21, Pg. 509, Art. 25
Increase minimum retirement allowance
Acts of 2011, c. 176
October 29, 2012
Bk. 21, Pg. 525, Art. 2
Surviving spouse benefits of disability retirees
Acts of 2012, c. 139
October 29, 2012
Bk. 21, Pg. 525, Art. 3
Establishment of Compensated Absence Fund
MGL c. 40, § 13D
June 17, 2013
Bk. 22, Pg. 56, Art. 14
Renfrew Park
Removal of Article 97 Protection
March 24, 2014
Bk. 22, Pg. 90, Art. 6
Initiate the process to aggregate electrical load resolution
MGL c. 164, § 134
April 30, 2015
Bk. 22, Pg. 196, Art. 3
Establishment of Other Post Employee Benefit (OPEB) Trust Fund
MGL c. 32B, § 20
June 23, 2015
Bk. 22, Pg. 264, Art. 23
Local room occupancy tax from 2% to 6%
MGL c. 64G, § 3A
June 23, 2015
Bk. 22, Pg. 264, Art. 24
Establishment of Economic Development Fund
MGL c. 44, § 53
June 23, 2015
Bk. 22, Pg. 264, Art. 25
Imposition of local sales tax upon the sale of restaurant meals of 0.75%
MGL c. 64L, § 2
June 23, 2015
Bk. 22, Pg. 264, Art. 26
Sale of alcoholic beverages between 10 a.m. and noon on Sundays
MGL c. 138, § 33B
June 20, 2016
Bk. 22, Pg. 347, Art. 23
Rescind Acceptance of Civil Service Law
MGL c. 31
June 19, 2017
Bk. 22, Pg. 438, Art. 23
Establishment of various revolving funds
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2, amended by the Acts of 2016
March 5, 2018
Bk. 22, Pg. 464, Art. 1
Establishment of expenditure limits on various revolving funds
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2, amended by § 86 of Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016
March 5, 2018
Bk. 22, Pg. 465, Art. 2
Local acceptance of parking meter funds
MGL c. 40, § 22C, Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016
March 5, 2018
Bk. 22, Pg. 471, Art. 6
Establishment of speed limit of 25 miles per hour
MGL c. 90, § 17C
March 5, 2018
Bk. 22, Pg. 471, Art. 7
Impose local excise tax on sale of marijuana
MGL c. 64N, § 3
June 18, 2018
Bk. 22, Pg. 529, Art. 23