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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
General Laws of the commonwealth accepted by the City of Marlborough:
Date Accepted
Statutory Reference
Subject
1891
MGL c. 83 §§ 25 - 27
Sidewalks
1895
MGL c. 142 § 13
Plumbing
1898
MGL c. 147 §§ 11 - 13
Reserve police established
1899
MGL c. 149 § 31
8-hour day for City employees
1905
MGL c. 41 § 48
Term of Auditor
1908
MGL c. 45 §§ 14 - 16
City to provide playgrounds
1911
MGL c. 32 §§ 20 - 25H
Retirement system in counties
1912
MGL c. 41 § 111A
Vacation for Fire Department
1913
MGL c. 152 §§ 68 - 74
Workmen's compensation
1913
MGL c. 32 §§ 52 - 54
Retirement of Civil War Veterans
1914
MGL c. 41 § 111
Vacation for laborers
1918
MGL c. 32 § 80
Firemen's pensions
1918
MGL c. 32 § 83
Police pensions
1918
MGL c. 41 §§ 103 - 104
Purchasing Agent
1918
MGL c. 48 § 36
Promotion of call firemen
1919
MGL c. 159A § 12
Licensing of common carriers of passengers
1920
MGL c. 147 § 32 et seq.
Boxing law
1920
MGL c. 143
Building laws
1920
MGL c. 136 § 21 et seq.
Sunday sports
1922
MGL c. 44 § 36
Installation of accounting system
1924
MGL c. 40 § 42A - F
Election of water rents
1926
MGL c. 41 § 73
Board of Survey
1927
MGL c. 139 §§ 1 - 3
Dangerous buildings
1928
MGL c. 136 § 21 et seq.
Sunday sports
1930
MGL c. 32 § 89
Annuities paid dependents of fire- and policemen
1932
MGL c. 41 § 91
Appointment of constables
1933
MGL c. 136 §§ 7 and 8
Sunday sales of ice cream, etc.
1934
MGL c. 51 § 14A
Police officers working as Assistant Assessors
1935
MGL c. 54 § 103A
Absentee ballots for City elections
1936
MGL c. 32 §§ 26 - 31
Contributory retirement system
1936
MGL c. 53 §§ 55 - 57
City primaries (suspended)
1937
MGL c. 31
Civil service for laborers
1939
MGL c. 39 § 7
Holding of office by Mayor or Councilmen
1940
MGL c. 31 § 49A
Chief Engineer of Fire Department placed under civil service
1942
MGL c. 48 § 59
2-platoon fire department
1942
MGL c. 85 § 11A
Bicycle registration
1943
MGL c. 32 §§ 56 - 60
Retirement of veterans of Spanish and World Wars
1943
MGL c. 147 §§ 16A - 17
1 day off in 6 for policemen
1945
MGL c. 41 § 111B
Sick leave for laborers
1945
Ch. 166, Acts of 1945
Absentee voting of armed forces
1946
MGL c. 44 § 65
Vacation pay in advance
1946
MGL c. 136 § 4B
Sunday bowling
1947
MGL c. 40 § 6C and D
Removal of snow and ice from publicly used private ways
1947
MGL c. 41 § 110A
Closing City Hall on Saturdays
1947
MGL c. 54 §§ 55 - 57
Elections (suspended)
1947
MGL c. 71 § 40
Equal pay for teachers
1947
Ch. 599, Acts of 1946
Increases in pensions
1948
MGL c. 33 § 59
Pay to military while on duty
1948
MGL c. 48 § 58A
Duty hours of permanent fire fighters
1948
Ch. 588, Acts of 1948
Increases in pensions
1949
Ch. 636, Acts of 1940
Increases in fire- and policemen's pensions
1952
MGL c. 40 § 5
Awards to municipal employees
1952
MGL c. 147
5-day week for police
1952
Ch. 538, Acts of 1950
Temporary repairs of private ways
1952
Ch. 121, Acts of 1946
Housing Authority established
1952
Ch. 121, Acts of 1946
Appointment of Housing Authority members
1953
MGL c. 32 § 83A
Optional provisions for police pensions
1953
MGL c. 40 § 21(17)
Authority to regulate soil removal
1953
Ch. 820, Acts of 1950
Increase in pensions
1953
Ch. 434, Acts of 1950
Rent control
1953
Ch. 352, Acts of 1951
Increase of soil removal penalties
1954
Ch. 434, Acts of 1953
Extension of rent control
1954
Acts of 1954
Authority for hurricane expenditures
1954
Ch. 434, Acts of 1953ES
Rent control extension
1955
MGL c. 32 § 85I
Retirement credit for fire- and policemen
1955
MGL c. 40 § 8A
Establishment of Industrial Commission
1955
Ch. 268, Acts of 1953
Additional days off for police officers
1955
Ch. 225, Acts of 1955
Rent Control
1955
Ch. 781, Acts of 1951
Increase in pensions
1956
Ch. 640, Acts of 1953
Additional day off for firemen
1956
Ch. 349, Acts of 1956
Police overtime compensation
1957
MGL c. 32 § 85J
Pensions under noncontributory retirement
1957
MGL c. 54 §§ 55 - 57
Elections (suspended)
1957
Ch. 624, Acts of 1952
Increases in pension
1957
Ch. 527, Acts of 1957
Increase of fire- and policemen's pension
1959
MGL c. 40 § 6G
Temporary repairs to private ways
1959
MGL c. 32 § 81A
Firemen's pension options
1959
MGL c. 32B § 9A
City copayment of employee insurance
1960
MGL c. 40 § 5B
Stabilization fund
1960
MGL c. 44 § 16A
Facsimile signature of Mayor on obligations
1960
MGL c. 58 § 7A
Assessment system
1960
Ch. 225, Acts of 1960
Pensions for fire- and policemen
1961
Ch. 647, Acts of 1960
Increase in pension
1961
Ch. 670, Acts of 1960
Pensions to dependents of noncontributory employees
1962
MGL c. 32
Increase in pensions
1962
MGL c. 32A § 2
Extension of contributor group hospital to retired persons
1962
MGL c. 40 § 8C
Establishment of Conservation Commission
1962
MGL c. 41 § 111G
Additional vacation for longevity
1962
MGL c. 90 § 18A
Jaywalking
1963
MGL c. 32 § 96
Increase in widows' pensions
1963
Ch. 478, Acts of 1963
Increase in pensions
1964
MGL c. 90 § 20C
Parking violations
1964
MGL c. 32 § 81B
Firemen's pensions
1965
MGL c. 32 § 95A
Annuities to survivors of employees
1965
Ch. 79, Acts of 1965
Tax refund authorization
1966
MGL c. 32B § 11A
Additional employee insurance
1966
MGL c. 32B, § 11A
Allowing City employees to negotiate for additional life and group accidental death and dismemberment insurance
1967
Ch. 653, Acts of 1967
Tenure of Wire Inspector
1968
MGL c. 52 § 58C
Fire- and policemen retiring under Veterans' Retirement Act
1968
MGL c. 41 § 19F
Additional compensation for Council Clerk
1968
Ch. 717, Acts of 1968
Authority to grant pension
1969
MGL c. 32 § 90C
Retirement allowance
1971
MGL c. 32B § 9D
Payment of portion of health insurance premiums
1971
MGL c. 147 § 10F
Parking control officers
1971
MGL c. 147 § 21A
Appointment of police cadets
1972
MGL c. 32B §§ 7A, 9 and 9E
Contribution to employee insurance by local government
1972
MGL c. 40 § 8D
Establishment of Historical Commission
1973
MGL c. 33 § 59
Pay to military while on duty
1973
MGL c. 41 § 100
Indemnification of fire and police personnel
1973
MGL c. 41 § 100A and D
Indemnification of employees operating municipal vehicles
1973
MGL c. 41 § 100B
Indemnification of retired fire fighters and police officers
1973
Ch. 507, Acts of 1973
Absence for blood donations
1973
Ch. 583, Acts of 1973
Establishment and membership in Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project
1974
MGL c. 40 § 8G
Mutual aid duties for Police Department
1979
Ch. 327, Acts of 1979
Establishment of Department of Community Development
1980
Ch. 38, Acts of 1980
Civil service exemption for Planning Board Secretary
1980
Ch. 396, § 13, Acts of 1979
1980
Ch. 307, Acts of 1980
Civil service exemption for Chief Engineer of Fire Department
1980
Ch. 360, Acts of 1980
Civil service exemption for Veterans' Aids and Services
1980
Ch. 363, Acts of 1980
Civil service exemption for Fire Alarm Operator and Fire Dispatcher
1980
Ch. 416, Acts of 1980
Qualification of Assessors
1980
Ch. 217, Acts of 1980
Contracts with cities and towns
1981
MGL c. 32B § 16
Insurance
1981
MGL c. 90 § 20A, C, D and E
1981
Ch. 43, Acts of 1981
Allowing left turn
1981
MGL c. 148 § 26F
Smoke detectors
1982
Ch. 743, Acts of 1981
1982
Ch. 606, Acts of 1981
1983
MGL c. 147 § 10F
Appointment of parking control officers
1983
Ch. 653, § 3, Acts of 1982
Tax exemption
1983
Ch. 641, Acts of 1982
Indemnification of Retirement Board members
1983
MGL c. 60 § 23A
1983
MGL c. 597
Motor vehicle excise exemption
1983
MGL c. 41 § 108L
Career Incentive Pay Program
1984
MGL c. 148 § 26G
Automatic sprinkler systems
1984
Ch. 470, Acts of 1983
Right to Know Law
1985
MGL c. 148 § 26C and E
Smoke detectors
1985
MGL c. 161B § 3
Membership in Worcester Regional Transit Authority
1985
MGL c. 64G § 3A
Tax rate established at 4%
1985
MGL c. 40 § 4H
Public bidding on municipal purchases
1986
MGL c. 59 § 5
Tax abatement for senior citizens
1986
MGL c. 138 § 17A
1986
Ch. 73, Acts of 1986
Real property, amends MGL c. 59, § 5
1986
Ch. 194, Acts of 1986
Educational scholarship fund
1987
MGL c. 40 § 57
1987
MGL c. 148 § 26H
Automatic sprinklers in boardinghouses
1987
MGL c. 71 § 38.0
Sex Education Advisory Committee
1988
MGL c. 59 § 5 clause 17D
1989
MGL c. 32B § 12
Group health policies
1989
MGL c. 55
Traffic Commission
1989
MGL c. 31, § 40
Civil service reemployment
1989
MGL c. 80
Civil service exemption
1989
MGL c. 71, § 71F
School tuition funds
1989
MGL c. 123
Handicap parking fines to City
1990
MGL c. 32 § 22D
Retirement system funding provisions
1990
MGL c. 148 § 26I
Automatic sprinklers in new multiple residential dwellings
1990
Ch. 697, § 22(d), of the Acts of 1987
Repeal 30K retirement cap
1991
MGL c. 59 § 57
Taxes paid in installments
1991
MGL c. 40 § 15C
Scenic Roads Act
1991
Ch. 254, § 3, Acts of 1990
Service beyond the age of 70
1991
Ch. 291, Acts of 1990
E 9-1-1
1992
Ch. 275, Acts of 1991
Instructional trust fund accounts for public schools
1992
Ch. 133, § 48, Acts of 1992
Retirement incentive
1993
Ch. 20, § 83, Acts of 1993
Early retirement for teachers incentive
1993
Ch. 42, Acts of 1992
Parks and Recreation Services revolving funds
1995
MGL c. 32 § 20, subdivision (6)
Compensation for Retirement Board members
1996
MGL c. 40 § 32A
Advertising of summaries of zoning ordinances and amendment
1996
Ch. 81, § 1, Acts of 1995
Real estate tax abatement for elderly
1996
Ch. 71, Acts of 1996
Retirement credit for veterans for active service
1998
MGL c. 140 § 147A
Dogs/county government
1998
MGL c. 41 § 41B
Direct deposit of salaries and compensation
2000
MGL c. 40 § 8J
Commission of Disabilities
2000
Ch. 127, § 51, Acts of 1999
COLA option for retirees
2000
Ch. 456, §§ 2 and 3, Acts of 1998
COLA for noncontributory retirees
2001
MGL c. 40 § 22D
2001
Ch. 411, Acts of 2000
Noncontributory Pop-Up Act
2002
MGL c. 59 § 5 clause 17E
2002
MGL c. 59 § 5 clause 41C
2002
MGL c. 59 § 5 clause 41D
2002
Ch. 151, § 28, Acts of 1993
Use of rental funds for school property
2002
Ch. 181, Acts of 1995
Annual cost of living
2004
MGL c. 126
Real estate tax exemptions
2005
MGL c. 32B § 9I
Effect of active service in armed forces on health insurance
2005
MGL c. 59 § 5 clause 54
Exemption of personal property subject to taxation
2005
MGL c. 258 § 13
Indemnity of municipal officials
2006
Ch. 157, §§ 1 and 2
Extended veterans benefits to eligible accidental disability retirees
2006
Ch. 73, § 4, Acts of 1986
Doubling of exemptions to qualified residents
2006
Ch. 79, Acts of 2006
Act further regulating meeting of municipal boards
2007
MGL c. 43D
Filing of proposals with Interagency Permitting Board
2007
Ch. 73, § 4, Acts of 1986
Doubling of tax exemptions to qualified residents (elderly, blind, disabled veterans)
2008
MGL c. 59, § 21A 1/2
Additional compensation for assessors who have completed study and been certified
2010
780 CMR Appendix 120.AA
Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code
2012
MGL c. 149, § 33E
Leave of absence for live organ donation
2012
MGL c. 59 § 5K
Establishment of program for persons over the age of 60 to volunteer services to the City in exchange for a real property tax reduction, not to exceed $1,000 in a given tax year
2013
MGL c. 64L, § 2
Local option meals excise tax
2015
MGL c. 83, §§ 16A through 16F
Sewer charge liens
2015
MGL c. 90I, § 1
Complete streets program
2016
MGL c. 32B, §§ 21 through 23
Provisions of Municipal Health Reform
2017
MGL c. 44, § 53F 3/4
PEG Access and Cable Related Fund
2017
MGL c. 90, § 17C
Establishment of speed limit of 25 miles per hour on roadways inside thickly settled districts or business districts
2017
MGL c. 90, § 18B
Designation of safety zones; speed limit of 20 miles per hour
2018
MGL c. 64N, § 3
Imposition of excise on retail sales of marijuana for adult use at the rate of 3%
B. 
Special acts of the commonwealth pertaining to Marlborough:
Acts of
Chapter
Subject
1890
60
To incorporate the Municipal hospital
1891
94
To extend the time of election of Assessors and Assistant Assessors
1891
385
To authorize the City to fill vacancies in its Sewerage Construction Committee
1891
413
To authorize the City to raise additional money for the purpose of constructing and maintaining a system of sewerage and sewage disposal
1892
386
To authorize the City to acquire an additional water supply
1893
221
To authorize the City to improve and increase its water supply and to confirm acts of the City in relation thereto
1894
99
To authorize the City to incur indebtedness for sewerage system construction
1894
340
To authorize the City to make an additional water loan
1894
403
To authorize the City to make an additional loan for improvement of its water supply for fire service
1895
346
To authorize the City to issue bonds to pay general indebtedness
1896
245
Relative to sewer indebtedness in the City
1897
393
To authorize the City to incur additional indebtedness for sewerage purposes
1900
146
To authorize the City to refund a part of its indebtedness
1900
211
To authorize the City to make a new division of wards
1901
393
To establish a part of the boundary line between the City and the Town of Southborough
1902
229
Relative to watercourses and drains of the City
1903
443
To authorize the City to incur indebtedness for sewerage purposes
1904
175
Relative to City Hall buildings
1904
299
To confirm an agreement between the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board and the City relative to the sewer system
1905
357
To establish the boundary line between the Town of Berlin and the City
1905
427
To confirm certain proceedings concerning the appropriation of money by the City Council for a City building
1906
128
To ratify the location of streets, sewers and public drains laid out by municipal authority
1906
260
Restoring jurisdiction of County Commissioners in City streets
1907
382
Relative to the construction of the municipal building
1910
506
To authorize the City to expend money for the purpose of celebrating the City's 250th anniversary
1910
626
To authorize the City to incur additional indebtedness for sewerage purposes
1913
483
To establish the salary of the Clerk of the Police Department
1914
80
To authorize the City to refund a part of its indebtedness
1914
617
To authorize the Pleasant Street Cemetery Corporation to transfer its cemetery and other property to the City
1914
672
To authorize the City to incur indebtedness for payment of final judgments
1915
321
To authorize the City to incur indebtedness for payment of final judgments
1917
197
To authorize the City to incur indebtedness for payment of final judgments
1922
388
Authorizing the City to incur indebtedness for schoolhouse purposes
1923
158
Establishing a School Building Commission in the City
1924
451
Authorizing the City to borrow money for school purposes
1930
268
Authorizing the City to use certain park land for school purposes
1931
87
Authorizing the City to incur indebtedness for school purposes
1936
86
Authority to borrow money for purpose of paying expenses already incurred for soldiers' benefits, old-age assistance and public welfare
1938
460
Authorizing the purchase of land and construction of works for improving the distribution of water
1939
204
Changing the name of the Library Committee
1941
316
Providing for the funding of a revenue deficit by the City
1941
485
Providing for the reinstatement of Cornelius Coughlin in the labor service of the City for the purpose of retirement
1945
234
Authorizing the City to appropriate money for payment of certain overdrafts and unpaid bills
1949
610
Placing the Chief of Police under civil service laws
1949
666
Relative to civil service examination for promotion of Chief Engineer of the Fire Department
1956
174
Placing position of City Forester under civil service
1959
172
Authorizing borrowing of money for purpose of providing off-street parking facilities
1959
518
Authorizing City to borrow money for water purposes
1962
355
Authorizing City to borrow money for purpose of sewerage construction
1966
513
Authorizing the formation of a vocational regional school district by the City of Marlborough and the Towns of Berlin, Boylston, Clinton, Hudson, Lincoln, Maynard, Northborough, Southborough, Sudbury and Westborough
1967
277
Extending the period within which the City of Marlborough may borrow and expend money for sewerage construction
1968
100
Authorizing the City of Marlborough to contribute more than 50% of the premiums of insurance authorized by Chapter 32B of the Massachusetts General Laws be and is herewith accepted
1972
763
Increasing Group Life Insurance benefits to retired employees of counties, cities, towns and districts be and is herewith accepted
1973
507
Relates to providing for leave of absence, without loss of pay to state, county and municipal employees for certain blood donations
1973
583
Establishing the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project and also request accept membership in said District
1973
611
Authorizing the Water Resources Commission to take by eminent domain two certain tracts of land located in the City
1973
612
Authorizing the Water Resources Commission to take by eminent domain certain land or easements located in the City
1973
764
Authorizing the City to establish the position of Assistant Commissioner of Public Works
1974
749
Authorizing and directing the Metropolitan District Commission to enclose with a pipe culvert a brook in the City of Marlborough
1975
8
Designating the Department of Natural Resources Skating Rink in the City of Marlborough as the John J. Navin Memorial Skating Rink
1976
215
Authorizing the City of Marlborough to grant two additional all alcoholic beverage licenses in said City
1977
819
Providing for an Assistant Clerk in the District Court of Marlborough
1978
177
Authorizing the City of Marlborough to transfer certain funds to its reserve fund for anticipated transfers
1978
209
Authorizing the City of Marlborough to borrow money to fund certain payments
1978
430
Directing the State Treasurer to pay a certain unpaid bill to Madonna Hall of the Town of Marlborough
1978
452
Authorizing the City of Marlborough to pay a certain sum of money to James Davis
1981
417
Exempting Supervisor of Custodians and Maintenance from civil service
1981
537
Exempting Superintendent of Cemeteries from civil service
1982
417
Exempting Traffic Supervisor from civil service
1982
490
Exempting Physician for School Department from civil service
1982
491
Exempting Supervisor of Attendance for School Department from civil service
1983
101
Exempting Health Agent and Sanitarian of Board of Health from civil service
1983
390
Exempting Assistant Building Inspector from civil service
1983
446
Authority to issue three additional licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages
1986
689
Traffic control devices
1986
705
Raising of life insurance level for all retired City employees
1987
697 §§ 31, 33 and 107
Regulating retirement of public employees
1988
307
Exempting Police Chief from civil service
2004
380
Community Development Authority increase in membership
2011
65
Authorization to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises
2011
126
Establishment of a Business and Economic Development Special Revenue Fund
2014
55
Establishment of a Parks and Fields Capital Enhancement Special Revenue Fund
2015
70
Polling places
2015
154
Exempting certain positions in the School Department from civil service laws
2016
272
Exempting certain Police Department positions and all clerical, custodial, and technical positions in the City from civil service
2016
380
Exempting certain positions within the Department of Public Works and the position of patrol officer in the City from civil service
2017
44
To exempt Fire Department positions in the City from civil service laws
2017
143
To exempt all positions in the Department of Public Works from civil service laws
2018
306
Authorization to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises