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The following are various policies that have been adopted by the Board of Selectmen (alphabetical order):
Under the Town Charter, the Selectmen have the following responsibilities in addition to statutory responsibilities:
Section 2-8 Warrants
All articles which are to be acted upon by the Annual Town Meeting shall be presented in writing to the Board of Selectmen not less than thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Town Meeting. ~These articles shall then be filed with the Town Clerk three (3) days after the above closing date. ~The Board of Selectmen shall issue warrants calling into session the Town Meeting at such regular intervals as may be established by Bylaw. ~The Board of Selectmen shall place on the said warrants all subjects in accordance with the General Laws or Statutes which are requested of them, in writing, by all boards and individuals. A copy of each warrant shall forthwith be posted on the Town bulletin board(s) and a copy mailed to the place of residence of the Town Moderator. Additional copies of all warrants shall be available for distribution in the
Office of the Town Clerk before the date on which the town meetings is to convene and that complies with the General Laws. Articles for Special Town Meetings shall follow the procedures in accordance with the General Laws.
Section 3-2 Selectmen: Composition, Term of Office, Compensation, Powers and Duties, etc.
Composition, Term of Office - There shall be a Board of Selectmen consisting of 5 members to be elected by the voters for terms of 3 years so arranged that the terms of office of as nearly an equal number of members as is possible shall expire each year.
Compensation - The selectmen shall receive for their services such compensation as may annually be provided for that purpose by appropriation.
Powers and Duties in General - The executive powers of the town shall be vested in the board of selectmen and may be exercised by them jointly or through the town agencies and offices under their general supervision and control. As chief executive officers of the town, the Board of Selectmen shall be responsible for all aspects of the town's government that is not otherwise granted to another elected officer, board, commission or committee. The Board of Selectmen shall cause the laws and orders for the government of the town to be enforced and shall cause a record of all its official acts to be kept and, for that purpose and to aid it in its official duties, there shall be a Town Manager.
Appointments - The Board of Selectmen shall appoint the following: key personnel pursuant to subsection (a) of section 5-2; other personnel of the town, as defined in section 5-2; members of the town boards, commissions or committees for which the boards has explicitly designated as the appointing authority in said section 5-2; and any other members of any other town boards, commissions, or committees, special or standing, permanent or ad hoc as may from time to time be established by the board or by town meeting unless another appointing authority is designated in the town meeting or this charter.
Investigations - The Board of Selectmen may investigate or may authorize the Town Manager to investigate the affairs of the town and the conduct of any town department, office or agency, including any doubtful claims against the town. A report of the results of any such investigation shall be placed on file in the office of the board of selectmen and a report summarizing the results of such investigation shall be printed in the next annual town report.
Eligibility - Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a person employed by the Town of Westborough shall not be eligible to hold the office of Selectman in the Town of Westborough while so employed. An employee holding the office of Selectman in the Town of Westborough on the effective date of this act may serve the remaining period of his term, but shall be ineligible for re-election while so employed.
Section 4-1 Appointment, Qualifications, Term.
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Town Manager for a term not to exceed 3 years and shall fix his compensation within the amount appropriated by the town. The Town Manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications. He shall be especially fitted by education, training and experience to perform the duties of the office.
Section 5-1 Creation of Departments, Divisions, Agencies and Offices.
The organization or reorganization of the town into operating departments, divisions, offices and agencies shall be accomplished in the following manner subject to the express prohibitions in the General Laws or this charter.
Bylaws - The Town Meeting may, by bylaw, reorganize, consolidate or abolish any town agency, in whole or in part, establish new town agencies as it deems necessary or advisable and prescribe the functions of all such agencies.
Organization Plan - The Board of Selectmen, after consultations with the Town Manager, may from time to time prepare and submit to the Town Meeting, plans of organization which establish operating divisions for the orderly, efficient or convenient conduct of the business of the Town.
Whenever the Board of Selectmen prepares such a plan, it shall hold 1 or more public hearings on the proposal giving notice by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the town at least 7 days prior to the hearing. This notice shall describe the scope of the proposal and the time and place at which the hearing will be held. Following such public hearing, the Board of Selectmen shall submit to the Town Meeting by a warrant article, its proposal which may have been amended subsequent to the public hearing. To the extent any such plan contains features that conflict with this charter, the warrant articles shall include proposed charter amendments to accurately reflect and allow the proposed changes.
An organization or reorganization plan shall take effect 30 days after the action of the town meeting.
Section 5-2(a) Elected Officials: Appointing Boards, Commissions and Committees.
An elected official or board, as designated in Article 3 may appoint committees to gather, provide or otherwise report on information of interest to the official or board unless a different appointing authority is specified in this charter or in the town bylaws.
As chief executive officers of the town, the Board of Selectmen shall be the appointing authority for and shall appoint, for fixed overlapping terms, the members of the following boards, commissions and committees:-
Zoning Board of Appeals;
Country Club Operating Committee;
Representative to the Capital Expenditure Planning Committee;
Council on Aging;
Chapter 6lA Study Committee;
Emergency Planning Committee;
Housing Partnership Committee;
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Advisory Board;
Open Space Preservation Committee;
Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission - Westborough members;
Westborough members of the Westborough/Shrewsbury Wastewater Treatment Plant Board;
Water Resources Management Committee;
Trustees of Soldiers' Memorials;
Veterans Advisory Board;
Walkup-Robinson Fund Committee;
Sandra Pond/Conservation Area Wardens;
Youth Commission, known as Westborough Youth and Family Service;
Westborough Cultural Council;
Industrial Development Commission; and
Westborough TV, Inc, independent nonprofit town representatives.
Those members of the Insurance Advisory Committee to be appointed by the town shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, in accordance with section 3 of chapter 32B of the General Laws.
In accordance with its planning functions, the Planning Board shall be the appointing authority for the Design Review Board.
Section 5-2(c) Boards, Commissions or Committees Appointed by the Board of Selectmen: Appointing Town Employees.
Any board, commission, or committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen that has a department head shall appoint the department head and any assistants to the department head with the concurrence of the Town Manager.
Section 5-3(e) Processes Related to Boards, Commissions and Committees.
Appointing Authority for new Boards, Commissions and Committees. Boards, commissions and committees created by the Board of Selectmen shall be appointed in one of two ways, depending on the primary nature of the board, commission, or committee. Members of bodies that are primarily of a policymaking nature shall be appointed by the board of selectmen. Members of bodies that are primarily of an administrative nature shall be appointed by the Town Manager.
With regard to a board, commission or committee newly created by the Board of Selectmen, the determination of the appointing authority shall be made by the Board of Selectmen unless Town Meeting action indicates a specific appointing authority.
Filling Vacancies on Boards, Commissions or Committees. Notwithstanding any contrary special or general or special law to the contrary, a vacancy, on a board, commission or committee for a permanent temporary position shall be filled in the same manner as prescribed for the initial appointment.
Section 6-5 Action on the Budget
The Board of Selectmen, the Advisory Finance Committee, and the Capital Expenditures Planning Committee shall jointly hold one or more public hearings o the proposed budget not less than fourteen (14) days prior to the Town Meeting session at which it is to be submitted for adoption. ~Copies of the proposed budget, the current capital improvement program provided for in Section 6-6, and the recommendations of the Advisory Finance Committee, if any, shall be made available for distribution to the public at or prior to the public hearing.