Town of Webster, MA
Worcester County
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The following listing of local option statutes which have been accepted or rejected by the Town Meeting of the Town of Webster is for informational purposes.

§ A700-1 Local option statutes accepted or rejected.

The following laws and acts were accepted unless otherwise noted.
Date of Action
MGL citation or Chapter and Act
Topic
4-6-1874
ch. 382, Acts of 1871, as amended by ch. 288, Acts of 1873
Betterments
4-4-1882
ch. 154, Acts of 1882
Public parks
12-27-1890
MGL c. 54, § 40
Ballots
4-3-1893
ch. 154, Acts of 1882
Public parks
5-1-1893
ch. 155, Acts of 1893
Water supply
5-14-1895
ch. 381, Acts of 1895
Water loan
11-8-1898
ch. 345, Acts of 1898
Sewerage disposal
4-5-1909
ch. 513, Acts of 1908
Playgrounds
4-5-1909
ch. 476, Acts of 1908
Police vacations
4-5-1909
ch. 209, Acts of 1908
Forest fires
11-5-1912
MGL c. 32, § 77
Pensioning laborers
11-4-1913
MGL c. 152, § 69
Workmen's compensation
3-2-1914
ch. 487, Acts of 1913
Call men
3-2-1914
MGL c. 152, § 69
Workmen's compensation
3-2-1914
ch. 514, § 42, Acts of 1909
8-hour day
7-10-1914
ch. 293, Acts of 1916
Jitneys
11-3-1914
MGL c. 42, § 111
Laborers-vacation
11-3-1914
MGL c. 41, § 110
Saturday half holiday
11-3-1914
ch. 634, Acts of 1911
Retirement system
11-3-1914
ch. 790, Acts of 1914
Abolition/party enrollment
3-25-1918
ch. 191, Acts of 1907
11-4-1919
MGL c. 71, §§ 21 to 26
Continuation school
8-23-1920
ch. 655, Acts of 1913
Building inspection
11-2-1920
MGL c. 136, §§ 21 to 25
Sunday sports
11-9-1920
ch. 619, Acts of 1920
Boxing Commission
3-24-1924
MGL c. 139, §§ 1 to 3
Common nuisances
3-24-1924
MGL c. 143, §§ 4 and 5
Building limits
10-27-1926
ch. 371, Acts of 1926
Railroad securities
11-28-1927
MGL c. 32, §§ 52 and 53
Civil War veterans
2-14-1928
MGL c. 53, § 89
Ballots at caucus
3-25-1929
ch. 406, Acts of 1928
Sunday sports
3-23-1931
ch. 391, Acts of 1923
Water rates collection
4-6-1932
MGL c. 41, § 25A
Assistant Assessors
3-27-1933
ch. 13, Acts of 1933
Representative Town Government
3-25-1935
MGL c. 131, § 105B
Steel traps
3-26-1935
MGL c. 152, §§ 69 to 75
Compensation for workers
11-3-1936
MGL c. 32, §§ 26 to 314
Contributory retirement
3-24-1937
MGL c. 31, § 49
Chief of Police/Civil Service
11-6-1938
ch. 415, Acts of 1938
Water bills collection
3-4-1944
MGL c. 115, § 3A
State military aid
7-18-1945
ch. 102, Acts of 1945
Lakeside Cemetery Association
3-4-1946
ch. 727, Acts of 1945
Men and women teachers-equal pay
3-4-1946
ch. 131
Steel traps
7-22-1946
ch. 488, Acts of 1946
Park lands
7-22-1946
ch. 207, Acts of 1946
Sunday bowling
10-14-1946
ch. 559, Acts of 1946
Pension increase
3-7-1947
MGL c. 147, § 17A
Day off if holiday on Saturday
3-7-1947
MGL c. 114, §§ 22 to 26
Board of Cemetery Commission
8-11-1947
ch. 225, Acts of 1947
John Jarosz
8-11-1947
ch. 442, Acts of 1947
Parking meters
3-9-1948
ch. 649, Acts of 1947
40-hour work week for Town employees
3-9-1948
ch. 340, Acts of 1947
Municipal planning
9-27-1948
ch. 588, Acts of 1948
Pension increases
3-8-1949
ch. 657, Acts of 1948
40-hour work week
3-7-1950
MGL c. 143, § 3
Building laws
9-12-1950
MGL c. 136, §§ 21 to 32
Sunday sports
3-6-1951
ch. 783, Acts of 1950
Pension increases
3-6-1951
ch. 820, Acts of 1950
Pensions increases
3-6-1951
ch. 653, Acts of 1950
40-hour work week
3-3-1952
ch. 388, Acts of 1950
Town Clerk-tenure
3-4-1952
ch. 74, §§ 1, 2 and 3, 1952 Acts of the General Court
Authorizing conveyance of parklands to the commonwealth for armory
5-6-1952
MGL c. 41, § 111B
Sick leave-laborers
10-27-1952
ch. 781, Acts of 1951
Pension increases
10-27-1952
ch. 624, Acts of 1952
Pension increases
3-2-1953
MGL c. 147, § 16C
Police-5-day week
3-3-1953
MGL c. 91, § 29, as amended by chs. 516 and 524, Acts of 1950
Department of Public Works
7-13-1953
MGL c. 41, § 110A
Saturday closing/public offices
7-30-1953
ch. 434, Acts of 1953
Rent control
3-5-1963
MGL c. 44, § 65
Vacation pay
3-11-1963
ch. 409, Acts of 1962 (MGL c. 90, § 18A)
Pedestrian control
3-11-1963
MGL c. 85, § 11A
Bicycle registration and operation
3-3-1964
MGL c. 54, § 103A
Absentee voting
3-3-1964
MGL c. 54, §§ 86 to 103A
3-3-1964
MGL c. 56, § 21 and 27
3-2-1965
MGL c. 40, § 6H
Temporary minor repairs on private streets
3-2-1965
MGL c. 40, § 8A
Industrial and Development Commission
3-2-1965
MGL c. 40, §§ 42G to 42I
Water pipe assessments
3-7-1967
MGL c. 147, § 17A
Police-holiday work compensation
3-7-1967
MGL c. 114, §§ 22 to 26
Board of Cemetery Commissioners
3-7-1967
MGL c. 71, §§ 16 to 16I
Regional School District
3-13-1967
MGL c. 32B
Group life insurance
3-11-1969
MGL c. 147
Police-holiday work compensation
3-11-1969
MGL c. 41, § 1
Tree Warden
3-3-1970
MGL c. 41, § 108I
Police-compensation for fingerprint or photo work
3-3-1970
MGL c. 40, § 22D
Towing of vehicles
3-7-1972
MGL c. 40, § 13
Insurance Fund
3-13-1972
ch. 486, Acts of 1971
Beano
3-16-1972
MGL c. 41, § 69C to 69F
Department of Public Works
3-6-1973
MGL c. 40, § 86
Police/mutual aid
3-7-1973
MGL c. 44, § 53C
Police-pay off-duty work
3-5-1974
MGL c. 40, § 8D
Historical Commission
5-6-1975
ch. 825, Acts of 1974
Accept allocation per Act
9-18-1975
MGL c. 121B, § 4
Redevelopment Authority
5-10-1978
ch. 808, Acts of 1975
Further regulating the Zoning Enabling Act
9-27-1979
ch. 377, §§ 1 and 2, Acts of 1978
Winter seasonal licenses
10-16-1980
MGL c. 161B
10-16-1980
MGL c. 32B, § 7A
Payment of more than 50% premiums for active employees
5-14-1981
MGL c. 41, § 100G
Payment of funeral and burial expenses for firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty
5-14-1981
MGL c. 40, § 8I
Energy Resource Commission
2-25-1982
MGL c. 5, § 5C to 117-C and added by ch. 743, Acts of 1981
6-1-1982
MGL c. 32, § 20, Subdivision 4, paras. c 1/2 and f 1/2
Compensation for Retirement Board and Custodian Fund
10-28-1982
ch. 258
Property tax exemptions for blind persons
5-3-1983
MGL c. 83, § 16A to 16F
Tax liens on unpaid annual sewer charges
9-15-1983
ch. 597, Acts of 1982 (MGL c. 60A, § 1)
POW exemption for motor vehicle excise
9-15-1983
ch. 653, § 5, Acts of 1982 (MGL c. 59, § 5, new clause after 41)
New clause 4113 in which the gross receipts and whole estate limit of both applicants and co-owner are substantially larger
1-12-1984
MGL c. 32, § 20A
Indemnification of Retirement Board members
5-6-1986
MGL c. 76, § 1A
Pupil absence program
5-6-1986 (3 articles)
MGL c. 90B, § 11N
Lake regulations
9-23-1986
ch. 73, Acts of 1986, amending MGL c. 59, § 5
Allowing Clause 17D
5-5-1987
ch. 194, Acts of 1986
Voluntary donation with tax bills to fund educational financial aid
5-5-1987
MGL c. 258, § 13
Defense and indemnification of municipal officials
10-19-1987
MGL c. 40, § 39K
Establish Enterprise Fund
10-19-1987
MGL c. 40, § 39K
Establish Sewage Treatment Plant as an Enterprise Fund
5-9-1988
MGL c. 44, § 53F
Treasurer enter into compensating balance agreements
6-26-1989
MGL c. 83, § 21A
Member of Redevelopment Authority appointed acting Director of OCD
6-11-1990
MGL c. 83, §§ 16A to 16F
Collection of sewer rates
6-11-1990
MGL c. 40, §§ 42A to 42F
Collection of water rates
6-11-1990
MGL c. 44, § 53F
5-13-1991
MGL c. 44, § 53F
5-13-1991
ch. 291, Acts of 1990
9-1-1- phone system
5-13-1991
MGL c. 41, § 97A
9-30-1991
REJECT ch. 138, § 231, Acts of 1991; and reject fifth sentence of MGL c. 71, § 40
Deferral of teachers' salaries for FY 1992
9-30-1991
MGL c. 32, § 90G 3/4
Continuation of retirement deductions for workers older than 70
9-30-1991
MGL c. 32, § 90J
Payment by retirement system for annual examinations for workers older than 70
6-15-1992
MGL c. 40, § 57
Authorize Delinquent Taxpayers Bylaw
11-16-1992
MGL c. 32, § 22D
Retirement Incentive Program
12-10-1992
ch. 133, § 48, Acts of 1992
5-10-1993
MGL c. 32, § 22D
Funding schedule for Retirement Incentive Program
6-20-1994
MGL c. 40, § 22F
Fees and charges for licenses
10-17-1994
MGL c. 143
10-17-1994
MGL c. 166, § 32A
5-11-1998
Ch. 38, § 305, Acts of 1995
Waive payment of Police Academy training fees for recruits
5-11-1998
MGL c. 32, § 103, as amended by ch. 17, Acts of 1997
Annual cost of living allowance for retirees
10-19-1998
ch. 194, § 288, Acts of 1988
So-called "Option C Pop-up" provision of MGL c. 32
1998 or 1999
MGL c. 59, § 59A
"Brownfields Bill"
10-18-2004
MGL c. 40, § 22F
License fees; service charges
10-17-2011
Ch. 334, Acts of 1958
Exemption from parking fees at Memorial Beach