City of Waltham, MA
Middlesex County
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Editor's Note: This part contains the city charter, G.L. c. 135, Acts of 1986, accepted by the city at an election held Nov. 4, 1986. The charter is printed herein substantially as enacted; however, a uniform system of capitalization and punctuation has been used and obvious misspellings corrected without notation. Material in brackets [ ] was added by the editor for clarity.
Formerly, this part contained the city's Plan B form of government, accepted by the city Nov. 7, 1922. (G.L., c. 43, §§ 1—45, 55-63).
Article 1 Incorporation, Title, Form of Government, Powers

§ 1-1 Incorporation.

§ 1-2 Title.

§ 1-3 Form of government.

§ 1-4 Powers of the city.

§ 1-5 Construction.

§ 1-6 Intergovernmental relations.

§ 1-7 Definitions.

Article 2 City Council

§ 2-1 Composition, eligibility, election and term.

§ 2-2 Compensation.

§ 2-3 President of the Council.

§ 2-4 Exercise of powers, quorum, vote required.

§ 2-5 Rules of procedure, regular meetings, special meetings.

§ 2-6 Filling of vacancies.

§ 2-7 Council request of mayor to attend council meeting.

§ 2-8 Passage of ordinances, repeal, amendment.

§ 2-9 Order, ordinance or resolution, passage at one session.

§ 2-10 Ordinance, publication.

§ 2-11 Election of city clerk.

Article 3 Mayor

§ 3-1 Election, term of office, compensation.

§ 3-2 Executive powers, enforcement of ordinances.

§ 3-3 Appointments by mayor, confirmation.

§ 3-4 Removal of officials.

§ 3-5 Temporary appointments.

§ 3-6 Temporary absence of the mayor.

§ 3-7 Vacancy in office of mayor.

§ 3-8 Mayor's attendance at council meeting.

§ 3-9 Adoption of measures, mayor's veto.

§ 3-10 Call of special council meeting by mayor.

§ 3-11 Employees in mayor's office not subject to civil service.

§ 3-12 Approval of contracts by mayor.

Article 4 School Committee

§ 4-1 Composition, election, terms, organization, dual employment.

§ 4-2 Powers and duties.

§ 4-3 School committee vacancy.

§ 4-4 Open and public meetings, roll call vote.

§ 4-5 Superintendent of schools, selections, appointment, duties and compensation of other school employees.

§ 4-6 Schools, location and erection of, approvals required.

Article 5 Nominations and Elections

§ 5-1 Preliminary elections, contents of notice or city council order.

§ 5-2 Inclusion of name on ballot, prerequisites.

§ 5-3 Candidates for nomination, qualifications, statement and petition.

§ 5-4 Official ballot, posting lists of candidates, drawing for position on ballot.

§ 5-5 Counting ballots, canvass of returns.

§ 5-6 Determination of candidates for election.

§ 5-7 Nomination of candidates, conditions making preliminary election unnecessary.

Article 6 Adoption of Charter, Effect, Transitional Provisions

§ 6-1 Effect of charter on legislative powers of city.

§ 6-2 Effect of charter on obligations, taxes and legal acts.

§ 6-3 Effect of adoption of charter on ordinances, etc.

§ 6-4 Existing organization to continue until superseded.

§ 6-5 Officials to expedite transition to adopted plan.

Article 7 Initiative and Referendum Petition

§ 7-1 Initiative petition, measure defined.

§ 7-2 Initiative petitions, validity of signatures, filing, certification.

§ 7-3 Initiative petition, requirements for passage and submission to electorate; date of election.

§ 7-4 Procedure if initiative petition has fewer signatures.

§ 7-5 Contents of ballot for proposed measure.

§ 7-6 Referendum petition; effect on final passage.

§ 7-7 Submission of proposed measure to voters.

§ 7-8 Measures with conflicting provisions.

Article 8 General Provisions

§ 8-1 Oath of office, time of taking.

§ 8-2 Primaries and caucuses prohibited.

§ 8-3 Public contracts prohibiting public employees from having financial interest in, penalty.

§ 8-4 Purchase or taking of land by city.

§ 8-5 Failure to fill vacancy.

§ 8-6 Capital improvement program.

§ 8-7 Adoption or change of zoning ordinance.