City of North Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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 A Special Acts and Resolves.

Acts of
Chapter
Subject
Date Accepted
1895
148
An Act to incorporate the City of North Adams.
4-8-1895
1896
197
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to issue bonds, notes or scrip for the purpose of acquiring land and of erecting public buildings thereon.
5-4-1896
1896
201
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to issue bonds for the purpose of completing its reservoir and for supplying the inhabitants of the City with pure water.
5-4-1896
1897
75
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to grade and pave its streets and to issue bonds or notes therefor.
3-1-1897
1897
76
An Act to abolish the Board of Public Works of the City of North Adams, and for other purposes.
Petition
1897
123
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to issue bonds or notes for the purpose of acquiring land, erecting public school buildings thereon, constructing sewers and refunding its notes.
3-1-1897
1898
Resolve 98
Resolve to provide for the purchase of land for the state normal school at North Adams.
1899
Resolve 79
Resolve relative to the purchase of additional land for the use of the state normal school at North Adams.
1899
106
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to refund its present indebtedness.
Petition
1900
110
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to incur indebtedness for the construction and maintenance of sewers.
Petition
1900
262
An Act to change and establish the boundary line between the City of North Adams and the Town of Williamstown.
10-3-1900
1900
402
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to take land for a public park.
Petition
1903
317
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to borrow money outside the debt limit, for the improvement of streets.
Petition
1904
254
An Act relative to the Fire Department of the City of North Adams.
Petition
1907
398
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to make an additional water loan.
Petition
1908
80
An Act relative to the issuing of evidence of indebtedness for water supply purposes by the City of North Adams. (Amending Chapter 398 of the Acts of 1907.)
Petition
1909
241
An Act relative to the tenure of office of the chief of the Fire Department of the City of North Adams.
Petition
1909
305
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to refund a part of its indebtedness.
Petition
1912
606
An Act to provide for sittings of the Superior Court of the County of Berkshire, at North Adams for purposes of naturalization.
5-17-1912
1913
160
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to make an additional water loan.
Petition
1913
382
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to take land, water rights and water courses for water supply purposes.
Petition
1913
723
An Act relative to wires and electrical appliances in the City of North Adams.
Petition
1914
109
An Act relative to the authority of the City of North Adams to take land, water rights and water courses for water supply purposes.
2-25-1914
1914
203
An Act relative to the construction of a highway between the City of North Adams and the valley of Deerfield River.
3-19-1914
1915
S 186
An Act to authorize the City of North Adams to erect a high school building and to borrow money therefor.
Petition
1916
S 141
An Act relative to water rates, and income in the City of North Adams.
Petition
1918
G.L. C.73, § 3
An Act to make certain substantive corrections in existing laws. § 170—amending R. L., C. 39, § 11 and providing for practice schools for normal training to be furnished by City of North Adams.
9-18-1918
1918
S 103
An Act to amend the Charter of the City of North Adams.
11-5-1918
1929
149
An Act subjecting the once of the Chief Engineer of the Fire Department of the City of North Adams to the civil service laws.
12-10-1929
1929
247
An Act authorizing the City of North Adams to purchase certain lands in the Town of Clarksburg for rifle range purposes.
5-7-1929
1931
10
An Act authorizing the City of North Adams to pay a certain claim legally unenforceable by reason of failure to comply with certain provisions of its Charter.
2-11-1931
1937
306
An Act validating an ordinance of the City of North Adams fixing a tax limit in said City.
Petition
1941
220
An Act transferring the care, superintendence and management of burial places in the City of North Adams to the Commissioner of Public Works of said City.
Petition
1941
526
An Act authorizing the City of North Adams to make and enforce ordinances providing for the control or prevention of smoke and cinders.
Petition
1945
178
An Act relative to the use of certain election districts in the City of North Adams.
Petition
1946
478
An Act requiring the City of North Adams to repay certain permanent members of its Fire Department the contributions made by them to the contributory retirement system of said city, and establishing the retirement rights of such members.
Petition
1947
327
An Act revising the Charter of the City of North Adams.
12-9-1947
1949
402
An Act revising the Charter of the City of North Adams.
11-8-1949
1954
586
An Act requiring the City of North Adams to repay to certain members of its Police Department their contributions to the contributory retirement system of said City, and establishing their retirement rights.
Paper # 4583-1
1966
328
An Act authorizing the City of North Adams to sell, lease or grant an easement in certain cemetery land in said City.
6-14-1966
1978
130
An Act establishing the date for holding preliminary elections in the City of North Adams.
5-5-1978
1979
201
An Act authorizing the City of North Adams to submit to the State Secretary the plan redividing the wards in said City.
5-22-1979
1989
196
An Act exempting certain positions in the School Department of the City of North Adams from the provisions of the civil service law.
7-5-1989

 B Acceptances of Legislative Acts.

Acts of
Chapter
Subject
Date Accepted
1890
74
An Act in relation to the preservation of public health in cities.
4-6-1896
1893
312
An Act relating to the repair of private drains in streets or ways.
4-6-1896
1894
455
An Act relative to the licensing of plumbers and the supervision of the business of plumbing.
4-6-1896
1894 (§§ 11, 14 to 22)
481
An Act in relation to the inspection Department of the district police and the inspection of buildings.
4-5-1897
1896
314
An Act to provide for the appointment of a reserve police force in cities.
1-7-1899
1898
208
An Act to provide for the appointment of constables in cities.
4-12-1898
1899
344
An Act to make eight hours a day’s work for City and town employees.
12-19-1899
1901
332
An Act relative to the terms of office of City clerks.
12-17-1901
1903
454
An Act to provide for joint caucuses or primaries of all political and municipal parties. (Action revoked in 1904; see Chapter 398 of the Acts of 1904.)
11-3-1903
1905
373
An Act relative to the terms of office of municipal auditors.
12-19-1905
1911
436
An Act relative to the appointment of deputy election officers in certain cities.
6-5-1912
1911
468
An Act to extend the provisions of the Civil Service Act to chiefs of police of certain cities and towns.
11-7-1911
1912
546
An Act relative to vacations of members of Fire Departments.
12-17-1912
1913
487
An Act relative to the promotion of call men in the Fire Departments of cities and towns.
12-16-1913
1913
807
An Act to provide for compensating certain public employees for injuries sustained in the course of their employment.
12-16-1913
1914
217
An Act relative to vacations of laborers employed by cities and towns.
11-3-1914
1914
688
An Act to make Saturday a half-holiday for laborers, workmen and mechanics employed by or on behalf of the commonwealth and otherwise to regulate their employment.
11-3-1914
1916
185
An Act to authorize cities to maintain schools of agriculture and horticulture.
11-7-1916
1919
311
An Act relative to the establishment and maintenance of continuation schools and courses of instruction for employed minors.
11-4-1919
1920
166
An Act to provide for one day off in every eight days for certain police officers.
11-2-1920
1920
240
An Act to permit, under public regulation and control, certain sports and games on the Lord’s Day.
12-14-1920
1920
619
An Act to establish a state boxing commission to serve in the Department of Public Safety.
12-14-1920
1933
99
An Act providing for advance payments on account of taxes for the years 1933 and 1934 in certain cities and towns.
6-7-1933
1933
318 (G. L., c. 12, § 3B; c. 35, § 28; c. 40, § 5; c. 41, § 100A, c. 111, § 83 A, c. 152, § 69.)
An Act relative to the indemnification of certain public employees for damages sustained through operation of certain publicly owned vehicles, and subjecting employees of certain county and district hospitals to certain provisions of the Workmen’s Compensation Laws.
1-15-1936
1945
447
An Act relative to granting vacations to employees who return to the service of certain counties, cities or towns after serving in the armed forces for the United States during the present war.
12-3-1946
1945
723
An Act authorizing the establishment and maintenance of municipal departments and of districts for furnishing information, advice and assistance to veterans of World War II or other veterans.
12-4-1945
1949
588
An Act authorizing increases of pensions payable to certain former public employees who have been retired and to beneficiaries of certain retired public employees.
Paper # 3851
1962
646
Increase of certain public employees’ accident disability payments
12-11-1962
1964
87
Borrowing funds for recreational purposes.
3-24-1964
1967
286
An Act regulating the compensatory time off or pay for certain police officers who attend as witnesses in certain criminal cases.
5-28-1968
1977
424
Changing the name of the North Adams Industrial Development Commission and increasing membership of said commission.
9-13-1977
1980
326
Acquisition, construction, financing and disposition of projects by the Northern Berkshire Industrial Development Commission.
1-27-1981
1980
416
Assessors.
10-14-1980
1981
339
Authorizes cities and towns to allocate certain anticipated receipts.
9-8-1981
1981
743 (G.L., c. 59, § 5)
Real estate tax exemptions.
5-11-1982
1982
653 (G.L., c. 59, § 5)
Real estate tax exemptions for the elderly
5-8-1984
1985
308 (G.L., c. 140, § 147A.)
Dog licensing, control and regulation.
1-21-1987
1987
697, § 64
Public employees receiving retirement credit for time in Armed Forces
5-11-1993
1986
705
Increased life insurance for retired municipal employees.
1-23-1989
1988
135
Establishment of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste District.
9-23-1988
1989
653, § 40
Assessment of property improvements on July 1
6-22-1993
1990
254
Service after age 70.
11-12-1991
1990
291
Enhanced 911 service.
3-26-1991
1996
71
Public employees receiving retirement credit for time in Armed Forces
8-27-1996
1998
194, § 288
Option (c)
Pop-Up provision
12-22-1998
1999
127, § 51
Adds § 103(i) to MGL c. 32, allowing the North Adams Contributory Retirement Board to annually grant a COLA in excess of the amount allowed by the existing COLA provision in MGL c. 32, § 103(c), up to a maximum of 3%
2-22-2000
2002
116
Grant of 180 days to veterans to opt to purchase military service credit pursuant to MGL c. 32, § 4(1)(h)
7-23-2002
R.L., c. 50, §§ 1 to 9, 15 to 17, 23 to 26.
Of betterments and other assessments on account of the cost of public improvements.
3-19-1903
R.L., c. 108, §§ 29, 30.
An Act relative to granting police pensions in cities.
6-6-1916

 C Acceptance of General Laws.

MGL Chapter
Section
Subject
Date Accepted
8,
17
Rooms in state houses for departments of war veterans.
(no date)
31
Civil service.
11-5-1940
32,
1 note
Increase of pensions payable to certain retired former public employees.
12-3-1946
32,
1 note
Increase of pensions payable to certain retired former employees and to beneficiaries of certain retired public employees.
12-10-1947
32
5 note
Increase in annual amounts of certain pensions, retirement allowances, annuities and other benefits payable by commonwealth and its political subdivisions to certain former employees and persons claiming under them.
Paper # 4148
32
5 note
Increase of certain public employees’ retirement allowances.
Paper # 5813
32
20, Subsection 4(c)
Method of selection for Retirement Board
1-24-1984
32
22D
Retirement system funding
5-11-1993
32
25
Guarantees of public employees’ retirement allowances; effect of amendments or repeals on allowances.
Paper # 4147
32
26 to 31H
Contributory retirement systems.
11-3-1936
32
44, 45
Municipal pensions for school janitors.
2-7-1929
32
45A
Amount of pension for school janitors.
Paper # 5097
32
56-60
Retirement of veterans of Spanish and World Wars.
3-3-1914
32
65A
Retirement pensions for judicial officers.
Paper # 4837
32
80, 81, 85A
Pensioning firemen.
12-18-1924
32
81A, 81B, 83A
Retirement and pensions for police and firemen.
12-3-1946
32
85A note
Increase of pensions for police officers and firefighters.
Paper # 5175
32
85J
Pensions for widows of firefighters and police.
1-8-1957
32
99
Advance payments to City pensioners.
Paper # 5576
32B
Contributory group insurance for persons in service of cities and their dependents.
Paper # 4832
32B
7A
Employee benefits.
7-9-1974
32B
8A
Use of dividends or refunds to reduce employees or retired employees’ share of premium costs.
6-13-1978
32B
9A
Contributions by cities to insurance premiums of retired employees.
8-27-1963
32B
9D
Employee health insurance.
11-13-1973
32B
9E
Retiree health insurance premiums
6-22-2010
32B
9F
Employee benefits.
7-24-1973
32B
11A
Additional insurance for City employees.
(no date)
32B
11D
Payment by the city; portion of accidental insurance, police and firefighters.
3-25-1969
32B
11E
Employee benefits.
4-26-1972
32B
18
Transfer of eligible retirees, spouses and dependents to Medicare extension plan
6-22-2010
32B
21 through 23
Allowing the City to engage in the process to change health insurance benefits
2-12-2013
33
59
Effect of military service on salary or vacation allowance of public employees.
7-2-1930
34B
20
Allowing a City or Town to enter into an agreement to join a regional charter commission
1-11-2000
39
6
Elections to fill vacancies in city offices.
Paper # 5678
40
6A
Appropriations for advertising resources, advantages and attractions.
7-1-1941
40
6B
Appropriations for purchase of uniforms for police and firemen.
8-5-1947
40
6F
Making repairs on private ways by cities.
Paper # 5264-1
40
6J
Purchase rain wear and other work clothes for employees.
12-12-1967
40
6K
Payment of nurses’ uniforms, health department.
10-11-1965
40
8C
Conservation Commission.
6-26-1962
40
8D
Historical Commission.
7-10-1979
40
8G
Mutual aid programs for police departments.
1-13-1981
40
21C
Leave of absence; while attending union convention.
5-26-1970
40
22D
[Administration.]
11-25-1975
40
42A to 42F
Collection of water rates.
3-10-1930
40A
8
Reconsideration of proposed change in zoning regulation after unfavorable action.
(no date)
40A
20
Reconsideration of zoning receiving unfavorable decision from board of appeals.
Paper # 5404
40
57
Revocation or suspension of licenses.
5-22-1990
41
100G
[Police and firemen.]
9-26-1978
41
19F
Additional compensation for serving as Clerk of City Council.
6-26-2012
41
108L
Establishing career incentive pay program for full-time police officers.
9-22-1970
41
111A
Vacations for police and firemen.
Paper # 3932
44
8A
Certain purposes for incurring debts outside limit of indebtedness.
12-12-1939
44
16A
Facsimile signatures on bonds, notes, etc.
3-24-1964
48
4
Firewards.
2-6-1940
48
57B
Leave of absence for firefighters to attend union convention of not more than four days.
5-26-1970
48
57F
Police chiefs; working on holidays, additional pay.
5-28-1968
48
58A
Seventy-hour work week for Fire Department.
10-6-1942
48
59
Two platoon police system
11-7-1922
48
59A
Mutual aid programs for fire departments.
8-9-1988
48
59B to 59D
Reserve fire forces in cities and towns.
10-3-1929
49
2
Vote to authorize treasurer, emergency finance board.
6-5-1934
54
103A
Absentee voting for City elections.
12-14-1965
59
5
Property exemptions.
5-12-1987
59
5
Property exemptions.
5-24-1988
59
57c
Allows issuance of preliminary billing for real estate and personal property taxes on a quarterly basis
2-27-2001
60
3C
Establishment of Scholarship Committee
8-22-1995
60A
1
Exemption of excise tax on vehicles owned and registered to former prisoners of war.
10-25-1983
64G
3A
Allowing a city or town to impose a local excise tax upon transfer of occupancy of any room or rooms in a bed-and-breakfast establishment, hotel, lodging house or motel by any operator at a rate up to, but not exceeding, 4% of the total amount of rent for such occupancy. (Rate for local excise tax set at 4%)
1-25-2000
64L
2(a)
Local meal excise tax. The local meals excise tax shall be .075% on the sale of restaurant meals originating within the municipality and shall apply to all meals subject to state sales tax.
5-25-2010
71
40
Compensation for school teachers; equality of female teachers.
12-10-1946
71
40
Minimum salary of teachers.
1-10-1989
71
71E
Expenditure by school committees of receipts from certain programs-Adult education and summer school.
2-14-1978
82
37
Building lines.
12-20-1926
85
11A
Registration and regulation of bicycles.
Paper # 4526
90
18A
Rules regulating use of ways by pedestrians.
4-22-1969
90
20A, 20C, 20D and 20E
Control of parking violations.
11-24-1981
90
20C
Violation of parking regulations, etc.
4-11-1972
94
120, 120A
License fees for slaughterhouses.
Paper # 5111
116
1
Local early retirement incentive program
7-23-2002
136
2, 21 to 28
Attendance at or taking part in certain entertainments on the Lord’s Day.
6-6-1929
136
4B
Licenses for operation of bowling alleys on the Lord’s Day.
9-3-1946
136
7, 8
Licenses for sale of frozen desserts, ice cream mix, confectionery, soda water or fruit on the Lord’s Day.
Paper # 4500
138
17A
Authority to grant additional licenses.
4-12-1983
139
1 to 3
Burnt or dangerous buildings as common nuisances.
Paper # 5964
144
Tenement houses.
Paper # 4212
147
16B
One day off in six for members of Police Department.
5-6-1941
147
16C
One day off per week for members of Police Department.
Paper # 4334
148
56
Licenses for operating open-air parking spaces.
Paper # 4312
258
13
Indemnification of municipal officers.
1-12-1982
268A
1(n)
Designating people performing professional services on a part-time, intermittent or consultant basis as special municipal employees.
12-27-2012