Town of Weymouth, MA
Norfolk County
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§ 3-201 Zoning Appeals, Board of.

(a) 
Establishment. The Mayor shall appoint five regular voting members and four associate members to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Mayor shall strive to appoint a balanced mix of professional experience or educational background from the following fields: architecture, civil/structural engineering, law, building/construction, real estate development, business or the environment. Two members shall be citizens-at-large. In the case of an unfilled vacancy or inability to participate on the part of a member of the Board, the Chairman shall designate one of the associate members to take the place of such member.
(b) 
Terms of office. The term of office shall be for two years and shall expire consistent with § 3-102(a).
(c) 
Authorities and responsibilities. The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and decides individual cases brought by persons seeking land use relief; all as provided for in MGL c. 40A, §§ 7, 9, 17, and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 120, Zoning.
(d) 
Compensation. The regular members of the Board of Zoning Appeals shall receive an annual salary of $1,500, and the Chair shall receive an additional sum of $500 per year. Alternate members of the Board of Zoning Appeals shall receive the sum of $35 for every meeting at which they sit as a member of the Board, up to a maximum of $1,500 per year.

§ 3-202 Assessors, Board of.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Board of Assessors which shall consist of three regular members and one alternate member. The Mayor shall appoint the members of the Board of Assessors per MGL c. 41, §§ 1 and 24.
(b) 
Authorities and responsibilities. The Board of Assessors shall annually, and in accordance with the general laws and the recommendations of the State Department of Revenue, make a fair cash valuation of all of the estate, both real and personal, subject to taxation within the Town. The Board of Assessors shall annually provide to the Mayor and Town Council its recommendations regarding the percentage of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of property. The Board of Assessors shall annually determine the annual tax rate necessary to meet all sums voted by the Town. The Board of Assessors shall hear and decide all questions relating to the abatement of taxes levied. The Board of Assessors shall have all of the other powers, duties and responsibilities given to Boards of Assessors by MGL c. 59 generally, except as may be otherwise provided in Chapter 4 of these ordinances.
(c) 
Compensation. The regular members of the Board of Assessors shall receive an annual salary of $1,500, and the Chair shall receive an additional sum of $500 per year. Alternate members of the Board of Assessors shall receive the sum of $35 for every meeting at which they sit as a member of the Board, up to a maximum of $1,500 per year.

§ 3-203 Construction Steering Committee.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Construction Steering Committee which shall consist of seven members, including: the Mayor, the Director of Public Works, the Director of Planning and Community Development, the Director of Municipal Licenses and Inspections, the Maintenance Director of the School Department, or their designees. Members shall serve by virtue of their office, and two persons shall be appointed by the Mayor for terms of three years each, arranged so that the terms of office expire in different years. One member of the School Committee or a designee shall replace the Director of Planning and Community Development whenever there is planning or construction of new, remodeled or renovated school buildings.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. Whenever any construction, reconstruction or remodeling of any municipal or school building or other Town of Weymouth facility is proposed to be undertaken, the proposed project shall be referred to the Construction Steering Committee. The Construction Steering Committee shall evaluate the proposal and shall file a report, including its recommendations, with the Mayor. The Construction Steering Committee shall be responsible for any construction, reconstruction or remodeling work which is authorized to be undertaken, including site acquisition, site preparation, designer selection, schematic design, preliminary design, bid preparation, bid award, and supervision of construction.
The Construction Steering Committee may, in appropriate circumstances, establish an advisory committee to represent the ultimate user of the building or other facility to assist the Construction Steering Committee in making decisions which will best reflect the needs of the ultimate user. Members of any such committee as may be established shall be appointed by the Mayor.
The Construction Steering Committee shall make a continuing review of all plans and proposals for capital improvements to municipal buildings and other facilities, including all proposals made by or on behalf of the School Committee, and shall evaluate and assign priorities to each such proposed project.
Nothing in this section shall be construed or interpreted to mean that by establishing this committee the executive powers of the Mayor have in any manner been diminished; specifically, reserved to the Mayor is the authority to award all contracts and to approve all payments, subject only to the appropriation of funds by the Town Council.

§ 3-204 Capital Planning Committee.

(a) 
Establishment. The Planning Board as established by § 3-217 of these ordinances shall also be the Capital Planning Committee. The Director of Municipal Finance or a designee of the Director of Municipal Finance shall serve as an advisory member of the Committee without the right to vote.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Capital Planning Committee shall study proposed capital outlays involving any individual piece of equipment, complete systems consisting of a number of pieces of equipment and related items, extraordinary maintenance and repairs of a single structure, piece of equipment or land use with an aggregate cost of a minimum of $25,000 and a useful life of three years or more. All officers, boards and committees, including the School Committee, shall, by October 1 of each year, give to such Committee, on forms prepared by the Department of Municipal Finance, information concerning all capital projects anticipated by them as needing Town Council action during the ensuing six years. The Committee shall consider the relative need, timing and cost of these expenditures and the effect each will have on the financial needs of the Town.
The Capital Planning Committee shall prepare an annual report containing a capital budget of proposed outlays for the following five years, with explanations of each item contained therein.

§ 3-205 Cemetery Commission.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Cemetery Commission consisting of five members which shall, in conjunction with the Director of Public Works, exercise the powers provided in MGL c. 114, § 22 through 27. The Cemetery Commission shall consist of the Veterans' Agent, one member of the Historical Commission and three Town residents.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Cemetery Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of Public Works. The Cemetery Commission shall have the authority, in conjunction with the Director of Public Works, to adopt regulations affecting the operation and conduct of the Town cemeteries as provided in MGL c. 114.

§ 3-206 Conservation Commission.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Conservation Commission consisting of five members which shall exercise the powers provided in MGL c. 40, § 8C.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Conservation Commission is established to protect, promote and enhance the quantity and quality of the natural resources within the Town, especially wetlands, wildlife and water resources, through planning, acquisition, land management, regulation, scientific research and public education. The Conservation Commission may conduct researches into its local land areas and shall seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.
The Conservation Commission may receive gifts, bequests or devises of personal property or interests in real property in the name of the Town, subject to approval of the Mayor. The Conservation Commission may receive monetary gifts for development of a conservation fund, and expend the same, subject to the General Laws and the approval of the Mayor.
The Conservation Commission is responsible for the implementation of the provisions of MGL c. 131, § 40, in protecting floodplains, water bodies and other wetlands within the Town, and the Wetlands Protection Ordinance[1] and other ordinances and regulations as directed.
The Conservation Commission may adopt policies and promulgate land management plans for properties of the Town held for conservation purposes. Such land management plans shall attempt to integrate certain active and passive public uses while protecting natural resources. The Conservation Commission, as a division of the Department of Planning and Community Development, shall receive staff support from the Department and coordinate activities with the Director of Planning and Community Development per MGL c. 40, § 8C, and MGL c. 131, § 40.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 7, Section 7-300, Wetlands Protection.
(c) 
Compensation. The regular members of the Conservation Commission shall receive an annual salary of $1,500, and the Chair shall receive an additional sum of $500 per year.

§ 3-207 Contributory Retirement Board.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Contributory Retirement Board which shall consist of five members. The Director of Municipal Finance (or a designee of the Director) shall serve, by virtue of office, as a member of the Board; one member shall be appointed by the Mayor; two members shall be elected by the members in or retired from service of such system from among their number; and the fifth member, who shall not be an employee or retiree or official of the Town of Weymouth, shall be chosen by the other members. The terms of all members shall be for three years.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Contributory Retirement Board shall have the powers and duties provided in MGL c. 32, § 20(5), and shall be responsible for the management of the retirement system for the Town of Weymouth, subject to the requirements of MGL c. 32 and to the oversight of the Commissioner of Public Employee Retirement as provided in MGL c. 32, § 21, and otherwise.

§ 3-208 Cultural Council.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a local Cultural Council which shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor for terms of two years each. No member shall be appointed so as to serve more than three consecutive terms per MGL c. 10, § 35C.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: MGL c. 10, § 35C, was repealed by St. 1989, c. 653, § 14. See now MGL c. 10, § 58.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. A local Cultural Council may decide the distribution of arts lottery funds or other funds that may be available to it and may also conduct other activities to promote and encourage the arts per MGL c. 10, § 35C.

§ 3-209 Disabilities, Commission on.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Commission on Disabilities consisting of nine members per MGL c. 40, § 8J. The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor. A majority of the persons appointed shall consist of persons with disabilities, one member shall be a member of the immediate family of a person with a disability, and one member shall be either an elected or appointed official of the Town. The members of the Commission may appoint two alternates.
(b) 
Authorities and responsibilities. The Commission on Disabilities seeks to research local problems of people with disabilities as well as to advise and assist municipal officials and employees in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities. The Commission shall: coordinate or carry out programs designed to address the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability; review and make recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities of departments and boards of the Town as they affect people with disabilities; provide information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability; and coordinate the activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes. The Commission may draft rules and regulations concerning disabled persons' needs and issues for consideration by the Mayor.

§ 3-210 Elder Services, Board of.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Board of Elder Services to consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor.
(b) 
Authorities and responsibilities. The Board of Elder Services shall advocate for the needs of the elderly people residing in the Town of Weymouth. The Board of Elder Services shall make continuing surveys of the elderly population to better determine their needs, problems and concerns. It shall perform a needs assessment in order to develop criteria for programs and supportive services and participate in programs offered by the Commonwealth's Department of Elder Affairs per MGL c. 40, § 8B.

§ 3-212 Health, Board of.

(a) 
Establishment. The Mayor shall appoint a Board of Health which shall consist of five members.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Board of Health shall have the authority, on the recommendation of the Director of Public Health, to adopt regulations affecting the public health in the manner provided in MGL c. 111, § 31.
(c) 
Compensation. The regular members of the Board of Health shall receive an annual salary of $1,500, and the Chair shall receive an additional sum of $500 per year.

§ 3-213 Historical Commission.

(a) 
Establishment. The Mayor shall appoint a Historical Commission which shall consist of seven members per MGL c. 40, § 8D.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Historical Commission shall act for the preservation, promotion and development of the historical assets of the Town. The Commission shall have such additional powers, duties and responsibilities as are given Historical Commissions by MGL c. 40, § 8D.

§ 3-214 Trustees of the Public Library, Board of.

(a) 
Establishment. The Mayor shall appoint a Board of Trustees of the Public Library consisting of seven members.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Board of Trustees of the Public Library shall represent the interests, issues, and concerns of the library to the Mayor and other agencies of the Town government and to the public. The Board of Trustees of the Public Library shall establish a written policy for the selection of library materials and the use of materials and facilities in accordance with the standards adopted by the American Library Association.

§ 3-215 Licensing Commissioners, Board of.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Board of Licensing Commissioners consisting of five members, as follows: the Town Clerk, the Inspector of Buildings, the Director of Public Health, the Fire Chief and the Police Chief (or persons performing similar duties under any other title) shall serve by virtue of their offices, and without additional compensation as the members of the Board of Licensing Commissioners. The Town Clerk shall serve as Chair of the Board of Licensing Commissioners.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Board of Licensing Commissioners shall have the power to issue licenses for innholders and common victuallers; the powers of a Board of Licensing Commissioners appointed under MGL c. 138, § 4, shall be the licensing authority for the purposes of MGL c. 138 and MGL c. 140 and shall have all of the other powers with respect to licenses which prior to the adoption of the Home Rule Charter were exercised by the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Licensing Commissioners may grant licenses relating to alcoholic beverages under MGL c. 138 and those licenses under MGL c. 140 which are not, by the provisions of said chapter, placed within the jurisdiction of another municipal officer or agency, and it shall have all the powers and duties of a licensing authority under said chapters.

§ 3-216 Memorial Committee.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Memorial Committee which shall consist of nine members, including the Mayor, one member of the School Committee (designated annually), one member of the Town Council (designated annually), the Director of Public Works, the Chair of the Historical Commission, and four other persons appointed by the Mayor.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Memorial Committee may recommend to the Mayor, or Town Council, or other appropriate authority whenever any school or other public building, portion of a building, public way, intersection, bridge, traffic circle or other open space, or parts thereof, are to be named or renamed.

§ 3-217 Planning Board.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Planning Board which shall consist of five members, who shall serve for terms of five years.
(b) 
Authorities and responsibilities. The Planning Board shall exercise the powers provided in MGL c. 41, §§ 70 through 72, and MGL c. 41, §§ 81A through 81J, as amended.
The Planning Board shall make careful studies of the resources, possibilities and needs of the Town and shall make plans for the development of the Town. The Planning Board shall make, and may from time to time amend and perfect a comprehensive or master plan, setting forth in graphic and textual form policies to govern future growth and development in the Town. The Planning Board shall monitor and report on progress made by the Town implementing the recommendations of the master plan and other plans and studies prepared by the Board.
The Planning Board shall have the power to regulate the subdivision of land within the Town by the adoption of rules and regulations governing such development and the administration of such rules and regulations upon the application of landowners for the subdivision of land in Weymouth. The Planning Board shall have the authority to delegate the approval of plans submitted under MGL c. 41, § 81P, to the Director of Planning and Community Development.
The Planning Board shall be responsible for surveying the growth and other needs of the Town and the physical conditions and adequacy of all public buildings and facilities. The Planning Board shall from time to time meet with representatives of Town agencies to learn and understand the capital needs of each such agency.
The Planning Board shall consider the relative need, the timing, the estimated cost, and the proposed method of financing of each capital expenditure proposed. The Planning Board shall prepare and annually revise, update and extend a five-year capital outlay program which forecasts the projected capital expenditure needs for the five fiscal years next ensuing, in accordance with Section 6-10 of the Home Rule Charter. The capital improvement plan shall annually be submitted to the Mayor for assistance in the Mayor's preparation of the Capital Improvement Program.
The Planning Board shall make an annual report, giving information regarding the condition of the Town and any plans or proposals for its development and estimates of their costs. The Planning Board shall have all of the other powers and duties Planning Boards are given by general law, by the Charter, by ordinance or otherwise.
(c) 
Compensation. The regular members of the Planning Board shall receive an annual salary of $1,500, and the Chair shall receive an additional sum of $500 per year.

§ 3-218 Recreation Commission.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Recreation Commission to consist of five members in accordance with MGL c. 45, § 2.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Recreation Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity concerning the operation of public parks and recreation programs, but it shall have no authority over the day-to-day operations of the Recreation Division. The specific powers of a Park Commission as provided in MGL c. 45, § 5 et seq. shall be vested in the Mayor and may be assigned by the Mayor to any other Town agencies.

§ 3-219 Tree Board.

(a) 
Establishment. There is hereby created and established a Tree Board which will consist of three members: the Director of Public Works, the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Public Works, and the Town Arborist.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. It shall be the responsibility of the Tree Board to study, investigate, counsel, and develop and/or update annually and administer a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, removal or deposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets, and in other public areas. Such a plan will be presented semi-annually to the Mayor.

§ 3-220 Voters, Registrars of.

(a) 
Appointment; term of office. The Mayor shall appoint a Board of Registrars of Voters to consist of three persons, appointed for terms of three years each. The Town Clerk shall serve ex officio in accordance with MGL c. 51, § 15.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Board of Registrars of Voters shall supervise the qualification of persons to vote, certify the signatures on nomination papers and petitions, and shall hold hearings and decide disputes with regard to any of the foregoing matters in accordance with MGL c. 51 through c. 55, generally.

§ 3-221 Waterfront Committee.

(a) 
Establishment. The Waterfront Committee shall consist of nine members. The Harbormaster shall serve by virtue of office as a member of the Committee. In making other appointments to the Committee, the Mayor shall, to the fullest extent possible, appoint persons who demonstrate a keen interest in the Weymouth waterfront and shall seek representation from the following waterfront interest groups: commercial fishing, recreational boating, environmental advocacy and waterfront residential neighborhoods, and shall, specifically, assure liaison with the Back River Committee by designating one member of it to serve as a member of the Waterfront Committee. The Committee may also wish to designate a representative from the State Coastal Zone Management Office as a nonvoting ex officio member.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Waterfront Committee is established to:
1. 
Promote, preserve and protect the interests of the Weymouth waterfront;
2. 
Review and update the policies and recommendations contained in the Weymouth Waterfront Plan;
3. 
Educate the public to the intrinsic value and natural beauty of the Weymouth waterfront.
The Waterfront Committee shall review activities within the coastal and tidal waters of the Town, to include the Fore and Back Rivers and bounded by the projection boundary lines of neighboring towns; provided, however, its review of coastal and tidal land shall be limited to comment on those land activities which directly impact the use of said waters. The review of activities shall be coordinated through the Department of Planning and Community Development.
Specific duties and responsibilities of the Committee shall include:
1.
Review and update the policies and recommendations contained in the Weymouth Waterfront Plan;
2.
Recommend appropriate ordinances, rules, policies, guidelines and regulations consistent with the Waterfront Plan;
3.
Assist in the orderly placement or arrangement of existing and future moorings in cooperation with the Harbormaster;
4.
Assist in the coordination of all public and private agencies, committees, commissions, boards, etc., and any private entities which have interest or jurisdiction in the waterfront area;
5.
Review and comment on land and water use activities proposed to take place within coastal and tidal area. Town agencies shall send copies of relevant applications/proposals to the Waterfront Committee;
6.
Work in association with other Town agencies and the Mayor in making applications for, receiving and administering grants or subsidized funding from any governmental or private entity;
7.
Investigate all accepted financial options for raising revenues for the planning, construction or financing of any waterfront project;
8.
Recommend the expenditure of funds to the Mayor from the Town Waterways Fund;
9.
Prepare an annual report for the Mayor for publication.

§ 3-222 Weymouth Housing Authority.

(a) 
Composition. The Housing Authority shall be managed, controlled and governed by five members, appointed as provided in this section, of whom three shall constitute a quorum. Membership on the Weymouth Housing Authority shall be restricted to residents of the Town.
Four members of the Weymouth Housing Authority shall be appointed by the Mayor for terms of five years each such that the terms of each member will expire in a different year.
One member of the Weymouth Housing Authority shall be appointed by the Department of Housing and Community Development (of the commonwealth) for a term of five years which expires in a different year than any member appointed by the Mayor.
One of the four members of the Weymouth Housing Authority appointed by the Mayor shall be a resident of the Town and shall be a representative of organized labor who shall be appointed by the Mayor from a list of not less than two nor more than five names, representing different unions submitted by the Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America of the Town or of the district within which the Town is included. If no such list of names is submitted within 60 days after a vacancy occurs, the Mayor may appoint any representative of organized labor to the authority.
One of the four members of the Weymouth Housing Authority appointed by the Mayor shall be a tenant in a building owned and operated by or on behalf of the local Weymouth Housing Authority who shall be appointed by the Mayor from lists of names submitted by each duly recognized Town-wide and project-wide tenants' organization in the Town. A tenants' organization may submit a list which contains not less than two nor more than five names to the Mayor, who shall make the selection from among the names so submitted; provided that, where no public housing units are owned and operated by the Weymouth Housing Authority and no such units are owned and operated on behalf of the Weymouth Housing Authority, the Mayor shall appoint any tenant of the Weymouth Housing Authority from lists submitted in accordance with this section. If no list of names is submitted within 60 days after a vacancy occurs, the Mayor shall appoint any tenant to the Authority. The Mayor shall notify in writing tenant organizations as specified herein not less than 90 days prior to the expiration of the term of a tenant member. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the term of a tenant member for any reason other than the expiration of a term, the Mayor shall notify in writing the tenant organizations specified herein within 10 working days after the vacancy occurs. The Mayor shall make an appointment within a reasonable time after the expiration of 60 days after said notice.
Vacancies, other than by reason of expiration of terms, shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term, in the same manner as the original appointment. Every member, unless sooner removed, shall serve until the qualification of his successor.
(b) 
Authorities and responsibilities. The Weymouth Housing Authority shall make careful studies of the housing needs within the Town and shall provide such programs to make available housing for families of low income and for elderly persons of low income as it deems to be necessary or desirable and it may make studies and investigations relative to community development, including desirable patterns for land use and community growth. The Housing Authority shall have all of the powers, duties, authorities and responsibilities as are afforded to such entities under MGL c. 121B.

§ 3-223 Weymouth Redevelopment Authority.

(a) 
Composition. The Weymouth Redevelopment Authority shall be managed, controlled and governed by a board consisting of five members.
Four members of the Weymouth Redevelopment Authority shall be appointed by the Mayor for terms of five years each such that the terms of each member will expire in a different year.
One member of the Weymouth Redevelopment Authority shall be appointed by the Department of Housing and Community Development (of the commonwealth) for a term of five years which expires in a different year than any member appointed by the Mayor.
(b) 
Authorities and responsibilities. The Weymouth Redevelopment Authority shall make careful studies surveys and plans relative to community development, including desirable patterns for land use and community growth and to determine what areas within the Town constitute decadent, substandard or blighted areas. The Redevelopment Authority shall have all of the powers, duties, authorities and responsibilities as are afforded to such entities under MGL c. 121B.

§ 3-224 Weymouth Youth Coalition.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a seven-member Youth Coalition, which shall consist of: the Mayor, the Superintendent of Schools, the Chief of Police, the Director of Health, the Division of Youth and Family Services, or their designees, and two community members appointed by the Mayor. In addition, the Committee may, by majority vote, solicit stakeholders in youth activities, such as parents of school-aged children, concerned citizens, members of the clergy and other agencies dedicated to youth concerns, to participate as nonvoting members of the coalition.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Coalition shall meet to address youth concerns in a community-based manner, with particular focus on the prevention of substance abuse, violence and other high-risk behavior. The membership of the Coalition shall make every effort to include input and representation from the widest possible range of citizenry of the Town.

§ 3-225 Community Events Committee.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a nine-member Community Events Committee which shall consist of the Mayor, the Director of Administrative Community Services or their designees and seven members of the community.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Community Events Committee shall be charged with planning and conducting annual and special Town events as assigned by the Mayor.

§ 3-226 Scholarship Fund Committee.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Scholarship Fund Committee that consists of nine members, including the Superintendent of Schools or his or her designee and eight citizens, which shall exercise the powers provided in MGL c. 60, § 3C.
(b) 
Authority and responsibility. The Scholarship Fund Committee shall select worthy recipients of and amounts of financial aid from the scholarship fund to be distributed. The Scholarship Fund Committee shall establish a procedure for determining, at least on an annual basis, the amounts or percentages of the funds that shall be authorized for distribution.
(c) 
Miscellaneous.
1. 
All funds collected pursuant to this section shall be under the jurisdiction of the Mayor; the Town Treasurer shall be the custodian of said special fund and interest earned upon the Scholarship Fund shall remain therewith and shall be used for the purpose of said fund.
2. 
The Committee may recommend an annual operating budget to the Mayor for his consideration as part of the Mayor's annual budget preparation.
3. 
The Scholarship Committee is authorized to expend, with the approval of the Mayor, its budget as is appropriated in the annual budget of the Town of Weymouth.
4. 
The Scholarship Committee may distribute financial aid from both interest and principal of the special fund without further appropriation.
(d) 
Placement on tax bills. The Tax Collector may designate a place on the Town's municipal tax bills and/or motor vehicle excise tax bills whereby a taxpayer may donate an amount to the Scholarship Fund.

§ 3-227 Community Preservation Committee.

(a) 
Establishment. There shall be a Community Preservation Committee, in accordance with Chapter 267 of the Acts of 2000, Massachusetts Community Preservation Act,[1] which shall consist of nine members: one member of the Conservation Commission as designated by the Commission; one member of the Planning Board as designated by the Board; one member of the Historical Commission as designated by the Commission; one member of the Housing Authority, established under MGL c. 121B, as designated by the Authority; one member of the Recreation Commission as designated by the Commission; one member of the Town Council as designated by the Town Council President; and three citizens not currently holding elected or appointed office appointed by the Mayor. Any vacancy shall be filled by the respective board, commission, Housing Authority, Town Council President or Mayor for the remainder of the unexpired term.
[1]
Editor's Note: See MGL c. 44B.
(b) 
Terms of office. The term of office shall be for two years. In the event that a designee of a multiple-member body no longer serves on the board he or she represents on the Community Preservation Committee, that position shall be vacant and filled by the appropriate multiple-member body.
(c) 
Authority and responsibility. The Community Preservation Committee shall study the needs, possibilities and resources of the Town regarding community preservation. The Committee shall consult with the Mayor, Town Council, and existing municipal boards, including the Conservation Commission, the Historical Commission, the Planning Board, the Recreation Commission and the Housing Authority, or persons acting in those capacities or performing like duties, in conducting such studies. As part of its study, the Committee shall annually hold one or more public informational hearings on the needs, possibilities and resources of the Town regarding community preservation possibilities and resources, notice of which shall be posted publicly and published for each of two weeks preceding a hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town.
By October 1 of each year, the Community Preservation Committee shall give to the Capital Planning Committee information on all capital projects anticipated by it as needing Town Council action during the ensuing six years. Such submittal should include all recommendations for the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space; for the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources; for the acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational use; for the creation, preservation and support of community housing; and for the rehabilitation or restoration of open space, land for recreational use and community housing that is acquired or created as provided in this section. With respect to community housing, the Community Preservation Committee shall recommend, wherever possible, the reuse of existing buildings or construction of new buildings on previously developed sites.
Twenty-one days before the date the Mayor is required to submit a proposed Town budget to the Town Council, the Community Preservation Committee shall submit its budget to the Mayor. The budget may include a recommendation to set aside for later spending funds for specific purposes that are consistent with community preservation but for which sufficient revenues are not then available in the Community Preservation Fund to accomplish that specific purpose or to set aside for later spending funds for general purposes that are consistent with community preservation.
For each fiscal year, at least 10% of the estimated annual fund revenues must be appropriated or reserved for acquisitions and initiatives in each of the following categories:
1. 
Open space, not including land for recreational purposes;
2. 
Community housing;
3. 
Historic resources.
Annual appropriations for the administrative and operating expenses of the Community Preservation Committee may not exceed 5% of the year's estimated annual Community Preservation Fund revenues.