Town of Webster, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Town Administrator — See Ch. 7.
Board of Selectmen — See Ch. 238.
[Adopted 5-8-1988 ATM, Art. 98, as Sec. 60.0 of the General Bylaws]

§ 14-1 Bylaw Committee.

[Amended 5-11-2015 ATM, Art. 20]
There shall be a Bylaw Committee consisting of seven voters of the Town, two of whom shall be appointed by the Town Moderator on or before June first of each year for the term of three years. The duties of the Committee shall be to make recommendations of the Town concerning all proposed changes in the Bylaws, and members shall receive no compensation for their services. This Bylaw Committee shall also make the five-year review of the bylaws per Section 7-7 of the Charter.

§ 14-2 Water and Sewer Advisory Board.

[Amended 5-10-2010 ATM, Art. 8]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a committee consisting of six members, known as the Water and Sewer Advisory Board, pursuant to Section 5-5 of the Charter. The Board shall also oversee studies, initiatives and compliance requirements related to stormwater management.

§ 14-3 Conservation and Lake Commission.

The Webster Conservation and Lake Commission of seven members shall be appointed for three-year terms by the Board of Selectmen. The duties of the Commission shall be as set forth in Chapter 385 of the Acts of the Legislature 1981 and as later amended, and MGL c. 40, § 8C, for Conservation Commissions and as later amended.

§ 14-4 Planning Board.

[Amended 12-8-2014 STM, Art. 13]
There shall be a five-member Planning Board, with two associate members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms, and which board shall perform its duties pursuant to MGL c. 41, § 81B, and as later amended.

§ 14-5 Board of Health.

A. 
There shall be a Board of Health which shall be the Board of Selectmen and perform its duties to adopt rules and regulations pursuant to MGL c. 111, and as later amended.
B. 
Any rule or regulation enacted by the Board of Health and any Town bylaw within the jurisdiction of the Board of Health, the violation of which is subject to a specific penalty, may, in the discretion of the enforcing person, be enforced in the method provided in MGL c. 40, § 21D. The noncriminal fine for each violation, if not otherwise specified, shall be fifty dollars ($50). Each day on which any violation exists shall be deemed to be a separate offense. "Enforcing person," as used in this bylaw, shall be members of the Board of Health, and its agents, inspectors or other designees of the Board.
[Added 10-16-2006 FATM, Art. 17; amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]

§ 14-6 Public Safety Committee.

The Public Safety Committee will study the following issues and make their recommendations to the Board of Selectmen:
A. 
Traffic and parking surveys.
B. 
Crime problems.
C. 
Fire problems.
D. 
Public safety problems on any issue requested by the Board of Selectmen.
E. 
The public may request the review of the public safety problems.

§ 14-7 Historical Commission.

There shall be established under the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 8D, a Historical Commission of the Town of Webster for the purpose and with the rights and duties provided by law to be composed of seven members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen for terms of three years.

§ 14-8 Registrars of Voters.

A Board of Registrars of voters in the manner provided by General Laws, shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, except for the Town Clerk who shall be a member.

§ 14-9 Council on Aging.

A Council on Aging, as provided by MGL c. 40, § 8B, shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

§ 14-10 Industrial Development.

An Industrial Development Financing Authority in the Manner provided by MGL c. 40, § 8A, shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

§ 14-11 Trustees of Soldiers Monuments.

A Board of Trustees of Soldiers Monuments consisting of five members, at least three of whom shall be veterans, to serve for terms of three years, shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

§ 14-12 Recycling Commission.

A. 
A Recycling Commission, hereinafter called the Commission, shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, for the purpose of promotion and development of programs to recycle paper, metal and glass solid waste. Said Commission shall research local recycling areas and shall coordinate the activities of groups organized for similar purposes.
[Amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
B. 
The Commission shall consist of seven members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, for three-year terms. The Selectmen shall set this commission up per Section 7-9 of the Town Charter.
C. 
A Commission shall, within three years of acceptance of this bylaw, establish a plan for recycling materials, paper, metal and glass etc. Each recycling program shall be approved by the Board of Selectmen before it shall take effect.

§ 14-13 Selectmen staff.

The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Staff to the Board of Selectmen.

§ 14-14 Arts Council.

The Webster Arts Council members shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Arts Council shall be in accordance with MGL c. 41, § 82.

§ 14-15 Youth and Recreation Commission.

A. 
A Youth and Recreation Commission, hereinafter called the Commission, shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, for the purpose of carrying out programs which may be designed or established to meet the opportunities, challenges and problems of the youth of Webster. This shall be in conjunction with any similar or related programs of any agency of the commonwealth or any agency of the federal government. The Commission shall at least once a year meet with representatives from each school system in Webster.
[Amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
B. 
The Commission shall also review the park and recreation areas of the Town, with the needs of all Webster residents in mind and make a recommendation for improvements. It shall meet at least once a year with representatives from the Department of Public Works, Senior Center and other interested parties, to develop a park improvements agenda.
C. 
The Commission shall also review the needs of Town cemeteries and make any recommendations for improvements.
D. 
The Commission shall consist of seven members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, for three-year terms. The Selectmen shall set this commission up per Section 7-9G of the Town Charter. This Commission shall be set up at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen.
E. 
Each program shall be approved by the Board of Selectmen before it shall take effect.

§ 14-16 Town Accountant.

[Amended 6-11-1990 ATM, Art. 22]
The Town Accountant shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to Section 3(2)(d) of the Charter and shall, under the direction of the Selectmen, perform the duties and exercise the powers which, by the laws of the Commonwealth, Town Accountants and Auditors are required and authorized to perform.

§ 14-17 Substance Abuse Commission.

[Added 6-11-1990 ATM, Art. 22]
A. 
A Substance Abuse Commission, hereinafter called the Commission, shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, for the purpose of carrying out programs which shall be designed or established to meet the problems created by liquor and drugs in our Community.
[Amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
B. 
The Commission shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, its membership fitted by qualification and education, for a one-year term. Each program shall be approved by the Board of Selectmen.

§ 14-18 Capital Planning Advisory Committee.

[Added 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
Refer to Chapter 48, Capital Planning Advisory Committee, of the Code of the Town of Webster.
[Adopted 5-8-1988 ATM, Art. 98, as Sec. 80.0 of the General Bylaws]

§ 14-19 Sealer of Weights and Measures.

The Sealer of Weights and Measures of the Town, appointed by the Town Administrator, shall be paid a salary determined by the Selectmen and shall account for any pay to the Town Treasurer fees collected by virtue of his office.

§ 14-20 Gas Inspector.

[Amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
The Town Administrator on or before the first of each year shall appoint an Inspector of Gas Piping and Gas Appliances in buildings to be known as the Gas Inspector, whose duties shall be those set forth in MGL c. 143, § 3O, and as later amended.

§ 14-21 Wire Inspector.

[Amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
The Town Administrator on or before the first of each year shall appoint an Inspector of Wires whose duties shall be those set forth in MGL c. 166, § 32, and as later amended.

§ 14-22 Plumbing Inspector.

The Town Administrator shall appoint an Inspector of Plumbing and such other Inspectors as required by the General Laws as later amended. The duties of these Inspectors shall be in accordance with the applicable provisions of the General Laws and as later amended.

§ 14-23 Tree Warden and Moth Superintendent.

Any person or firm requiring the services of the Tree Warden and Moth Superintendent shall pay for services at an hourly rate equal to the hourly rate of the General Foreman of the Forestry Division Department of Public Works of the Forestry Division Department of Public Works. Such compensation shall be paid directly to the Town of Webster, General Fund. The Tree Warden and Moth Superintendent shall be appointed by the Town Administrator.

§ 14-24 Director of Public Works. [1]

A Director of Public Works, to serve for an indefinite term and other employees of a Department of Public Works, shall be appointed by the Town Administrator.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 222, Public Works and Engineering.

§ 14-25 Police Department.

[Amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
A Police Chief and other police officers, to serve for indefinite terms, shall be appointed by the Town Administrator.

§ 14-26 Fire Department.

[Amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
A Board of Fire Engineers, Forest Wardens and other fire fighters, to serve for indefinite terms, shall be appointed by the Town Administrator.

§ 14-27 Building Inspector.

A Building Inspector to serve for an indefinite term, shall be appointed by the Town Administrator.

§ 14-28 Animal Control Officer.

An Animal Control Officer to serve for an indefinite term, shall be appointed by the Town Administrator.

§ 14-29 Town Counsel.

[Added 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
Refer to Chapter 64, Counsel, Town, of the Code of the Town of Webster.

§ 14-30 Health Department.

A Health Agent and other employees of a Department of Public Health, for an indefinite term, shall be appointed by the Town Administrator.

§ 14-31 Other appointments.

The Town Administrator shall appoint the following positions, per Section 4-2 of the Charter:
A. 
Town Historian.
B. 
Superintendent of Fire Alarms.
C. 
Civil Defense Director.
D. 
Civil Defense Rescue Squad.
E. 
Custodian(s) of Town Office Building.
F. 
Janitor(s) of Fire and Police Station.
G. 
Lockup Keeper.
H. 
Matrons.
I. 
Parking Clerk.
J. 
Director of Veterans Services.
K. 
Caretaker of Graves of Soldiers and Sailors.
L. 
Burial Agent for Veterans.
M. 
Fence Viewers.
N. 
Measures of Wood and Bark.
O. 
Chapter 90 Highway Superintendent.
P. 
Building Inspector.
Q. 
Zoning Agent.
R. 
Senior Center Director.
S. 
Insurance Advisory Committee.

§ 14-32 Unspecified appointments.

In the event that an authorized Town vacancy exists and no appointing authority is named or specified in the Town Charter, by a bylaw, in a Town Meeting action or through other legislation, the Town Administrator shall make all appointments on an interim basis until such time as an appointing authority is established by legislation. Should a conflict arise as to the interpretation of an appointing authority for any vacancy, the Town Administrator shall be empowered to make all interim appointments until the conflict is legally resolved.