Town of Falmouth, MA
Barnstable County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[The following is a list of General Laws accepted by the Town of Falmouth:]
MGL Ch./Sec(s).
Chapter/ Acts of
Date
Art. No.
Subject
25, § 22
1905
Watering of streets
29, § 64D
4-6-1993
14
Allowing towns to require participation in deferred compensation, providing a retirement plan for part-time, seasonal and temporary employees
30B
4-1-1991 ATM
5
School Committee to seek five-year contracts for transportation
30B, § 2
4-2-1990 ATM
2
Bidding and contracts
30B, § 12B
4-1-1991 ATM
50
Bidding and contracts
31, § 48
2-12-1936 ATM
54
Bringing under civil service its regular or permanent police and fire forces
31, § 48
2-12-1936 ATM
55
Civil service
31, § 49
2-12-1936 ATM
56
Extending the application of civil service to the Chief of Police
31, § 58A
4-7-2003
27
Municipal police officer and fire fighters; maximum age restrictions
32, § 17
9-10-1981 STM
43
Contributory group insurance for employees
32, § 22D
10-2-1990 STM
49
Retirement systems and pensions
32, § 25(1)(a)
1951
Increased pensions for contributory retirement members who have retired
32, §§ 26 through 31H
11-5-1940 election
Contributory retirement systems
32, §§ 33 through 36
1902
Compensation of firemen
32, §§ 56 through 59
1943
Retirement of certain veterans
32, § 85
2-10-1937 ATM
53
Pension for members of the Police and Fire Departments
32, § 85A
2-8-1949 ATM
23
Retirement for disabled members of Fire Department
32, § 89
5-20-1930 STM
3
Providing for the payment of compensation to widows and children of police and firemen who are killed while on duty
32, § 89A
2-15-1951 ATM
93
Annuities payable to dependents of policemen, firemen and other public employees
32, § 89B
4-3-1991 ATM
28
Annuities to dependents of police officers and fire fighters killed in performance of duties
32, § 90A
4-7-2003
28
Accidental disability
32, § 90C
3-4-1969 ATM
51
Increase retirement allowance of certain former employees retired on superannuation
32, § 90C
4-7-2003
29
Superannuation retirement
32, § 90D
4-7-2003
30
Ordinary disability with at least 25 years of service
32, § 90G
4-2-1991 STM
8
Retirement systems and pensions
32, § 90G3/4
4-2-1991 ATM
8
Creditable service accrued for time worked beyond age 70
32, § 95A
3-7-1961 ATM
25
Annuity to the surviving spouse of a former town official
32, § 95A
1960 ATM
41
Grant annuities to the dependents of certain retired employees
32, § 96
1954
Increasing pensions of retired officials
32B
1958 ATM
1
Town group insurance
32B
1962 ATE
Purchase of additional life and accident insurance with no contribution by the town
32B
1963 ATE
Group insurance for certain persons retired from the service of the town
32B, § 8A
1966 ATE
Distribute dividends to employees from town employees' insurance coverage
32B, § 9A
1964
Pay one-half premium cost on group insurance payable by retired employees
32B, § 9B
1968
Pay one-half the cost of premium and the full amount of additional rate for group health insurance for widows and children of fire fighters who are killed or die from injuries received in the performance of duty
32B, § 9C
1968 ATE
Contributory group insurance for employees
32B, § 9D
1968 ATE
Pay one-half the cost payable by surviving spouse of employee or retired employee for group health insurance
32B, § 9I
4-4-2002
32
Employees on military leave
32B, § 11B
1964 ATE
Pay one-half of premiums and some expenses for group insurance for elderly persons retired from the service of the town
32B, § 11D
1968 ATE
Pay one-half of premium and additional rate for life and accident insurance for police and firemen who are killed or die from injuries received in performance of duty
32B, § 11F
1968 ATE
Contributory group insurance for employees
32B, § 18
4-7-2009 STM
13
Requires that all retirees, their spouses and dependents who are enrolled in Medicare Part A, at no cost to a retiree, their spouse or dependents, be required to enroll in a Medicare health benefits supplement plan offered by the Town
32B, § 20
4-3-2012 STM
11
Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund
39, § 14
1912
Moderator
39, § 20
1914
Precinct voting at town elections
39, § 23
1917
Election of town officials
39, § 23
2-12-1946 ATM
47
Election of town officials
39, § 23D
4-10-2018 ATM
26
Adjudicatory hearings; attendance by municipal board, committee and commission members; voting disqualification
40, § 4G
1985 ATM
26
Powers and duties of cities and towns
40, § 5
1973
Powers and duties of cities and towns
40, § 6A
2-15-1934 ATM
49
Towns to appropriate money for publicity promotions
40, § 6B
2-20-1931 ATM
118
Authorize cities and towns to appropriate money for the purchase of uniforms for members of the Police and Fire Departments
40, § 6C
1962 ATE
Authorize cities and towns to appropriate money for removal of snow and ice from private ways open to public use
40, § 6H
3-9-1962 ATM
88
Repairs on certain private ways by municipalities without liability for damage
40, § 6J
3-2-1964 ATM
86
Appropriation of money for purchase of stormy weather work clothes
40, § 8A
3-5-1962 ATM
40
Development and Industrial Commission
40, § 8B
10-14-1970 STM
4
Powers and duties of cities and towns
40, § 8C
3-7-1967 ATM
101
Conservation Commission
40, § 8C
6-25-1974 STM
10
Increase membership of Conservation Commission
40, § 8D
1979
18
Powers and duties of cities and towns
40, § 8G
4-12-2004
41
Mutual aid agreements
40, § 8J
11-6-1995
28
Establishes a Commission on Handicapped Affairs
40, § 12
5-26-1924 STM
13
Acquisition of land for public baths or bathing places
40, § 13
2-14-1933 ATM
13
Municipal building insurance fund
40, § 22D
3-5-1962 ATM
15
Towing of vehicles
40, § 22F
4-5-2010 ATM
24
Authority of the Town to fix reasonable fees for licenses, permits or certificates issued pursuant to statutes or regulations and fix reasonable fees for any services rendered or work performed by the Town or any department thereof
40, § 27A
7-9-1947 STM
25
Time limit for reconsideration of denied zoning changes
40, §§ 42A through 42F
2-14-1928 ATM
72
Unpaid water bills liens upon real estate
40, §§ 42G, 42H and 42I
3-2-1970 ATM
58
Public Works Department to provide for the levy of special assessments against abuttors to meet part of the cost thereafter incurred in laying pipes in public and private ways for distribution of water
40, § 42K
11-6-1995
23
Permits the use of the uniform unit method in making special assessments
40, § 57
4-6-1987 STM
41
Revocation of licenses or permits for any person, corporation or business enterprise who has neglected to pay taxes
40A, § 20
2-11-1955 ATM
102
Time limit for reconsideration of denied zoning changes
40A, § 20
1967 STM
15
Petitions to Board of Appeals
40C
11-12-2015 ATFM
18
Historic District Commission
41, §§ 1 and 62
1897
Highway Surveyor
41, §§ 6, 7 and 10
1892
Elections, warrants and ballots
41, § 38A
10-15-1987 STM
35
Officers and employees of towns
41, § 41B
4-5-1976 ATM
29
Payment of employees by means of direct bank credits
41, §§ 69C through 69G
1960 ATM
1
Board of Public Works
41, §§ 70, 71 and 72
5-19-1923 STM
17
Planning Board
41, § 73
5-26-1924 STM
19
Selectmen being a Board of Survey
41, §§ 81F through 81J
2-14-1947 ATM
97
Official Map; powers over public ways and parks
41, § 81U
4-4-1988 ATM
28
Completion of subdivision roads upon default by the developer
41, § 97
2-16-1921 STM
25
Police Department
41, § 100B
11-6-1995
73
Retirement for accidental disability
41, § 108L
4-4-2002
30
Police career incentive pay program
41, § 111
1914
Vacation of laborers employed by cities and towns
41, § 111B
12-5-1950 STM
34
Sick leave for employees
44, § 53D
12-12-1990 STM
50
Municipal finance
44, § 53E
12-12-1990 STM
48
Municipal finance
44, § 65
2-11-1947 ATM
14
Advance vacation pay
45, §§ 2 through 9
1903
Public parks
48, §§ 13 and 15
1909
Forest fire protection
48, § 36
1948
Promotion of firemen without civil service examination of callmen added to permanent force
48, §§ 36A and 37
1949
Promotion without civil service examination of certain call or substitute firemen
48, §§ 42 through 44
6-21-1956 STM
39
Fire Department
48, § 42A
4-5-1977 STM
1
Fire Department
48, §§ 45, 48, 49, 52 through 55
1899
Precinct voting
48, § 58A
2-12-1946 ATM
68
Hours of duty of permanent member of the Fire Department
48, § 58A
1952
Seventy-hour workweek
48, §§ 84, 85 and 86
2-11-1925 ATM
71
Association, society or club organized as firemen
49, § 28
1891
Impounding of beasts
50, § 5 Clause 41B
4-4-1988 ATM
27
50, § 57A
4-6-1987 ATM
40
50, § 57B
4-4-1988 ATM
33
53, § 10
10-2-1990 STM
35
Nomination of candidates
54, § 6
1898
Fire Department
54, § 103A
2-16-1938 ATM
57
Absentee voting
59, § 5, Clause 17D
4-6-1993
31
Real estate tax exemption for widows and widowers, minor children with one parent deceased, and persons 70 and older who have owned and occupied the property as their domicile for at least 5 years
59, § 5, Clause 41A
Ch. 138/ 1991 (Sec. 126)
4-6-1993
32
Allowing towns to increase the amount of gross receipts applicants may have in order to qualify for a Clause 41A deferral
59, § 5, Clause 41B
4-4-1988 ATM
27
Senior citizens tax exemption
59, § 5, Clause 41C
4-6-1992 ATM
34
Senior citizens tax exemption
59, § 5, Clause 54
11-13-2012 AFTM
49
Limit to tax exemption allowed under statute to personal property valued at $10,000 and under
59, § 57A
4-6-1987 ATM
40
Real estate and personal property tax
59, § 57B
4-3-1989 ATM
33
Payment of real estate and personal property bills
59, § 57C
11-15-2010 AFTM
10
Adopting and establishing a quarterly tax payment system
60, § 3C
1988 ATM
32
60A, § 1
1983 ATM
42
Motor vehicle excise
64G, § 3A
4-8-1986 ASTM
3
Increase of local room occupancy excise tax
64G, § 3A
10-7-1986 STM
20
Local room occupancy excise tax
64L, § 2(a)
11-15-2010 AFTM
15
Local meals tax
70A, §§ 1 through 6
4-1-1991 ATM
9
Equal opportunity grants
71, § 16
1964 STE
Regional school district
71, § 71E
9-10-1981 STM
19
Public schools
71, § 71F
1991 ATM
51
Public schools
78, §§ 14 through 18
1891
Public libraries
80, § 13B
11-15-2010 AFTM
43
Allowing the Board of Selectmen to enter into betterment deferral and recovery agreements
82, §§ 7 through 17
1890
Perpetual care funds
82, § 37
1922
Establishing building lines
83, § 15
1984 STM
37
Sewers
83, § 15C
11-14-2016 AFTM
7
Relative to interest on the unpaid balance of sewer betterment assessments
83, § 15D
11-14-2016 AFTM
8
Relative to the period of apportionment of future sewer assessments or unpaid balance of assessments
83, §§ 16A through 16F
4-1-1985 STM
28
Assessments for use of sewers
83, §§ 16A through 16F
4-1-1985 STM
29
Sewers
83, § 25
1912
Sidewalks
83, §§ 25 and 26
1912
Sidewalks
90, § 20A1/2
10-7-1986 STM
19
Enforcement of parking regulations
90, § 20C
4-1-1974 ATM
26
Enforcement of parking regulations
90, §§ 20C through 20E
9-10-1981 STM
42
Enforcement of parking regulations
91, § 29
1962
22
Assume liability for damages incurred by work performed by Massachusetts D.P.W.
91, § 29
1963
15
Assume liability for damages incurred by work performed by Massachusetts D.P.W.
94, § 47
1987 ATM
23
94, § 120
1917
License fees for slaughter houses in towns of less than ten thousand inhabitants
114, §§ 4, 5, 11 through 15, 17 and 19
1890
Perpetual care funds
136, § 4B
2-20-1959 ATM
111
Sunday activities
136, §§ 21 through 28
1930
Sunday activities
138, § 12B
1982 ATM
37
Alcoholic beverages
138, § 17A
9-27-1978 STM
5
Alcoholic beverages
138, § 17B
4-1-1985 STM
28
Alcoholic beverage licenses
139, §§ 1 through 3
3-2-1964 ATM
102
Demolition of run-down buildings
139, §§ 1 through 3
10-14-1970 STM
7
Dangerous buildings
140, §§ 115 through 119
1896
Steam boilers
140, § 147A
4-6-1992 ATM
36
Authorization for local dog programs
140, §§ 188, 189 and 190
5-19-1970 STM
7A
Picnic groves
143, § 3
1926
Construction and use of buildings
143, §§ 4
2-12-1929 ATM
87
Building Inspector through 12 to inspect and cause to correct dangerous structures and hazards
147, § 17B
2-22-1957 ATM
104
Providing for a forty-hour workweek for all police officers
147, §§ 32 through 47
2-14-1928 ATM
66
Licensed boxing matches
148, §§ 5 through 7
2-13-1923 ATM
83
Removal of combustible materials
148, § 26C
12-12-1979 STM
7
Smoke detectors in dwelling units
148, §§ 26F and 26G
4-5-1987 STM
22
Fire protection
148, § 26I
4-5-1990 ATM
80
Automatic sprinklers required to be installed in hotels, townhouses and other multidwelling units
149, § 30
1917
Hours of labor of public employees and persons employed in public works
149, § 31
1908
Labor and industries
159A, § 1
1917
Licensing of motor vehicles carrying passengers for hire
172, § 111A
12-5-1950 STM
32
Vacation for members of the Police and Fire Departments
188, § 12
10-14-1987 STM
32
Equal opportunity grants
188, § 12 of Acts of 1985
4-6-1992 STM
5
Equal educational opportunity grant
249, § 9A
3-5-1963 ATM
28
Obtaining blank nomination papers
258, § 13
1980 ATE
Indemnity of municipal officials
266, § 9
2-15-1957 ATM
21
Outdoor burning
Ch. 2, § 1/2002
11-19-2003
35
Abate unpaid real estate taxes
Ch. 17/ 1997
11-17-1997 AFTM
54
Payment of cost of living allowances to retired members of Falmouth Retirement System
Ch. 55, § 11/2003
11-25-2003
Ferry embarkation fee
Ch. 71/ 1993
4-14-1994
18
Provide early retirement incentive program for members of the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System
Ch. 25/ 1958
1958 STM
22
Appropriate money to finance connecting abutting owners to the Woods Hole sewer
Ch. 100/ 1963
3-2-1969 ATM
86
Purchase of stormy weather work clothes and rubber boots
Ch. 128/ 1915
1915
Licenses for planting clams and quahaugs
Ch. 137/ 2003
4-13-2004
25
Pay for employees on active duty
Ch. 138/ 1968
3-4-1969 ATM
51
Ch. 149/ 2004 (§ 298)
11-8-2004 AFTM
13
Community Preservation Act
Ch. 236/ 1987
4-4-1987 ATM
28
Ch. 249/ 1962 (Sec. 9A)
3-5-1963 ATM
28
Nomination papers
Ch. 288/ 1928
2-14-1930 ATM
79
Authorizing Town of Falmouth construct sewerage system
Ch. 291/ 1990
9-25-1991 STM
5
Ch.352/ 2000
4-2-2001
34
Establishes the Upper Cape Regional Water Supply Cooperative
Ch. 382/ 1871
1891
Betterments
Ch. 392/ 1981
9-10-1981 STM
43
Health insurance for laid-off employees
Ch. 401/ 1956
2-22-1957 ATM
81
Extending to certain civil defense volunteers the provision of a law relative to damages sustained through the operation of publicly owned vehicles
Ch. 417/ 1893
1895
Election of officers
Ch. 427/ 1957
3-7-1961 ATM
19
Pension for fire and police officers
Ch. 478/ 1963
3-2-1964 ATM
97
Pensions for certain retired persons
Ch. 486
1965 STM
19
Increase pensions for certain retired persons
Ch. 493/ 1959
1959
Increasing the amounts of pensions and retirement allowances payable to certain former town employees
Ch. 588/ 1948
2-8-1949 ATM
12
Retirement allowance for former employees
Ch. 598/ 1985
4-6-1987 ATM
40
Ch. 606/ 1981
4-7-1982 STM
37
Alcoholic beverages in adult entertainment clubs
Ch. 624/ 1952
1953
Increase in certain pensions under the contributory retirement system
Ch. 647/ 1960
3-7-1961 ATM
28
Pensions to former town employees
Ch. 670/ 1955
1956 STM
19
Increase in retirement allowance for former employees of the town
Ch. 781/ 1951
6-30-1952 STM
13
Pensions
1962 (H.B. 1468)
3-5-1962 ATM
56
Term of Moderator
Ch. 807/ 1913
1914
Compensation for laborers, workmen and mechanics
Ch. 808/ 1975
1978 STM
1
Zoning