City of Gardner, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Gardner 11-17-2003 by Ord. No. 1395. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
There shall be established, pursuant to MGL c. 40, § 8J, a Disability Commission for the City of Gardner consisting of seven members, legal voters of said City, who shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council, as follows: the majority of said Commission members shall consist of disabled persons, and one of such members shall be a member of the immediate family of a disabled person, and one member of said Commission shall be either an elected or appointed official of the City.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
B. 
The terms of the first members of said Commission shall be for one, two, or three years and so arranged that the term of 1/3 of the members expires each year, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years each. Any member of said Commission may, after a public hearing, if so requested, be removed for cause by the appointing authority. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
C. 
Before entering the discharge of their duties, the members shall be sworn to the faithful discharge thereof.
The Commission shall meet once annually to organize and elect a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, and Clerk. The Chairperson of the Commission shall be chosen by a majority vote of said Commission members. The Commission shall hold monthly meetings each month of the year. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and actions and shall file an annual report.
The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
A. 
Its purpose shall be to develop and carry out programs which may be designed or established to meet the opportunities, challenges, and problems of the disabled of the City and in conjunction with any agency of the federal government.
B. 
The Commission may appoint such clerks or other employees as it may from time to time require, subject always to appropriation of funds therefor.
C. 
The Commission may receive gifts of property, both real and personal, in the name of the City, subject to the approval of the City Council, such gifts to be managed and controlled by said Commission for the purposes of this section.