Town of Mansfield, MA
Bristol County
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[Amended 1975; 3-21-1983]
An appointed official is hereby defined as any person appointed to any board, commission, committee or authority.
The Town Clerk shall maintain a list of all interested voters from which appointments of town officials shall be made. In order to have one's name placed on the list, the interested voter shall contact the Town Clerk in person or in writing indicating areas of interest and a brief background description. Such list shall be updated annually by the Town Clerk.
At least three weeks prior to appointments, excepting vacancies, appointing authority shall advertise in the newspaper any openings to be filled and shall advertise a closing date for the list of applicants. No less than 5 days prior to any appointment, excepting vacancies, the list of candidates shall be closed and publicly posted by the Town Clerk.
Any vacancy occurring in a board, commission or committee shall be filled by the appointing authority in accordance with the General Laws.
Any vacancy occurring in a commission, or committee appointed by the Town Manager or Moderator shall be filled for the unexpired term by the appointing authority.
Appointed town officials shall receive for they're[1] services such compensation as may annually be provided for that purpose by appropriation of the Town Meeting.
[1]
Editor's Note: So in original; should be "their."
Upon the effective date of this Charter, the Environmental Health Committee shall be abolished and within 45 days the Select Board shall appoint five persons to the Board of Health. Two terms shall expire January 1, 1974, two terms shall expire January 1, 1975, and one term shall expire January 1, 1976. Thereafter, their successors shall be appointed for three-year terms.
It shall be the Board of Health's duty to establish the health regulations of the Town and to appoint a Board of Health Agent to administer the regulations. The Board of Health shall assume all of the duties of the Environmental Health Committee and shall exercise all the powers and duties of boards of health under the General Laws.
[Amended 2006]
Upon the effective date of this Charter the Planning Board established under Chapter 16 of the Acts of 1953 shall be superceded by the provisions of Chapter 41 Section 81 of the General Laws.[1] Said Board shall be made up of seven members and two associate members. An associate member may participate as member of the board only when the chairperson of the board designates any such associate member to sit on the board in case of absence, inability to act or conflict of interest on the part of any member thereof, or in the event of a vacancy on the board until said vacancy is filled. The Select Board shall appoint members and associate members for terms of five years such that no more than two terms shall expire in any one year.
The Board shall act as the Town's review clearinghouse for municipal project plans for all public ways, utilities, lands, buildings, and other public structures. The Board shall consider all such plans, and report in writing to the referring agency, the Select Board, and the Town Manager. In addition, the Board shall keep itself informed of and investigate and report upon any matter pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan. The Board shall annually appoint two of its members to serve on the Capital Improvement Program Committee, and shall annually appoint one of its members to serve on the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District Commission. The Board shall exercise all of the powers and duties of planning boards under Chapter 40A and Chapter 41 Section 81 of the General Laws,[2] except the powers and duties of Park Commissioners.
[1]
Editor's Note: So in original; should refer to MGL c. 41, § 81A.
[2]
Editor's Note: So in original; should refer to MGL c. 41, § 81A.
The Select Board shall appoint a Board of Appeals consisting of five regular and two alternate members for terms of three years such that no more than two terms shall expire in any one-year. The Board shall exercise all the powers and duties of boards of appeal under Chapters 40A and 41 of the General Laws.
[Amended 3-21-1983]
The Select Board shall appoint a Board of Library Trustees consisting of five members for terms of three-years such that no more than two terms shall expire in any one year.
The Board of Library Trustees shall be responsible for the operation and administration of the Mansfield Public Library. The Board shall exercise all powers and duties of boards of library trustees under the General Laws except custodial services.
The Select Board shall appoint a Board of Assessors consisting of three members for terms of three years such that one term shall expire each year. The Board of Assessors shall annually make a fair cash valuation of all the estates, real and personal, subject to taxation within the Town. The Board of Assessors shall exercise all the powers and duties of boards of assessors under the General Laws.
The Select Board shall appoint a Board of Registrars of Voters in accordance with Chapter 51 Sections 15 and 18 of the General Laws. The Board shall exercise all the powers and duties of boards of registrars of voters under the General Laws.
Following the effective date of this Charter, the present terms of office of the Conservation Commission shall be terminated on January 1, 1974. The Select Board shall thereupon appoint seven members as follows: one for 1 year, two for 2 years, two for 3 years and two for 4 years. Thereafter, appointments shall be made for terms of four-years such that no more than two terms shall expire in any one year.
The Conservation Commission shall preserve and protect the natural resources of the Town, shall have the authority to acquire and hold land, and shall exercise all the powers and duties of Conservation Commissions under the General Laws.
The Select Board shall appoint an Airport Commission consisting of five members for terms of three-years such that no more than two terms expire in any one year.
The Airport Commission shall have the care, custody and responsibility for the management of the municipal airport. It shall be the Commission's duty to maintain and operate the municipal airport and navigation facilities in a manner that is both profitable for, and responsive to the needs of the community. The commission shall exercise all the powers and duties of airport commissions under the General Laws, subject to the other provisions of this Charter.
The Select Board shall appoint a Recreation Commission consisting of five members for terms of three-years such that no more than two terms shall expire in any one year.
The Recreation Commission shall exercise all the powers and duties of recreation commissions under the General Laws, except as otherwise provided in this Charter.
The Town Manager shall appoint an Industrial and Development Commission consisting of seven members for terms of three-years such that no less than two terms shall expire in any one year.
The Commission shall assist the Town Manager in their function of development of the general economic base of the town and shall exercise all the powers and duties of industrial and development commissions under the General Laws.
The Select Board shall appoint an Industrial Development Finance Authority consisting of five members for terms of five-years such that one term shall expire each year.
The authority shall exercise all of the powers and duties of industrial development finance authorities under the General Laws.
[Amended 1977]
The Select Board shall appoint a Finance Committee consisting of seven members for terms of three-years such that no more than two terms shall expire in any one year.
The Finance Committee shall annually report to the voters on the proposed annual budget and all financial articles in any Town Meeting, shall be responsible for emergency transfers from the reserve fund, and shall annually appoint two of its members to serve on the Capital Improvement Program Committee. The Finance Committee shall exercise all the powers and duties of finance committees under the General Laws.
[Amended 3-21-1983]
Upon the effective date of this Charter, the Select Board shall appoint a Municipal Building Committee consisting of five members for terms of five-years such that one term shall expire each year. The Board may further appoint, at the request of the committee, additional members as deemed necessary for the completion of a specific approved project.
The Committee shall be responsible for developing the plans for construction and originally equipping, or for structural alteration of all municipal buildings.
The Town Manager shall appoint to a Historical Commission seven members for three-year overlapping terms in accordance with the General Laws.
The Select Board shall appoint to a Council on Aging seven members to three-year overlapping terms in accordance with the General Laws.