The inhabitants of the town of Randolph, within its territorial limits as now or may hereafter be established by the laws of the commonwealth, shall continue to be a body politic and corporate, known as the "town of Randolph."
This instrument may be cited and shall be known as the Randolph Charter.
All legislative powers of the town shall be exercised by a town council hereafter established. The administration of all town fiscal, prudential and municipal affairs shall be vested in the executive branch headed by the town manager.
The intent and purpose of this charter is to secure for the voters of the town of Randolph, through the adoption of this charter, all the powers possible to secure for their government under Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth and laws of the commonwealth, as fully and as though each such power were specifically and individually enumerated herein.
The powers of the town under the charter shall be construed and interpreted liberally in favor of the town and the specific mention of any particular power is not intended to limit in any way the general powers of the town as provided in section 1-4.
For the purposes of classifying Randolph in those instances in which the laws of the commonwealth may distinguish between municipalities classified as "towns" and other municipalities classified as "cities," it is intended that this charter shall be construed as providing a city form of government.
The town may enter into agreements with any other unit of government to perform jointly or in cooperation, by contract or otherwise, any of its powers or functions.
Words importing the singular number may extend and be applied to several persons or things; words importing the plural number may include the singular; words imparting the masculine gender shall include the feminine gender.
[Approved 6-13-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-012]
Unless another meaning is clearly apparent from the manner in which the word or phrase is used, the following words and phrases as used in this charter shall have the following meanings:
"Charter", this charter and any amendment to it hereafter adopted.
"Emergency", a sudden, unexpected, unforeseen happening, occurrence or condition which necessitates immediate action or response.
"Local newspaper", a newspaper of general circulation within the town of Randolph, with either a weekly or daily circulation.
"Majority vote", a majority of those present and voting, unless another provision is made by ordinance, by-law or by its own rules.
"Measure", any ordinance, order, resolution, or other vote or proceeding adopted, or which might be adopted, by the town council or the school committee.
"Multiple-member body", any board, commission, committee, subcommittee, or other body consisting of 2 or more members whether elected, appointed or otherwise constituted, but not including the town council, the school committee or the trustees of the Stetson Fund.
"Town", the town of Randolph.
"Town agency", any multiple-member body, any department, division or office of the town of Randolph.
"Town bulletin board", the bulletin board in the administration building on which the town clerk posts official notices of meetings and upon which other official town notices are posted and the bulletin boards at any other locations as may be designated town bulletin boards by the town council.
"Town officer", a person having charge of an office or department of the town who in the exercise of his powers or duties exercises some portion of the sovereign power of the town, unless the term "town officer" is used with qualification or description.
"Voters", registered voters of the town of Randolph.