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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 339         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1117


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Katherine M. Clark


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the regionalization of public safety services.






Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Jason Lewis


James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 339        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1117

By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1117) of Katherine M. Clark, Paul Brodeur, Bradley H. Jones, Jr., Donald H. Wong and other members of the General Court for legislation to regionalize public safety services.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 1196 OF 2011-2012.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to the regionalization of public safety services.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (hereafter the Sheriff), the city of Melrose and the towns of Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield (hereafter the municipalities) are herewith authorized through their respective mayor or boards of selectmen to enter into a written agreement for the purpose of establishing, constructing, equipping, operating and maintaining a consolidated regional public safety communications center (“Center”).  For purposes of this Act, the member communities and the Sheriff shall hereinafter be known as the Middlesex Regional Emergency Communications Council (“MRECC”).

              SECTION 2.  The written agreement shall provide for the management of the Center by a board of directors (“Board”) comprised of the following five (5) positions: one person appointed by each member municipality, with the Sheriff or designee serving ex officio, and representing among them fire services, police services, and a municipal chief administrative officer.  Said board shall set forth the financial terms and conditions of membership in and management of the Center.  Such Board may employ expert assistance as it deems necessary, but wherever possible shall utilize resources available among its members.

              SECTION 3.  Once established, the Board shall promulgate rules and guidelines governing the terms by which another municipality may be admitted to MRECC, the method by which the agreement may be amended, the procedure for the preparation and adoption of the annual budget, procedure for securing bond funding or direct appropriations for capital needs, the staffing levels and personnel selection for the Center, and any other matters, not incompatible with law. 

              SECTION 4.  The board of directors shall establish and manage a fund to which all monies contributed by the towns, and grants and gifts from the federal or state government or any other source shall be deposited.  The board of directors may appoint a treasurer who may be a treasurer of one of the member municipalities.  The treasurer, subject to the direction and approval of the board of directors shall be authorized to receive, invest and disburse all funds of the Center without further appropriation.  The treasurer shall give bond for the faithful performance of his/her duties in a form and amount fixed by the board of directors.

              SECTION 5.  MRECC may apply for, receive and expend, without appropriation, gifts or grant funding from the federal, state or local government as well as private grantors including but not limited to revenues from municipal 911 surcharges in member municipalities.

              SECTION 6.  MRECC shall have the authority to borrow money, and enter into long- or short-term loan agreements or mortgages.

              SECTION 7.  MRECC may enter into contracts for the purchase of supplies, materials and services and for the purchase or lease of land, buildings and equipment as deemed necessary.

              SECTION 8.  MRECC shall be deemed a public employer and have the authority to employ personnel to carry out the purposes of the Center and to establish the duties, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment of personnel.

              SECTION 9.  MRECC shall be deemed a public entity and shall have standing to sue or to be sued to the same extent as a city or town.

              SECTION 10.  The written agreement establishing the Center may make provision for the method of termination of the Center and may also provide procedures for the addition of new member municipalities and the assessment and collection of fees and payments associated therewith, the withdrawal of municipalities and representation of new members on the board of directors.

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