Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. There is hereby established in the city of Marlborough, hereinafter called the city, a traffic commission, hereinafter called the commission, to consist of the chief of police who shall be chairman, the commissioner of public works, the chief of the fire department, the city planner and the city clerk.
SECTION 2. The commission shall have exclusive authority, except as otherwise herein provided, to adopt, amend, alter and repeal rules and regulations, not inconsistent with general law as modified by this act, relative to pedestrian traffic and to vehicular street traffic in the city and to the movement stopping or standing of vehicles on, and their exclusion from, all or any streets, ways, highways, roads and parkways, under the control of the city, and may prescribe the penalties not exceeding one hundred dollars for the violation of any rule or regulation adopted hereunder. No such rule or regulation, except such special rules and regulations as are declared by vote of the commission to be urgently required by the considerations of public safety or convenience, or such as are of a temporary nature and are to be effective for a period not more than thirty days, shall take effect until published for two successive weeks in one or more newspapers generally circulated in the city. Upon petition of twenty-five registered voters of the city relative to any rule or regulation adopted or proposed to be adopted under this section, the commission shall hold a public hearing thereon within ten days after the filing with the commission of such petition and final action thereon shall be determined only by vote of a majority of the entire membership of the commission. The commission shall have the power to erect, make and maintain or cause to be erected, made and maintained, traffic signs, signals, markings and other devices for the control of such traffic in the city and for informing and warning the public as to rules and regulations adopted hereunder, subject, however, to all applicable provisions of the General Laws. Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize the commission to adopt any rule or regulation limiting or modifying the powers of the state department of public works or of the department of public utilities or any power now vested in the mayor, city council or heads of departments with reference to issuance of licenses or permits for the opening, using or occupying of streets and sidewalks.
SECTION 3. All existing ordinances and regulations relating to the control of vehicular traffic shall remain in full force and effect until superseded by rules and regulations adopted by the commission under the provisions of this act and the adoption thereof by the commission shall not affect any act done, any right accrued, any penalty incurred or any suit, prosecution pending, at the time of said adoption.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance during the current year, by the city of Marlborough, and shall remain in effect until its acceptance is revoked, as provided in section five.
SECTION 5. At any time after the expiration of two years from the date of acceptance of this act, such acceptance may be revoked by the affirmative vote of a majority of the city council of said city. Upon such revocation all existing rules and regulations of the traffic commission shall remain in full force and effect until superseded by ordinances and regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of law then applicable to said city, and neither such revocation nor such adoption of superseding ordinances or regulations shall affect any act done, any right accrued, any penalty incurred, or any suit, prosecution or proceeding pending prior to said adoption.
SECTION 6. All expenses incurred for the purposes of this act shall be paid by the city of Marlborough. All statutes and ordinances applicable generally to the departments of the city shall apply to the commission.