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  • Acts
  • 1998
  • Chapter 224 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF GREENFIELD.

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. Section 5.2 of the charter of the town of Greenfield, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth, as provided in section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence.

SECTION 2. Said charter is hereby further amended by striking out sections 18.5 and 18.6 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

18.5 Measures in General. The town council may pass any measure through all of its stages at one meeting. On the first occasion that the question of adopting a measure is put to the council, except an emergency measure as defined in section 18.1, if twenty-five per cent (25%) or more of the members present object to the taking of a vote, the vote shall be postponed until the next meeting of the town council, regular or special. If, when the matter is next taken up for a vote, ten or more members object to the taking of a vote, the vote shall be further postponed for not less than an additional five (5) days. This procedure shall not be used more than once for any measure, notwithstanding any amendment to the original measure.

SECTION 3. Section 22.4.4 of said charter is hereby amended by striking out, in line 6, the words "thirty (30) nor more than forty-five (45)" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- forty-five (45) nor more than sixty (60).

SECTION 4. Said charter is hereby further amended by striking out section 24.5 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

24.5 Review of By-laws. The town council shall provide, in each year ending in a five or in a zero, for a review of all by-laws of the town for the purpose of determining if any amendments or revisions may be necessary or desirable. A report, with recommendations, shall be submitted within said year to the town council.

SECTION 5. Section 26.5 of said charter is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- If the petition shall be found and certified by the town clerk to be sufficient, he shall submit the same with his certificate to the selectmen without delay, and the selectmen shall forthwith give written notice of the receipt of the certificate to the officer sought to be recalled and shall, if the officer does not resign within five (5) days thereafter, order an election to be held on a Tuesday fixed by them not less than forty-five (45) nor more than sixty (60) days after the date of the town clerk's certificate that a sufficient petition is filed; provided, however, that if any other town election is to occur within ninety (90) days after the date of the certificate, the selectmen shall postpone the holding of the recall election to the date of such other election.

Approved August 6, 1998.