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  • Acts
  • 2002
  • Chapter 430 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE CITY CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LAWRENCE.

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. Paragraph (d) of subsection 3.5 of section 1 of chapter 425 of the acts of 1983 is hereby amended by adding the following clause:-

(iv) a committee on housing to which shall be referred all housing matters.

SECTION 2. Paragraph (d) of subsection 3.8 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out, in line 3, the figure "3.7 (b)" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 3.8 (b).

SECTION 3. Said subsection 3.8 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out paragraph (e).

SECTION 4. Said subsection 3.8 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out paragraph (f) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

(f) Publication, Exception

If a measure required to be published in full by section 3.8 (d) exceeds in length 8 octavo pages of ordinary print, then, in lieu of such publication, the same may be made available for distribution to any person who may request the same at the office of the city clerk provided that notice of such publication and a summary of the contents thereof shall be published as otherwise provided in said section.

SECTION 5. Paragraph (b) of subsection 4.1 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out, in line 2, the words "10:00 o'clock in the morning" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- 7 o'clock in the evening.

SECTION 6. Said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby further amended by striking out subsection 4.7 and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

4.7 Communications to City Council

The mayor, yearly, by a personal appearance for the purpose of a state of the city address to be given at the first city council meeting in February of each year, shall keep the city council informed as to the condition and needs of the city, and from time to time as in his judgment the needs of the city require, recommend to the city council for action by it such measures as may be necessary or desirable.

SECTION 7. Subsection 4.9 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- Every measure relative to the affairs of the city adopted by the city council except (a) measures relating to the internal affairs of the city council, (b) memorial resolutions, and (c) emergency measures shall be presented to the mayor for his approval.

SECTION 8. Paragraph (a) of subsection 4.10 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- The mayor shall notify the city council president in writing of an absence of the mayor from the city for a period of 3 or more successive working days.

SECTION 9. Paragraph (a) of subsection 4.11 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out, in line 4, the word "sixty" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- 90.

SECTION 10. Said subsection 4.11 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby further amended by striking out paragraph (c) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

(c) Power, Term of Office

The mayor elected under either section 4.11 (a) or (b) shall have all of the powers of the mayor. A mayor elected under section 4.11 (a) shall serve for the balance of the term which remained unexpired at the time of his election. A mayor elected under section 4.11 (b) shall serve until the date of the next regular city election and the person elected at the election to the office of mayor shall forthwith be sworn and shall, in addition to the term for which he was elected, serve for the balance of the then unexpired term of the mayor.

SECTION 11. Subsection 5 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

Section 5.11. Compensation. The city council shall, by ordinance, establish an annual salary for the members of the school committee. An ordinance increasing the salary shall not be effective unless adopted by a 2/3 vote during the first 18 months of the term for which school committee members are elected and the new salary schedule shall not be effective until the commencement of the term of office of the next school committee to be elected.

SECTION 12. The second paragraph of subsection 6.5 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out, in line 5, the words "and a" and inserting in place thereof the following word:- , a.

SECTION 13. Said second paragraph of said subsection 6.5 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 8, the word "community" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- planning and.

SECTION 14. Subsection 7.3 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- At least once in every year an outside audit of the books and accounts shall be made.

SECTION 15. The second paragraph of subsection 8.1 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out, in line 1, the word "fourth" and inserting in place thereof the following word:- sixth.

SECTION 16. Paragraph (b) of subsection 9.1 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The hearing shall be held by the city council or by the school committee, as the case may be, within 45 days following the certification of the signatures by the registrars of voters.

SECTION 17. Paragraph (c) of subsection 9.2 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out the second and third sentences and inserting in place thereof the following 3 sentences:- The supplemental initiative petition shall be signed by a number of voters which is at least equal to 12 per cent of the total number of persons registered to vote at the preceding city election. The signatures on the supplemental initiative petition may include the same voters who signed the original petition. If the number of signatures to a supplemental initiative petition is deemed to be sufficient by the registrars of voters, the city council shall call a special election to be held on a Tuesday fixed by it not less than 65 nor more than 90 days following the date that the registrars certify the petition.

SECTION 18. Paragraph (c) of subsection 9.7 of said section 1 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out the third and fourth sentences and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences:- If the officer does not resign his office within 5 days following delivery of the notice, the city council shall order an election to be held not less than 65 nor more than 90 days after the date of the registrars certificate of the sufficiency of the petition. If, however, another city election is to occur between 65 and 90 days after the date of the certificate, the city council shall hold the recall election on the date of such other election.

SECTION 19. Paragraph 6 of subsection 2 of section 2 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out, in line 2, the figure "$100.00" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $50.00.

SECTION 20. The first paragraph of subsection 3.1 of said section 2 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by striking out the third sentence.

SECTION 21. Paragraph C of subsection 8.1 of said section 2 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by adding the following subparagraph:-

5. Periodic Review. The personnel director shall, in every year ending in a zero, review the classification plan and submit a report with recommendations to the mayor and the city council concerning any proposed amendments or revisions to the classification plan which he believes are necessary or desirable.

SECTION 22. Subsection 9.1 of said section 2 of said chapter 425 is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

C. Periodic Review. The personnel director shall, in every year ending in a zero, review the compensation plan and submit a report with recommendations to the mayor and the city council concerning any proposed amendments or revisions to the compensation plan which he believes are necessary or advisable.

Approved January 1, 2003.