Dedham Town Charter

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Article 1 INCORPORATION, ETC

Section 1-1 Incorporation

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Section 1-2 Short Title

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Section 1-3 Form of Government

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Section 1-4 Powers of the Town, Intent of Voters

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Section 1-5 Construction

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Section 1-6 Intergovernmental Relations

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Article 2 REPRESENTATIVE TOWN MEETING

Section 2-1 Composition

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Section 2-2 Eligibility; Nomination Procedures

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Section 2-3 Establishment of Districts

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Section 2-4 Election and Terms

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Section 2-5 Compensation

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Section 2-6 Presiding Officer

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Section 2-7 General Powers and Duties

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Section 2-8 Vacancies; Filling of Vacancies

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Section 2-9 Clerk of the Meeting

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Section 2-10 Procedures

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(a) Procedure for Submission of Warrant Articles

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(b) Warrants

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(c) Committees

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(d) Quorum

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(e) Rules and Journal

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(f) Voting

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(g) Citizen Participation

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(h) District Organization

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Section 2-11 By-Laws

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(a) Time of Taking Effect

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(b) Codes of Technical Regulation

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Section 2-12 Availability of Town Officials at Town Meetings

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Section 2-13 Referendum Petitions

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Article 3 ELECTED OFFICIALS

Section 3-1 General Provisions

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(a) Elective Offices

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(b) Eligibility

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(c) Election

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(d) Compensation

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(e) Coordination

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(f) Vacancies

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Section 3-2 Board of Selectmen

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(a) Composition, Term of Office

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(b) Powers and Duties in General

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(c) Licensing Authority

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(d) Appointments

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(e) Investigations

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Section 3-3 School Committee

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Section 3-4 Board of Assessors

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Section 3-5 Town Clerk

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Section 3-6 (Deleted)

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Section 3-7 Board of Health

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Section 3-8 Board of Library Trustees

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Section 3-9 Moderator

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Section 3-10 Planning Board

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Section 3-11 Parks and Recreation Commission

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Section 3-12 (Deleted)

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Section 3-13 Commissioners of Trust Funds

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Section 3-14 Housing Authority

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Section 3–15 Recall of Elected Officials

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(a) Who can be Recalled

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(b) Recall Petition

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(c) Selectmen’s Action on Receiving Petition

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(d) Nomination of Candidates

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(e) Incumbent Holds Office Until Election

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(f) Recall Election

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(g) Repeat of Recall Election

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(h) Appointment of Person Recalled

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Article 4 TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

Section 4-1 Appointment; Qualification; Term

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Section 4-2 Powers and Duties

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Section 4-3 Delegation of Authority

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Section 4-4 Acting Town Administrator

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(a) Temporary Absence

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(b) Vacancy

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(c) Powers and Duties

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Section 4-5 Removal and Suspension

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Article 5 ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION

Section 5-1 Director of Finance

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(a) Appointment, Term of Office

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(b) Salary

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(c) Powers and Duties

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(d) Acting Director of Finance

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(e) Bond

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Section 5-2 (Repealed)

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Section 5-3 Organization of Town Agencies

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(a) By-Laws

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(b) Administrative Code

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Section 5-4 Publication of Administrative Code and Staffing Plan

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Section 5-5 Merit Principle

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Article 5A FINANCE AND FISCAL PROCEDURES

Section 5A-1 Fiscal Year

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Section 5A-2 School Committee Budget

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(a) Public Hearing

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(b) Submission to Town Administrator

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Section 5A-3 Submission of Budget and Budget Message

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Section 5A-4 Budget Message

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Section 5A-5 The Budget

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Section 5A-6 Action on the Budget

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(a) Public Hearing

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(b) Review

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(c) Action by Town Meeting

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Section 5A-7 Capital Improvement Program

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Section 5A-8 Approval of Warrants

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Section 5A-9 Audits

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Article 6 GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 6-1 Charter Changes

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Section 6-2 Severability

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Section 6-3 Specific Provisions Shall Prevail

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Section 6-4 References to General Laws

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Section 6-5 Computation of Time

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Section 6-6 Number and Gender

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Section 6-7 Definitions

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Section 6-8 Rules and Regulations

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Section 6-9 Re-enactment and Publication of By-Laws

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Section 6-10 Procedures

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(a) Meetings

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(b) Agendas

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(c) Rules and Journal

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(d) Voting

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(e) Quorum

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Section 6-11 Committees; Appointing Authority, In General

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Section 6-12 Elections

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(a) Annual Town Elections

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(b) Nomination of Candidates

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(c) Ballot Position

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Section 6-13 Notice of Vacancies

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Section 6-14 Appointments and Removals

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Section 6-15 Removals and Suspensions

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Article 7 TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

Section 7-1 Continuation of Existing Laws

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Section 7-2 Continuation of Government

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Section 7-3 Continuation of Personnel

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Section 7-4 Time of Taking Effect

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Section 7-5 Building, Planning and Construction Committee

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Section 7-6 Disposition of Special Acts

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(a) Partial Repeal of Certain Special Acts

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(b) Special Acts Repealed

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(c) Special Acts Specifically Retained

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TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS OF 1995

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