City of Pittsfield, MassachusettsDraft Charter April 12, 2013
Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public ManagementUniversity of Massachusetts Boston
SECTION 1-6: INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
Subject only to express limitations in the constitution or General Laws, the
city of Pittsfield may exercise any of its powers or perform any of its
functions and may participate in the financing thereof, jointly or in
cooperation, by contract or otherwise, with the commonwealth or any of its
agencies or political subdivisions, or with the United States government or
any of its agencies.
SECTION 1-7: DEFINITIONS
As used in this charter, the following words shall, unless the context clearly
requires otherwise, have the following meanings:
(1) “Charter”, this charter and any adopted amendments to it.
(2) “City”, the city of
(3) “City agency”, any multiple member body, any department, division, or
office of the city of Pittsfield.
(4) “City office or department head”, a person having charge of a city office
(5) “City website”, a site established and maintained by the city as its online
repository of municipal information, whether on the Internet or accessed
through another comparable technology.
) “Emergency”, a sudden, generally unexpected occurrence or set of
circumstances demanding immediate action.
) “Full city council”, the entire authorized membership of the city council,
notwithstanding any vacancy which might exist.
) “Full multiple member body”, the entire authorized membership of a
multiple member body, notwithstanding any vacancy that exists.
) “Full school committee”, the entire authorized membership of the school
committee, notwithstanding any vacancy that exists.
“Initiative measure”, a measure proposed by the voters through the
initiative process provided under this charter.
) “Local newspaper”, a newspaper of general circulation within
with either a weekly or daily circulation.
) “Majority vote”, when used in connection with a meeting of a multiple
member body, shall mean a majority of those present and voting, unless
another provision is made by ordinance or by such body’s own rules;
provided, however, that General Laws related to any vote to meet in
executive session shall always require a majority of the full multiple
) “Measure”, any ordinance, order or other vote or proceeding adopted,
or which might be adopted, by the city council or the school committee.
) “Multiple member body”, any council, commission, committee,
subcommittee or other body consisting of 2 or more persons whether
elected, appointed or otherwise constituted, but not including the city