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Charter Recommendation of the Special Act Charter Drafting Committee

Charter Recommendation of the Special Act Charter Drafting Committee

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CITY
OF
NORTHAMPTON,
MASSACHUSETTS
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SPECIAL ACT CHARTER
DRAFTING
COMMITTEE
CHARTER
RECOMMENDATION.
David
P.
Stevens, ChairMadeline Weaver BlanchetteRichard GreeneThomas Miranda·Gail
L.
PerlmanWilliam ScherTodd ThompsonMarc
Warner
Megan Murphy
Wolf
January
2012
 
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ARTICLE
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INCORPORATION; SHORT TITLE;
DEFINITIONS
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SECTI?N
1-1:
INCORPORATlON , , ,
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The inhabitants
of
the City
of
Northampton, within the territorial limitsestablished by law, shall continue to
be
a municipaljcorporation, a bodycorporate and politic, under the name "City
of
Northampton".
SECTION
1-2:
SHORT TITLE
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This instrument shall
be
known and may
be
cited as the City
of
NorthamptonSpecial Act Charter.
SECTION
1-3:
DIVISION
OF
POWERS
The administration of the fiscal, prudential and municipal affairs
of
Northampton, with the government thereof, shall
be
vested in
an
executive
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branch headed by a mayor and a legislative branch consisting
of
a city .council. The legislative branch shall never exercise any executive power, and
the
executive branch shall never exercise any legislative power.
SECTION
1-4:
POWERS
OF THE
CITY
Subject only to express limitations
on
the exercise
of
any power
or
functionby a municipal government
in
the constitution
or
general laws,
it
is
theintention and
the
purpose
of
the
voters
of
Northampton through theadoption
of
this charter to secure
for
themselves and their
government
all
of
the powers
it
is
possible to secure
as
fully and
as
completely
as
though eachsuch power were specifically and individually enumerated herein.
SECTION
1-5:
CONSTRUCTION
The powers
of
the city
of
Northampton under this charter are to
be
construed liberally
in
favor
of
the city, and
the
specific mention
of
anyparticular power
is
not intended to limit the general powers
ofthe
city
as
stated
in
section 1-4.
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Subject only to express limitations
in
the
constitution
or
general laws,
1
Northampton may exercise any
of
its powers
or
perform any
of
its functions,
~nd
may participate
in
the
financing thereof, dointly
or in
cooperation, bycontract or otherwise, with the commonwealth
or
any
of
its agencies or.political subdivisions,
or
with the United States government
or
any
of
itsagencies.
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SECTION
1-7:
DEFINITIONS
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Unless another meaning
is
clearly apparent from the manner in which
the
word
or
phrase
is
used, the following words and phrases
as
used
in
thischarter shall have the following meanings:(1) "Charter", this charter and any adopted a'mendments to it.
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(2)
"City",
the city
of
Northampton.
(3)
"City agency", any multiple member body, any department, division,
or
office
of
the city
of
Northampton.( 4)
"City
office or department head", a person having charge
of
a citydepartment.
(5)
"Emergency", a sudden, generally unexpected occurrence
or
set
of
circumstances demanding immediate action.
(6)
"Full city council", "full school committee"
"full
multiple member body",the entire authorized membership
of
the city council, school committee
or
other multiple member body notwithstanding any vacancy which
might
exist.
(7)
"general laws", laws enacted which apply alike
to
all cities and towns, toall cities, or to a class
of
2
or
more cities,
or
to a class
of
cities and towns
of
which Northampton
is
a member.
(8)
"General Laws", the General Laws
of
the Commonwealth
of
Massachusetts, a codification and revision
of
statutes enacted on December
22,
1920,
and
including all amendments thereto subsequently adopted.
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