Article 10


Printed Version of Article 10

Section 1               Scope of Powers and Duties
In accordance with Section 3-2 of the Charter, the Board of Selectmen shall be responsible for the general direction and management of the property and affairs of the Town in all matters not otherwise provided for by law or by these by-laws.

Section 2               Appointments

The Board of Selectmen shall appoint the officials and multiple member bodies listed in the table entitled "Appointments Made by the Board of Selectmen," which is incorporated into this section by reference. The Board of Selectmen shall also make such other appointments as may be provided by Town Meeting vote or by their own vote.

Section 3               Litigation Authority

The Board of Selectmen shall have the authority to prosecute, defend, negotiate, and/or resolve, through the Town Counsel as provided under Sections 6 and 7 of Article 22 of the By-Laws, all litigation to which the Town is a party. The Board of Selectmen may settle any claim against the Town whenever there are sufficient funds available in an account for that purpose or whenever they have so recommended in writing and the Finance Committee authorizes a transfer therefor from the General Fund Reserve Fund.

Section 4               Parking Meters

The Board of Selectmen is empowered to cause parking meters to be placed on any public way of the Town, at such places, other than residential districts, and in such manner and at such rates as it may determine. The revenue collected from parking meters shall be turned over to the Town Treasurer. The Board of Selectmen is empowered to use said revenue for the installation, replacement, or maintenance of said parking meters when necessary or for the acquisition, maintenance and improvement of off-street parking areas and facilities. 

Section 5     Marijuana Licensing

5.1 Marijuana License Required.  No person shall carry on the business operating an Adult Use Marijuana Establishment as defined in G.L. c.94G and 935 CMR 500, including the cultivation, processing, packaging, delivering, manufacturing, branding, selling or otherwise transferring or testing marijuana or marijuana products within the Town unless first duly licensed thereof by the Board of Selectmen, which license shall be renewed by said Marijuana Establishment annually.

5.2 Host Community Agreement Required.  Any Marijuana Establishment operating within the Town shall at all times have a valid Host Community Agreement and operate in accordance with the terms and provisions thereof.

5.3 Regulations.  The Board of Selectmen shall adopt rules and regulations related to the issuance of such licenses, including the fees to be paid therefore and the conditions to be satisfied by any applicant for such a license.

5.4 Applications.  Applicants for a license shall file an application on a form provided by the Board of Selectmen, signed under the penalties of perjury by the applicant, containing such information as the Board of Selectmen may reasonably require from time to time.  Each applicant shall pay an application fee as may be reasonably determined from time to time by the Board of Selectmen.

5.5 Limitation on Licenses:  The number of licenses issued for Adult Use Marijuana Retailers, as defined in G.L. c.94G, §1 and 935 CMR 500.00, shall be limited to twenty percent (20%) of the number of licenses issued within the Town for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises where sold pursuant to G.L. c.138 §15.  In the event that 20% of said licenses is not a whole number, the limit shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number. 

5.6 Hearing. The Board of Selectmen shall hold a public hearing within 60 days of receipt of a completed application, with due written notice provided to the applicant of the time, date and location where such application will be heard.

5.7 Enforcement.  The Board of Selectmen may issue orders as appropriate to aid in the enforcement of this regulation and may enforce these provisions in equity, including the request for injunctive relief, in a court of competent jurisdiction.  Any failure to comply with any order issued hereunder shall result in the issuance of a formal warning.  Any failure to comply with such a warning shall result in a fine of $100.00.  Any failure to comply after the issuance of said fine may be punishable by a subsequent fine of $300.00.  Each day of a continued non-compliance shall constitute a separate violation.  Further, the Board of Selectmen may hold a hearing, with notice to the licensee, to determine if such license should be modified, suspended or revoked.


Town Officials / Committees




Additional References


Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Audit Advisory Committee (B) Art. 23A  
Bacon Free Library Maintenance Committee    
Board of Appeals (C) s. 3-2(c) (B) Art. 29
Cable Advisory Board

Cochituate Rail Trail Advisory Committee    
Community Development Advisory Committee    
Comptroller (C) s. 3-2(c) (C) s. 6-3(a)
Conservation Commission (C) s. 3-2(c) (B) Art. 30
Contributory Retirement Board (1 member)    
Council on Aging (B) Art. 25  
Director of Veterans Services (C) s. 3-2(c)  
Economic Development Committee    
Elderly and Disabled Taxation Fund Committee    
Emergency Management Director    
Asst. Emergency Management Director    
Fair Housing Officer    
Fire Chief (C) s. 3-2 (c) (B) Art. 24, s. 15
Historic District Commission (B) Art. 26  
Historical Commission    
Information Systems Advisory Board (B) Art. 27  
Katherine L. & Waldo Kennedy Trust Fund    
Labor Relations Consultant    
Lock-Up Keeper    
Lookout Farm Advisory Committee    
MathWorks Scholarship Committee    
Natick Cultural Council    
Open Space Advisory Committee    
Police Chief
(C) s. 3-2 (c)
(B) Art. 24, s. 14
Parking Clerk    
Recreation and Parks Commission
    (four appointed members)
(C) s. 3-12(a)  
Registrars of Voters (C) s. 3-2(c) (B) Art. 28
Sustainability Committee
Town Administrator (C) s. 3-2(c) (C) s. 4-1; (B) Art. 20
Town Counsel (C) s. 3-2(c) (B) Art. 22, s. 3V
Transportation Advisory Committee
Veterans Burial Officer
Walcott Fund Board of Managers
Youth Advisory Board

Representatives to Regional Boards

MBTA Advisory Board
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
MetroWest Growth Management Committee (one member of the Board of Selectmen)
Middlesex County Advisory Board
MetroWest Regional Transportation Authority
MWRA Advisory Board
Regional Transportation Advisory Council
South Middlesex Opportunity Council
South Middlesex Regional Vocational School
  (A)  s.1

     +  The citation indicates the section in the Charter or By-Laws or other document where the Board of Selectmen is designated as the appointing authority. If no citation is given, this by-law should be cited.
   ++  Further provisions regarding terms of appointment or composition of multiple member bodies are provided as additional references.
 Key  (A) - Agreement Between the Towns of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, and Natick, Massachusetts, dated December 5, 1966, as amended; (B) - By-Laws; (C) - Charter; Art. - Article; c. - chapter; s. - section.

Approved April 2018