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Raynham, Massachusetts.  Incorporated 1731

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1/2.1                   Cemetery Commission

A Cemetery Commission of three shall be elected, one for one year, one for two years, and one for three years, and thereafter one for three years, to serve without pay. They shall organize within seven days from election and choose a Chairman and a Secretary. No member of the Commission shall hold any other Elective or Appointed Office. No member of the Commission shall be appointed to perform any duties for the Cemetery Department receiving pay. The Commission shall draw up a set of rules and regulations governing the management of Cemeteries, that will conform with Chapter 114, Sections 22-26 of the general laws and file a copy with the Town Clerk. The Commission may amend or add to rules and   regulations at any time by a majority vote and shall notify the Town Clerk of their act.
                        (June 26, 2006, Article 10, Special Town Meeting)

1/2.2                   Finance Committee

Section 1.  There shall be a Finance Committee consisting of seven residents of the Town. The Selectmen shall appoint members to three year terms on a staggered basis.  Members of the Finance Committee shall not serve in any elected Town position.  Service on appointed Town Committees and/or Boards shall be limited to those cases in which the member is serving specifically as a representative of the Finance Committee (example: Capital Planning Committee).  Any member of the Finance Committee who shall be elected to Town Office or a Town Committee and/or Board, and any member of the Finance Committee who shall be appointed to any Town Committee and/or Board except as exempted herein, shall forthwith upon qualification in such office, and any such member who shall remove from the Town shall upon such removal, cease to be a member of the Finance Committee.  Members absent from one-third or more of regularly scheduled meetings in any fiscal year may be removed by a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen.  At its first meeting of the fiscal year, the Finance Committee shall elect from its membership a Chairman and a Vice Chairman.  The members of the Finance Committee shall serve without salary.  Nothing in this by-law shall be construed to change the existing terms of office of Finance Committee members.
Section 2. The Finance Committee may employ subject to an appropriation therefore, an Executive Secretary.

Section 3. whenever any vacancy shall occur in said Committee by resignation, removal from Town,  death, failing to qualify, or otherwise, said, vacancy shall be filled by a joint convention of the Selectmen and the remaining members of the Finance Committee as required by General Laws, Chapter 41, Section 11.

Section 4. The Finance Committee shall consider all matters of business, included within the articles of any warrant for a Town Meeting, and shall, after due consideration, report thereon in print its recommendations as to each article. The Finance Committee shall distribute its report to each of the Town meeting members at least seven days in advance of a Town meeting. The recommendation shall be those of a majority of the entire Committee, but this shall not be construed to prevent recommendations by a minority as such. The report shall state the total amount of the appropriations recommended by them on the entire warrant and the approximate tax rate based on such recommendations. The report for the Annual Town Meeting may contain a statement of the doings of the committee during the year, with recommendations or suggestions as it may deem advisable on any matters pertaining to the welfare of the Town. It may issue recommendations or referenda and other matters on any ballot other, than the choices of individuals for office.

Section 5. The Finance Committee shall have authority at any time to investigate the books, accounts and management of any department of the Town, and employ such expert and other assistance as it may deem advisable for that purpose and the books and accounts of all departments and officers of the Town shall be open to the inspection of the Committee and any person employed by it for that purpose. The Committee may appoint sub-committees of its members and delegate to them such of its powers as it deems expedient.

Section 6. The various Town Boards, Officers, and Committees charged with the expenditure of Town money shall, not later than the fifteenth of February of each year, prepare detailed estimates of the amounts deemed by them necessary for the administration of their respective offices or departments for the ensuing year, with explanatory statements of the reasons for any changes from the  amounts appropriated for the same purpose in the preceding year. They shall also prepare estimates, of all probable items of income which may be received by them during the ensuing year in connection with the administration of their departments or offices, and a statement of the amount of appropriation requested by them for the fiscal year. Such estimates and statements shall be filed with the Town Accountant who shall at once transmit the same to the Finance Committee.

Section 7. The Finance Committee shall duly consider the estimates and statements filed by the Town Boards, Officers, and Committees, and may confer with said Boards, Officers and Committees and hold hearings, if they deem it advisable. The Finance Committee shall there upon recommend such sums and in such division of items as it considers necessary and convenient. (May 1975 ATM,September 1975 STM)

1/2.3                   Council on Aging

April, 1972             (See MGL C. 40 S. 8B)

The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Council on Aging for the purpose of coordinating or carrying, out programs designed to meet the problems of the aging in cooperation with programs of the Commission on Aging established under Chapter 6, Section 73 of the General Laws.

The Board of Selectmen shall appoint the Council on Aging consisting of  seven (7) members. Upon acceptance of this by-law the Board shall appoint three (3) members for three (3) years, two (2) members for two (2) years and two (2) members for one (1) year term. Members can be reappointed for concurrent terms. The members of the Council shall serve without pay.
Whenever a vacancy shall occur in the membership of the Council, by reason of death, resignation, inability to act or for any other reason, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Selectmen for the remainder of the term.
The Council on Aging at its first Annual Meeting and thereafter, annually in April of each year, shall elect from its membership a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each officer shall hold office until the next annual election. In the event a vacancy occurs in any of the offices above the Council shall hold a special meeting for the purpose of electing one of its members to fill such vacancy.
The Council shall prepare and submit an annual report of its activities to the Town and shall send a copy thereof to the Commission on Aging.
The Council may appoint such clerk and other employees as it may require. (April 1972 STM)

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