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CHARTER TOWN OF STURBRIDGE

ARTICLE 1

DEFINITIONS

Unless another meaning is clearly apparent from the manner in which the word is used, the following words as used in the charter will have the following meanings:

(A)

Charter - The word “charter” shall mean this charter and amendments to it through any of the methods provided under the amendments to the state constitution.

  • (B)

    Town - The word “town” shall mean the Town of Sturbridge.

  • (C)

    Majority Vote - The words “majority vote” shall mean a majority of those present and

voting.

  • (D)

    Voters - The word “voters” shall mean registered voters of the Town of Sturbridge.

  • (E)

    Gender - The reference to the generic pronoun “he” throughout the charter refers to both

the male and female gender.

  • (F)

    Days - In computing time under the charter, if seven days or less, “days” shall refer to secular days and shall not include Sundays or legal holidays. If more than seven days, every day shall be counted.

  • (G)

    Officer - All officers listed in Section 4-1(A) and any other person holding a position under MGL.

ARTICLE 2

, INCORPORATION POWERS

Section 2-1

Incorporation.

The inhabitants of the Town of Sturbridge, within the territorial limits as now or hereafter may be established in the manner provided by law, shall continue to be a body corporate and politic with perpetual succession under the name “Town of Sturbridge.”

Section 2-2

Short Title.

This instrument shall be known and may be cited as the Sturbridge Home Rule Charter.

Section 2-3

Powers.

The form of government provided by this charter shall be known as the Sturbridge Selectmen- Open Town Meeting plan. Pursuant to the provisions of this charter and subject only to such limitations as may be imposed by the Constitution and the General Laws of the Commonwealth, the Town shall have all powers possible for a town to have under the Constitution and General Laws as fully and completely as though they were specifically enumerated in this charter.

Section 2-4

Construction.

The powers of the Town of Sturbridge under this charter shall be construed liberally in favor of the Town and the specific mention of particular powers in the charter shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general power stated in this article.

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