UPDATED: Council Questions Framingham Mayor’s Interpretation of Terms for Traffic Commissioners

FRAMINGHAM – Tuesday night, the Framingham City Council unanimously approved the Mayor’s pick for the first-ever Framingham Traffic Commission.

A City Councilor asked the Mayor Tuesday night what term each of the four individuals would serve. Mayor Yvonne Spicer told the Council each of the four would serve a 3-year term.

But today, April 20, City Council Cheryl Tully Stoll, who chairs the Council’s Appointment subcommittee emailed the Mayor asked for clarification on each of Commissioner’s terms, after a resident forwarded to the Council, a passage from the City of Framingham Charter, that indicated staggered terms for the first appointments to the Framingham Traffic Commission.

The Charter states “The traffic commission established by Article V, section 6 of this charter shall be appointed by the mayor within sixty (60) days upon the assumption of office; the initial terms of office shall be arranged such that the member representing the business community shall serve for three (3) years, the members representing the downtown area shall serve for two (2) years, and the residents at-large shall serve for one (1) year. Following the completion of such terms, their successors shall serve three year terms. Municipal officers or their designees serving on the commission are permanent members.”

The Charter calls for the Framingham Traffic Commission to be comprised of “the police chief, the fire chief, the director of public works, the superintendent of schools, or their designees, and four residents: one from the business community, one from the downtown area (defined as the area within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Routes 126 and 135), and two residents at-large. All resident members shall be appointed by the mayor.”

The Mayor was late in naming her Traffic Commissioners. They were supposed to be named within 60 days of the inauguration on January 1, per the charter.

The Mayor announced her four names for the Commission on March 20.

“The traffic commission shall have exclusive authority, except as otherwise provided by this charter, to adopt, amend, alter, and repeal rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the general laws, relative to vehicular traffic in the municipality, and to the movement, stopping or standing of vehicles on, and their exclusion from, all or any streets, ways, highways, roads and parkways under the control of the municipality, including rules and regulations, designating any way or part thereof under said control as a through way under and subject to the provisions of General Laws chapter 89, section 9, designation of “traffic safety zones”, so called, approving curb cuts, and may prescribe penalties for violation of any rule or regulation adopted here under. Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the commission to adopt any rule or regulation to modify or limit any power or authority of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from any way or part thereof in which it has a route, the state department of transportation or the state department of telecommunications and energy, or their successor agencies, or any power vested in the mayor, council or heads of departments relating to the issuance of licenses or permits for the opening, using or occupying of streets and sidewalks,” according to the City of Framingham Charter.

 

 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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