CHARTER
EDITOR'S NOTE:  The Charter of the City of Norton was originally adopted by the voters at a general election held on November 6, 1962.  The Charter was re-adopted in its entirety by the voters at a general election held on November 5, 1991.  Dates appearing in parentheses following a section heading in the Table of Contents, or following a section in the text, indicate that the section was subsequently enacted, amended or repealed on the date given.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
      PREAMBLE
      ARTICLE I  NAMES, BOUNDARIES, WARDS AND POWERS
         Section 1.01   Name.  (11-8-16)
         Section 1.02   Boundaries.
         Section 1.03   Wards.
         Section 1.04   Powers.
      ARTICLE II  THE MAYOR
         Section 2.01   Election and Term. 
         Section 2.02   Qualifications.  (11-6-07)
         Section 2.03   Acting Mayor. 
         Section 2.04   Vacancy.  (11-6-18)
         Section 2.05   Judicial Powers.
         Section 2.06   Executive and Administrative Powers. (11-8-94)
         Section 2.07   Veto Powers. 
         Section 2.08   Removal.
         Section 2.09   Compensation.  (11-6-07)
      ARTICLE III  THE COUNCIL
         Section 3.01   Legislative Authority.
         Section 3.02   Election. (11-4-08; 8-5-09; 11-2-10; 11-8-16)
         Section 3.03   Qualifications. (11-8-16)
         Section 3.04   President and Vice-President. (11-6-07)
         Section 3.05   Removal.
         Section 3.06   Vacancies. (11-8-94; 11-6-12; 11-6-18)
         Section 3.07   Resignations.
         Section 3.08   Compensation and Reimbursements. (11-6-07)
         Section 3.09   Bonds.
         Section 3.10   Clerk of Council.  (11-8-16)
         Section 3.11   Rules and Journal of Council.
         Section 3.12   Regular Meetings.  (11-2-10)
         Section 3.13   Special Meetings.  (11-8-11)
         Section 3.14   Quorum. 
         Section 3.15   Rights in Council of Executive Officers.
         Section 3.16   Opening Prayer at Meetings.
         Section 3.17   Ordinances and Resolutions.  (11-8-94)
         Section 3.18   Legislative Procedure.
         Section 3.19   Public Notice. (11-8-16)
         Section 3.20   Televised Meetings. (11-6-12)
      ARTICLE IV    ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
         Section 4.01   Appointment.  (11-8-94)
         Section 4.02   Qualifications.  (5-6-14)
         Section 4.03   Powers and Duties.
         Section 4.04   Removal.  (Repealed 11-8-94)
         Section 4.05   Replacement.
      ARTICLE V   ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
         Section 5.01   General Provisions. (11-8-16)
         Section 5.02   Department of Finance and Finances. (11-8-94; 11-7-06; 11-8-16)
            A.   Director of Finance.
            B.   Duties of the Director of Finance.
            C.   Deputy and Assistant Directors of Finance. (Repealed 11-7-06)
            D.   Transfers of Appropriations.
            E.   Competitive Bidding. (11-6-18)
            F.   Limitation on Rate of Taxation.
         Section 5.03   Board of Control. (11-7-06; 11-8-16)
            A.   Composition and Duties.
            B.   Approval of Contracts.  (11-6-12) (5-6-14) (11-6-18)
            C.   Investments.
         Section 5.04   Department of Law. (11-8-16)
            A.   Solicitor.
         Section 5.05   Department of Public Safety.  (11-8-94)
            A.   Director of Public Safety.
            B.   Duties of the Director of Public Safety.
            C.   Police Division.
            D.   Fire and Emergency Medical Services Division.
         Section 5.06   Department of Public Service. (11-8-94)
            A.   Director of Public Service.
            B.   Duties of the Director of Public Service.
            C.   Municipal Engineer.
         Section 5.07   Personnel Department.  (11-8-94)
            A.   Director of Personnel.
            B.   General Provisions.
            C.   Personal Interest.
         Section 5.08   Department of Community Development.
            A.   General Provisions.
            B.   Director of Community Development.
            C.   Duties of the Director of Community Development.
         Section 5.09   Administrative Department Removals. (11-8-94)
         Section 5.10   Sale and Disposition of Municipal Property. (11-3-09)
      ARTICLE VI   BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
         Section 6.01   General Provisions. (11-7-17)
         Section 6.02   Planning Commission and Zoning Procedure.
            A.   Composition and Term.  (11-6-07; 11-8-11)
            B.   Powers and Duties.
            C.   Public Hearings by Council.
            D.   Action by Council on Matters Proposed by Planning Commission.
         Section 6.03   Board of Zoning and Building Appeals.  (11-6-07; 11-8-11; 11-8-16)
            A.   Composition and Term.
            B.   Jurisdiction.
            C.   Appeals to the Board.
         Section 6.04   Civil Service Commission.
         Section 6.05   Park and Cemetery Board. (11-6-07; 11-8-11)
            A.   Composition and Term.
            B.   Powers and Duties.
         Section 6.06   Removal From Boards and Commissions. (11-6-07)
      ARTICLE VII  SPECIAL BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
         Section 7.01   Charter Review Commission. (11-4-08)
      ARTICLE VIII  NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
         Section 8.01   Regular Municipal Elections.  (11-4-08)
         Section 8.02   Primary Elections. (11-4-08; 11-8-16)
         Section 8.03   Nominations. (11-4-08; 11-8-11; 11-8-16)
         Section 8.04   Other Elections. (11-4-08)
         Section 8.05   General Provisions. (11-4-08)
      ARTICLE IX  INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, RECALL AND REMOVAL
         Section 9.01   Initiative.
         Section 9.02   Referendum.
         Section 9.03   Recall. (11-8-94; 11-2-10)
         Section 9.04   Removal. (11-8-94; 11-8-16)
         Section 9.05   Disqualification of Service.  (11-6-07; 11-8-16)
      ARTICLE X  CHARTER
         Section 10.01   Amendments to Charter.
            A.   Submission to Electors. (11-4-08)
            B.   Adoption.
         Section 10.02   Effect of  Charter Upon Existing Laws and Rights.
         Section 10.03   Saving Clause.