Appointing Authorities: Permitting Boards & Departments

On April 26, 2010, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to establish a nine-member committee to study the organizational structure of the permitting boards and departments. The current organizational structure is summarized in the table below.  The Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Board of Health are elected by the voters. The Conservation Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals are appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

Town of Littleton Appointing Authority Appointee Statutes Town Code Town Meeting/ Election Comments
Board of Selectmen,(BOS) Town Administrator (TA) MGL C.41,§23A Town Code C.3,§1 1982 TM, 5/5/07 ATM Art.12 Three-year contract per MGL C.41,§108N
Permit Coordinator / Single Point of Contact MGL C.43DExpedited Permitting   11/5/07 STM Art. 5 MGL C.43D,§4: “the governing body shall . . . (a) appoint a single point of contact to serve as the primary municipal liaison for all issues relating to this chapter . . .”
Town Administrator, with approval of BOS Building Commissioner   Town Code C.3,§3 5/5/07 ATM Art.12  
Executive Assistant to the TA   Town Code C.3,§3 5/4/09 ATM Art. 25  
Building Commissioner with approval of TA Inspections Dept. staff   Town Code C.3,§3 5/4/09 ATM Art.25 Employees of the heads of said departments shall be appointed by the department head subject to approval of the Town Administrator.
Planning Board, Planning Administrator MGL C.41,§81A MGL C.41,§§ 81B-81Y Town Code §8-1 3/4/1946 ATM Art. 34, 1949 TM MGL C.41,§81A: “Such a board . . . may employ experts and clerical and other assistants.”
Conservation Commission Administrative Assistant MGL C.40,§8C   3/6/1961 ATM Art.24 MGL C.40,§8C: “The commission may appoint a director, clerks, consultants and other employees.”
Board of Health Administrative Assistant MGL c.111, §27   1903 Board of Health established MGL c.111, §27: the Board of Health may appoint its own “officers, agents and assistants to execute the health laws and its regulations. It may fix the salary or other compensation of such...agents and assistants.”
Littleton Board of Health with 13 other Boards of Health Health Agent,Nashoba Associated Boards of Health MGL C.111,§27A   2/10/1936 ATM Art. 36 MGL C.111,§27A:  “Two or more towns may, by vote of each, form a district for the purpose of employing therein a health officer and necessary assistants and clerks, all of whom shall be appointed and may be removed by a joint committee composed of the boards of health of said towns.”
Zoning Board of Appeals Administrative Assistant MGL C.40A,§12 Town Code § 173-6   MGL C.40A,§12: “Each zoning board of appeals . . . may, subject to appropriation, employ experts and clerical and other assistants.