Temporary Rules of the City Council

The Framingham City Council will have the following subcommittees as of January 1, 2018:

Finance  (5 Members)
The Finance subcommittee will be responsible for all matters assigned to it by the Charter.  In addition any matter of the council that is financial in nature can be referred to the committee.

Appointments  (5 Members)
The committee will review and make recommendations to the Council on all mayoral appointments that are subject to Council oversight.

Economic Development  (5 Members)
The committee may review all matters related to economic development in the purview of the council.

Rules  (3 Members)
The committee will develop final and permanent rules for the council and review and recommend changes as necessary.

Education  (3 Members)
The committee will serve as the City Council’s liaison to the School Committee and the Framingham Public Schools and may review any related matter within the purview of the City Council.

Environment  (3 Members)
The committee will deal with any environmental sustainability or policy matters in the purview of the council.

Planning and Zoning  (3 Members)
The committee will review and make recommendations to the full council regarding any planning and zoning bylaws and related issues that are in the purview of the council.

Other Rules relating to committee formation and operation:

  • The Chairman will appoint the membership of all subcommittees as provided for in the charter.
  • The Chairman will appoint the chairman of each council subcommittee, and the chairman of each subcommittee will appoint the vice chairman with the approval of the council chair.
  • The Chairman will strive to appoint subcommittees to reflect the diversity of the council.
  • All matters considered by council committees must be referred to the committee by the Chairman or a majority vote of the council members present at the meeting.
  • Special Committees for a specific purpose may be authorized at any time by majority vote and shall be appointed by the Chairman.  Membership and organization of Special Committees should follow Rules 1-4 above.
  • Any employee appointed directly by the council will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Chairman for that specific purpose, final approval subject to majority vote of the council. 
  • All positions on multi-member boards appointed directly by the council will be initially reviewed by the subcommittee on appointments with final approval subject to a majority vote of the Council.

General Rules of the Council

  • Permanent seating will be assigned.  The council seats from left to right will be numbered 1-11.   The Vice Chairman of the council will sit in seat 5 and the Chairman in seat 6.   The remaining councilors will randomly select their seats by drawing before or at the beginning of the council term.  The seating assignment will remain for the duration of the two-year term.
  • The council agenda shall be formed as follows:
  • Public Participation—Board of Selectmen procedure will be used until revised
  • Public Hearings
  • Report of the Mayor
  • Report of the Council Chair
  • Reports of Subcommittee Chairs
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Minutes
  • Councilor Reports
  • Adjournment
  • Public meetings of the Council will be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM.   During the months of July and August, however, the Council will meet only on the 1st Tuesday.  Special meetings will be called and scheduled as provided for in the Charter.
  • No new agenda item will begin after 10:00 p.m. without a 2/3 vote of the council members present at the meeting.
  • The agenda and supporting material should be submitted to the council office by Noon on the Thursday before the Tuesday meeting.  The agenda and supporting material should be published by 5:00 p.m. Friday and available online. 
  • (48-hour advance notice is required by the Open Meeting Law; weekend days and holidays do not count toward the required notice.  In case of Monday holiday, these deadlines are 24 hours earlier.)
  • The chairman has full discretion as to the inclusion of items on the agenda, unless a majority vote of the council decides otherwise.
  • Roberts Rules of Order will be used as guidance for parliamentary procedure.