Welcome to the City Council's Search Pages.
Here you can search either the current version of the Newton City Ordinances, or the last ten years of Board of Aldermen Dockets, Reports Dockets, Committee Agendas and Reports.
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Once you have found the item you are interested in, search using that docket number. The search engine will return a link to each agenda or report in which that docket number appears. On the search page you can sort the search hits by relevance or date.
The ordinances are divided into Chapters and Sections. When you see a number like 17-15, it refers to Chapter 17, Section 15.
General Search Tips:
- The case of letters doesn't matter
All searches are case insensitive. This means you don't have to know whether a word is capitalized or not, or whether it is a title in all caps. For example, searching for "help" will match both "help" and "Help".
- Each word is treated as a prefix
A word on a Web page will match your search string if it begins with the same letters. Thus, "bread" matches "bread", "breads", "breaded", "breading", and "breadth". (If you check the "match exact words only" checkbox, then the whole word must match your string--that is, "bread" will only match "bread".)
- Words in a phrase must be near one another
When you enter more than one word to search for, Web pages will be selected only if all the words you enter appear close to one another, typically in the same sentence or paragraph. If you surround the phrase with quotes ("..."), then it will only match pages where the words are next to one another.
- The order of words in a phrase doesn't matter
If you enter more than one word, they will match a Web page if the same words appear near one another in any order. For example, "Mount Everest" will match "Mount Everest", "Everest Mountain", and "that awesome mountain, the great Everest".
- Common words are ignored
Some words appear so commonly on website pages that searching ignores them.