Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. There is hereby established a board of health in the city known as the town of Agawam which shall consist of three persons, one of whom shall be a physician. No member of the city council shall be eligible to be a member of the board of health. One member shall be appointed in January of each year commencing with nineteen hundred and ninety-two. The members shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to city council confirmation, and may be removed by the mayor for cause, and vacancies shall be filled in a like manner for the remainder of the unexpired term. The terms of the existing members of the board of health shall continue uninterrupted, with future appointments to be made in accordance with this section.
SECTION 2. The board of health shall organize annually and choose a chairperson. It may make rules and regulations for its own operation.
SECTION 3. There shall be a health agent appointed by the mayor, who shall be the chief administrative officer of the department. Said health agent shall be responsible for the enforcement of the health laws and regulations promulgated by said board. Any other officers, employees and assistants shall be appointed by the mayor. The health agent and all other officers, employees and assistants shall work under the general supervision and direction of the mayor. Said board shall advise and assist the health agent and all other officers, employees and assistants in the performance of their duties. The compensation of the health agent and all other officers, employees and assistants shall be set in accordance with city ordinances.
SECTION 4. The board of health shall have all other powers and duties granted to it under the laws of the commonwealth, to the extent they are not inconsistent with the provisions of this act.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.