Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The city of Lowell is hereby authorized to appropriate for the payment of, and after such appropriation, the treasurer of said city is hereby authorized to pay, to Eastern Contractors, Inc. the sum of two hundred sixteen thousand seven hundred and twenty-one dollars, to Sciaba Construction Corporation the sum of two hundred five thousand eight hundred and thirty-two dollars, and to Wolf Construction Corp. the sum of one hundred and sixty-nine thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine dollars, unpaid bills incurred by said city totalling five hundred ninety-two thousand three hundred and twenty-two dollars and bills being legally unenforceable against said city and as certified for payment by the office of the city manager wherein the bill was contracted; provided, however, that the money so appropriated to pay such bills shall be paid by the office of the city manager or the respective departments which benefitted from the services or made available from the unappropriated surplus funds of the city.
SECTION 2. No bill shall be approved by the auditor of the city of Lowell for payment or paid by the treasurer thereof under the authority of this act unless and until certificates have been signed and filed with said auditor, stating under the penalties of perjury that the services and supplies for which said bill has been submitted were ordered by an official or an employee or agent of said city and that such services and supplies were rendered to said city or official or agent.
SECTION 3. Any person who knowingly files a certificate required by section two which is false, and who thereby receives payment for services which were not rendered to the city of Lowell, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, or both.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.