SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be a superintendent of streets for the town of Hardwick. The superintendent of streets shall under the direction of the selectmen, have full charge of all repairs and labor upon public ways and sidewalks; and in relation to such matters he shall have the powers, perform the duties and be subject to the liabilities and penalties of surveyors of highways and road commissioners. The superintendent of streets shall be appointed by the selectmen for a term not to exceed three years and may be removed, after the opportunity for a hearing by the selectmen of the town.
The board of selectmen may establish an employment contract for the superintendent of streets for salary, fringe benefits and other conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, severance pay, reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of office, liability insurance and conditions of discipline, termination, dismissal, reappointment, performance standards and leave.
SECTION 2. Upon the effective date of this act, the elected office of highway surveyor shall be abolished and the term of such office terminated; provided, however, that any incumbent of such office serving on the effective date of this act shall continue to hold said office and to perform the duties thereof until the expiration of the term for which said individual was elected or until said individual otherwise vacates such office. After the expiration of the term of the incumbent highway surveyor, or a sooner vacating of the office, the board of selectmen shall appoint a superintendent of streets as under section 1.
SECTION 3. No contracts of liabilities in force on the effective date of this act shall be affected by the abolition of the elected office of highway surveyor and the appointment of a superintendent of streets shall, in all respects, be the lawful successor of the office so abolished. All records, property and equipment of the office of the elected highway surveyor shall be assigned to the office of the appointed superintendent of streets.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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