SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary there shall be in the Town of Sandisfield a select board consisting of 3 members elected for terms of 3 years each, so arranged that one term of office shall expire each year. Vacancies in the office of select board shall be filled by a special or regular election in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws. Except as specifically provided by this act, the select board shall have all of the executive powers given to boards of selectmen by the General Laws.
The select board shall have, but not be limited to, the following executive powers:
A. Serve as the chief policy making body of the town;
B. Authority to enter into intergovernmental or public or private agreements consistent with law on such terms as it deems beneficial to the residents of the Town;
C. Be responsible for the formulation and promulgation of policy directives and guidelines to be followed by all town agencies serving under it, and in conjunction with other elected town officers and multiple member bodies to develop and promulgate policy guidelines designed to bring the operation of all town agencies into harmony; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize any member of the select board or a majority of such members, to become involved in the day-to-day administration of any town agency. It is the intention of this provision that the select board shall act only through the adoption of broad policy guidelines, which are to be implemented by officers and employees serving under it;
D. Cause the by-laws, rules, and regulations for the government of the town to be enforced and shall cause an up-to-date record of all its official acts to be kept;
E. Appoint the town manager and town counsel, and approve the hire of the town audit firm, which shall be chosen by the town manager;
F. Be the licensing board of the town and shall have the power to issue licenses, to make all necessary rules and regulations regarding the issuance of such licenses, and to attach such conditions and restrictions thereto as it deems to be in the public interest. The select board shall enforce the laws relating to all businesses for which it issues such licenses. The select board under this provision may delegate or reorganize any local licensing authority or process notwithstanding any general laws relating to local governance to the contrary;
G. Be responsible for providing timely audits as required by law. The audits shall be made by a certified public accountant, or firm of such accountants, who have no personal interests, direct or indirect, in the fiscal affairs of the town government of the town of Sandisfield or any of its officers; and
H. In consultation with the town manager, develop a personal system to include, but not be limited to, classifications and pay schedules, benefit programs, personnel and hiring policies and practices, and regulations for town employees.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of G.L. c.40, §23A or any other general or special law to the contrary, there shall be in the Town of Sandisfield a town manager appointed by the select board, who shall serve at the pleasure of the board. The town manager shall be especially fitted by education, training, and experience in public or business administration to perform the duties of the office. The select board may enter into a contract with the town manager for salary, fringe benefits, and other conditions of employment, including but not limited to, severance pay, relocation expenses, reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performances of duties or office, liability insurance, and leave, and receive such compensation as the select board shall determine within the amount appropriated therefor by the Town.
Any vacancy in the office of town manager shall be filled by the select board with all due haste. Until an appointment is made, the select board shall appoint a suitable person, including but not limited to an employee of the Town, to perform the duties of the office which shall be known as the temporary town manager. In the event of the temporary absence or disability of the town manager lasting more than 5 consecutive work days, the select board may designate a qualified person to serve as acting town manager during such temporary absence or disability.
The town manager shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
A. Be the chief administrative officer of the Town, shall act as the agent for the select board and shall be responsible to the select board for the proper operation of Town affairs for which the town manager is given responsibility under this bylaw;
B. Under the authority of the select board, supervise, direct and be responsible for the efficient administration of all officers appointed by the town manager and their respective departments and of all other functions for which the town manager is given responsibility, authority or control by act, by-law, Town meeting vote or vote of the select board;
C. The town manager shall have the power to delegate, authorize or direct any subordinate or employee of the Town to exercise any power, duty or responsibility which the office of town manager is authorized to exercise under this bylaw. All actions that are performed under such delegation shall be deemed to be the actions of the town manager.
D. The town manager shall be authorized to act with regard to hiring and firing as follows::
1) Appoint and remove all non-elected department heads, in compliance with section (D)(2) paragraph, and approve the appointment and removal of all other town employees;
2) Consult with the appropriate elected or appointed board, commission, committee or official and the select board prior to making department head appointments or removals. Prior to finalizing a department head appointment, the town manager shall provide notice to the select board of the anticipated appointment and the terms and conditions of employment for the appointment. The select board shall approve or disapprove the appointment and the terms and conditions of employment within 14 days of notice to the select board. A failure of the select board to act in this 14 day period shall be considered approval
3) Adjust the terms and conditions of employment of department heads or the termination or removal of department heads subject to the same notice and approval requirements set forth in section (D)(2);
4) Appointments under this section shall be based on merit and fitness alone; and
5) Be responsible for posting on the town bulletin board and website notices of job opportunities.
E. The town manager shall have personnel management responsibilities as follows:
1) Administer personnel policies and any related matters for all municipal employees, by adopting appropriate practices, rules or regulations and to administer all collective bargaining agreements entered into by the Town; and
2) Negotiate, subject to the approval of the select board, all contracts with Town employees over wages and other terms and conditions of employment. The town manager may, subject to the approval of the select board, employ special counsel to assist in the performance of these duties.
F. The town manager shall have financial management responsibilities as follows:
1) Prepare and present an annual operating budget for the Town and present a capital improvement plan for the five (5) fiscal years next ensuing;
2) Be the chief procurement officer for the Town and award and execute contracts in accordance with and subject to the provisions of Chapter 30B ofMGL, and to appoint such assistant procurement officers as provided in Chapter 30B ofMGL;
3) Inspect and submit warrants for payment to the select board;
4) Approve the award of all contracts for all Town departments and committees;
5) Keep the select board and the finance committee fully informed as to the financial condition of the Town and to make recommendations to the select board and to other elected and appointed officials as the town manager deems necessary or expedient; and
6) Ensure that complete and full records of the financial and administrative activity of the Town are maintained and render reports to the select board as may be required, but not less than annually.
G. The town manager shall have the following administrative responsibilities :
1) Attend all regular and special meetings of the select board, unless excused;
2) Attend all sessions of the Town meeting and answer all questions addressed to the town manager which are related to the warrant articles and to matters under the general supervision of the town manager;
3) Administer either directly or through a person or persons supervised by the town manager, in accordance with this bylaw, provisions of general or special laws, bylaws and other votes of the Town meeting;
4) Investigate or inquire into the affairs of any Town department or office under the supervision of the town manager;
5) Coordinate activities of all Town departments, officers, boards or commissions of the Town;
6) Keep the select board fully informed as to the needs of the Town requiring action by the Town or as the town manager deems necessary or expedient;
7) Develop and maintain a full and complete inventory of all Town-owned real and personal property; and
8) Perform such other duties as necessary or as may be assigned by this by-law, Town meeting vote, act or vote of the select board.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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