SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1 of chapter 41 or of any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be in the town of Rutland a 5-member select board, with each member to be elected for terms of three years so arranged so that the term of at least 1 member shall expire each year. The select board, as the chief executive officer of the town, shall have the powers and duties of a board of selectmen under the provisions of any general or special law.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 21 or 69D of chapter 41 of the general laws, or any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be in the Town of Rutland a 5-member board of public works. the select board shall serve as the board of public works and have all the powers and duties of a board of public works under the provisions of any general or special law.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding section 21 of chapter 40 of the general laws, the town clerk, following consultation with the select board, shall replace any reference in the general bylaws from: "board of selectmen" to "select board"; "selectman" to "select board member"; "chairman" to "chair" and to make such other grammatical changes as may be necessary and appropriate.
SECTION 4. Action taken by the select board, board of public works, and the town meeting increasing the size of the select board and authorizing the select board to act as the board of public works shall hereby be ratified, validated, and confirmed to the same extent as if the act had been in place prior thereto.
SECTION 5. Members of the select board serving as of the effective date of this act shall continue to serve out the remainder of their unexpired terms or sooner vacating of the office.
SECTION 6. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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