Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections three, four, fifteen and fifteen A of chapter forty and section thirty-one of chapter forty-four of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the town of Andover is hereby authorized to sell or lease for a term of not more than forty years, including the right to extend or renew such lease, all or a portion of the property now or formerly known as the Old Town Hall to a purchaser or lessee who shall undertake to rehabilitate, remodel, equip, and, if required by the town, expand the existing building for public use in accordance with plans and specifications approved on behalf of said town. Said town is also authorized to lease or sublease, as the case may be, from said purchaser or lessee as aforesaid, the property so sold or leased for a period not to exceed forty years, including the right to extend or renew such lease or sublease. Such lease or sublease may provide that payments by said town be unconditional and included in the amounts assessed in each year as provided in section twenty-three of chapter fifty-nine of the General Laws, but the obligations represented by such payments shall not be included in any determination of the borrowing capacity of said town under any limitation of its indebtedness. Said town is also authorized from time to time to sublease a portion or portions of said building to the United States government or an agency or instrumentality thereof for a term not to exceed ten years.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of section one or any other law to the contrary, the provisions of sections forty-four A to forty-four J, inclusive, of chapter one hundred and forty-nine of the General Laws shall be applicable to any contract awarded for the rehabilitation, remodeling, equipping or expansion of the Old Town Hall in said town and the provisions of section thirty-eight K of chapter seven of the General Laws, shall apply to any contract for the design of this project.
SECTION 3. The net proceeds of any sale authorized in section one shall be deposited in a special account in the stabilization fund of said town and shall not be withdrawn from said fund for any purpose other than to repurchase the said property except by a two-thirds vote adopted at two separate town meetings held at least six months apart, at least one of which shall be an annual town meeting. Any income from moneys held in said special account or any rent payable to the town may be deemed general revenues of the town and deposited from time to time with the town treasurer.
SECTION 4. The town is authorized to accept and expend any grants, gifts or other contributions received by the town for the town's share of the cost of the rehabilitation, remodeling, equipping and expansion of said building. The town is also authorized to waive any provision of the town's bylaws as may be necessary to effectuate any transaction authorized hereby.
SECTION 5. Except as provided in section three, actions by or on behalf of the town authorized by this act shall be taken by the board of selectmen or its designee.
SECTION 6. All actions heretofore taken by the town in furtherance of the aforesaid purposes is ratified, confirmed and validated.
SECTION 7. This act shall take effect upon its passage.