Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter forty-three of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-eight is hereby repealed.
SECTION 2. There is hereby established in the town of Uxbridge an unpaid commission, to be known as the Uxbridge recreation commission. Said commission shall consist of nine members who shall be residents of said town and shall be appointed and may, for cause, be removed by the board of selectmen of said town. In the original appointments of the members, three shall be appointed for the term of one year, three shall be appointed for two years, three shall be appointed for terms of three years each, and thereafter, as the term of office of a member expires, his successor shall be appointed in like manner for the term of three years. Said commission shall elect from its membership a chairman and a secretary. Vacancies in the commission, caused otherwise than by expiration of term of service, shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in like manner as in the case of original appointments.
SECTION 3. Said commission shall assume administration of the land owned by the town of Uxbridge located at Capron street in said town, and formerly known as the Uxbridge Fairground; and athletic fields and tennis courts on Oak street, excepting so much of said land as being used by the town high school, and the Taft school, as shown on the plans filed with the town clerk of said town; and the land known as the Hecla street field as shown on plans filed with the town clerk of said town. Said commission may hold, manage, develop, control, lease and let the same for the purposes of all amateur and professional athletics, recreation, play, sports, physical education, celebrations, exhibitions, and entertainment, except that no town funded organizations shall be charged for use of the same. Said commission may make rules and regulations governing said athletic fields and may charge admission to the same. Said commission may recommend to the appropriate town departments that funds be expended for the construction, alteration, and enlargement of the buildings and other structures thereon, proper maintenance, improvements of the grounds, and acquisition of equipment.
SECTION 4. Said town may annually appropriate money to the use of said commission for the following uses and purposes, namely, the support and encouragement of athletics, recreation, play, sports, physical education, celebrations, exhibitions, and entertainment.
SECTION 5. All revenue received by said commission from said athletic fields shall be paid into the treasury of said town.
SECTION 6. All gifts, donations, bequests, and devises made to said town for the maintenance, management and development of said athletic fields shall be accepted in behalf of said town by said commission. Such funds so derived and accepted by said commission shall be held in a separate account by the treasurer of said town and be available and used by said commission shall not be diverted or used by said town for any other purpose or purposes. Said commission is further authorized to accept federal or state aid programs for said town.
SECTION 7. Additional fields and facilities may be placed under the management of said commission by majority vote of the board of selectmen.
SECTION 8. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance by a majority of the voters of the town of Uxbridge present and voting thereon at a town meeting within three years after its passage.