Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 672 of the acts of 1974 is hereby amended by striking out section 3 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 3. There is hereby created a body politic and corporate to be known as the Westover metropolitan development corporation, which shall be governed by a board of eleven directors, all residents of the Springfield-Chicopee-Holyoke standard metropolitan statistical area, one of whom shall be appointed chairman by a majority vote of the other directors, three of whom shall be appointed by the mayor of the city of Chicopee, with the approval of the board of aldermen of the city of Chicopee, two of whom shall be appointed by the first selectman of the town of Ludlow, with the approval of the board of selectmen of the town of Ludlow, one of whom shall be appointed by the board of selectmen of the town of Belchertown by a majority vote of said board, one of whom shall be appointed by the board of selectmen of the town of Granby by a majority vote of said board, and three of whom shall be experienced in industry, manufacturing, or commerce, shall not be residents of the city of Chicopee or the town of Ludlow, and shall be appointed by a majority vote of the other directors; provided, however, that the initially appointed chairman shall be one of three nominees of the Westover task force created by the joint commission on federal base conversion and those three members initially appointed on the basis of experience and nonresidency shall be appointed by the chairman, each from among three nominees of said task force. The chairman and other directors shall serve for terms of three years; provided, however, that of those initially appointed by the mayor of the city of Chicopee, two shall be for terms of two years, of those initially appointed by the first selectman of the town of Ludlow, one shall be for a term of two years, and of those initially appointed by the chairman of the board of directors, two shall be for terms of two years. Vacancies arising other than from the expiration of a term shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as regularly provided for such appointments. Directors shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties hereunder, but each director may be reimbursed for expenses actually incurred in the performance of his duties.
A majority of the eleven directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business, but the action of a majority of the entire board shall be required for any transaction. For the purposes of section eleven A of chapter thirty A of the General Laws, the corporation shall be deemed to be an authority established by the general court to serve a public purpose in the commonwealth.