Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 657 of the acts of 1955 is hereby amended by striking out sections 1 to 3, inclusive, and inserting in place thereof the following four sections:-
Section 1. The county commissioners of Franklin county, subject to appropriation, are hereby authorized to expend such sums as may be necessary for the establishment, construction, periodic modernization, or replacement of a radio broadcasting system for the purpose of public services, including but not limited to emergency medical services, police services, and fire services, as they may be required within the county of Franklin. The dispatch and coordination center shall be located initially in the town of Greenfield with secondary centers in such other towns in Franklin county as may be determined in the future. The main transmitter site shall be located initially in the town of Shelburne on Shelburne Mountain. Transmission towers, remote transmitters, and appurtenant structures may be constructed at other sites within Franklin county as deemed necessary for adequate radio coverage for public services within the said county and to allow interfacing with other public service entities in adjacent states and counties.
Section 2. The system of radio broadcasting authorized to be established by section one shall be administered and operated by personnel of the Franklin County Emergency Dispatch Cooperative or its successors and the costs of their services shall be borne by said Cooperative. Nonmember municipalities in Franklin county shall not be charged for emergency medical services coordination or public safety mutual aid dispatching services.
Section 3. The county commissioners of Franklin county are hereby authorized to expend such other sums as may be necessary, subject to appropriation, for maintenance and repair of the aforesaid radio broadcasting system and for those costs of operation which are not provided in section two. The capital expenses of section one and the ongoing maintenance, repair, and infrastructure expenses of this section shall be assessed and collected against the towns of Franklin county in the manner provided by chapter thirty-five of the General Laws for the assessment and collection of the county tax except insofar as these expenses may be reduced by any grants or gifts, which may be made available to said county for such purposes.
Section 4. In order to carry out the intent of this act, the county commissioners of Franklin county are authorized hereby to exercise the powers of eminent domain under chapter seventy-nine of the General Laws to acquire land and the rights in land in Franklin county as they may deem necessary. Any such land and facilities shall be made available by the county to other state, county or local agencies, with priority to public safety entities, for similar purposes; provided, however, that such additional facilities do not interfere with existing operations. It shall be the responsibility of the intervening entity to demonstrate that its operations at the site will be compatible with existing operations.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.