Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The board of selectmen of the town of Hopkinton is hereby authorized to appoint a superintendent of streets whose qualifications, powers and duties shall be determined and established by said board, and who shall be responsible to said board. Said superintendent of streets shall be appointed for a term of one year commencing on July first and expiring on June thirtieth of each year; provided, however, that the initial term of said superintendent shall commence on the date of appointment by said board and terminate on the next following June thirtieth. Said board may remove said superintendent when in their judgment the public interest so requires. Said board shall fix the compensation of said superintendent, subject to appropriation.
SECTION 2. The superintendent of streets shall have the exclusive charge and control of the highway department, subject to all laws, town by-laws, and to such instructions, rules and regulations as the board of selectmen and the town may from time to time impose by their votes. Said superintendent shall, under the direction of said board, have full charge of all repairs and labor upon public ways and sidewalks, and shall be responsible for carrying out the policies of said board relating thereto. Said superintendent shall appoint and remove such employees as said superintendent deems necessary, subject to appropriation and the approval of said board.
SECTION 3. All powers and duties now vested by the General Laws and town by-laws in the highway surveyor are hereby transferred to the superintendent of streets and the position of highway surveyor is hereby abolished. All equipment owned by the town of Hopkinton and under the control of the highway surveyor shall, upon the effective date of this act, be under the control and direction of said superintendent. No contracts, obligations or liabilities in force on the effective date of this act shall be affected hereby, and said superintendent shall in all respects be the lawful successor to said highway surveyor. All persons employed by or under the supervision of said highway surveyor shall upon the effective date of this act be employed under the supervision of said superintendent. All such transfers of employees shall be made without loss of pay, and without change of rating, seniority, retirement or pension rates, or any other privileges under any provision of law or town by-law.
SECTION 4. The superintendent of streets shall not be subject to the provisions of section nine A of chapter thirty or chapter thirty-one of the General Laws. The superintendent of streets shall hold no elective office nor shall be engaged in any other business or occupation.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.