AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF WESTMINSTER TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 186 of the acts of 1984 is hereby repealed.
The town of Westminster is hereby authorized to establish
by by-law a public works commission, hereinafter referred to as the commission,
consisting of three members. The initial members of the commission shall be
the duly elected members of the former water and sewer commission, whose terms
as members of the commission shall be coterminous with their appointed terms as
members of the former water and sewer commission. Thereafter, commission
members shall be appointed by the board of selectmen for staggered terms of
three years each, and shall serve until the expiration of their respective
terms and thereafter until a new appointment shall be made by said board of
selectmen. Said board of selectmen shall fill any vacancy on the commission by
appointment for the balance of the vacated three year term.
The commission shall have and may exercise the powers and
water commissioners and sewer commissioners pursuant to
sections 65 and 66 of chapter 41 of the General Laws;
the board of
selectmen as to all matters relating to public works and highways, and said
board's authority as the road commissioners of the town;
superintendents of streets. Said commission shall have
powers and duties heretofore held by said water and sewer commission, and as to
the matters relating to the powers and duties conferred hereby, by said board
selectmen, arising under any general or special law. A majority of the
commissioners shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of commission
business. In addition to the foregoing, said commission shall have the power
provide engineering services to maintain and repair public buildings and
The commission shall appoint a director of public works
who shall be
responsible to the commissioners, and whose appointment
shall be not less than three nor more than five years, subject to removal as
may be otherwise provided in the charter and by-laws of the town. The
authority and duties of the director shall be as established by the commission.
The director shall appoint and hire all personnel under his direction and
control subject to the approval of the commission.
The commission shall adopt regulations not inconsistent
with this act to implement the powers and duties herein conferred.