AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF DEDHAM.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 617 of the acts of 1974 is hereby repealed.
Article 3 of the charter of the town of Dedham, which is
on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth as provided in
section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking
out section 3-11 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 3-11. Parks and Recreation Commission.
Term of Office - There shall be a parks and recreation commission which shall
consist of five members, elected at large. The term of office of commission
members shall be for three years. The term of office of commission members
shall be so arranged that as nearly an equal number as is possible shall expire
(b) Powers and Duties - The commission shall conduct and promote
recreation, play, sport, physical education and other programs to meet the
leisure time needs of the community and shall have all powers, duties and
trusts which are conferred or imposed on park commissions and recreation
commissions under the constitution and laws of the commonwealth. The
commission shall consider the needs of all age groups in the development of
programs. The commission shall have such additional powers and duties as may
be authorized by the charter, by-law or by other vote of the town meeting.
(c) Powers and Duties - The parks and recreation commission may
appoint a director of parks and recreation. Said director shall be appointed
annually by the commission for a term of one year and until qualification by a
successor and may be removed by the commission at any time when, in the
judgment of the commission, the public interest so requires; and any vacancy
for any cause may be filled by appointment by the commission of the remainder
of the unexpired term.
Parks and recreation commissioners holding such office on
the effective date of this act shall continue to hold such office for the
remainder of the terms for which they were elected and shall for all purposes
be deemed to be elected commissioners under the town of Dedham charter. All
of the existing parks and recreation commission and all contracts and
liabilities of the commission in effect on the effective date of this act shall
remain in effect and the commission and commissioners elected under the charter
shall in all respects and for all purposes be the lawful successors to the
existing commission and commissioners. All employees of the existing parks and
recreation commission shall continue as employees of the commission without
loss of pay, seniority, retirement or pension rights or any other privileges
and all full-time park employees shall continue to be subject to chapter 31 of
the General Laws.
This act shall take effect upon its passage.