Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 234 of the acts of 1993 is hereby amended by striking out section 1 and 2, as amended by chapter 72 of the acts of 1999, and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sections:-
Section 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the town of Oak Bluffs may establish in the town treasury a reserve fund which shall be kept separate and apart from all other monies by the town treasurer and into which all monies received from the provision of ambulance services shall be deposited. The town treasurer shall expend those funds in accordance with section 2.
Section 2. The reserve fund shall be used for the purchase and equipping of public safety vehicles with a priority for ambulance and police and fire department vehicles and for the payment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics and for the compensation for ambulance transfers outside of the county of Dukes County. Purchases of public safety vehicles shall be authorized by a majority vote at an annual or special town meeting. The funds may be used for the payment of compensation to emergency medical technicians and paramedics or for equipment purchases if authorized by the board of selectmen or its designee.
SECTION 2. Any actions and proceedings taken by the town of Oak Bluffs in connection with the reserve fund established pursuant to chapter 234 of the acts of 1993 prior to the effective date of this act are hereby ratified, validated and confirmed to the same extent as if such actions and proceedings had been in full compliance with law.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved April 17 , 2008