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. Section 4 of the charter of the town of Holden, on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth as provided by section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- At the first annual town election following acceptance of this act, and annually thereafter, the registered voters shall continue to elect a moderator, selectmen, district school committee and trustees of Damon Memorial, and, unless otherwise provided by by-law, the moderator shall continue to appoint a finance committee and board of appeals.
SECTION 2. Section 6 of said charter is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- Nothing in this act shall be construed to affect the powers and duties of the district school committee, as provided by law; provided, however, that the committee may make an agreement with the selectmen whereby the town manager shall be assigned responsibility for the maintenance or repair of school buildings or grounds, the purchase of any supplies or equipment or the preparation of any plans for the construction or improvement of school buildings or property or the supervision of such work.
SECTION 3. Section 9 of said charter is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- For the purposes of this section, the term “town office” shall include the following: town manager or assistant town manager, town clerk or assistant town clerk, town treasurer or assistant town treasurer, collector of taxes or assistant collector of taxes, assessor or assistant assessor, auditor, constable, member of the board of selectmen, member of the Wachusett Regional School District Committee or member of the finance committee.
SECTION 4. Section 10 of said charter is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The town manager need not be a resident of the town or of this commonwealth, when appointed, and shall not, during the 12 months prior to the town manager’s appointment, have held any elective office in the town of Holden, but shall reside in Holden, Worcester or a town contiguous to Holden or Worcester during the town manager’s term of office.
SECTION 5. Said charter is hereby further amended by striking out section 14A and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 14A. Notwithstanding section 2 of chapter 30B of the General Laws, the town manager shall be the chief procurement officer for the town and all its boards, agencies, departments and instrumentalities. Subject to the provisions of this section, the town manager shall have all the powers and authority of a chief procurement officer under said chapter 30B.
SECTION 6. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, November 11, 2011.