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. Notwithstanding section 16 of chapter 30B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the town of Essex, if first authorized by a vote of its town meeting, may sell or lease all or any portion of its property known as Conomo Point, at fair market value, upon such terms and conditions as the board of selectmen deems appropriate, in accordance with a by-law adopted by the town meeting, which by-law shall ensure that any such sales or leases shall be undertaken in accordance with an open, fair and competitive disposition process, using sound business practices and principles of fair dealing, which process may, but shall not be required to, recognize as a criteria for evaluation for such sales or leases a certain level of preference for current lessees of the property.
SECTION 2. This act shall not exempt the town of Essex from section 3, 15 or 15A of chapter 40 of the General Laws, sections 2-13.4 and 2-13.11 of the town by-laws or any other general or special law which requires a vote of the town meeting to authorize the sale or lease of real property.SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, May 23, 2012.