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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS IN THE TOWN OF TISBURY.

      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 599 of the acts of 1989 is hereby amended by striking out section 1 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
      Section 1.  There shall be in the town of Tisbury a department of public works under the jurisdiction of the board of selectmen.  The department shall have charge and responsibility for the management of all public works operations of the town including, but not limited to: roads and sidewalks, sewer and wastewater, solid waste collection and disposal, cemeteries, parks and recreation, tree and moth, engineering services, building maintenance of all municipal buildings except those under the jurisdiction of the school department and other operations as may be considered necessary or desirable.  The board may make all policy decisions relating to the operations of public works within the town.  To assist the board in its oversight of the department, the board may appoint an advisory board of public works consisting of not more than 5 members who shall serve for such terms as the board shall prescribe.
      SECTION 2.  Section 2 of said chapter 599 is hereby repealed.
      SECTION 3.  Said chapter 599 is hereby further amended by striking out section 3 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
      Section 3.  The board of selectmen of the town of Tisbury shall appoint a director of public works and all employees of the department under the centralized personnel procedures of the town and the compensation of the appointees shall be fixed under the wage and salary classification plan of the town.  The board shall also appoint the tree warden.
      SECTION 4.  Said chapter 599 is hereby further amended by striking out section 5 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
      Section 5.  The board of selectmen of the town of Tisbury shall have all the powers, duties and responsibilities of a board of cemetery commissioner, parks and recreation commissioner and road commissioner and may appoint such persons as it considers necessary to carry out these duties and responsibilities.
      SECTION 5.  Said chapter 599 is hereby further amended by striking out section 6 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
      Section 6.  No person in the permanent full-time service or employment of the town of Tisbury shall forfeit pay grade or time in service on account of the establishment of the department of public works.
      SECTION 6.  The terms of office of those persons then serving on the town’s board of public works commissioners shall terminate on the effective date of this act; provided, however, that no collective bargaining agreement, contracts or liabilities of the department of public works in force on the effective date of this act shall be affected.
      SECTION 7.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, October 2, 2015.