Town of Westminster, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting 11-12-1974 by Art. 2 as Art. V, Sec. A, of the 1975 Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Town Counsel — See Ch. 22.
Town meetings — See Ch. 25.
Regulations promulgated by the Board of Selectmen — See Division 2.
Policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Selectmen — See Ch. A260.

§ 53-1 Authority.

The Selectmen[1] shall have authority to prosecute, defend or compromise all claims, actions, suits and controversies to which the town shall be a party and to employ counsel therefor unless otherwise specifically ordered by vote of the town.
[1]
Editor's Note: See MGL C. 41.

§ 53-2 Protection of town's interests.

The Selectmen may appear (either personally or by representative) before any committee of the legislature or board or commission to protect the interest of the town, but are not authorized by this chapter to commit the town to any course of action.

§ 53-3 Execution of deeds and other instruments.

All deeds or other instruments required to carry into effect any vote of the town shall be executed by the Selectmen, unless the town shall otherwise direct.

§ 53-4 Town property.

A. 
The disposal of any personal property of the town must have the approval of the Board of Selectmen. Any and all proceeds resulting therefrom shall be paid in to the town treasury. The department head shall file a written report of the sale with the Town Clerk.
B. 
The Selectmen shall cause each town officer and department head under its control having custody of town property to keep a true inventory thereof on file, and each officer and department head shall deliver a copy of said inventory to the Selectmen at least annually.
C. 
No town officer or salaried employee of the town shall sell materials or supplies or rent equipment of the town without the permission of the Board of Selectmen expressed in a vote which shall appear on their records with the reasons therefor.

§ 53-5 General direction and management of affairs.

The Selectmen shall have the general direction and management of the property and affairs of the town in all matters not otherwise provided by law or these bylaws.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: "These bylaws" refers to the bylaws included in Division 1 of the Code of the Town of Westminster.