[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Belchertown 5-13-1985 by Art. 17 as Ch. III, Art. 3, Secs. 3-1-1 through 3-3-2 of the 1985 Compendium of Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Officers and employees — See Ch. 85.
A Board of Selectmen of five members shall be elected for three-year overlapping terms.
Vacancies in the office of Selectman shall be filled by special election, in accordance with the provisions of general law.
The Selectmen shall have full authority as agents of the town, acting upon advice of counsel, to settle any claims or suits against the town which, in their judgment, cannot be successfully defended, when the sum to be paid does not exceed $500. Any settlement requiring the payment of a sum greater then $500, except as authorized by law, shall be made only if authorized by the voters at a town meeting.
The Selectmen may appear in the interests of the town, either personally or by counsel, before any court, committee of the legislature or any state or county board or commission.
They shall have full authority, as agents of the town, acting upon advice of counsel, to institute and prosecute any and all necessary suits and proceedings in favor of the town and to appear and defend any and all suits and legal proceedings against or involving the town's interests.
[Added 5-8-1995 ATM by Art. 18]
Unless otherwise provided by a vote of town meeting, the Board of Selectmen, pursuant to MGL c. 30B, is authorized to enter into any contract for the exercise of the town's corporate powers, on such terms and conditions as are deemed appropriate, including length of contract. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board of Selectmen shall not contract for any purpose, on any terms or under any conditions inconsistent with any applicable provision of any general or special law.