[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Sharon as Art. 4 of the Town Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Select Board shall annually appoint an Attorney-at-Law to act as Town Counsel, and said Board shall have full authority to employ special or additional counsel whenever in its judgment necessity therefor arises.
The Select Board shall have full authority, as agents of the Town, to institute, prosecute, and compromise suits in the name of the Town and to appear, defend and compromise suits brought against it, and to appear in proceedings before any tribunal, unless it is otherwise specially voted by the Town.
Whenever it shall be necessary to execute any deed conveying land or any other instrument required to carry into effect any vote of the Town, the same shall be executed by the Treasurer in behalf of the Town, unless the Town shall otherwise vote in any special case.
The Town Clerk shall have the custody of the Town Seal, and shall keep a true copy in a book for such purpose alone of all deeds or conveyances executed in behalf of the Town by any Town officer. It shall be the duty of the Town Clerk to see that every conveyance to the Town of any interest in real estate is properly recorded in the Registry of Deeds.
[Added 11-4-2019 STM by Art. 3]
The Town Administrator, subject to approval by the Select Board, is hereby authorized to solicit, award and enter into lease or license agreements for the use of land owned by the Town and under the care, custody, management and control of the Select Board, which is declared to be surplus and no longer needed for its current purpose, for a period of up to 30 years, inclusive of any renewal, extension or option provision, without the necessity for further authorization by Town Meeting.
Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the Town's, the Town Administrator's or the Select Board's authority to solicit, award and enter into such a lease or license agreement for a longer term pursuant to any applicable law, including, without limitation, (1) MGL c. 40, § 3, authorizing the Select Board to enter into leases for the use of municipal buildings for a period of up to 30 years; and (2) any action by Town Meeting authorizing the Town Administrator or the Select Board to enter into a specific lease or license, or category of leases or licenses.