[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Gardner 3-7-1983 by Ord. No. 800; amended 11-7-1988 by Ord. No. 983; 8-6-2012 by Ord. No. 1551. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be established a Municipal Grounds Commission for the City of Gardner consisting of six members, legal voters of said City, five of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council, as follows:
The Mayor shall immediately appoint one person to serve until the expiration of one year, two to serve until the expiration of two years and two to serve until the expiration of three years from the first day of April 1983 and thereafter annually shall appoint the appropriate number of persons (either one or two) to serve for the term of three years from the first day of April then next ensuing. A vacancy occurring may be filled at any time for the unexpired term by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Before entering upon the discharge of their duties, the members shall be sworn to the faithful discharge thereof.
The sixth member shall be the Director of Public Works, who shall be a nonvoting member of the Commission during his term of office.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
The Commission shall meet annually in April of each year to organize and elect a Chairperson and Secretary. The Commission shall hold meetings no less than once a month during the course of the year. The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes and records of all meetings of the Commission. The Director of Public Works shall not hold office within the Commission.
The Commission shall be an advisory body and shall advise the Director of Public Works, Mayor and City Council on matters relating to the Municipal Grounds Division.
The duties, powers and responsibilities of the Commission may be broadened or diminished at any time by ordinance consistent with prevailing General Laws or City ordinances.
Members of said Commission shall receive for their services such compensation as the Mayor and City Council may prescribe.
All necessary persons employed by and under the supervision of the named Municipal Grounds Department, boards and commissions shall, upon the effective date of this chapter, be transferred to the Department of Public Works. All such transfers of personnel shall be made without loss of pay and without change in rating, seniority, retirement or pension rights, or any other privileges under the provisions of this chapter.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 4 of Ord. No. 800, as amended 11-7-1988 by Ord. No. 983, regarding the transfer of personnel to the Municipal Grounds Department, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563.