Upon the effective date of this Charter the Town Manager shall organize a Department of Public Works. The Town Manager shall appoint a Department of Public Works Director for an indefinite term who shall be qualified by education, training, or previous experience to perform the duties of the office.
The Department of Public Works Director shall be responsible for the supervision and coordination of all public works operations of the town which are placed under their control by this Charter, through by-law, by Town Meeting vote, or otherwise. They shall have responsibility for the operation and administration of their department, including appointment and dismissal of their employees. They shall be the Tree Warden and as such shall have sole authority and responsibility for the planting, maintenance and removal of all public trees. They shall further be responsible for the suppression of insects within the Town. Public works operations include, but need not be limited to the following operations: roadways, refuse collection and disposal, sewerage, water supply and distribution, forestry services, maintenance of a municipal motor pool for all vehicles except those of the school, fire, police, and municipal electric departments.
The Department of Public Works shall assume all the duties and responsibilities and perform all of the functions, including, but not limited to those which, prior to the adoption of this Charter, were performed by the Tree Warden, Moth Superintendent, Highway Department, and the Water and Sewer Department.