[HISTORY: Adopted as Sections 1 through 7 of Article II and Section 17 of Article VI of the 7-10-1964 Compilation of Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Board of Selectmen regulations — See Division 2 chapters of the Code.
The Selectmen shall have the general direction and management of the property of the Town and in all matters affecting the interest or welfare of the Town, except as otherwise provided by law or by this chapter.
The Selectmen may appear, either personally or by counsel, before any committee of the General Court, any court or board or commission, to protect the interests of the Town, but are not authorized by this chapter to commit the Town to any course of action.
The Selectmen shall act as Town agents, and have authority as agents and officers of the Town to appoint and employ a Town Counsel, who shall act as attorney and counsel for the Town and the various officers and boards thereof, and to fix his compensation.
The Selectmen shall have the charge and management of all suits and all actions for and against the Town, except such suits as are within the scope of the duties of the Tax Collector, and may prosecute, defend or settle the same as they see fit, unless otherwise directed by vote of the Town.
The Selectmen may grant licenses in writing for the obstruction of any part of the highways or streets of the Town, or for such excavations of the same as may be needful for the purpose of erecting, repairing, altering or removing any building, or for the laying of drains, waste or gas pipes, or for any other purpose which to them may seem reasonable.
Every person receiving such license shall execute a written agreement to indemnify and save harmless the Town against all damage or cost by reason of any claim for damages, or by reason of any process, civil or criminal, on account of the existence of such obstruction or excavation, and the Selectmen may impose such conditions and limitations as they shall see fit in respect to erecting barricades, maintaining lights and taking other precautions for the safety of travellers.
All conveyances of land or interests in land shall be signed by a majority of the Board of Selectmen, unless otherwise provided by law or by vote of the Town, and shall be sealed with the Town Seal.
The Selectmen may license suitable persons to be dealers and keepers of shops for the purchase, sale, or barter of junk, old metals or second-hand articles in the Town. They also may license suitable persons as junk collectors, to collect by purchase or otherwise, junk, old metals and second-hand articles from place to place in the Town. The aforesaid licenses may be revoked at pleasure.