[Adopted 12-21-1972 as Art. V of Ch. 2 of the Code of the Town of Agawam]
There shall be in the Town a Board of Appeals, hereinafter called the Board, consisting of three members and two alternate members appointed by the Town Council. The first appointment of members shall be for terms of one, two and three years. Thereafter, the Town Council shall appoint each year one member to serve for three years. Appointments of the alternate members shall be made for a term of three years. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner for unexpired terms.
A member shall not act in any case in which he may be an interested party. In case of a vacancy, inability to act or interest in a case on the part of a member, his place shall be taken by the alternate member, such alternate member being designated on an alternating basis, and while so acting, the alternate member shall have the authority and responsibility of the member whom he replaces. Any member or the alternate member may be removed for cause by the Town Council upon written charges and after an executive hearing and in accordance with MGL c. 40A, § 14.
Members of the Board may receive such remuneration as shall be determined by the Town Council.
The Board shall annually elect a Chairman and Clerk from its own membership. It shall adopt rules consistent with law for the conduct of its business. Meetings shall be held at the call of the Chairman or as otherwise provided by the Board, and all hearings shall be open to the public. Records shall be kept by the Clerk and copies of all decisions setting forth the reasons therefor shall be filed with the Town Clerk in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws pertaining to appeals (MGL c. 40, § 14 to 20).