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In addition to those powers and duties given by Section 3-2 of the charter or otherwise given by law, the select board shall have the following powers and duties:

3.1The select board shall be the agents of the town to institute, prosecute, defend and compromise any and all claims, actions and proceedings by or against the town or in which the rights or interest of the town are or may be involved.

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3.4The select board shall at least twice annually review the report of the treasurer regarding the advisability of instituting suit to establish or collect any sum or account due the town, and shall take such action with respect thereto as they deem expedient and consistent with the rights and interests of the town.

3.5The select board shall have authority to authorize the sale or other disposal of any property or material within the possession or control of any town agency which has become obsolete or is not required for further use by the town agency and shall have the sole authority to authorize in writing the sale or other disposal of any such property having a value of more than $500 and not exceeding $1,000 in value.

3.6The select board shall at such times as they may deem appropriate, but at least on or before each July 31st, request and receive from the town manager reports:

(a) on the condition of the town’s water works and of the lands and other property connected therewith, which reports shall be in such detail and scope as the selectmen shall request and shall contain any additional information or suggestions which the town manager may deem important; and

(b) stating the number of water takers, the amount of water rates assessed and the amounts of all abatements during the period specified by the select board or the prior fiscal year, whichever period is greater; and

(c) on the condition of Wildwood Cemetery and of the plans for utilization, expansion, capital improvements, and purchase of lots and graves as provided under Chapter 4, Section 1.3 of these bylaws, which reports shall be in such detail and scope as the select board shall request and shall contain any additional information or suggestions which the town manager may deem important; and

(d) of the Wildwood Cemetery trust funds, including acquisitions and disbursements, as provided under Chapter 6, Section 2 of these bylaws, and of the income, derived from these funds, and all expenditures during the period specified by the select board or the prior fiscal year, whichever is greater.

3.7The select board shall have the authority and duty, consistent with other laws, to issue and revoke licenses to specific persons to engage in the activities set forth below. Such licenses may specify the terms and conditions under which such activities may be conducted. Such activities are:

(a) the purchasing, selling or bartering of junk, old metals or secondhand articles within the town;

(b) the setting up, using or driving of hackney carriages for the conveyance of persons for hire from place to place within the town or from within the town to places outside the town;

(c) the hawking or peddling of fruit or vegetables within the town; and

(d) the discharging, exploding, setting off (or causing any of the foregoing) of fireworks within the town.

Every license so granted shall expire on the first day of May next after the date thereof. No license shall become effective until the licensee shall have paid to the town treasurer the fee therefore established by the select board. No license may be sold, assigned or transferred without the consent of the select board endorsed thereon.

3.8The select board shall have the authority and duty, consistent with other laws, to issue and revoke permits to specific persons to engage in the activities set forth below. Said permits may specify the terms and conditions under which such activities may be conducted. Such activities are:

(a) the placing of any house, or other building, in any street in the town; and

(b) the placing of any obstruction in any street or on any sidewalk within the town and allowing it to stay there.2

3.9The select board, unless otherwise provided by law, shall at least annually establish and promulgate fees to be charged:

(a) by the selectmen for licenses or permits issued by them

(b) by town agencies for permits or other services rendered by said agencies unless fees or conditions have been established by law or otherwise

(c) by the director of public works for the towing and storage of vehicles removed because of their interference with the work of removing or plowing snow or ice as established in Chapter 8, Section 30.1 of these bylaws.

(d) by the chief of police for the towing and storage of vehicles removed because of violations established in Chapter 8, Section 30.3 and 30.4 of these bylaws

(e) by the fire chief for towing and storage of cars that were illegally parked or standing during a fire or other emergency in a fire lane or within ten (10) feet of a hydrant as established in Chapter 8, Section 30.2 of these bylaws.

3.10The select board may restrict the use of large quantities of water for commercial or special purposes whenever, in its judgment, it deems it necessary to conserve water for domestic uses.

3.11The select board shall have the authority and duty, consistent with other laws to approve the rules and regulations, as established by the department of public works, for the operation of Wildwood Cemetery.

3.12The select board shall have the authority and duty, consistent with other laws, to continually evaluate the operation and the general condition of Wildwood Cemetery and to issue an annual written report.

1Art 3 of the 1983 Fall Town Meeting deleted Sections 3.2 and 3.3, thereby deleting reference to Town Counsel whose appointment and duties are now found in the Charter.

2Art 20 of the 1985 Fall Town Meeting deleted “a sidewalk” and inserted “any street or sidewalk within the town”.