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It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(17) is amended to read:

(17) Three water commissioners *[who]* unless the town votes to elect additional selectboard members, in which case the number of water commissioners shall, at the discretion of the selectboard, be the same as the number of members that comprise the selectboard. The commissioners shall be elected by ballot if the town has so ordered; otherwise they shall be appointed by the *[selectmen]* selectboard as provided in section 2651 of this title.

Sec. 2. 17 V.S.A. § 2651(b) is amended to read:

(b) Unless the town votes to elect water commissioners, the *[selectmen]* selectboard shall appoint forthwith no less than three nor more than five water commissioners, unless there is no existing, or prospective, municipal water system for such commissioners to supervise*[, and]*. The selectboard may remove an appointed water commissioner from office *[a water commissioner appointed by them]* for just cause after due notice and hearing. The *[selectmen]* selectboard may appoint members of their own board to serve as water commissioners.

Approved: May 10, 1999