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As used in sections 7-339a to 7-339l, inclusive, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context: "Public agency" means any municipality, as defined in section 7-148cc, of the state of Connecticut, and any local governmental unit, subdivision or special district of another state; "interlocal agreement" means an agreement entered into pursuant to said sections; "interlocal advisory board" means a board established pursuant to said sections; "participating public agency" means a party to an interlocal agreement; "legislative body" has the meaning assigned to it by section 1-1 but, where the legislative body is the town meeting, the requirements of said sections as to providing the opportunity for public comment shall not apply.
(a) Any public agency of this state may participate in developing and implementing interlocal agreements with any public agency or agencies of this state or any other state or states providing for any of the following:
(1) The joint performance of any function that each participating public agency may perform separately under any provision of the general statutes or of any special act, charter or home rule ordinance.
(a) Interlocal agreements shall be negotiated and shall contain all provisions on which there is mutual agreement between the participating public agencies. Such agreements shall establish a process for amendment, termination and withdrawal. The public agencies proposing an interlocal agreement shall submit to the legislative body of each participating public agency a copy of the proposed interlocal agreement for ratification or rejection. The legislative body of each participating public agency shall provide the opportunity for public comment before voting to ratify or reject such proposed agreement. For purposes of this section, providing the opportunity for public comment does not require a legislative body to conduct a public hearing.
(b) For any municipality in which the legislative body is the town meeting, such legislative body may, by resolution, vote to delegate its authority to ratify or reject a proposed interlocal agreement to the board of selectmen, provided such board of selectmen provides the opportunity for public comment in accordance with this section.