139.1. The Council may, by by-law, delegate to the chairman of the Community or to an officer or employee thereof, on the conditions the Council determines, the power to authorize or pay expenditures and to enter into ensuing contracts on behalf of the Community.
The by-law must, in particular, indicate the field of competence to which the delegation applies, the maximum amount of the expenditures that the chairman or the officer or employee may authorize or pay and the other conditions to which the delegation is subject.
Neither the chairman nor the officer or employee may authorize an expenditure that entails a financial commitment by the Community for a period extending beyond the current fiscal year. For the purposes of section 139, the authorization is considered to be a resolution authorizing the expenditure.
If, for the purposes of section 83, the authorization of the Minister must be obtained to allow the chairman, officer or employee to award a contract to a person other than the person who submitted the lowest tender, the authorization must be applied for by the Council.