Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. There is hereby established in the town of Topsfield a board of park and cemetery commissioners consisting of three members; provided, however, that the present board of park commissioners and board of cemetery commissioners shall serve until the annual town election to be held in the year nineteen hundred and ninety. Said commission shall have all the powers, rights, duties and obligations of both park commissioners and cemetery commissioners granted by the provisions of any general or special law, by-law or town meeting vote.
At said town meeting, members elected to the board of park and cemetery commissioners shall be elected for terms of one, two and three years respectively and thereafter all members shall be elected for terms of three years.
SECTION 2. All employees of the park commission and of the cemetery commission of said town shall be transferred to said park and cemetery commission upon the election of its members and shall continue to perform the same duties at not less than the salary being received on said date. Every employee so transferred who immediately prior to such transfer was subject to section nine A of chapter thirty or to chapter thirty-one of the General Laws under a permanent appointment and who has served a probationary period shall continue to serve subject to the provisions of said section nine A of said chapter thirty or to said chapter thirty-one, as the case may be, whether or not thereafter reclassified, and shall retain all rights to holidays, sick leave and vacations in effect on the effective date of this act; provided, however, that any person transferred who was not subject to said section nine A or said chapter thirty-one and persons appointed after the effective date of this act shall not be subject to said section nine A of chapter thirty or to any provisions of said chapter thirty-one.