Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, all the rights, powers and duties now and from time to time vested in the board of park commissioners, the Chelsea stadium commission, and the trustees of the Garden cemetery are hereby vested in the board of parks and stadium.
SECTION 2. There is hereby established a department of parks and stadium which shall be under the charge and control of the board of parks and stadium. All employees under the charge and control of the board of park commissioners, the Chelsea stadium commission, and the trustees of the Garden cemetery shall become employees of the department of parks and stadium, without a loss in pay to any employee so transferred.
The right to continue employment without loss in pay shall be personal to those employees transferred and shall not survive the retirement, removal or death in office of any such employee. Those employees transferred hereunder from the various departments to the department of parks and stadium shall retain the seniority rights to which such employees were entitled in the department from which they were transferred and all other rights to which they were entitled under the provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws. The rights to continue without loss in pay and to seniority hereunder shall apply only to those employees transferred to the department of parks and stadium pursuant to the provisions of this act and shall not be granted to any employee who is transferred to or employed by the new department at any time subsequent to its creation hereunder.
SECTION 3. The Chelsea stadium commission and the officers of the trustees of the Garden cemetery and the board of park commissioners are hereby abolished.
SECTION 4. The board of parks and stadium shall consist of five persons appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the board of aldermen. Such appointees shall serve initially a one year term, a two year term, a three year term, a four year term and a five year term. Two of such appointees shall be members of the board of park commissioners serving on June first, nineteen hundred and eighty-six, two of such appointees shall be members of the Chelsea stadium commission, serving on June first, nineteen hundred and eighty-six, one of such appointees shall be a trustee of the Garden cemetery serving on June first, nineteen hundred and eighty-six. Upon the expiration of the initial term of office for each member of the board of parks and stadium, the mayor shall appoint a person, subject to confirmation to said board, whose term of office shall be for five years, or until his successor has been appointed and qualified. Upon the expiration of the initial term of office of the appointee who has been appointed to serve a one year term, the mayor shall appoint a veteran, as defined by section one of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws to fill such vacancy. Thereafter, the board of parks and stadium shall have at least one member at all times who is a veteran.
SECTION 5. No substantial change shall be made to any park, playstead, or any unit thereof, or to the Chelsea stadium or the Garden cemetery, unless a public hearing shall be held prior thereto before the mayor, board of aldermen, and the board of parks and stadium. Such hearing shall not be held less than fourteen days after the date of the advertisement of such hearing.
SECTION 6. The person employed as the superintendent of the Chelsea stadium upon the effective date of this act will become the superintendent of the parks and stadium. He shall so continue at said position until his retirement, resignation, death or removal. His successor shall be chosen by the board of parks and stadium.
SECTION 7. This act shall take effect upon its passage.