Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of water commissioners in the town of Belmont is hereby abolished, and the board of selectmen of the town shall assume all powers and duties heretofore vested in the board of water commissioners.
Notwithstanding chapter 114 of the General Laws and except as provided by any by-laws of the town, the board of selectmen shall assume all powers and duties heretofore vested in the board of cemetery commissioners.
SECTION 2. All persons employed by and all equipment under the supervision of the board of water commissioners and the board of cemetery commissioners of the town shall be transferred to the supervision of the board of selectmen.
SECTION 3. The board of selectmen of the town may establish a consolidated department of public works in order to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of its public services.
SECTION 4. The members of the board of cemetery commissioners shall continue in office, but shall not have any authority in the assignment of personnel or equipment. No sooner than 5 years from the effective date of this act, the board of selectmen may request the town meeting to convert the board of cemetery commissioners to an appointive body. Upon a 2/3 vote of town meeting, the board of selectmen shall establish and appoint a board of cemetery commissioners, consisting of 3 members, for such term as the town by-laws shall prescribe.
SECTION 5. All laws, by-laws, rules and regulations in force on the effective date of this act that are not inconsistent with this act shall continue in full force until amended or repealed. If this act conflicts with any law, by-law, rule or regulation of the town, this act shall govern.
SECTION 6. This act shall take effect upon its passage.