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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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. (a) There shall be a board of cemetery commissioners of the town of Nantucket consisting of 5 persons appointed by the board of selectmen. Two commissioners shall be appointed for 3 years, 1 commissioner shall be appointed for 2 years and 2 commissioners shall be appointed for 1 year. Thereafter, the terms shall be appointed for 3 years.
(b) The cemetery commission shall meet from time to time but no less than annually, and organize by the choice of its members a chairman, a vice chairman and a secretary. It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep a record of the doings, receipts and expenditures of the cemetery commission and render a specific report to be filed with the town clerk and the board of selectmen on or about July 15, to be printed in the annual town report.
(c) The cemetery commissioners, with the approval of the board of selectmen, may make changes to cemetery rules and regulations not contrary to law with regard to the use of the town cemeteries, and the rules and regulations shall be on file with the town clerk.

SECTION 2. (a) The cemetery commission shall have charge of the public cemeteries of the town, to lay out the same into lots, to execute and deliver deeds therefor, and to erect necessary signs, fences, buildings and other structures in or about the same, at an expense not to exceed, in any case, the amount of the funds at its disposal.
(b) The cemetery commission shall direct the expenditures of all general cemetery funds in the cemetery account and of all specific appropriations, unless otherwise ordered by the town, and the income of all trust funds held by the town for cemetery purposes, conforming to the directions of the depositor.
(c) The cemetery commission shall keep a complete record of all sales of lots in the public cemeteries of the town and the deeds thereof, together with the names of the deceased and the location of the graves. True copies of all such deeds, names, and grave locations shall be on file with the town clerk.

SECTION 3. This act, being necessary for the welfare of the town and county of Nantucket and its inhabitants, shall be liberally construed to effect its purposes.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, June 15, 2011.