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) The conservation commission of the town of Dennis may provide, by rules promulgated hereunder, for the imposition of reasonable fees for the employment of outside consultants and may deposit such fees in a special account in accordance with section 53G of chapter 44 of the General Laws.
(b) Any such account shall be established by the town treasurer and shall be kept separate and apart from other monies. The special account, including accrued interest, if any, shall be expended at the direction of the conservation commission without further appropriation; provided, however, that such funds are to be expended by it only in connection with carrying out its responsibilities under the law. Any excess amount in the account attributable to a specific project, including any accrued interest, at the completion of said project shall be repaid to the applicant or to the applicant's successor in interest and a final report of the account shall be made available to the applicant or to the applicant's successor in interest.
(c) The town accountant shall submit annually a report of the special account to the board of selectmen and town administrator for their review. The report shall be published in the town's annual report. The town accountant shall submit annually a copy of the report to the director of the bureau of accounts.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.