SECTION 1. Notwithstanding sections 32 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with the department of conservation and recreation, may convey to the city of Marlborough, subject to acceptance by the city council of said city: (1) a permanent easement for drainage over a parcel of land held by the department of conservation and recreation for watershed purposes and located adjacent to Maple street and Valley street in the city of Marlborough, said parcel being parcel Sixth in Division A., Brook in the city of Marlborough in an instrument of taking recorded with the Middlesex south district registry of deeds in book 2635, page 1 and (2) an permanent right of way easement for access and utility across said parcel. The conveyance shall be subject to such terms and conditions as set forth in this act and any other conditions as said commissioner shall prescribe, in consultation with the department of conservation and recreation.
The drainage easement authorized pursuant to this section is shown as “proposed drainage easement”, containing 17,269 square feet, more or less, on a plan of land entitled “Plan of Land in Marlborough, MA”, to be recorded with the Middlesex South registry of deeds, prepared for the city of Marlborough and the department of conservation and recreation prepared by Bruce Saluk & Associates, Inc., dated November 20, 2013, and last revised January 19, 2017. The right of way easement authorized pursuant to this section is shown as “proposed bridge/access & utility easement”, containing 2,391 square feet, more or less, shown on said plan. Changes to easement boundaries may be made if determined necessary pursuant to a survey by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance.
SECTION 2. In consideration of the conveyance authorized by section 1, the city of Marlborough shall design and implement appropriate landscaping and beautification acceptable to the department of conservation and recreation, and shall maintain the same, for the drainage easement described in section 1. As further consideration for the easements authorized in this act, the city of Marlborough shall compensate the commonwealth through the transfer to the department of conservation and recreation of land or an interest in land or through the payment of an amount equal to or greater than the appraised value as determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, or any combination thereof, and approved by the department of conservation and recreation. Any land or interest in land acquired by the department of conservation and recreation pursuant to this section shall be permanently held and managed for conservation and water supply purposes by the department of conservation and recreation. If the appraised value of any land or interest in land conveyed under this section is of greater value than the appraised value of the interest in land in section 1, the commonwealth shall have no obligation to pay the difference. Any payments to the commonwealth pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Conservation Trust established in section 1 of chapter 132A of the General Laws and shall be dedicated to the conservation or restoration of natural resources in the Sudbury reservoir watershed.
SECTION 3. The city of Marlborough shall assume all of the expenses as deemed necessary by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance for the conveyance of said easements and the expenses associated with the landscaping, beautification and maintenance described in section 2.
SECTION 4. If the easements conveyed pursuant to section 1 ceases to be used for the purposes for which they were conveyed as described in said section 1, said easements shall revert to the commonwealth under the care and control of the department of conservation and recreation under such terms as the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may prescribe.
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