Skip to Content


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4478         FILED ON: 7/13/2012

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4277

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

_________________

PRESENTED BY:

William Smitty Pignatelli and Benjamin B. Downing

_______________

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CHANGE OF USE AND THE LEASE OF CERTAIN LAND IN THE TOWN OF LENOX FOR A SOLAR POWERED GENERATION FACILITY.

_______________

PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4478        FILED ON: 7/13/2012

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4277

By Representative Pignatelli of Lenox and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4277) of William Smitty Pignatelli and Benjamin B. Downing (by vote of the town) that the town of Lenox be authorized to reclassify and lease a certain parcel of land known as the old landfill in said town for the construction of a solar powered generation facility.  Municipalities and Regional Government.  [Local Approval Received.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

_______________

In the Year Two Thousand Twelve

_______________

 

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CHANGE OF USE AND THE LEASE OF CERTAIN LAND IN THE TOWN OF LENOX FOR A SOLAR POWERED GENERATION FACILITY.
 

              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.  The town of Lenox, acting by and through its conservation commission and board of selectmen, may transfer a parcel of land known as the old landfill, currently under the control of the conservation commission and held for the purposes of conservation and open space, to the conservation commission and board of selectmen.  The transfer and change of use of the eastern   2 acres of the old landfill parcel of land in the town of Lenox is for the purpose of installing and operating solar panels and solar array and appurtenances for electrical power and distribution to benefit the town. The entire parcel of land is located off Willow Creek road.  It was conveyed to the town to be held by the conservation commission, by deed dated August 6, 1993 and recorded in the Berkshire registry district of the land court as certificate 6370.  The land is shown on the town assessors map 14 as parcel 2.

              The town of Lenox, acting by and through its board of selectmen,  may lease the eastern 2 acres of the old landfill described in section 1 and may lease all or a portion of the Waste Water Plant  parcel located at 239 Crystal street in said town, from time to time, by one or more leases for such term of years up to 20 years and for such consideration as the board of selectmen shall determine to be appropriate, for the purpose of installing and operating thereon solar panels for electric power and distribution.   The town of Lenox, acting by and through its board of selectmen, may grant such easements in, on, under and across said parcels for utility and access purposes, as reasonably necessary to install and operate such solar arrays. The board of selectmen may enter into a power purchase agreement with the lessee of such parcels to purchase all or a portion of the electricity production of the solar array.

              SECTION 2.  In consideration for, and as a condition of the change of use and lease of approximately 2 acres of conservation land as set forth in section 1, the town of Lenox shall dedicate for conservation and protected open space purposes approximately 2 acres of municipal town-owned land.

              SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

Error