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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2084        FILED ON: 5/30/2014

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2169

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

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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 relative to the acceptance of Paper Mill road as a public way in the city of Westfield.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

Second Hampden and Hampshire

John Velis

4th Hampden


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2084        FILED ON: 5/30/2014

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2169

By Mr. Humason, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2169) of Donald F. Humason, Jr. and John Velis (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation relative to the acceptance of Paper Mill Road as a public way in the city of Westfield.  Transportation.  [Local Approval Received.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Fourteen

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An Act relative to the acceptance of Paper Mill road as a public way in the city of Westfield.

 

              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) Notwithstanding sections 1 to 13, inclusive, of chapter 82 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the City of Westfield may accept as a public way, under the terms of this section, Paper Mill Road, provided, however that acceptance as a public way shall only become final after:

              (l) The layout of the way has been ordered and approved by the city council after a duly called public hearing of which 14 days prior notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the city has been given, and of which notice is sent by mail, postage prepaid to the owners of record, as determined by the assessors’ records, who abut said street or way; and

              (2) An order of layout has been filed in the office of the city clerk, containing a description of or reference to a plan showing the boundaries and measurements of the way, which may be an existing approved and recorded definitive subdivision plan; and

              (3) Either (i) the city council has determined that the city holds land or easements for the purposes for the public way and has filed that determination with the city clerk; provided, however that there shall be a presumption that the city holds the easements

              or land for these purposes with respect to any way that has been open to public use and maintained by the City of Westfield for 20 years or more; or (b) the city council has determined it is necessary to acquire land or easements for the purposes of the public way and the city council has acquired the land or easements by purchase or eminent domain; provided, further, that notwithstanding chapter 79 of the General Laws, an appraisal of damages shall not be required before any taking for the purposes of this act.

              (b) The street for consideration of acceptance is Paper Mill Road.

              SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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