SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2171 FILED ON: 7/9/2009
SENATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 2108
[LOCAL APPROVAL RECEIVED.]
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Stephen M. Brewer
To the Honorable
Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:
An Act to authorize the town of Charlton to a cquire dams within the town to make improvements to dams and to authorize the assessment of betterments to pay costs of the same.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand and Nine
An Act to authorize the town of Charlton to acquire dams within the town to make improvements to dams and to authorize the asses
sment of betterments to pay costs of the same.
, The deferred operation for this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to enable the Town of Charlton to acquire, maintain, repair and make necessary improvements to dams located
within the Town, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
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 Charlton is authorized, subject to the approval of its town meeting, to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain or otherwise, any dam or dams located within the town, including any real property incidental or related thereto, so long as any s uch dam or dams and any incidental real property are not at the time of such acquisition owned or held in trust by the Commonwealth. In connection therewith the Town is further authorized, subject to appropriation, to repair, reconstruct and make improvem ents to town-owned dams as may be necessary in the judgment of the board of selectmen to maintain, repair or improve such dams, and to accept and expend grants or gifts for such purposes in accordance with G.L. c. 44, sec. 53A upon approval of the board of selectmen without further appropriation.
SECTION 2 . Upon a two-thirds vote of the voters present and voting at a meeting duly called, the Town of Charlton is authorized to borrow funds for the purposes of this act. Any such borrowing shall be repaid wi thin 40 years of its date of issue, and shall be outside the limit of indebtedness prescribed in Section 10 of Chapter 44 of the General Laws. Except as provided in this act, any borrowing pursuant hereto shall be subject to the requirements of Chapter 44 of the General Laws.
SECTION 3 . Any dam or dams owned by the Town of Charlton shall constitute public improvements for purposes of Chapter 80 of the General Laws, and, subject to the approval of the Town, the selectmen are authorized to assess betterments to pay any and all costs of or relating to acquiring, owning, maintaining or improving any such dam or dams. Such betterments may be assessed upon properties benefiting from the acquisition, ownership, repair, maintenance or improvement of such dams and in such amounts as the selectmen shall determine. Except as otherwise provided by this act, any betterment so assessed shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 80 of the General Laws. Any betterment so assessed pursua nt to this act may be apportioned for a maximum term of 40 years.
SECTION 4. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Town of Charlton shall have no liability for or related to the presence, release or threat of release of oil or a ny hazardous material with respect to any dam or dams acquired by the Town in accordance with this act that occurred prior to the date any such dam or dams were acquired by the Town.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage.