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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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 towns of Heath, Charlemont and Hawley, or any two of said towns, acting by and through their boards of selectmen, are hereby authorized to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain under chapter 79 of the General Laws and, if more than one town acquires, may hold as tenants in common pursuant to an intermunicipal agreement under section 4A of chapter 40 of the General Laws the land in the town of Heath on Burrington road, now or formerly owned by Constance D. Burrington, consisting of approximately 17.450 acres, being a portion of the land described in a deed recorded with the Franklin county registry of deeds in Book 1242, Page 328, formerly used as a municipal sanitary landfill by said towns, for the purpose of closure of said landfill or, if the board of selectmen of each town holding such land determines that the land is no longer needed for such purpose, for any other public purpose or for conveyance; provided, however, that such agreement may be for such duration as may be authorized by said towns.

SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the land to be acquired under this act shall be exempt from taxation for the fiscal year next following its acquisition and taxes for the remainder of the fiscal year of its acquisition shall be abated from the date of its acquisition and no town owning such land as a tenant in common with the town of Heath shall be obliged to make any payment in lieu of taxes to the town of Heath.

SECTION 3. The acquisition of this land shall be exempt from the requirements of chapter 30B of the General Laws.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved October 30, 1998.