Print Print
  • Acts
  • 2000
  • Chapter 45 AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE LAYING OUT AND ACCEPTANCE OF CERTAIN WAYS BY THE CITY KNOWN AS THE TOWN OF AGAWAM.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:


Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the city known as the town of Agawam may lay out and accept as public ways any of the ways listed in a document on file with the superintendent of public works in accordance with this act.

The street acceptance committee of the city shall hold public hearings on the issue of the laying out and acceptance as public ways of those ways so listed within 12 months after the effective date of this act, at which time interested persons shall be given an opportunity to be heard. At least 14 days before any such public hearing by the street acceptance committee, written notice of the intention of the city to lay out as public ways and the intention to hold a public hearing thereon shall be sent to the owners of land abutting or being a part of the ways so listed. Notice of the city's intention to lay out and accept the ways so listed shall also be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city once in each of two successive weeks, the first publication to be not less than 14 days before any public hearing. The notice shall also be posted on the bulletin board at the city clerk's office for a period of not less than 14 days before a public hearing.

The street acceptance committee shall, within 14 days after a public hearing, vote as to which ways so listed should and should not be laid out and accepted as public ways by the city. Within 60 days of the referral by the street acceptance committee, the city council with concurrence of the mayor may then vote to adopt, amend or reject the proposal to lay out and accept as public ways any or all of the ways listed. If the city council, with concurrence of the mayor, approves the proposal by a two-thirds vote, the ways so listed shall be considered laid out and shall be accepted as public ways.

Approved March 25, 2000.