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,
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
before any such public hearing by the street acceptance committee, written
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.