Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
(a) Notwithstanding sections 40E to 40I, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the division of capital asset management and maintenance, on behalf of and in consultation with the department of conservation and recreation and using such competitive proposal process as the division considers necessary or appropriate, may lease and enter into other agreements, for terms not to exceed 25 years, with 1 or more operators, for the boat ramp in North Point Park in the city of Cambridge so as to provide for the continued use, operation, maintenance, repair and improvement of the boat ramp together with the land and appurtenances associated thereto.
There shall be an option for renewal or extension for operation and maintenance services not exceeding an additional 5 years. Any such renewal or extension shall be at the discretion of the division of capital asset management and maintenance in accordance with the original contract terms and conditions or with contract terms and conditions more favorable to the commonwealth. Each lease shall contain a provision that requires the lessee to carry comprehensive general liability insurance with the commonwealth named as a co-insured, protecting the commonwealth against all personal injury or property or other damage arising from the boat ramp during the term of the lease.
Each lease and other agreement shall be on terms acceptable to the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, after consultation with the commissioner of conservation and recreation and, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, shall provide for the lessee to manage, operate, improve, repair and maintain the property. Any such lease or other arrangement requiring capital improvements to be made shall include a description of the required capital improvements and, at minimum, performance specifications. The consideration for the lease shall be the full and fair market value of the lease of the parcels as determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance pursuant to 1 independent professional. The appraisal shall be prepared in accordance with usual and customary professional appraisal practices by a qualified appraiser commissioned by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance. All consideration received from the leases or other agreements shall be payable to the department of conservation and recreation for deposit into the General Fund.
(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the inspector general shall review and approve any appraisals pursuant to subsection (a) and the review shall include an examination of the methodology utilized for establishing a lease consideration. Within 30 days after receiving a lease, the inspector general shall prepare a report of his review and file the report with the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance. Within 30 days after receiving the inspector general’s report, the commissioner shall submit the report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on bonding, capital expenditures and state assets, but not later than 15 days before the execution of any agreement or other document relating to the lease.
(c) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the lessee shall be responsible for all costs and expenses, including, but not limited to, costs associated with any engineering, surveys, appraisals, and lease preparation related to the transfers and conveyances authorized in this act as such costs may be determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance. The lessee shall be solely responsible for all costs, liabilities and expenses of any nature and kind for the maintenance, use and operation of the boat ramp.
(d) To ensure a no-net-loss of lands protected for conservation purposes, the lessee shall convey, or cause to be conveyed, to the commonwealth land or an interest in land to be held by the department of conservation and recreation for conservation purposes. The land or interest in land shall be of equal or greater value than as determined in accordance with subsection (a) and shall be acceptable to the department, in its discretion.
Approved August 5, 2010