AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DIVISION OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE TO LEASE CERTAIN LAND IN THE TOWN OF SPENCER TO THE WORCESTER COUNTY 4H CENTER.
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. Notwithstanding sections 40E to 40J, 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, in consultation with the department of conservation and recreation, may execute and deliver on behalf of the commonwealth, subject to such terms and conditions as may be determined by the division in consultation with the department, 1 or more instruments to lease certain land together with the buildings thereon, now part of a state forest under the care and control of the department and consisting of approximately 20 acres on the shore of Thompson's pond located in the town of Spencer, the leased area to be shown on a plan of land suitable for recording at the Worcester county registry of deeds, to the Worcester County 4H Center Committee for terms not to exceed 25 years for use as a meeting place for the committee, for the development of interest in agriculture by young people and to run a summer day camp program. The lease authorized by this act shall commence upon the expiration of the lease for the land and buildings authorized by chapter 256 of the acts of 1971. The lease shall also contain such terms and conditions as necessary to comply with all laws for the protection of fish, birds and quadrupeds and the preservation and development of the forest. The control and supervision of the land and buildings shall remain under the department, except as provided under the terms of the lease, and all provisions relating to state forests not inconsistent with this act shall remain in full force and effect. The lease price to be paid by the Worcester County 4H Center Committee for the land and buildings shall be the full and fair market value of the land and buildings for use as described in this act, such fair market value to be determined by 1 or more professional appraisals commissioned by the division; provided however, that the lease price may be reduced or waived by the division, in consultation with the department, in the event that such payment imposes a hardship on the lessee or significantly interferes with the operations of the Worcester County 4H Center Committee at the property as demonstrated in an annual financial statement to be submitted by the Worcester County 4H Center Committee to the division and the department. The amount of any reduction in the lease payment shall in no event exceed the dollar amount of capital improvements made to the buildings and grounds by the Worcester County 4H Center Committee as documented in the annual financial statement. Thirty days before the execution of a lease authorized by this act or any subsequent amendment to the lease, the commissioner shall submit the lease or amendment and a report thereon to the inspector general. The inspector general shall review and approve the appraisal or appraisals and the review and appraisal shall include an examination of the methodology utilized for the appraisal or appraisals. The inspector general shall prepare a report of his review and approval of the appraisal and file a report with the commissioner and copies of the same shall be filed with the house and senate committees on ways and means and with the chairmen of the joint committee on state administration at least 15 days before execution of the lease or amendment. The price paid by the Worcester County 4H Center Committee for any such lease or amendment authorized by this act shall be deposited in the General Fund of the commonwealth.
SECTION 2. The Worcester County 4H Center Committee shall be responsible for all costs associated with any appraisal, survey or other expense incurred by the commonwealth relating to any lease authorized by section 1 and for any costs, liabilities or expenses of any kind for the development, improvement, maintenance or operation of the parcel as may be determined by the division in consultation with the department.
SECTION 3. The Worcester County 4H Center Committee shall carry such comprehensive liability insurance in an amount deemed adequate by the commissioner to protect the commonwealth and the committee against personal injury or property damage occurring on the leased land, within the buildings or within any other structures built or used by the committee on the land during the term of any lease authorized by this act.
SECTION 4. If during the term of the lease the Worcester County 4H Center Committee does not use the land and buildings for the purposes described herein for a period of 2 years, the lease authorization may be terminated upon notice to the committee and the land and buildings, together with any improvements thereon, shall revert to the commonwealth under the care and control of the department. Any further disposition of the parcel shall be subject to sections 40E to 40J, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws and shall have the prior approval of the general court.
SECTION 5. Except as provided herein, nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent the use of the forest by the public to the same extent as if this act had not been in effect.
SECTION 6. The commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with the department of conservation and recreation, may extend or renew the lease authorized in this act for an additional period for not more than 20 years upon such terms that are consistent with this act.
Approved, August 7, 2010.