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  • Acts
  • 2010
  • Chapter 30 AN ACT AUTHORIZING BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO LEASE CERTAIN LAND TO THE PITTSFIELD YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION.

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 40F to 40J, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may, in consultation with the department of higher education and Berkshire Community College, enter into a lease or other agreement with the Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association for the purpose of facilitating the operation and maintenance of a summer community recreational program for a term, including extensions, not to exceed 20 years and pursuant to such additional terms and conditions as the commissioner may prescribe in consultation with the department of higher education and Berkshire Community College, of certain facilities at the college’s campus in the city of Pittsfield; provided, however, that the lease shall provide that in the event of educational necessity, the lease may be terminated by the commonwealth upon 30 days written notice from the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance to the Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association. The consideration for the lease shall be the full and fair market value as determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance pursuant to an independent professional appraisal. The inspector general shall review and approve the appraisal and the review shall include an examination of the methodology utilized for the appraisal. Within 30 days of receiving the appraisal, the inspector general shall prepare a report of his review and file the report with the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance. Within 15 days of receiving the inspector general’s report but not later than 15 days before the execution of any agreement or other document relating to the lease, the commissioner shall submit such report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on state administration and regulatory oversight.

SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the parcel shall be leased subject to a restriction limiting the use of the parcel to community recreational purposes. If at any time the property ceases to be used for that purpose, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance shall give written notice to the Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association of the unauthorized use. The Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association shall, upon receipt of the notice, have 30 days to respond and a reasonable time to establish an authorized use of the parcel. If an authorized use of the parcel is not thereafter established, the lease of the parcel, upon the recording of a notice thereof by the commissioner in the appropriate registry of deeds, shall terminate and any further disposition of the property shall be subject to chapter 7 of the General Laws.

SECTION 3. Any lease or other agreement entered into pursuant to this act shall be on such terms and conditions as the division of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with the department of higher education and Berkshire Community College, deems appropriate. Any such lease or other agreement shall contain a provision that requires the Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association to carry comprehensive general liability insurance with the commonwealth named as a co-insured to protect the commonwealth against all personal injury or property damage on the facilities during the term of the lease or other agreement. The Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association shall indemnify and hold the commonwealth and Berkshire Community College harmless for all personal injury or property damage caused or suffered by the Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association, its clients or agents.

SECTION 4. The Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association shall be responsible for all costs deemed necessary or appropriate by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance for the transaction including, without limitation, the costs for legal work, survey, title, appraisal and the preparation of plans and specifications. The Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association shall also be responsible for any costs, liabilities or expenses of any kind for the development, improvement, maintenance or operation of the facilities subject to the lease or other agreement as may be determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with Berkshire Community College.

The design of and plans and specifications for any buildings or other improvements to be constructed by the Pittsfield Young Men’s Christian Association shall be subject to the review and approval of the division of capital asset management and maintenance and Berkshire Community College.

Approved, February 11, 2010.