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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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. (a) Notwithstanding sections 1 to 13, inclusive, of chapter 82 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the city of Woburn may accept as public ways, under the terms of this section, any 1 or more of the streets and ways listed in subsection (b) and described in the petition adopted by the city council on November 16, 2010 and approved by the mayor, a copy of which is on file with the city clerk; provided, however, that acceptance as a public way shall become final only after:

(1) The layout of the way has been ordered and approved by the city council after a duly called public hearing of which 14 days prior notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the city has been given, and of which notice is sent by mail, postage prepaid, to the owners of record, as determined by assessors’ records, who abut said street or way; and
(2) An order of layout has been filed in the office of the city clerk, containing a description of or reference to a plan showing the boundaries and measurements of the way, which may be an existing approved and recorded definitive subdivision plan; and
(3) Either (i) the city council has determined that the city holds land or easements for the purposes of the public way and has filed that determination with the city clerk; provided, however, that there shall be a presumption that the city holds the easements or land for these purposes with respect to any way that has been opened to public use and maintained by the city for 20 years or more; or (ii) the city council has determined it is necessary to acquire land or easements for the purposes of the public way and the city council has acquired the land or easements by gift, purchase or eminent domain; provided, further, that notwithstanding chapter 79 of the General Laws, an appraisal of damages shall not be required before any taking for the purposes of this act.

(b) The streets and ways, or parts thereof, for consideration of acceptance shall be as follows: Adele road, Albert drive, Altavesta circle, Anthony drive, Arrow drive, Atlantic avenue, Battlemarch way, Belford circle, Birchwood lane, Blueberry Hill road, Bonnie way, Bradford road, Briarwood road, Burlwood lane, Cabot road, Carmen terrace, Cedarwood road, Chandler street, Columbus road, Commonwealth avenue, Emeline street, Everberg road, Fox road, Henry avenue, Heritage drive, Katie way, Kosciusko circle, Lake circle, Lake terrace, Laurel street, Loker lane, Lydon court, Manny terrace, McDevitt drive, Morningside circle, Morningside drive, Nason circle, New Industrial road, New Village road, Oakknoll road, Oregon avenue, Pigeon road, Rag Rock drive, Ridgewood lane, Sonar drive, Spartan circle, State street, Stephanie circle, Stevin drive, Strawberry lane, Sylvan road, Sylvanus Wood lane, Tedesco drive, Tory row, Westview terrace, William avenue and Windsor drive.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, September 23 , 2011.