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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE CONVEYANCE OF AN EASEMENT IN THE CITY OF CHICOPEE.

     Whereas,  The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize the conveyance of easements to the city of Chicopee, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

     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 33 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, in consultation with the commissioner of conservation and recreation, may grant a permanent subsurface easement through 2 parcels of land currently under the care and control of the department of conservation and recreation and held for conservation and recreation purposes to the city of Chicopee for the installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of a redundant water transmission distribution system.  The easement shall be subject to the requirements of this act and to such additional terms and conditions consistent with this section as the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may prescribe, in consultation with the commissioner of conservation and recreation.  The easement shall be approximately 50 feet in width and shall contain an area of 210,626 square feet or 4.835 acres, more or less.  The easement shall run under and through the parcels identified as parcel PE-7 and parcel PE-8 on a plan entitled “Plan of Land in Chicopee, MA, Prepared For City of Chicopee, Easement Plan, Redundant Water Transmission Main”, dated December 8, 2015 and prepared by Sherman & Frydryk, LLC, Land Surveying and Engineering, being a portion of the land described in a deed recorded with the Hampden county registry of deeds in book 2796, page 295.  The city of Chicopee shall prepare a survey of the easement which shall be recorded in the Hampden county registry of deeds.  Prior to granting the easement, the division of capital asset management and maintenance may, in consultation with the city of Chicopee, make minor modifications to the area and survey document to carry out this act. 
     (b)  An independent appraisal of the fair market value and value in use of the easement described in subsection (a) shall be prepared in accordance with the usual and customary professional appraisal practices by a qualified appraiser commissioned by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance.  Consideration for the grant of the easement shall be the full and fair market value or the value in proposed use of the easement, whichever is greater, as determined by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance and calculated with regard to its full development potential as assembled with other lands owned or otherwise controlled by the grantee.  The commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance shall submit any appraisals to the inspector general for review and comment.  The inspector general shall review and approve any such appraisal and the review shall include an examination of the methodology utilized for the appraisal.  The inspector general shall prepare a report of such review and file the report with the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance for submission by the commissioner to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on state administration and regulatory oversight.  The commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance shall submit copies of the appraisals and the inspector general’s review and approval and comments, if any, to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on state administration and regulatory oversight at least 15 days prior to the execution of any documents effecting the grant of easement described in said subsection (a).
     (c)     (1)  To ensure a no-net-loss of lands protected for natural resources purposes, the city of Chicopee, as grantee, shall compensate the commonwealth for the interest in land described in subsection (a) through a conveyance to the commonwealth, under the care and control of the department of conservation and recreation, of land or an interest therein, or funding for the acquisition of land or an interest therein which shall be greater than or equal to the value of the land described in said subsection (a) as such value is determined pursuant to subsection (b).  The fair market value of the land described in paragraph (2) and any other land or interest therein proposed to be conveyed by the city to the department shall be included within the appraisal prepared pursuant to said subsection (b).  The land, interest in land or funding for the acquisition of land or an interest therein shall be acceptable to the department and any land or interest therein conveyed to the commonwealth shall be under the care and control of the department and held for conservation and recreation purposes.
If the appraised value of any proposed land or interest in land is determined to be greater than the appraised value of the interest in land described in subsection (a), the commonwealth shall have no obligation to pay the difference to the grantee.  All payments to the commonwealth as a result of any conveyance or grant authorized by this section shall be deposited in the Conservation Trust established in section 1 of chapter 132A of the General Laws.
              (2)  In furtherance of paragraph (1), the city of Chicopee may convey a portion of a parcel of land, or a lesser interest in a portion of a parcel, to the commonwealth, under the care and control of the department of conservation and recreation, identified as parcel A on a plan of land entitled “Exhibit ‘C’, Proposed Mitigation Parcel, Redundant Water Transmission Main Project, Contract No. 1, Chicopee, Massachusetts,” dated January 7, 2016 and prepared by Tighe & Bond, Inc., being a portion of the land identified in a tax taking recorded with the Hampden county registry of deeds in book 1682, page 195.
     (d)  The city of Chicopee shall assume all costs associated with engineering, surveys, appraisals, deed preparation and other expenses deemed necessary by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance to execute the conveyances authorized in this section.
     (e)  No instrument executed pursuant to this section shall be valid unless it provides that the easement granted to the city of Chicopee shall be used solely for the purposes described in this section.  The instrument effecting the transfer authorized in subsection (a) shall include a reversionary clause that stipulates the property shall revert to the commonwealth and be assigned to the care, custody and control of the department of conservation and recreation, upon such terms and conditions as the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may determine, if the property ceases to be used for the express purposes authorized in this section.  If any interest reverts to the commonwealth, any further disposition shall be subject to sections 33 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws and the prior approval of the general court.
     SECTION 2.  The city of Chicopee may use a portion of city-owned land for the installation, maintenance, operation, repair and replacement of a redundant water transmission distribution system which shall include a 30-inch redundant water transmission line to provide the residents of the city with a backup water supply.  The portion of city-owned land affected by the change in use contains 89,771 square feet or 2.061 acres, more or less, and is identified as:
     (i)  parcel PE-8A, on a plan of land entitled “Plan of Land in Chicopee, MA, Prepared For City of Chicopee, Easement Plan, Redundant Water Transmission Main”, dated December 8, 2015, and prepared by Sherman & Frydryk, LLC, Land Surveying and Engineering, being part of the property commonly known as Williams park and described in a deed recorded with the Hampden county registry of deeds at book 11530, page 166; and
     (ii)  parcels PE-9 and PE-16, on the plan referenced in clause (i), being part of the Chicopee municipal golf course property and described in a deed recorded with the Hampden county registry of deeds in book 3117, page 406.   
     The change in use shall not affect the continued use of the parcels by the parks and recreation commission of the city of Chicopee or the golf commission of the city of Chicopee for city park and municipal golf course purposes, respectively, or any rights of the parks and recreation commission or the golf commission not adverse to the rights granted by this section. 
     If the city of Chicopee sells, transfers, conveys or otherwise disposes of the property identified in this section, the city of Chicopee shall maintain a permanent easement in the property as necessary for the continued maintenance, repair and replacement of its redundant water transmission distribution system and any related purposes.  The city shall execute that easement and record the same with the Hampden county registry of deeds prior to or in conjunction with any such future conveyance.

Approved, August 9, 2016