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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME TO ACQUIRE A CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND IN THE TOWN OF DALTON.

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize forthwith the department of fish and game to acquire a certain parcel of land in the town of Dalton, 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. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and pursuant to Article 97 of the Amendments to the Constitution, the department of fish and game may take pursuant to chapter 79 of the General Laws or otherwise acquire and the town of Dalton may convey to the department for the preservation and protection of fish and wildlife habitat, passive recreation and other purposes consistent therewith for consideration of $100,000, a certain parcel of land in the town of Dalton known as the Dalton town forest which is described in a deed to the town of Dalton dated February 9, 1927 and recorded in the Berkshire middle district registry of deeds in book 433, page 169.

SECTION 2. The department of fish and game shall submit an appraisal of the property described in section 1 to the inspector general for the inspector general’s review and comment. The inspector general shall prepare a report containing a review of the methodology used for the appraisal and shall file the report with the commissioner of fish and game, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate committees on bonding, capital expenditures, and state assets.

SECTION 3. Costs and expenses associated with the transaction authorized in this act shall be apportioned as agreed to by the town of Dalton and the department of fish and game.

Approved, July 3, 2018