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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELEASING CERTAIN LAND IN NORTHFIELD FROM THE OPERATION OF AN AGRICULTURAL COVENANT.

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, under section 22 of chapter 20 of the General Laws, the commissioner of agricultural resources shall execute a release of the agricultural covenant held by the commonwealth, acting on its behalf, on certain land in the town of Northfield owned currently by Hopping Ahead LLC, (“Landowner”). Title was acquired by a covenant recorded in Book 6863, Page 183, at the Greenfield Registry of Deeds.

SECTION 2. As a condition precedent to the release authorized in section 1, the current landowner shall pay to the department of agricultural resources a monetary amount as determined by the commissioner, provided such sum shall not exceed the funds the landowner originally received as consideration for said covenant. Monies received by the commonwealth for said release under this section, shall be held in trust by the department, to be expended only for acquiring new agricultural covenants.

 

Approved, August 9, 2018.