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Substitute House Bill No. 5648

Public Act No. 04-186

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN PARCELS OF STATE LAND.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Plainfield two parcels of land located in the town of Plainfield, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcels of land have a total area of approximately 139. 2 acres and are identified as Lots 4 and 5 in Block 5 on town of Plainfield Tax Assessor's Map 10. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Plainfield shall use said parcels of land for open space and passive recreational purposes. If the town of Plainfield:

(1) Does not use said parcels for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcels; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcels,

the parcels shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall convey to the city of New Britain a parcel of land located in the city of New Britain, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 1. 22 acres and is identified as the property located at 1185 West Main Street. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The city of New Britain shall use said parcel of land for economic development purposes. If the city of New Britain does not use said parcel for said purposes, the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Motor Vehicles. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall convey to the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. a parcel of land located in the city of New Britain, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately . 32 acre and is identified as the property located at 218 North Street. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. shall use said parcel of land for medical or open space purposes. If the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. :

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Economic and Community Development. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 4. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Old Saybrook two parcels of land located in the town of Old Saybrook, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcels of land are identified as (1) Lot 9 on town of Old Saybrook Tax Assessor's Map 62, having an area of approximately 2. 9 acres, and (2) Lot 7 on town of Old Saybrook Tax Assessor's Map 62, having an area of approximately 8. 2 acres. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Old Saybrook shall use said parcels of land for open space and recreational purposes. If the town of Old Saybrook:

(1) Does not use said parcels for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcels; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcels,

the parcels shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 5. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of New Canaan a parcel of land located in the town of New Canaan, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land is identified as Lot 47 in Block 90 on town of New Canaan Tax Assessor's Map 42, having an area of approximately 6. 78 acres. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of New Canaan shall use said parcel of land for open space purposes. If the town of New Canaan:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 6. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall enter into an agreement with the town of Voluntown for the exchange of two parcels of land located in the town of Voluntown, simultaneously and each in consideration of the other. The parcel of land to be conveyed by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection in said exchange is identified as Lot 2 on town of Voluntown Tax Assessor's Map 32, which has an area of approximately 15. 24 acres. The parcel of land to be conveyed by the town of Voluntown in said exchange is identified as the tract or parcel of land bounded and described as follows: Beginning at an iron pipe found on the easterly line of James Road, said pipe marking the southwesterly corner of land now or formerly of Daniel R. & Lisa M. Boulanger and the northwesterly corner of the herein described tract and running thence S 89_ 34' 24" E a distance of 1537. 24 feet to a point, bounded northerly by land of said Boulanger and land now or formerly of John T. & Kimberly K. Gileau, in part by each; thence N 14_ 19' 29" E a distance of 300. 00 feet to a stone pile at land now or formerly of Oscar Koor, bounded westerly by land of said Gileau; thence easterly a distance of 223 feet, more or less, to land of the State of Connecticut, bounded northerly by land of said Koor; thence southerly a distance of 680 feet, more or less, to an iron pin at land now or formerly of Sandra & William DeRosa, bounded easterly by land of the State of Connecticut; thence S 85_ 18' 23" W a distance of 967. 56 feet to an iron pin, bounded southerly by land of said DeRosa, land now or formerly of Eric M. & Judith A. Larson and land now or formerly of Jason M. & Veronica M. Brunelle, in part by each; thence N 0_ 22' 59" E a distance of 570. 22 feet to an iron pin; thence N 89_ 34' 24" W a distance of 685. 76 feet to an iron pin set on the easterly line of James Road, these last 2 lines bounded westerly and southerly by remaining land of William Potopowitz, Jr. ; thence N 32_ 56' 45" E a distance of 59. 31 feet by and along the easterly line of James Road to the point of beginning; which parcel is a part of property conveyed by William Potopowitz, Sr. and William Potopowitz, Jr. to William Potopowitz, Jr. by deed recorded Feb. 2, 1997, in Voluntown Land Records Vol. 65 Page 803, and has an area of approximately 15. 46 acres. The town of Voluntown shall pay the administrative costs incurred by the state in the exchange of said parcels of land. Said exchange shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the exchange of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Environmental Protection. The state land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for the conveyance of state land under this section. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 7. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 6 of public act 00-168, as amended by section 13 of special act 01-6, the State of Connecticut shall release all rights of reverter, and all right to enforce any restriction on the use, ownership or sale, or on the use of the proceeds of sale, that the state may hold with respect to a parcel of land conveyed by the Commissioner of Transportation to the City of Norwalk, pursuant to section 6 of public act 00-168, as amended by section 13 of special act 01-6. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any instrument necessary to effect such release.

Sec. 8. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Works shall convey to the town of Newtown a parcel of land located in the town of Newtown, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 12 acres and is identified as Lot 1 in Block 3 on town of Newtown Tax Assessor's Map 37. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Newtown shall use said parcel of land for municipal purposes. If the town of Newtown:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Public Works. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 9. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall convey to the Nutmeg Housing Development Corporation a parcel of land located in the town of Colchester, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 5. 72 acres and is identified as follows:

A certain tract or parcel of land situated in the Town of Colchester, County of New London, State of Connecticut as shown on a plan titled: "Boundary Plan, Property of Ann Rothstein, Route 85 and Old Amston Road, Colchester, Connecticut, Scale: 1" = 40', Date: December 29, 1987, by DiCesare-Bentley Engineers, Inc. , Groton, Connecticut", and being more particularly bounded and described as follows:

Beginning at a Connecticut Highway Department monument at the southwesterly corner of the herein described tract said monument lying in the easterly highway line of Connecticut Route 85, said point of beginning being further described as the northwesterly corner of land now or formerly of Samuel Berkowitz:

Thence N 16° 03' 01" W by and along said easterly highway line of Connecticut Route 85. 345. 24 feet to a Connecticut Highway Department monument:

Thence N 16° 00' 00" W by and along said easterly highway line of Connecticut Route 85, 447. 46 feet to a Connecticut Highway Department monument, the northeasterly corner of the herein described tract:

Thence N 73° 48' 12" E bounded northerly by land now or formerly of the Estate of Michael Kennedy, 327. 71 feet to the westerly street line of Old Amston Road, the northeasterly corner of the herein described tract:

Thence S 22° 25' 53" E by and along said westerly street line of Old Amston Road, 271. 11 feet to the beginning of a curve having a radius of 402. 76 feet and deflecting to the right:

Thence southerly by and along said westerly street line of Old Amston Road along the arc of said curve, a distance of 143. 99 feet through a central angle of 20° 29' 03" to a point:

Thence S 01° 56' 50" E by and along said westerly street line of Old Amston Road 208. 45 feet to the beginning of a curve having a radius of 708. 63 feet and deflecting to the right:

Thence southeasterly by and along said westerly street line of Old Amston Road along the arc of said curve, a distance of 123. 64 feet through a central angle of 09° 59' 49" to a point on said curved westerly street line, the southeasterly corner of the herein described tract:

Thence S 60° 19' 56" W bounded southerly by land now or formerly of Samuel Berkowitz, 264. 84 feet to the point and place of beginning.

The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The Nutmeg Housing Development Corporation shall use said parcel of land for affordable housing purposes in accordance with the provisions of section 8-214d of the general statutes. If the Nutmeg Housing Development Corporation does not use said parcel for said purposes, the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Economic and Community Development. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 10. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Agriculture shall convey to the town of Newtown a parcel of land located in the town of Newtown, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 23. 25 acres and is identified as Lot 1 in Block 5 on town of Newtown Tax Assessor's Map 37. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Newtown shall use said parcel of land for open space and recreational purposes. If the town of Newtown:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel, except to the Pootatuck Fish and Game Club for recreational purposes,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Agriculture. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Agriculture shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 11. Subsection (a) of section 24 of special act 03-19 is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to Anthony C. Barbino, of the town of Bethlehem, a parcel of land located in the town of Bethlehem, at a cost equal to the [fair market value of said parcel of land] administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately . 096 acre and is identified as the parcel of land shown on a map entitled "Map Showing Land of State Of Connecticut To Be Conveyed To Anthony C. Barbino, Connecticut Route 61, aka Main Street South, Bethlehem, Connecticut, Scale 1"=50', April 2003". The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

Sec. 12. Subsection (a) of section 9 of public act 00-168 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Agriculture shall convey the Noank Aquaculture-Marine Laboratory, and the parcel of land on which it is located, to the town of Groton, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 0. 97 acre and is [further identified as the same premises described in a deed from Edward E. Chapin to the state of Connecticut, dated May 23, 1962, and recorded in the town of Groton land records at Volume 195, Pages 430 and 431] bounded and described as follows:

Commencing at an angle point in the southerly line of land now or formerly of Deborah E. Sundberg, said point being located 44 feet more or less easterly of the easterly street line of Riverview Avenue and 3 feet more or less westerly of the southwesterly corner of land now or formerly of the state of Connecticut, said point being marked by a #5 rebar with a yellow plastic cap stamped "Dicesare-Bentley, Eng.", and shown as point of commencement on a plan titled "Property Survey and Compilation Map to Accompany Boundary Line Agreement Property of Nine Riverview Company, Inc., and State of Connecticut Riverview Avenue Noank-Groton, Connecticut, scale 1"=20', Date: December 31, 1996, DWG. No. 96-148.01, sheet 1 of 1, revised 7-30-97, revised 3-11-98" by Dicesare-Bentley Engineers, Inc., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut (860) 448-0400, said plan being made part of this description by reference herein;

Thence running S 74º 55' 18" E bounded southerly by land now or formerly of Nine Riverview Company, Inc., and bounded northerly in part by land now or formerly of Deborah E. Sundberg and in part by land now or formerly of the state of Connecticut for a distance of 64.36 feet to an eye bolt with ring;

Thence continuing S 74º 55' 18" E bounded northerly by land now or formerly of the State of Connecticut and southerly by land now or formerly of Nine Riverview Company, Inc., for a distance of 28.17 feet to a merestone, said merestone being set 10 feet southerly as measured perpendicular from the southerly face of the existing building located on land now or formerly of the state of Connecticut;

Thence running S 14º 55' 18" E on a course parallel with and 10 feet distant from the above described southerly face of said existing building along the line shown as "agreed boundary line" on said plan for a distance of 100 feet more or less to the mean high water line of the Mystic River;

Thence running S 14º 55' 18" E on a course parallel with and 10 feet distant from the above described southerly face of said existing building along the line shown as "agreed riparian line" on said plan from the mean high water line of the Mystic River to the centerline of the navigation channel in said Mystic River, situated in the town of Groton, county of New London, and state of Connecticut.

The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

Sec. 13. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Correction shall convey to the Area Waterbury Fire Chiefs Association, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance, a parcel of correctional institution land located in the town of Cheshire and having an area of approximately ten acres. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The Area Waterbury Fire Chiefs Association shall use said parcel of land for firefighting educational and training purposes. If the Area Waterbury Fire Chiefs Association:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Correction. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Correction shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 14. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Mental Retardation may enter into an agreement with PRA at Somerset, LLC, under which (1) PRA at Somerset, LLC shall (A) construct a fully accessible, code-compliant residential board and care residence for six persons with mental retardation on a parcel of land located adjacent to 2955 Main Street in the town of Glastonbury, which has an area of less than one acre, and (B) convey said parcel of land and residence to the Commissioner of Mental Retardation upon completion of such construction and written affirmation by said commissioner that such construction complies with said agreement and the provisions of this section, and (2) the Commissioner of Mental Retardation, in consideration of such construction and conveyance, shall convey to PRA at Somerset, LLC, a portion of the parcel of land, and structures thereon, located at 2955 Main Street in the town of Glastonbury, which has an area of less than one acre. The exchange of said parcels of land shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the exchange of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Mental Retardation. The state land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument for a conveyance under this section. The Commissioner of Mental Retardation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 15. (Effective from passage) Upon approval by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, land acquired by the town of Wallingford under the protected open space and watershed land acquisition grant program established under subsection (a) of section 7-131d of the general statutes or under the Charter Oak open space grant program established under section 7-131t of the general statutes may be wholly or partially converted into land for use as a ball field, provided said town provides replacement land in accordance with this section. The town shall apply to the commissioner for approval to convert the protected open space, which application shall include (1) evidence that alternative lands were considered and an explanation of why such alternatives were not acceptable; (2) appraisals acceptable to the commissioner for the protected open space and the replacement land; and (3) maps acceptable to the commissioner of the protected open space and the replacement land. The commissioner may not approve an application pursuant to this section unless the commissioner determines that the replacement land is (A) of equal or greater monetary, recreational and natural resource conservation value as the protected open space, and (B) purchased for the purposes of this section. Upon approval, a permanent conservation easement shall be executed for the replacement land in accordance with subsection (e) of section 7-131d of the general statutes and the conservation easement for the original protected land shall be modified to allow its use as a ball field.

Sec. 16. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Trumbull a parcel of land located in the town of Trumbull, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 15,144 square feet, is identified as Parcel 268 on town of Trumbull Tax Assessor's Map E-10 and is further identified as the parcel of land located at 5161 Main Street. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Trumbull shall use said parcel of land for open space purposes. If the town of Trumbull:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 17. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Enfield two parcels of land located in the town of Enfield, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. The first parcel of land is identified as Lot 204 on town of Enfield Tax Assessor's Map 74, is further identified as the property at 225 Hazard Avenue and has an area of approximately . 207 acre. The second parcel of land is identified as Lot 141 on town of Enfield Tax Assessor's Map 83, is further identified as the property at 227 Hazard Avenue and has an area of approximately . 234 acre. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Enfield shall use said parcels of land for open space and municipal purposes. If the town of Enfield:

(1) Does not use said parcels for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcels; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcels,

the parcels shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 18. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Enfield two parcels of land located in the town of Enfield, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcels of land have a total area of approximately 1. 3 acres and are identified as Lots 142 and 144 on town of Enfield Tax Assessor's Map 83. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Enfield shall use said parcels of land for open space and municipal purposes. If the town of Enfield:

(1) Does not use said parcels for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcels; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcels,

the parcels shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 19. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to MBI, Inc. , by quitclaim deed, two parcels of land located in the town of Norwalk, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcels of land are identified as follows:

Parcel One:

All that certain tract of land, situated in the City of Norwalk, County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, consisting of approximately 0. 261 acres, more or less, being shown and designated as parcel "A-1" on a certain map entitled "Map Showing Abandonment of a Portion of Fair Street, Norwalk, Connecticut", scale 1" = 40', dated April 5, 1982, prepared by Ryan and Faulds, Land Surveyors, Wilton, Connecticut, which map was filed in the Norwalk Town Clerk's Office as Map No. 9315, reference being had thereto for a more particular description.

Parcel Two:

All that certain tract of land, situated in the City of Norwalk, County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, consisting of approximately 0. 176 acres, more or less, being shown and designated as parcel "A-2" on a certain map entitled "Map Showing Abandonment of a Portion of Fair Street, Norwalk, Connecticut", scale 1" = 40', dated April 5, 1982, prepared by Ryan and Faulds, Land Surveyors, Wilton, Connecticut, which map was filed in the Norwalk Town Clerk's Office as Map No. 9315, reference being had thereto for a more particular description.

The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) MBI, Inc. shall convey said parcels of land to the Human Services Council, Inc. or an entity that is either controlled by the Human Services Council, Inc. or in which the Human Services Council, Inc. has, directly or indirectly, an ownership interest. If MBI, Inc. does not convey said parcels of land to the Human Services Council, Inc. or such an entity, the parcels shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 20. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall convey to the town of Willington a parcel of land located in the town of Willington, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 4. 993 acres and is identified as Parcel "B" on a map on file in the Willington Town Clerk's Office, entitled "TOWN OF WILLINGTON MAP SHOWING LAND TRANSFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BY THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SCALE 1" =4O', APRIL, 1992". TOWN NO. 160, PROJECT NO. MISC. , SERIAL NO. 33, SHEET 1 OF 1. REVISED 9/30/92. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Willington shall use said parcel of land for recreational purposes. If the town of Willington:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Environmental Protection. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 21. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to Colossale Construction Company a parcel of land located in the city of New Britain, at a cost of sixty-six thousand dollars. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 1. 15 acres and is identified as the parcel of land designated by the Department of Transportation as File No. 88-53-330C. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) Colossale Construction Company shall erect a stockade fence around the perimeter of said parcel of land and shall not develop, or use for commercial purposes, any portion of said parcel of land that is less than one hundred feet from the abutting property to the south of said parcel of land. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply if Colossale Construction Company uses said parcel of land for residential purposes.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 22. (Effective from passage) The area known as the Quillinan watershed land in Ansonia and Seymour shall be designated the John C. "Skip" Hobson Watershed Land.

Sec. 23. (Effective from passage) The Commission on Arts, Culture, Tourism, History and Film, in consultation with the Office of Policy and Management, shall study the feasibility of creating a public-private partnership for the Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine site in East Granby, between the state and a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of said site. If said commission, in consultation with said office, determines that such a partnership is feasible, the study shall include, but not be limited to, examination of (1) the structure of such a partnership, (2) the role of the non-profit organization in the operation of the site, and (3) how other states may address similar partnerships for similar attractions. Not later than January 1, 2005, the commission, in consultation with said office, shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Sec. 24. Subsection (d) of section 32-56 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) (1) In determining that a municipality has been severely impacted by a prime defense contract cutback the commissioner shall find that [(1)] (A) one or more businesses in the municipality has experienced a cancellation of one or more prime defense contracts, or subcontracts entered into in connection with prime defense contracts, or a significant reduction in prime defense contract or related subcontract awards or orders; [(2)] (B) such prime defense contract cutback has caused or will cause a loss of employment opportunities in the municipality; [(3)] (C) such prime defense contract cutback has caused or will cause a severe adverse impact in the municipality. In making such findings the commissioner may consider the extent to which the businesses in the municipality are, or were at the period in time before the prime defense contract cutback occurred, dependent on prime defense contracts or on subcontracts related to such prime defense contracts; the extent to which one or more prime defense contractors in the municipality has or plans to reduce its work force or the amount of defense subcontract awards or orders which would be performed by businesses in the municipality; the extent to which the unemployed in the municipality are or were defense workers with specialized skills not easily transferable to other industries; the existence of abandoned or underutilized defense-related manufacturing facilities in the municipality; and any other factors which the commissioner deems relevant to such finding. (2) The commissioner's determination that a municipality is severely impacted by a prime defense contract cutback shall be effective for two years from the date of the decision of the commissioner. The commissioner may renew such determination for two additional two-year periods following a public hearing and upon making the findings required by this subsection. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision, if (A) a military installation of the United States Department of Defense at which military vehicle engines were produced is located in any such municipality, (B) the military installation is closed pursuant to 10 USC 2687, and (C) the Department of Defense plans to convey the site of said installation to said municipality, the determination by the commissioner that the municipality is severely impacted by a prime defense contract cutback shall remain effective until such conveyance and any environmental remediation of the site are completed, and such determination may be renewed for a period not exceeding two years.

Sec. 25. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Farmington a parcel of land located in the town of Farmington, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 5 acres, is located on Shady Lane and is identified as Lot 6A on town of Farmington Tax Assessor's Map 83. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Farmington shall use said parcel of land for open space purposes. If the town of Farmington:

(1) Does not use said parcel for said purposes;

(2) Does not retain ownership of all of said parcel; or

(3) Leases all or any portion of said parcel,

the parcel shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcel of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 26. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Trumbull, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance, any parcels of land located in the vicinity of Route 25 in the town of Trumbull deemed by said commissioner to be excess to the needs of the Department of Transportation. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Trumbull shall use said parcels of land for open space and recreational purposes. If the town of Trumbull:

the parcels shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said parcels of land not later than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation. The land shall remain under the care and control of said department until a conveyance is made in accordance with the provisions of this section. The State Treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section, which deed or instrument shall include provisions to carry out the purposes of subsection (b) of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Approved June 1, 2004