Substitute House Bill No. 5669
          Substitute House Bill No. 5669

               SPECIAL ACT NO. 98-5


AN ACT VALIDATING  THE  ACTIONS  OF  THE  TOWN  OF
COLCHESTER,   HUNTERS  RUN   TAX   DISTRICT,   THE
LITCHFIELD HISTORIC DISTRICT,  EXTENDING  THE TASK
FORCE  ON  MUNICIPAL   PROPERTY   TAX  COLLECTION,
VALIDATING     CERTAIN     MARRIAGE      LICENSES,
ACKNOWLEDGING   CERTAIN   WATER   DIVERSIONS   AND
CONCERNING A REFERENDUM  IN  OXFORD  AND  THE LAKE
HARWINTON ASSOCIATION.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 12-146 of  the  general statutes, the town
of Colchester shall not charge or collect interest
on unpaid taxes  for the period commencing on July
1, 1996, to February 1, 1998, inclusive, for which
collection had been  waived  by  the tax collector
and was not  made  under  the  hands of the proper
authority  according  to   law   with  respect  to
property on the  grand lists for the years 1982 to
1994, inclusive.
    Sec. 2. Section  3  of  special  act  97-14 is
amended to read as follows:
    The Secretary of  the  Office  of  Policy  and
Management shall establish a pilot program for the
fiscal years commencing  ON OR AFTER July 1, 1997,
[July  1, 1998,  and  July  1,  1999]  UP  TO  AND
INCLUDING JULY 1,  1999,  in no more than the five
towns  approved  by   the  Office  of  Policy  and
Management.  The purpose  of  said  pilot  program
shall   be   to   improve   the   tax   collection
capabilities of each  such  town.  Notwithstanding
any  provision  of   the   general   statutes   or
regulations adopted thereunder, the approved towns
are  authorized, [for  the  period  of  the  pilot
program  only,] to  employ  a  third-party  agent,
acting  under  the   direction  of  the  town  tax
collection  official  to   collect   current   and
delinquent  property  taxes,  interest  and  fees,
provided such collection  shall  not extend beyond
June 30, [2000]  2002.  All  procurement processes
and  contracts  entered   into  pursuant  to  this
section shall be  approved by the Office of Policy
and Management prior  to  their  execution.  [Said
towns] THE TAX COLLECTION OFFICIAL SHALL SUBMIT AN
ANNUAL REPORT AND  shall  submit a final report no
later than September  15, [2000] 2002, to the task
force established pursuant to section 10 of public
act 95-228, as  amended  by  sections  1  and 2 of
[this  act]  SPECIAL   ACT  97-14,  comparing  tax
collections under the  pilot  program  to previous
years,  any  administrative  savings  realized  by
participation  in  the   pilot   program  and  any
additional information the task force requests.
    Sec. 3. Notwithstanding  any  provision of the
general    statutes   or    regulations    adopted
thereunder, the town of Seymour is authorized, for
the period of  ten  years  to employ a third-party
agent, acting under  the direction of the town tax
collection  official  to   collect   current   and
delinquent   property   taxes.   All   procurement
processes and contracts  entered  into pursuant to
this section shall  be  approved  by the Office of
Policy and Management prior to their execution.
    Sec. 4. Notwithstanding  the provisions of No.
132 of the  Special  Acts of 1959, as amended, any
actions taken by  the Litchfield Historic District
between August 1,  1989, and December 31, 1998, if
taken  in  accordance   with  (1)  the  applicable
procedures  required by  sections  7-147a  through
7-147k, inclusive, of  the  general  statutes, and
(2)  the applicable  procedures  required  by  the
Litchfield Historic District  Commission Ordinance
dated August 1, 1989, are validated.
    Sec.  5.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
subsection (b) of  section  46b-24  of the general
statutes,  any marriage  license  which  has  been
issued on or  after  April  15, 1998, but prior to
July 6, 1998,  by  the  registrar  for the town in
which the marriage  is  to be celebrated, shall be
sufficient authority for  any person authorized to
perform a marriage  ceremony in this state to join
such persons in marriage, provided the ceremony is
performed within the  town  where  the license was
issued not later than July 6, 1998.
    Sec. 6. (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of
chapters 3, 90,  105,  110  and 112 of the general
statutes  and sections  12-129d,  12-130,  12-136,
12-144a,  12-145, 12-147,  12-151  and  12-155  to
12-159,  inclusive,  of   the   general  statutes,
actions of the  meetings, boards of directors, tax
collectors and officials  of  The  Hunters Run Tax
District organized and  existing under chapter 105
of the general  statutes,  pursuant to the minutes
of its organization  meeting  recorded in the Avon
Land Records at  Volume  174,  Page  258,  in  the
calling of meetings,  holding of votes, passage of
ordinances, execution of contracts and agreements,
establishment  of budgets,  assessment,  levy  and
collection of taxes and enlargement and definition
of territorial limits, are hereby validated.
    (b) The territory of the district shall be and
shall have been  deemed to be phase 1 and 2 of the
territory of Hunter's Run, a condominium developed
by   Hunter's   Run,   Inc.,   Nod   Road,   Avon,
Connecticut, as described  as  follows: Being town
parcels of land  shown  as  "Land  Not  Subject to
Development  Rights Area  55.231  Acres  +/-"  and
"Land Not Subject to Development Rights Area 1.432
Acres" on a  certain  map or plan entitled "Zoning
Location Survey 'Hunters  Run' A Condominium To Be
Developed By: Hunter's  Run  Condominiums,  L.L.C.
Nod Road Avon,  Connecticut Scale 1"=200' December
10, 1997 Hodge  Surveying Associates, P.C. D-1 Job
79-49 Drw 88"  certified as "substantially correct
as noted thereon  Francis  A. Richard, L.S. #1135,
Surveyor" on file  in  the  Avon  Land  Records as
Drawer No. 97, Map No. 106.
    Sec. 7. The  wells  owned  by  the Connecticut
Water Company in  Enfield  which  are known as the
Powder Hollow 1, 2, and 3 wells and the well owned
by such company in Westbrook which is known as the
Holbrook   well   are   hereby   acknowledged   as
registered  existing  diversions   under   section
22a-368 of the general statutes.
    Sec. 8. Notwithstanding  any  general statute,
special act, charter or ordinance to the contrary,
the town of  Oxford may conduct a referendum prior
to   November,   1998,    for   the   purpose   of
appropriating and authorizing  bonds  and notes in
an amount not to exceed three million four hundred
thousand   dollars   for    the   acquisition   of
approximately five hundred  twenty  acres of land.
The referendum question  shall  be determined by a
majority vote provided  fifteen per cent of voters
eligible to vote  at a general or special election
in the town of Oxford vote in such referendum.
    Sec. 9. Section  11  of  special act 73-15, as
amended by special  act  88-18, is amended to read
as follows:
    (a) Parliamentary procedure  as  set  forth in
the current edition  of  ROBERT'S  RULES OF ORDER,
and as said  Rules  may  be  amended  or hereafter
revised, shall govern the association in all cases
to  which  they   are   applicable   and  are  not
inconsistent with the  provisions  of this Charter
or any Association Ordinance or Resolution adopted
pursuant to this  Charter.  If  any  ordinance  or
regulation   adopted   by   The   Lake   Harwinton
Association  shall  conflict   with   any   lawful
ordinance of the  town of Harwinton setting higher
standards,  limits,  requirements  or  conditions,
then, in such  case,  the  ordinance  of said town
shall  prevail  and  supersede  the  ordinance  or
regulation  of said  association.  Any  tax  liens
levied  by said  town  of  Harwinton  on  property
within   the  limits   of   The   Lake   Harwinton
Association shall have  priority  over  any tax or
lien  levied  on   the   same   property  by  said
association.
    (b)  The  members   of   The   Lake  Harwinton
Association shall have  the  power  to  adopt  and
amend a charter which shall be its organic law and
shall  supersede any  inconsistent  provisions  of
special act 73-15, as amended, [by this act,] at a
special meeting of the members called and held for
that purpose. Any proposed Charter or amendment to
the Charter shall  be  approved  for submission to
the general membership by a two-thirds vote of the
entire membership of  the  association's  board of
governors.  Upon  approval   by   the   board   of
governors,  copies  of  the  proposed  Charter  or
amendment to the  Charter, together with notice of
the  special  meeting,   shall  be  sent  to  each
property  owner  of   record   at   such   owner's
last-known address on  file with the association's
secretary, and to  the town clerk and the board of
selectmen of the  town  of  Harwinton  not earlier
than thirty days  nor later than twelve days prior
to the date  of  the meeting. At such meeting, the
members,  by  a   vote   of  [a  simple  majority]
TWO-THIRDS of those  eligible, present and voting,
may adopt or  revise the Charter or the amendments
to the Charter proposed by the board of governors.
Such Charter or  amendments  to the Charter as may
be adopted shall take effect upon publication in a
newspaper having a general circulation in the town
of  Harwinton  within  ten  days  following  their
adoption. Copies of  such Charter or amendments to
the Charter as may be adopted shall be sent to the
town clerk and  the board of selectmen of the town
of Harwinton.

Approved May 14, 1998