Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 1196

January Session, 2011

 

LCO No. 4672

 

*04672_______GAE*

Referred to Committee on Government Administration and Elections

 

Introduced by:

 

(GAE)

 

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 Correction shall convey to the town of Cheshire a parcel of land located in the town of Cheshire, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately five acres. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

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

(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. 2. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Wethersfield two parcels of land located in the town of Wethersfield, at no cost. Said parcels of land have an area of approximately .15 acre and .07 acre respectively, and are identified as parcel J and K on map no. 2396 filed with the town clerk of Wethersfield and entitled "Compilation Plan, Proposed Land Transfers Associated with Project #159-171, Prepared for the Town of Wethersfield, Wethersfield, Connecticut, April 12, 2001, Revisions 5/17/01, 6/25/01, Scale 1"=40', Job No. 51239.00, CADD No. CP 123901, File No. A-1152, Sheet No. 1/1, DeCarlo & Doll, Inc., 1952 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut". The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

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

(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. 3. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the city of Middletown two parcels of land located in the city of Middletown, at a cost not exceeding fifty thousand dollars, provided the Middletown Common Council approves any such cost. Said parcels of land have an area of approximately .30 acre and are identified as Lots 7 and 8 on city of Middletown Tax Assessor's Map No. 14. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) 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. 4. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Safety shall convey to the city of Middletown a parcel of land located in the city of Middletown, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 15.6 acres and is identified as Lot 33 on city of Middletown Tax Assessor's Map No. 4. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

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

(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 Safety. 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 Safety 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 city of Middletown a parcel of land located in the city of Middletown, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately .19 acre, is identified as Lot 45 on city of Middletown Tax Assessor's Map No. 22 and is currently the subject of a lease agreement between the city of Middletown and the Department of Transportation. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

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

(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 deed or instrument necessary for a conveyance under this section shall include a provision terminating the lease between the state of Connecticut and the city of Middletown concerning said parcel.

(d) 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. Section 34 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 the town of Tolland a parcel of land located on the northerly side of Interstate Route 84 in the town of Tolland, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 9.70 acres and is further identified as the parcel of land designated by the Department of Transportation as File No. 142-44-4A. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Tolland shall use said parcel of land for [open space] economic development purposes. If the town of Tolland:

(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 deed 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. 7. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall grant to the town of Cromwell easements of land located in the town of Cromwell, at no cost. Such easements have an area of 1.6482 acres and are identified as "Land of the State of Connecticut to be Released to the Town of Cromwell", abutting Connecticut Route 9 South and North Road on a map entitled "Property Survey Land of the State of Connecticut to be Released to the Town of Cromwell, North Road, Cromwell, Connecticut" prepared by Hallisey, Pearson & Cassidy, Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors and dated December 15, 2010. The easements shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Cromwell shall use said easements for the purpose of a right of way for North Road. If the town of Cromwell:

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

the easements shall revert to the state of Connecticut.

(c) Said easements shall be granted (1) subject to the right of the state to (A) pass and repass over and on said easements of land for the purpose of accessing lands of the state, and (B) place and maintain over, under and on said easements of land existing and future utilities, including, but not limited to, electrical, water, sanitary sewer, telecommunications and gas, and (2) subject to any rights and easements with regard to said easements of land that the state deems necessary to meet its governmental obligations.

(d) The State Properties Review Board shall complete its review of the conveyance of said easements of land not less than thirty days after it receives a proposed agreement from the Department of Transportation.

Sec. 8. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Fairfield a parcel of land located in the town of Fairfield, at no cost. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately .20 acre and is adjacent to the Merritt Parkway. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

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

(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. 9. Number 365 of the special acts of 1963 is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):

(a) The state park and forest commission shall sell a building owned by the state and located in the town of Coventry east of the Nathan Hale birthplace, to the Coventry Historical Society, Inc., for one dollar. [, to be used as a museum and meeting place.]

(b) Notwithstanding a certain condition contained in a deed from the State of Connecticut to the Coventry Historical Society, Inc., dated September 11, 1963, and recorded in the Coventry land records at volume 111, page 273 and in a quit-claim deed from the State of Connecticut to the Coventry Historical Society, Inc., dated August 2, 1965, and recorded on August 2, 1965, in the Coventry land records at volume 172, pages 62 and 63, the Coventry Historical Society, Inc. is authorized to sell, free of any restriction that the property be used for museum and meeting place purposes, the building described in this section and land described in number 365 of the special acts of 1963 and said deeds recorded in the Coventry land records, subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board. The net proceeds from any such sale shall be used for maintenance or related costs of the other properties owned by the Coventry Historical Society, Inc.

Sec. 10. (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 1.6 acres and is identified as "Release Area = 1.60 acres" on a map entitled "Compilation Plan, Town of Farmington, Map Showing Land Released to by the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation, CT Route 9 at Goodrich Road, Thomas A. Harley, P.E., May 2010". 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 and recreational 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. 11. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Tolland a parcel of land consisting of approximately 1.3 acres located in the town of Tolland in exchange for a parcel of land totaling approximately 2.2 acres located in the town of Tolland. The exchange of said parcels of land shall be made simultaneously and each in consideration of the other. The parcel of land to be conveyed by the Commissioner of Transportation in said exchange is identified as the portion of Lot 142-61-5 containing a commuter lot on Connecticut Department of Transportation Right of Way Map, Town of Tolland, Interstate 84, from the Vernon town line easterly to Cathole Road, Number 142-07, Sheet No. 9 of 11, dated February 4, 1994. The parcel of land to be conveyed by Tolland in said exchange is identified as Lot 1, Block L, on Tolland Tax Assessor's Map 28. 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 Transportation. 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 a conveyance of state land under this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall have the sole responsibility for all other incidents of such conveyance.

Sec. 12. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Bristol a parcel of land located in the town of Bristol, at a cost equal to the fair market value of the property, as determined by the average of the appraisals of two independent appraisers selected by the commissioner, plus the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately .11 acre and is identified as 30 Pine Street, located on the corner of Pine Street and Poplar Street. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) 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. 13. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to the town of Monroe a parcel of land located in the town of Monroe, at a cost equal to the administrative costs of making such conveyance. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately .5 acre and is identified as a certain parcel on Monroe Tax Assessor's Map 18, that abuts 38, 39, 40, 41 on said map. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Monroe shall use said parcel of land for economic development purposes. If the town of Monroe:

(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. 14. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, after holding a public hearing on the matter, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall enter into an agreement or agreements with the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, Inc. or Riverhouse Properties, LLC to exchange lands or other consideration of approximately equal value. The land to be conveyed by the state is approximately 17.40 acres and is identified as Assessor's Lot 22-2 Bridge Road, Haddam, CT. Such land is further identified as Lot 1 and Lot 2 on a map prepared by William B. Bergan, dated February 11, 2003, with revisions dated March 12, 2009, and with such revisions titled "Division of Former Eagle Land Corp. Prop. – 2 Lots". Such land to be conveyed by the state shall not include any land with frontage along the Connecticut River. The land or other consideration to be conveyed by the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, Inc. may include all or a portion of a 2.70 acre parcel of land on the west side of Lumber Yard Road in East Haddam, CT, and is further identified on the East Haddam's Tax Assessor's Map # M17 as Lots #L096 and #L090. Such land is also a portion of land acquired from the state of Connecticut on February 18, 1964, and recorded in the land records of the town of East Haddam in volume 79 at page 623. The land or other consideration to be conveyed by Riverhouse Properties, LLC may include all or a portion of an approximately 87.70 acre parcel of land on the east side of High Street in the Higganum section of Haddam, CT. Such land is further identified as Parcels #42-1, 43 and 44 on Haddam Assessor's Map 24 and Parcel 92 on Map 14, and is further identified as land conveyed from Walkley Heights Associates via a deed dated May 26, 2004, as recorded in Volume 278 at Page 287 of the Haddam land records. The specific description of land or other consideration to be conveyed among the Department of Environmental Protection, the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, Inc. and Riverhouse Properties, LLC shall be established by mutual agreement of such parties, and such parties shall make all reasonable efforts to reach such agreement on or before December 31, 2011. 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 conveyance 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 a conveyance under this section.

Sec. 15. (Effective from passage) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Transportation shall convey to Sugar Hollow Builders LLC a parcel of land located in the city of Danbury, at a cost equal to the fair market value of said parcel. Said parcel of land has an area of approximately 2.35 acres and is identified as lot G 2402500 by the Danbury Tax Assessor. The fair market value of such parcel shall be determined by the average of the appraisals of two independent appraisers who shall be selected by the commissioner. The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) 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.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

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Sec. 5

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Sec. 6

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SA 03-19, Sec. 34

Sec. 7

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Sec. 8

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Sec. 9

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Number 365 of the special acts of 1963

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Sec. 11

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Sec. 13

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Sec. 14

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Statement of Purpose:

To convey certain parcels of land owned by the state.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]