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Substitute Bill No. 1196

    January Session, 2011

 

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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 .36 acre and .0006 acre respectively, and are identified on the following maps "Compilation Plan Town of Wethersfield, Map showing land released to the Town of Wethersfield by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation, Maple Street (Route 3) at Spring Street and Middletown Avenue, January 2010, Town 159, Project No. 159-17, Serial No. 4A" and "Town of Wethersfield, Map showing land acquired from Morningside Village Association by State of Connecticut Department of Transportation for Spring Street Relocation, July 1998, Town 159, Project No. 159-176, Serial No. 1". The conveyance shall be subject to the approval of the State Properties Review Board.

(b) The town of Wethersfield shall use said parcels of land for municipal purposes. If the town of Wethersfield, in the case of either parcel:

(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 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) Notwithstanding certain restrictions contained in section 34 of special act 03-19 and in a quit claim deed from the state of Connecticut, Department of Transportation to the town of Tolland, that the parcel of land designated by the Department of Transportation as File No. 142-44-4A be used for open space purposes and not be sold or leased, said parcel may be used for economic development purposes and the town of Tolland may sell or lease said parcel and said restrictions are released and relinquished and shall have no further force and effect, provided the town of Tolland pays the Department of Transportation the fair market value of said parcel. The fair market value of said parcel shall be determined by the average of the appraisals of two independent appraisers selected by the commissioner.

Sec. 4. (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 state requires said parcel for transportation purposes, or 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. 5. 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. 6. (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 state requires said parcel for transportation purposes, or 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. 7. (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, provided the parcel conveyed by said town contains improvements that are comparable to those contained on the parcel conveyed by the department, as determined by the commissioner. 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. 8. (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 308 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. 9. (Effective from passage) (a) 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 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 .5 acre and is identified as a certain parcel on Monroe Tax Assessor's Map 18, that abuts Lots 38, 39, 40 and 41 on said map. 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. 10. (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 with 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 Haddam 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 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 between the Department of Environmental Protection 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 exchange of said parcels of land or other consideration 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.

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

Section 1

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New section

Sec. 2

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New section

Sec. 3

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New section

Sec. 4

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New section

Sec. 5

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Number 365 of the special acts of 1963

Sec. 6

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New section

Sec. 7

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New section

Sec. 8

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New section

Sec. 9

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New section

Sec. 10

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New section

GAE

Joint Favorable Subst.