Town of North Reading, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the October Town Meeting of the Town of North Reading 10-6-2003 by Art. 3, approved 11-12-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of North Reading will provide 50% of the necessary funds for betterments approved through the processes outlined below.
A. 
Private streets -- Street, sidewalk or storm drain betterments will be assessed using the "Fixed Uniform Rate" method.
(1) 
The Town of North Reading, based on the availability of funds, will provide 50% of the necessary funds for street betterments.
(2) 
At a public hearing, abutters on private streets must vote on whether they want their street converted to a public street. If a majority of the property owners residing on a street and representing a majority of the road frontage vote in favor of the conversion and the acceptance of costs for construction, the Public Works Department will recommend to the Select Board, the placement of the street on a list for conversion as funds become available. At the public hearing, abutters are given a NOT-TO-EXCEED assessment cost estimate per linear foot of frontage.
[Amended 6-4-2018 ATM by Art. 28, approved 9-21-2018]
(3) 
The final assessment is the LOWER of either of the actual per linear foot cost based on the total construction costs divided by the assessable frontage, or the estimated assessment quoted at the public hearing. The date between its acceptance on the list by the Select Board and the date it is funded for conversion may be and is typically several years. After it is funded, the Department of Public Works shall prepare engineering and construction documents so that it may be put out to bid and constructed. Sometime between the date it is funded and the award of the conversion contract, the street is accepted as a public street, by Town Meeting. Along with the Town Meeting vote of acceptance, a notice of assessment and a layout plan is filed at the Registry of Deeds. The filing allows for title companies to recognize that the street is to become a public street and assessments to be rendered at a future unknown date. However, the layout plan and notice of assessment will not show on a certificate of municipal liens because the work has not yet been undertaken and no costs have been assessed for the conversion of the street to public.
[Amended 6-4-2018 ATM by Art. 28, approved 9-21-2018]
(4) 
After the street is accepted as a public street, the construction contract is awarded and construction takes place. It is not uncommon for the construction of private streets, sidewalks, or storm drains to span two full construction seasons. The current practice is for assessments to be calculated within six (6) months following the completion of all work associated with the particular street being converted. This six month allowance is in conformance with the statute. Therefore, abutters can expect to receive their assessments for street conversion within six months of completion of street construction.
A. 
Water main or sewer improvement betterments will be assessed using the "Uniform Unit" method.
(1) 
The Town of North Reading, based on the availability of funds, will provide 50% of the necessary funds for water or sewer betterments.
(2) 
At a public hearing the abutters and property owners must vote on whether they want water mains constructed in the street. If a majority of the property owners residing on a street and representing the majority of the estimated usage vote in favor of the construction of the water or sewer improvement and the acceptance of costs for construction, the Public Works Department recommends to the Select Board, the placement of the street on a list for construction as funds become available. At the public hearing the abutters will be given a NOT-TO-EXCEED assessment cost estimate based on estimated usage as defined in Title 5 of the State Environmental Code 300 CMR Section 15.203.
[Amended 6-4-2018 ATM by Art. 28, approved 9-21-2018]
(3) 
The final assessment is the LOWER of either the actual cost based on the total construction costs divided by the assessable usage, or the estimated assessment quoted at the public hearing. The date between acceptance on the list by the Select Board and the date funded may be and is typically several years. After funding, the Department of Public Works prepares engineering and construction documents so that the construction may be put out to bid and constructed. A notice of assessment and a layout plan is filed at the Registry of Deeds. The filing allows for title companies to recognize that assessments are to be rendered at a future unknown date. However the notice of assessment will not show on a certificate of municipal liens because the work has not yet been undertaken and no costs have been assessed for the construction or report of the sidewalks/drains.
[Amended 6-4-2018 ATM by Art. 28, approved 9-21-2018]
(4) 
The construction contract is awarded and construction takes place. It is not uncommon for the construction of water or sewer improvements to span multiple construction seasons. The current practice is for assessments to be calculated within six months following the completion of all work associated with the particular water main being constructed. This six month allowance is in conformance with the statute. Therefore, abutters can expect to receive their assessments within six months of completion.