§ 111-1Public hearing required; exception.
§ 111-2Notice of hearing.
§ 111-3Notice when damages sustained
or benefits accrued.
§ 111-4Report on project.
§ 111-5Action on report.
§ 111-6Recording of benefits and damages.
§ 111-7Payment of damages.
§ 111-8Collection of benefits assessment.
The Board of Selectmen shall not lay out, construct, grade, alter, improve, enlarge or extend any highway within the Town except after a public hearing thereon. Customary road maintenance, repaving and repair shall be excluded from this requirement.
Notice of such public hearing shall be signed by the First Selectman, and shall be published in a newspaper having a general circulation in the Town, once at least five days, and not more than 10 days, prior to such hearing.
In addition, where damages may be sustained or benefits accrued on account of the actions of the Board of Selectmen thereunder, written notice of such hearing shall be given to all affected property owners, by depositing a copy of such notice with the United States Postal Service, certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the last known address of such persons as appears on the most recent grand list for taxing purposes. Such notice shall describe in general terms the proposed action and specify a time and place where all persons who may be affected thereby may appear and be heard in relation thereto.
If, after such hearing, the Board of Selectmen determines that public convenience and necessity require the proposed project to be undertaken, the Board, or a committee of residents entitled to vote at Town Meetings appointed by said Board, shall prepare a report on such project, which report shall contain a descriptive survey of the project, and an estimate and appraisal of benefits or damages resulting or accruing to persons affected by such project.
Upon the completion of such report, the Board of Selectmen shall call a Town Meeting for the purpose of acting on such report. Notice of such Town Meeting shall be given in the manner provided in Section 3-7 of the Charter of the Town of Haddam, Connecticut adopted November 4, 1975.
After the Town Meeting has accepted the final report, as written or amended, describing such project and upon the assessment of benefits or appraisal of damages which will result from such project, the Board of Selectmen shall cause a notice of such assessment of benefits or appraisal of damages to be recorded on the land records of the Town and to be sent to such affected person by depositing the same with the United States Postal Service, certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the last known address of such person as appears on the most recent grand list for taxing purposes. Such notice shall state the amount of the damages or benefits and the property affected.
The Board of Selectmen shall order the net damages so appraised to be paid to the person to whom they are appraised, or his authorized agent, with 60 days thereafter. If any person shall neglect to receive or refuse to accept the same, it shall be retained in the Town Treasury subject to this order.
After the payment or tender of damages, as hereinbefore provided, the Town shall proceed with such project, and upon completion thereof, and certification of such completion by the Town Engineer, the net benefits assessed shall forthwith become due and payable. Such assessment shall be collected in the same manner as Town taxes are collected; however, in cases where the assessment to one landowner shall exceed $500, provision may be made for the collection of such assessment in equal, semi-annual payments over a period not to exceed 10 years, and shall include interest at a rate equivalent to that rate paid by the Town in attaining bond money during the year in which the assessment is levied.