[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Raymond as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of Raymond Board of Selectmen hereby gives notice that all Town-owned land is restricted from use by any and all recreational vehicles.
Revised Statutes Annotated 215-A:29, XI, requires written permission of a landowner to operate an off-highway recreational vehicle (OHRV) on property of another. Any previous permissions thought to exist should now be considered abolished. No such permission will be granted. Violators will be prosecuted.
Exceptions for snowmobiling.
[Added 3-9-2010 ATM by Art. 20]
Snowmobiling is allowed on the following Town-owned parcels:
Snowmobile use will only be allowed during the winter months and when New Hampshire Snowmobile Trail No. 15 has its gates opened to allow snowmobile travel.
This subsection shall be administered by the Board of Selectmen. Further, the Selectmen shall have the authority to restrict or prohibit use based upon unforeseen damage at their sole discretion.
These guidelines shall apply to all Town-owned property, whether acquired by tax lien or otherwise.
On an annual basis, the Assessor's office shall generate an updated map/maps indicating all Town-owned parcels.
Sale of property may be initiated by a citizen request or by Board of Selectmen action if it is judged that disposition is in the Town's best interest.
The provisions of RSA 80:42 govern the transfer of tax liens and the sale of property taken in default of redemption. Thus, the Town may not transfer tax liens acquired by the Town at a tax collector's sale during the two-year period allowed for redemption. Neither shall the Town convey title to property acquired by the Town as a result of a default of redemption from a tax sale unless the Town, by majority vote at the annual meeting, shall authorize the Selectmen to convey such property by deed.
The sale of Town-owned property, to the extent possible, shall be handled as follows:
Such land shall be sold by either public auction or by sealed bid.
Town land to be considered for sale as a result of Board action or citizen request shall be catalogued in a master file in the Town Manager's office.
No Town land may be incorporated into the file or added to the list after December 1 prior to Town Meeting. However, if 25 voters should submit a petition requesting to purchase Town land after that deadline, the land will be listed and included on the warrant without Selectmen recommendation.
Once Town land is catalogued in the master file, a description of the property shall then be transmitted to all interested Town departments, boards and committees for their review and recommendation. In all cases, the Conservation Commission and Planning Board shall be notified, and their recommendation requested.
Sometime not later than 30 days before the Annual Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen shall warn and schedule a public hearing on the proposed sale of all Town land. The warning of the public hearing shall include a list of all Town land to be sold, including map numbers, lot numbers and street locations.
For at least one week prior to the public hearing, the Town shall post on the property which is being considered for sale a "For Sale" sign. Such sign shall be legible from the street and shall contain as well a telephone number to be called to gain additional information about the Town land and the procedures to be followed in the sale of the Town land.
All owners of abutting properties and owners of land that would abut the property to be sold but for an intervening private or public way shall be given written notice of the public hearing at least one week prior to such meeting. Such notice will be mailed to the owner of such property as indicated by the Town's tax records.
At the public hearing, the Town Manager shall review all comments relative to the sale received from the administration, boards and committees.
As soon as possible after the conclusion of the public hearing, the Selectmen shall vote as to whether they will include in the Town Meeting Warrant an article for the sale of a particular piece of property. The Selectmen may, at such time, vote as to whether or not they will recommend adoption by the Town Meeting of other warrant articles submitted to them calling for the sale of Town-owned property.
The motion to place the land up for sale shall include any special conditions of sale to be incorporated in the warrant article.
Any Town land which the Selectmen believe should be sold as described in a separate warrant article. The warrant article shall identify the property by Tax Map and lot number and street address. The article shall also indicate whether or not the property is to be sold by public auction or sealed bid. The article shall state also any terms and conditions which the Selectmen believe should be included in the deed transferring title to purchaser. If the Selectmen deem it to be advisable, they may insert in the article language authorizing the Selectmen to reject any and all bids or offers that are less than the fair market value of the property.
Auctions shall be conducted or sealed bids shall be received before the first day of June following the Annual Town Meeting vote to the extent possible.
The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, or his designee, shall preside.
Date and time of the public auction or the last date for receipt of sealed bids shall be posted at the Town Office and shall be advertised in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least seven days prior to the date of the auction or the last date for the receipt of sealed bids. All properties to be sold shall be identified by Tax Map and lot numbers.
The Selectmen may require either a cash deposit or treasurer's check in an appropriate amount from the successful bidder. The Selectmen shall establish a date by which the property transfer from the Town to the successful bidder must be completed, failing which the deposit will be retained by the Town as liquidated damages.
Any and all legal costs, survey costs or subdivision costs shall be borne by the buyer.
Following an affirmative vote at Town Meeting, all sales must be consummated before June 1 of the year of the vote, or a report shall be given to the Selectmen accounting for the delay.
If the prior owner is local, then the owner should be notified by certified mail, return receipt requested. Should the notice be returned unopened, then it should be delivered by police carrier which would determine that delivery had been made. If the prior owner is not local, then they should be notified by certified mail, return receipt requested. In this case, if the letter is returned, then it should be kept on file, in its envelope, permanently. The notice should contain the following.
A description of the land and the statement that the lot is now owned by the Town.
A statement that any occupant shall be considered a trespasser and treated accordingly, as of 30 days after the date of notice.
A statement that the prior owner may repurchase the land for the amount of back taxes, interest, costs and upon such other terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen may deem appropriate, until 30 days has passed from the date of notice.
Finally the notice should state that the property will be resold in the near future.
On the rare occasion that the good of the Town as a whole shall be compromised if these guidelines are followed, the Board of Selectmen may alter them to the degree necessary, provided that the vote at Town Meeting is held. Said alteration shall be after formal vote declaring a compelling or emergency situation by the Board of Selectmen following a public hearing.
Nothing in these guidelines shall prevent a citizen from seeking to place a citizen petition on the Town Meeting Warrant for sale of town-owned land. However, such petitions, if made outside these guidelines, shall be opposed by the Board of Selectmen.