[Added 12-18-1978; amended 6-2-1986 by TOR-86-13; 1-19-1999 by TOR-98-8]
In accordance with MGL C. 82, the Town of Agawam hereby adopts the following procedure for the acceptance of streets within the town as public ways, whereupon the responsibilities for those streets so accepted by the Town Council shall thereafter rest with the town as set forth in the Massachusetts General Laws and town ordinances.
There is hereby established a Street Acceptance Committee, which shall be the agent of the Town Council, as defined by the Massachusetts General Laws, for purposes of holding public hearings, making recommendations to the Town Council and otherwise processing petitions for street acceptance. The Committee shall be comprised of three Councillors appointed by the Council President, and the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works. The terms of the Councillors shall be coterminous with their Town Council terms.
Owners of land in the town may petition the Town Council for the acceptance of a street as a public way by filing with the Town Clerk a petition bearing the signatures of at least 75% of the owners of lots abutting the way as indicated by the records of the Office of the Assessor. The Superintendent of Public Works may, with the approval of the Mayor, petition the Town Council for the acceptance of a street as a public way without the requirement of a petition bearing the signatures of any abutting owners. The Planning Board may petition the Town Council for the acceptance of a street within an approved subdivision as a public way without the requirement of a petition bearing the signatures of any abutting owners.
The Street Acceptance Committee may adopt, with the approval of the Town Council, regulations and forms for the street acceptance process. Such regulations shall be available to the public in the Office of the Town Clerk.