What’s Happening in Chester?

                                                        

                                                              COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

                                                                                      TOWN OF CHESTER

                                                                                 OFFICE OF THE CUSTODIAN

 Notice is hereby given that on Thursday, the 25TH of May 2017 at 11 AM at the Chester Town Hall located at 15 Middlefield Road in Chester, acting on behalf of the Town of Chester and in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 60 §77B, I SHALL OFFER FOR SALE AT PUBLIC AUCTION the hereinafter described properties acquired by said town by foreclosure of the tax titles thereon.

  1. Property Address: 65 OLD STATE HIGHWAY     (This property has been removed 5/22/17)

 A parcel of land containing 17.77 acres more or less with any buildings thereon, situated at

65 Old State Highway and described in a deed recorded in Book 711, Page 198 at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds, and in Town Assessors’ records as 407.31.0.

 The Tax Taking is recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 2218, Page 464 and conveyed to the Town by Treasurers’ Deed recorded in Book 2431, Page 405.

 2. Property Address:  0 SKYLINE TRAIL

A parcel of land containing 2.17 acres more or less with any buildings thereon, situated at 0 Skyline Trail and described in a deed recorded in Book 16195, Page 163 at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds, and in Town Assessors’ records as 410-19.2.

The Tax Taking is recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 16957, Page 129 with the Final Judgment in Tax Lien Case No. 09 TL 139460 recorded in Book 18262, Page 423.

  1. Property Address: 0 LYNES ROAD

 Land in the Town of Chester with buildings or structures thereon located at 0 Lynes Road, identified in Assessors’ Map 406 Lot 35, containing 7.79 acres more or less; further described in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 5303 Page 116, and in Town Assessors’ records as 406-35.0.

.The Tax Taking is recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds inBook 19410, Page 431.  The Judgment in Tax Lien Case No. 13 TL 147347 is recorded in Book 20462, Page 585.

  1. Property Address: 0 MIDDLELFIELD ROAD

 Land in the Town of Chester with buildings or structures thereon located at 0 Middlefield Road, identified in Chester Assessors Map 407 Lot 14, containing 2 acres more or less; further described in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 16859, Page 474, and in Town Assessors’ records as 407.14.0.

The Tax Taking is recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 18677, Page 264.  The Judgment in Tax Lien Case No. 13 TL 147045 is recorded in Book 20185, Page 12.

5. Property Address: 71 COOPER ROAD

     Land in the Town of Chester with buildings and structures thereon located at 71 Cooper Road and identified in Chester Assessors Map 201 Lot 97, containing 14.5 acres more or less; further described in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 8496 Page 267.

The Tax Taking is recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 18677, Page 262.  The Judgment in Tax Lien Case No. 13 TL 147046 is recorded in Book 20816, Page 166.

The attached terms and conditions apply to the sale of all parcels herein advertised.

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Mary Anne Pease, Custodian of Tax Possessions

                                                                                             TOWN OF CHESTER

                                                                                        SALE OF TAX POSSESSIONS

                                                                                          TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. All properties will be sold “as is”. The Town of Chester, its Custodian, employees, representatives and/or agents make NO REPRESENTATIONS AS TO THE CONDITION OF ANY STRUCTURES OR THE INSURABILITY OR MARKETABILITY OF THE TITLE OTHER THAN THE TITLE VESTS IN THE TOWN OF CHESTER.
  2. Prospective purchasers are responsible for investigating the suitability of the parcel(s) for their intended purpose prior to the auction.
  3. All properties will be sold subject to any existing environmental conditions, if any, including but not limited to hazardous waste conditions, which may or may not be in compliance with any applicable laws, policies or regulations.
  4. Any error, misstatement or omission in the description of the property will not annul the sale, or be grounds for any abatement or compensation.
  5. The following person(s) shall not be qualified to be the successful bidder; (1) the prior owner of the property or his/her agent, representative, assign or straw; (2) any person currently delinquent in paying his/her own property taxes or other charges to the Town of Chester; and (3) any person who was or is currently a party to a tax title foreclosure by the Town of Chester.
  6. Upon receipt of full payment, the Town Treasurer will execute, deliver, and record on behalf of the Town of Chester a deed transferring title of said parcel to the successful buyer.
  7. The successful buyer will be required to:  1) sign and file a disclosure statement pursuant to M.G.L. c. 7, § 40J giving the names and addresses of all persons who will have a beneficial interest in the property with the Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance; and 2) sign under the penalties of perjury an affidavit indicating that no one who would gain equity in the property has been convicted of a crime involving the willful and malicious setting of a fire or of a crime involving the aiding, counseling or procuring of a willful and malicious setting of a fire, or of a crime involving the fraudulent filing of a claim for fire insurance; or is delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes to the Town of Chester or if delinquent, that a pending application for abatement of such tax, or a pending petition before the appellate tax board or the county commissioners has been filed in good faith.

In order to qualify as a bidder and bid at auction one must be present with a deposit check of $5,000, with the exception of the lot on Lynes Road (Assessors’ 406-35.0), which requires a $500 Deposit.  The deposit must be in the form of certified check, money order or bank check or attorney IOLTA check.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  The remainder of the purchase price must be paid within by certified check, money order, bank check or attorney IOLTA check by June 30, 2017.  Failure to pay the remainder of the purchase price by June 30, 2017 will result in the forfeiture of the deposit to the Town of Chester and the sale will be made to the second highest bidder.

  1. Pro forma taxes will be calculated and must be paid pursuant to M.G.L. c. 44, §63A
  2. The balance of the contract sale amount, the buyer’s premium of 5 percent, special assessment of $350 for closing costs, pro forma taxes, and the deed recording fee of $125.00 must be paid by certified funds by June 30, 2017. Failure to pay the remainder of the balance by June 30, 2017 will result in the forfeiture of the deposit to the Town of Chester and the sale will be made to the second highest bidder.
  3. All parcels will be sold as is.  If the premises are serviced by a septic/disposal system, Buyer will be solely responsible for inspecting and/or upgrading the system in accordance with DEP Title 5 310 CMR, Section 15.301(f) after the recording of the Treasurer’s Deed.

11.  The Custodian reserves the right to reject any bid at the auction or any adjournment thereof which, in his/her opinion, does not meet the minimum bid or approximate fair marketability of the property.

 For further information please copy and paste to your browser the following link:

https://sullivan-auctioneers.com/calendar-detail?id=8652 

Monday, May 29th:  Memorial Day observance:  Ceremony and Parade will begin at Chester Town Hall at 10:00 am.  In case of rain, this Observance will be held in the Town Hall Auditorium.  Participants should be at town hall by 9:45 am to prepare. Following ceremony the parade will commence from  the Town Hall, down Main St. to the Chester Factories Cemetery. 

There is  still a SERIOUS WATER RESTRICTION in place for the town of Chester.  Residents are asked to conserve to be best of their ability until further notice.

Veterans Agent available the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.  or call 413-587-1299

                                                                             MBI/COMCAST NEWS  

Currently Comcast is in the “make ready” mode, which means they have submitted requests to CMELD,  Eversource, and Verizon for certain information needed to firmly schedule construction time.  They expect to be ahead of schedule, with construction beginning by June/July, if all the information comes back in a timely manner.  Construction will not be a town by town project, but rather a “whenready” they will start, wherever that may be.  They need to apply for pole locations, and receive the proper licensing, all of which is in the works.  As for costs, the majority of users will fall under the “standard installation”, for which there is no cost.  For those with driveways over 100’ Comcast will contact the owners to deal directly with their acceptance/denial of service and the costs involved.Comcast asked that residents  be patient, that the things that are being done at this time are not something they can “see”, but they will keep in touch with the town about their starting date for construction.  They also expressed the opinion  that the “construction” period will take the least amount of time.  They will be using their crews from all over the Northeast to complete.   They expect to be ahead of schedule, which contracts them to be completely done by August of 2018. 

                                                                         

 

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FOLLOWING:

            ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

           CHESTER CULTURAL COUNCIL

            CONSERVATION COMMISSION

               FINANCE COMMITTEE

             RECREATION COMMITTEE

 

                Chester Cultural Council News

The Chester Cultural Council welcomes artists, artisans, educators, lecturers and performers from Massachusetts to apply for state and town funding for cultural programs for the upcoming year.

The Cultural Council’s mission is to provide access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences for adults, teens, and children in the community.

Applicants will be able to file their applications online at mass-culture.org or on paper. Paper applications should be mailed to Chester Cultural Council, 15 Middlefield Rd., Chester, MA 01011 and must postmarked no later than Thursday, Oct. 15th. for more information please call 354-7760 or contact the CCC at townofchester.net

 

Part Time Library Director
Hamilton Memorial Library
Chester, MA
Qualifications: Bachelors Degree and
Library Experience Preferred.
Software Evergreen, Excel, Word
Salary $17.00 per hour No Benefits
18 Hours per Week
Closing Date for applications: 3/15/17
Please send resume and 3 professional
references to Hamilton Memorial Library
15 Middlefield Rd. Unit #7
Chester, MA 0101
Attn: Gale LaScala or email to
chesterlibrary@gmail.com
The Town of Chester is an Equal
Opportunity Employer

Interested in the Trails Project:  Go online to:

coordinator@wildscenicwestfieldriver.org for more information.

Chester Historical Society  www.chestermass.com

CHESTER ON TRACK    MAY 20TH, 2017