Why does the Select Board need the ability to accept easements without involving Town Meeting members?

During a public hearing with the planning board. Developers sometimes offer easements for trails, sidewalks, and roads for the public to pass on private property. And sometimes during those public hearings or other projects in town – either private or town, the Town requests easements from private land owners for utility crossings such as water and sewer and for sidewalks. Authorizing the Select Board to accept easements on behalf of the Town can expedite projects.  Often certificates of occupancy are not issued until the easements are accepted. In cases where developers are not required to grant easements,  we do not want the delay of a Town Meeting vote to be a reason for a landowner to rescind the easement offer.  Examples are a utility easement for water connection from Kay Tiffany Way to Essex Street, a drainage easement for the Minuteman Bikeway, trail easement connecting Cart Path Lane to existing trail network off Walnut Street.

 This is an authorization request that we do annually  - it helps to make Town government more efficient.

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1. Why does the Select Board need the ability to accept easements without involving Town Meeting members?