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Amelia Way Road Acceptance Postponed Due To Lack Of Resident Sign-Offs

by Connie Sartini
One of the last articles on the Fall Town Meeting warrant was a request to accept Amelia Way as a town way. This action include, grading, drainage, and One of the last articles on would authorize the road to be maintained by the town and operated as the public way. It would include grading, drainage, and plowing.
     However, there was an issue with the clean ownership of the roadway. Apparently, it was not owned by the developer, Stephen Kelly of Grand Coast Capital, Hingham Ma, but rather was owned by each resident abutting the roadway. Until the roadway is in a state where the town could take legal ownership, all eight families have to sign legal agreements that the road will be owned by the developer, who can then appeal to have it accepted as a Town Way.
     Kelly, a non-resident-who was present, was given permission to speak to voters and town officials. He claimed that the residents didn’t know about this, but Select Board member John Giger responded that they “absolutely did know.” Kelly said they weren’t told this by the former Groton Town Counsel.
     Town Counsel Paul Derensis told the voters that the lawyer for Amelia Way, Bruce Miller, assured him and the town that the residents sign-offs would be completed and delivered before Town Meeting. “I didn’t envision a problem and the Board allowed Miller to provide the paperwork right up to the vote,” Derensis said.
     Selectman Josh Degen said, “I voted in favor of the layout and bring it to Town Meeting for approval. There is a bond on the subdivision and the fee ownership is with the developer. The original developer went out of business and the property owners took over the fee ownership. Each one of them has to release it, then it can go to Town Meeting for a vote.”
     Kelly pushed for a vote that would give him 120 days to provide the documentation.
     However with no legal documents from Amelia Way residents having arrived from Lawyer Bruce Miller, voters approved postponing action indefinitely on the Amelia Way article.
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