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Connecticut Laws | Title 13b Transportation
Sec. 13b-55. Sale or conveyance of excess property or rights therein.

Sec. 13b-55. Sale or conveyance of excess property or rights therein. (417)(Text)

The commissioner may sell and convey any land, right in land, riparian right or other property or right in property, of whatever kind, that the commissioner may acquire pursuant to section 13b-53, which is in excess of the quantity required for the purpose for which it was acquired, and may execute and deliver appropriate conveyances of such property on behalf of the state. No such sale or conveyance shall be made without the prior consent of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the Commissioner of Public Works and the State Properties Review Board. (418)

Sec. 13b-55a. Harbor improvement projects. (419)(Text)

(a) In addition to municipal requests for a grant-in-aid pursuant to section 13b-57, harbor improvement projects may be initiated by the Commissioner of Transportation on behalf of the state or for the state on behalf of the federal government. Recommendations on the prioritization or inclusion of projects shall be submitted to the commissioner by the Connecticut Maritime Commission. The department shall contract for the provision of goods and services to harbors and waterways for such improvements, and shall provide the funding required under such contracts, except that the commissioner may enter into agreements with other state agencies or municipalities for such agencies or municipalities to provide the funding for any of such contracts. The department shall administer all contracts entered into under this section. (420)

(b) All contracts are subject to final negotiation of the scope and budget for a given project. Contracting periods may vary depending on each project. Payments shall be made on a reimbursement basis for deliverables completed no later than the dates of service of an executed contract. Appropriate back-up information shall be included with each payment request indicating that services have been rendered. The department may elect to provide part or all of the funds necessary as an upfront payment, provided funds are held in a separate, noninterest bearing account and are expended not later than sixty days after such funds are provided. (421)

(c) Harbor improvement projects include the preparation of plans, studies and construction for the alteration and improvement of various state, municipal and other properties in or adjacent to the waters of the state, for the purpose of improving the economy and infrastructure of the state. (422)

Sec. 13b-55b. Harbor improvement account. Deposit and expenditure of funds. (423)(Text)

(a) There is established an account to be known as the "harbor improvement account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. There shall be deposited in the account: (1) The proceeds of notes, bonds or other obligations issued by the state for the purpose of deposit therein and use in accordance with the permissible uses thereof; (2) funds appropriated by the General Assembly for the purpose of deposit therein and use in accordance with the permissible uses thereof; and (3) any other funds required or permitted by law to be deposited in the account. The funds in said account shall be expended by the Commissioner of Transportation for the purpose of initiating harbor improvement projects in accordance with section 13b-55a and for the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section. (424)

(b) The harbor improvement account may be used for federal dredging projects (1) to support, in full or in part, local and state matching requirements for such projects; (2) to cover the incremental costs associated with applicable environmental regulatory requirements or management practices, including beneficial use; and (3) to cover part or all of the costs of such projects in the absence of adequate federal funds. If any account funds are used for the purpose described in subdivision (3) of this subsection, the commissioner shall pursue reimbursement to the account from the federal government. (425)

Sec. 13b-56. (Formerly Sec. 8-211). Harbor improvement agencies. (426)(Text)

For the purposes of this section and section 13b-57, "harbor improvement agency" means any board, commission, agency or department of any municipality designated by the chief executive officer of such municipality and approved by the governing body thereof for the purpose of carrying out a harbor improvement project under this section. Any municipality may undertake a harbor improvement project, including the development, improvement, construction and installation of berthing areas, channels to berthing areas, sea walls, piers, docks, navigation aids, bridges and other related facilities and structures, pursuant to a harbor improvement plan. The harbor improvement agency may prepare or cause to be prepared a harbor improvement plan, and may approve such plan after (1) obtaining the approval of the planning agency of the municipality and (2) holding a public hearing thereon, notice of which shall be published at least twice in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, the first publication of notice to be not less than two weeks before the date of the public hearing. Such harbor improvement plan shall include: (a) A description of the harbor improvement area and the condition, type and use of the structures and facilities therein; (b) the location and extent of the proposed land uses and harbor uses in such area; (c) the location and extent of streets and public utilities, facilities and works within the area; (d) schedules showing the number of families and businesses to be displaced by the proposed improvement, the method of relocating such families and businesses and the availability of sufficient suitable living accommodations at prices and rentals within the financial means of such families and located within a reasonable distance of the area from which they are displaced; (e) present and proposed zoning regulations in the harbor improvement area; (f) a description of all land to be acquired and buildings and improvements to be demolished and removed or rehabilitated; (g) a description of all improvements to be constructed, installed or made; (h) the plan's relationship to definite local objectives; (i) financial aspects of the project, and (j) a ratio of the costs of the project to the benefits to be derived therefrom. After approval of the harbor improvement plan by the harbor improvement agency, the plan shall be submitted to the Commissioner of Transportation and the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and, if approved by each commissioner, may be adopted by the governing body of the municipality. A harbor development plan may be modified at any time by a harbor improvement agency, provided such modification is consented to in writing by each purchaser or lessee of land in the harbor improvement project affected by such modification, and such modification does not substantially change the plan; otherwise any modification to such plan shall be approved in the same manner as the plan. Any municipality and its harbor improvement agency may exercise, for the purposes of undertaking a harbor improvement project, all the powers and authority granted to a municipality and to a redevelopment agency for the purposes of a redevelopment or urban renewal project pursuant to chapter 130. (427)

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