Resident asks for TM support on acceptance of Historical WayBy Canton Citizen
My wife and I purchased a home on Historical Way in the spring of 2010. We have enjoyed all that Canton has to offer, especially how welcomed we have been made to feel by our neighbors. We were astonished when we found out more recently that our street was not an accepted street by the town of Canton.
Historical Way was developed in the 1960s. In November of 1966 it was deemed acceptable to the Public Works Department, and the bond was released to the developer. At that point the paperwork should have been processed, taken before town meeting, and recorded at the Registry of Deeds. However, the ball was dropped. The paperwork was never completed, and the street was never brought before town meeting for acceptance.
Incredibly, in March 1980, it was not completed again! Article 24 was put forth by the town for taking by eminent domain a utility easement for sewer construction that cut through Historical Way to tie town sewage to Dedham Street. Yet Historical Way itself was not put forth for acceptance by town meeting.
It is incredible that a developed street in Canton, which the residents do not consider to be private, is not “accepted” by the town, due to multiple oversights or lack of follow-through. Due to this, we, the residents of Historical Way, have petitioned for acceptance by town meeting through Article 39, and we ask for your support. We would like to finish what should have been completed in 1966.
David A. Crowell
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