Sutton secures $ 1.45 million from sale of former hatchery property
SUTTON – With a few strokes of the pencil, the Select Board enriched the city by $ 1.45 million, as the board of directors signed on June 1 the sale documents for 25 acres of former state hatcheries in Unified Global Packaging Group.
“This is a long-term company looking to retain its global hub in Sutton,” said Select board chairman Jesse Limanek.
Unified, headquartered at 223 Worcester-Providence Turnpike (Route 146), manufactures a range of packaging materials, including corrugated cardboard, wood and molded fiber.
The company has another site in Sutton at 46 Providence St. Unified also has sites in North Carolina and subsidiaries in 25 states in the United States, as well as sites in Ireland, Poland, Quebec and the Czech Republic.
The old hatchery property adjoins the 383-acre former Aggregate Industries site, which Unified bought last December for $ 9.5 million. This land deal gives Unified hundreds of undeveloped acres off Providence Street in Millbury and Sutton.
The old hatchery property is divided into two parcels, listed at numbers 14 and 34 Hatchery Road. City manager James Smith said the town acquired the property – which was part of a former state hatchery – from the state in 1970 for $ 29,500 when the state withdrew from hatchery operations .
For many years, the town used the property’s hill as a gravel pit, digging sand for road projects and sanding winter roads. Now the icy roads are treated with a salt mixture and most of the road works are carried out by private companies hired by the city.
For 10 to 15 years, the land has been unused.
In article 11 at the annual municipal meeting on May 15, voters unanimously approved the sale of the Hatchery Road property. Unified Global Packaging Group submitted the winning bid for the property with a field business development plan.
The funds from the sale of the property will be used to create a reserve account that will be used for much needed road works in the city.
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Also at the June 1 board meeting, Smith was to announce that the city had hired Vision Government Solutions Inc. to assist the Office of Appraisers with its process of re-evaluating properties from the ongoing data collection program. The project will begin this month, with data collectors visiting groups of properties to record exterior measurements and perform inspections.
Due to concerns over COVID-19, data collectors’ interviews with owners will take place at the owner’s front door. Data collectors will be provided with an identification letter from the assessor’s office, a photo badge and have their car registered with the police. All landlords and tenants are urged to cooperate with data collectors. Anyone with questions should contact the Office of the Appraiser at 508-865-8722.
The city is in the second year of its cybersecurity awareness training grant to train staff in cybersecurity. The state produced a quarterly cyber force assessment in which Sutton received an 80 percent completion against the state average of 54 percent.
The Recreation Department has added online options for registering and paying for swimming lessons and purchasing beach passes at Marion’s Camp Beach. Marion Beach will be open from June 19 to August 30. It will then reopen on Labor Day weekend, September 4-6. Swimming lessons are scheduled from July 5 to 16 and July 19 to 30. Lifeguards will be available and portable toilets will be in place.
The Sutton Public Library is open to the public, but masks are required. The Sutton Library will join around 75 other community libraries across the state to go well for free on July 1. It is estimated that the Sutton Library collects $ 1,000 each year on late fees.
Manchaug Boat Launch accepts payment to use the boat launch. Massachusetts residents pay $ 6 per boat, while out-of-state residents pay $ 12 per boat. Season passes are available for $ 20 from the Sutton Collector’s Office.