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Patton Estate Gift Agreement Likely to be Signed Monday, Closing Date to be Set

The gift of the Patton estate moves closer to being final will the expected signature of a gift agreement by the Board of Selectmen on Monday.

A gift agreement between the town of Hamilton and Joanne Patton is scheduled to be signed on Monday night – one of the final steps toward making the gift of the Patton estate final.

In May, Annual Town Meeting voters accepted the gift and work has been underway since then to complete the gift.

The 27-acre estate, off Asbury Street near the Topsfield town line, was home to General George Patton and his son, Maj. General George Patton. Major General Patton’s widow, Joanne Patton, . A committee was formed , which could include playing field and a bed and breakfast.

The gift does not include neighboring , which will continue to operate.

A deadline of Aug. 15 had been previously set to have the gift agreement signed.

A survey of the property has been completed and Town Manager Michael Lombardo said he received the map on Thursday.

Beside signature of the gift agreement, Lombardo said the deed still needs to be drafted for the closing.  The closing date still has to be set.

“I sent an email to the attorneys (ours and Mrs. Patton’s) to see if we can identify a date that works for all concerned,” Lombardo told Hamilton-Wenham Patch is an e-mail on Thursday.

Previously, Selectman Jennifer Scuteri suggested that there be a town party at the property once the gift is complete. Lombardo said nothing is currently being planned but said he would put it on a Board of Selectmen agenda to discuss.

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