Bill to protect Tremont school property reviewed by House panel

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) provided testimony in support of his legislation to remove a use restriction on land the federal government deeded to Tremont in 1950.

Michaud spoke to a hearing held by the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) expressed his strong bipartisan support for the bill.

The legislation, H.R. 4527, would simply allow the town of Tremont to continuing using land the federal government deeded to it from Acadia National Park more than 60 years ago, even if the town were to merge one of the schools currently on the property. The original deed required the land to be transferred back to the federal government if the school ever closed, but Acadia National Park officials have expressed strong support for Michaud’s bill, and the General Services Administration has indicated it will not block any efforts allowing Tremont to maintain control over the land.

“This legislation simply allows Tremont to maintain land they have had for more than six decades. As communities grow and change, their land needs change,” Michaud said. “My bill ensures that Tremont can make appropriate use of that land — however the community deems necessary. It is a reflection that what was best for the community in 1950 may no longer be in 2014 — and this bill will give the town the freedom to make that determination.”

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