Public meeting on land purchase in Searsmont scheduled for March 15

SEARSMONT – Selectmen will hold a public hearing at the Searsmont Community Building on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m., to present information and hear public comments on a proposed 63-acre land purchase. The property will be used for conservation and recreation purposes, with a small portion set aside for city use for municipal services, according to a news release.

“The City tried to buy this property in 2006,” coach Arlo Redman said in the statement, “but the deal fell through at the time. We’re glad to have the opportunity again.”

Searsmont already has recreation and conservation lands at the Gibson Preserve, Porter Preserve, Georges River Canal Trail and Georges Highland Ridge to River Trail. This property has 1,200 feet of frontage on the Georges River and will be accessible from the river and Woodmans Mill Road (Highway 173), according to the press release.

At the meeting, the selectors will describe the land, outline some of the recreational and conservation opportunities that would be available, discuss the cost and plans for financing, developing and maintaining the property, as well as the possibility of a future conservation easement with the Georges River Land Trust.

According to Redman, the city will apply for funds from the Lands for Maine’s Future program and another state agency. “If granted, this money will pay for almost all of the purchase price, and Searsmont will only have to provide a modest amount for an appraisal, legal fees and the cost of the small parcel retained for purposes. municipal”, he declared in the Liberation.

Voters will have the opportunity to approve the purchase at Searsmont’s annual town meeting on April 2 and all are encouraged to attend the public hearing.

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