WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation that would eliminate the so-called “reverter clause” in the deed to the Tremont Consolidated School has been approved by the U. S. House of Representatives and now goes to the senate for a vote.
H.R. 4527, an act to remove a use restriction on land transferred from Acadia National Park to the town of Tremont, was submitted April 30 by Rep. Michael Michaud. Rep. Chellie Pingree co-sponsored the bill.
In August 1950, land was transferred to the town of Tremont from Acadia National Park for the purpose of constructing a school. The deed includes the stipulation that if the land were no longer used for “school purposes,” then the property would revert to the United States of America and Acadia National Park.
“No one is better positioned to determine how to make the best use of land in Tremont than the residents themselves, and this legislation makes it easier for them to do just that,” Rep. Michaud said in a press release announcing passage of the bill by the House.
In recent years, the use restriction came to the attention of school officials during discussions of consolidating the school with the Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor. One of the models of consolidation involved closing the Tremont school.
The uncertainty of the fate of the Tremont school if it were to close proved for some to be a sticking point during those discussions. For others, it simply highlighted the need for legislation to remove the restriction.
Acadia National Park officials have supported the deed change.