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NO. R-283.  Joint resolution authorizing the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation to sell designated state lands.


Offered by:  Committee on Institutions.

Whereas, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 2606(b), subject to the approval of the general assembly, which may be by resolution, the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation may exchange or lease lands under the department’s jurisdiction, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly authorizes the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation to enter into the following transactions, subject to the stated conditions:

First:  In the town of Stowe, to sell or exchange a parcel of up to 2.5 acres of the Blush Hill Block of the Mt. Mansfield State Forest that is part of the so‑called “Moscow Shop” property located adjacent to the town’s vehicle storage facilities in Moscow.  The parcel is currently under license to the town for use as a training site for public safety personnel.  The conveyance shall be limited to the open and developed portion of the Moscow Shop property and shall not include the riparian areas adjacent to Miller Brook and the Little River.  The state’s consideration for this property shall be based on the property’s fair market value as determined by an independent appraiser.  Any property offered by the town in exchange for the parcel shall be subject to the approval of the secretary of natural resources and shall have an appraised fair market value equal to or greater than the appraised fair market value of the Moscow Shop parcel.  Survey and appraisal costs for both the properties shall be evenly divided between the town and the department.  Notwithstanding the provisions of 29 V.S.A. § 166, the net proceeds of this sale shall be deposited with the state treasurer for placement in the agency of natural resources’ land and facilities trust fund.

Second:  In the town of Westmore, in the Willoughby State Forest, to issue a request for proposals (“RFP”) for the purpose of leasing for a term of up to 20 years the so-called Cheney House and not more than 5 acres surrounding the house for uses such as a camping or an educational facility to promote use of the facility by Vermont citizens and by visitors from outside of Vermont.  The department shall report to the house and senate committees on institutions regarding responses received to its RFP and is authorized to enter into a contract to lease the Cheney House only after obtaining the approval of these committees, and be it further

Resolved:  That if, pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248, the public service board finds that an expansion and relocation of the transmission line between the towns of Duxbury and Stowe will promote the general good of the state, and if the board further finds that rerouting a portion of the proposed line and the existing line to run behind existing homes in Waterbury Center immediately to the north of Waterbury Reservoir in a manner that would require a new right‑of-way through state-owned real property at that location will also promote the general good of the state and not result in undue adverse impacts, then, notwithstanding 10 V.S.A. § 2606(b), the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation is directed to convey to the company or companies that will undertake such relocation a right-of-way sufficient to allow the relocation in exchange for abandonment of the section of the existing right-of-way and the removal of the existing line on that right-of-way within state-owned real property.  In considering whether to authorize such rerouting of the line, the board shall give due consideration to the recommendations of the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation.  The right-of-way, if approved by the public service board, shall be located with the approval of the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont