Public meeting: BLM to explain proposed sale to MCC

While the Miles Community College’s (MCC) Ag Advancement Center is finally completed, the college still has some loose ends to tie up. 

According to a news release from the federal Bureau of Land Management, in 2016 the college submitted a request to purchase the reversionary interest of the 11.8 acres of land where the Ag Advancement Center now sits. The land for the Center had been acquired from the BLM. 

Because of this BLM is holding an informational meeting for those interested in the proposed sale. 

The meeting is Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Miles City Field Office main conference room at 111 Garryowen Road. 

The land was previously issued a ‘Recreation and Public Purpose Act’ patent for the Ag Advancement Center.

This patent authorizes the sale or lease of public lands for public or recreational purposes to local and state governments or certain nonprofit organizations, said the news release.

According to the news release, once the user of the land is issued this patent, it retains a reversionary interest. This allows the U.S. to take back the land if it isn’t being used for the stated purpose, or if the patent holder sells or transfers the land without the approval of the BLM.

Without purchasing the reversionary interest, MCC wouldn’t be allowed to rent out the building for community use and events like rodeos and concerts. 

According to MCC President Stacy Klippenstein, the college is not yet sure of the cost to buy the reversionary interest, but has asked for an appraisal.

If for some reason MCC isn’t able to purchase the reversionary interest they will continue to operate under the scope of the patent and work with BLM on the building use regulations, Klippenstein told the Star.

(Contact Ashley Roness at starnews@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)