PUBLIC LAW 90-307-MAY 17, 1968
Public Law 90-307 May 17, 1968 [H. R. 11527]
University of Maine. Land conveyance. 50 Stat. 526; 56 Stat. 725.
Proceeds of sale, conditions.
Mineral interests, determination and sale.
AN ACT To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to release on behalf of the United States conditions in a deed conveying certain lands to the University of Maine and to provide for conveyance of certain interests in such lands so as to permit such university, subject to certain conditions, to sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of such lands.
Be It enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of section 82 of the BankheadJones Farm Tenant Act, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1011(c)), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized and directed to release on behalf of the Laiited States with respect to lands designated pursuant to section 2 hereof, the conditions, contained in a deed, dated March 4, 1955, conveying certain lands in Penobscot County, Maine, to the University of Maine, which require that the lands conveyed be used for public purposes and provide for a reversion of such lands to the United States if at any time they cease to be so used. SBX;. 2. The Secretary shall release the conditions referred to in the first section of this Act only with respect to lands covered by and described in an agreement or agreements entered into between the Secretary and the university in which the university, in consideration of the release of such conditions as to such lands, agrees— (1) that all the proceeds from the sale, lease, exchange, or other disposition of such lands shall be used by the university for the acquisition of lands to be held permanently for university purposes. (2) that all the proceeds from the sale, lease, or other disposition of lands covered by any such agreement shall be maintained by the university in a separate fund and that the record of all transactions involving such fund shall be open to inspection by the Secretary of Agriculture. SEC. 3. Upon application all the undivided mineral interests of the United States in any parcel or tract of land released pursuant to this Act from the conditions as to such lands shall be conveyed to the University of Maine or their successors in title by the Secretary of the Interior. I n areas where the Secretary of the Interior determines that there is no active mineral development or leasing, and that the lands have no mineral value, the mineral interests covered by a single application shall be sold for a consideration of $1. I n other areas the mineral interests shall be sold at the fair market value thereof as determined by the Secretary of the Interior after taking into consideration such appraisals as he deems necessary or appropriate. SEC. 4. Each application made under the provisions of this Act shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable deposit to be applied to the administrative costs as fixed by the Secretary of the Interior. If the conveyance is made, the applicant shall pay to the Secretary of the Interior the full administrative costs, less the deposit. If a conveyance is not made pursuant to an application filed under this Act, the deposit shall constitute full satisfaction of such administrative costs notwithstanding that the administrative costs exceed the deposit. SEC. 5. The term "administrative costs" as used in this Act includes, in addition to other items, all costs which the Secretary of the Interior determines are included in a determination of (1) the mineral character of the land in question, and (2) the fair market value of the mineral interest.