The proposed bill that will transfer over 900 acres of federal land to the City of La Pine and Deschutes County will really clean up a lot of loose ends for the city.
Last week, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved the bill that will give the La Pine Rodeo a permanent home and provide a location for a permanent wastewater treatment plant. Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone, when he was on the La Pine Rodeo Board, began working on getting the parcel of land transferred to the city back in 2005 for the rodeo home. "The Sewer District board had been requesting federal land also. And once we found this out, we ended up putting it all back together in the same bill. And then the City of La Pine, at some point found this odd parcel in the middle of town where the library is; so the thought was, just as a clean up move to put the parcel in the center of town, to ownership with the city and have the library have a long term lease with the city rather than the federal government."
DeBone says this is another step in establishing the identity of La Pine, since its incorporation in 2006. He says the bill should be approved by Congress, and signed by the President by the end of the year or it will expire; but the House Committee's approval almost insures its passage.