[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 38 (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)]
[Pages 13079-13080]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04351]



Bureau of Land Management

[LLES003420.L14300000.EU0000; MIES-056498]

Notice of Realty Action: Modified Competitive Sale of Public Land 
in Marquette County, Michigan

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Realty Action.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Northeastern States Field 
Office, proposes to offer for sale a 0.82-acre parcel of public land in 
Marquette County, Michigan. The sale will be subject to the Federal 
Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), and BLM land sale 
regulations. The BLM proposes to conduct the sale using sealed bid 
modified competitive procedures pursuant to BLM regulations.

DATES: Interested parties may submit written comments regarding the 
proposed sale to the BLM (See ADDRESSES below) on or before April 12, 
2013. The BLM will accept sealed bids for the offered land from 
qualified bidders no later than 3 p.m. local time on April 29, 2013. 
Sealed bids will be opened the following day, which will be the date of 
the sale.

ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning the proposed sale should be 
addressed to the Field Manager, BLM, Northeastern States Field Office, 
626 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-4617. 
Sealed bids must also be submitted to this address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Grundman, Realty Specialist, 
BLM, Northeastern States Field Office, (See ADDRESSES above), 414-297-
4447, cgrundma@blm.gov. More detailed information regarding the sale 
can be found at the BLM Eastern States Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en.html. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-
877-8339 to contact the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 
hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the 
above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following parcel of public land has been 
examined and found suitable for modified competitive sale to adjacent 
landowners in accordance with Section 203 of FLPMA, as amended (43 
U.S.C. 1713), and implementing regulations at 43 CFR 2711.3-2, at no 
less than the appraised fair market value of the land.

Michigan Meridian

T. 42 N., R. 24 W.,
    Sec. 21, lot 7.

    The area described contains 0.82 acres in Marquette County, 
Michigan, and is proposed for sale to either of the adjacent 
landowners, Royal Moning and Jim Kozar.

    The Federal land is not needed for any Federal purpose and was 
identified for disposal in the Michigan Resource Management Plan 
Amendment dated September 7, 2012. The purpose of the sale is to 
dispose of land which is difficult and uneconomic to manage as part of 
the public lands because of its isolated location and lack of legal 
access. The BLM is proposing a modified competitive sale to allow 
adjacent landowners who control access to the public land an equal 
opportunity to successfully bid on the property.
    Bidding under modified competitive sale procedures is only open to 
the identified adjacent landowners who must submit sealed bids to the 
BLM, Northeastern States Field Office (See ADDRESSES above), no later 
than 3 p.m. local time, on April 29, 2013. If the adjacent landowners 
fail to exercise the preference consideration offered by the modified 
competitive sale and no successful bid is received, then the parcel 
will remain available for sale on a continuing basis in accordance with 
competitive sale procedures found at 43 CFR 2711.3-1 without further 
legal notice. Bids submitted to the BLM under competitive sale 
procedures will be opened on a monthly basis on the first Friday of 
each month at 10 a.m. local time, at the BLM, Northeastern States Field 
Office, until a successful bid is received or the sale is cancelled.
    Sealed bid envelopes must be clearly marked on the front lower 
left-hand corner with ``SEALED BID BLM LAND SALE, MIES-056498.'' The 
bid envelope must contain a signed statement showing the total amount 
of the bid and the name, mailing address, and phone number of the 
entity making the bid. Bids must be equal to or greater than the 
federally appraised fair market value of the land. The appraised fair 
market value will be made available 30 days prior to the sealed bid 
closing date at the BLM, Northeastern States Field Office, and on the 
Each sealed bid must be accompanied by a certified check, money order, 
bank draft, or cashier's check made payable to the BLM for an amount 
not less than 20 percent of the total amount of the bid. Personal 
checks will not be accepted.
    Sealed bids will be opened to determine the high bid at 10 a.m. 
local time the day after the bids are due, at the BLM, Northeastern 
States Field Office (See ADDRESSES above). The highest qualifying bid 
will be declared the high bid and the high bidder will receive written 
notice. Bidders submitting matching high bid amounts will be provided 
an opportunity to submit a supplemental sealed bid. Bid deposits 
submitted by unsuccessful bidders will be returned by U.S. mail.
    The successful bidder will be allowed 180 days from the date of 
sale to submit the remainder of the full bid price in the form of a 
certified check, money order, bank draft, or cashier's check made 
payable to the BLM. Personal checks will not be accepted. Failure to 
submit the remainder of the full bid price prior to but not including 
the 180th day

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following the day of the sale, will result in the forfeiture of the bid 
deposit to the BLM, and the parcel will be offered to the second 
highest qualifying bidder at their original bid.
    Federal law requires that bidders must be: (1) United States 
citizens 18 years of age or older; (2) A corporation subject to the 
laws of any State or of the United States; (3) An entity legally 
capable of acquiring and owning real property, or interests therein, 
under the laws of the State of Michigan; or (4) A State, State 
instrumentality, or political subdivision authorized to hold real 
property. Certifications and evidence to this effect will be required 
of the purchaser prior to issuance of a patent.
    Publication of this Notice in the Federal Register segregates the 
subject land from appropriation under the pubic land laws, except sale 
under the provisions of FLPMA. The segregation will terminate upon 
issuance of a patent for the land, upon publication in the Federal 
Register of a termination of the segregation, or on February 26, 2015, 
unless extended by the BLM State Director, Eastern States, in 
accordance with 43 CFR 2711.1-2(d) prior to the termination date.
    Any conveyance document issued would be subject to the following 
terms, conditions, and reservations:
    1. The conveyance will be subject to all valid existing rights of 
    2. All minerals, together with the right to prospect for, mine, and 
remove such deposits from the same under applicable law and such 
regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe shall be 
reserved to the United States;
    3. An appropriate indemnification clause protecting the United 
States from claims arising out of the patentee's use, occupancy, or 
operations on the patented land; and
    4. Additional terms and conditions that the authorized officer 
deems appropriate to ensure proper land use and protection of the 
public interest.

No warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, is given by the United 
States as to the title, physical condition or potential uses of the 
land proposed for sale, and conveyance will not be on a contingency 
basis. To the extent required by law, the parcel is subject to the 
requirements of Section 120(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. 9620(h)) (CERCLA), 
as amended. It is the buyer's responsibility to be aware of all 
applicable local government policies and regulations that may affect 
the subject land or its future uses. It is also the buyer's 
responsibility to be aware of existing or prospective uses of nearby 
properties. Any land lacking access from a public road or highway will 
be conveyed as such, and future access acquisition will be the 
responsibility of the buyer. Detailed information concerning the 
proposed land sale, including the appraisal, planning and environmental 
documents is available for review at the BLM Northeastern States Field 
Office (See ADDRESSES above).
    Interested parties and the general public may submit written 
comments concerning the parcel being considered for sale, including 
notification of any encumbrances or other claims relating to the 
identified land, to the Field Manager, BLM, Northeastern States Field 
Office (See ADDRESSES above) on or before April 12, 2013. Comments will 
be available for public review at the BLM's Northeastern States Field 
Office during regular business hours, except holidays. Before including 
your address, phone number, email address, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your 
entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be 
made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your 
comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public 
review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The BLM will 
make available for public review, in their entirety, all comments 
submitted by businesses or organizations, including comments by an 
individual in their capacity as an official or representative of a 
business or organization.
    Any adverse comments will be reviewed by the BLM State Director, 
Eastern States, who may sustain, vacate, or modify this realty action. 
In the absence of adverse comments, this realty action will become the 
final determination of the Department of the Interior.

    Authority: 43 CFR 2711.1-2.

Mark Storzer,
Field Manager.
 [FR Doc. 2013-04351 Filed 2-25-13; 8:45 am]