House OKs bill to let Salt Lake cemetery sell land

House OKs bill to let Salt Lake cemetery sell land

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. House has approved a bill resolving an issue that kept Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City from selling about 60 acres of its property to a school.

The cemetery wanted to sell the property to raise money and Salt Lake City agreed to zone the land so soccer fields could be built on it.

Congress founded the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in 1847 and later exchanged federal land with the cemetery subject to a clause saying that if the land were ever used for anything but a cemetery, its ownership would revert to the federal government.

U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, is sponsoring the bill that modifies the clause to authorize an appraisal and allow the grounds to be used for school and recreational purposes.

The House approved HR 1442 on Thursday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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