SEARSMONT — Selectmen will hold a public hearing at the Searsmont Community Building on Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m., to present information and hear public comment on a proposed purchase of 63 acres of land. The property will be used for conservation and recreation, with a small portion set aside for use by the town for municipal services, according to a press release.

“The town had tried to purchase this property in 2006,” Selectman Arlo Redman said in the release, “but the deal fell through back then. We are happy to have the opportunity again.”

Searsmont already has recreation and conservation land at the Gibson Preserve, Porter Preserve, Georges River Canal Path and Georges Highland “Ridge to River” Path. This property has 1,200 feet of Georges River frontage and will be accessible from the river and Woodmans Mill Road (Route 173), according to the press release.

At the meeting, selectmen will describe the land, outline some of the recreation and conservation opportunities that would be available, discuss the cost and plans for funding, development and maintenance of the property, and also the possibility of a future conservation easement with the Georges River Land Trust.

According to Redman, the town will request funds from the Lands for Maine’s Future program and another state agency. “If granted, that money will pay for almost all of the purchase price, and Searsmont will only have to provide a modest amount for an appraisal, legal costs, and the cost of the small parcel retained for municipal purposes,” he said in the release.

Voters will have an opportunity to approve the purchase at Searsmont’s annual town meeting April 2 and all are encouraged to attend the public hearing.