H. R. 6049
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 30, 2010
Ms. Markey of Colorado introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with Kiowa County, Colorado, to restore the Murdock Building in Eads, Colorado, for use as the visitor center for the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.
This Act may be cited as the
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic
Site Visitor Center Act of 2010.
In this Act:
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The term Park means the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.
The term NPS means the National Park Service.
Congress finds that—
the Park was established on April 28, 2007, as the 39th unit of the National Park System;
the authorizing legislation for the Park states that a NPS support facility not within the designated boundary of the Park may be located in Kiowa County;
the Murdock Building, on Eads’ main street, has been purchased by Kiowa County and initial stabilization work has begun;
if renovated, the Murdock Building could serve as the Park’s visitor center and administrative offices; and
Kiowa County is actively engaged in adaptive reuse of formerly abandoned historic structures, which has earned the county designation as a Preserve America Community.
The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with Kiowa County, Colorado—
to assist in the renovation of the Murdock Building, in Eads, Colorado;
for the use of a portion of the Murdock Building by the NPS as the visitor center and administrative offices for the Park; and
to provide up to $650,000, subject to appropriations, to Kiowa County towards the cost of renovations and furnishing of the Murdock Building.
Federal funds provided under subsection (a)(3)—
shall be matched on a 4:1 Federal to non-Federal basis and the non-Federal contributions may be in the form of in-kind contributions of goods or services fairly valued;
shall be used to make improvements to, and install furnishings within, the Murdock Building for those portions of the building used by the Park; and
shall not be used to pay for personnel or other costs associated with the operation of the Murdock Building as a park visitor center.