CHAPTER 38 - APPROPRIATION TO DELAWARE STATE HOSPITAL

AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR THE ERECTION OF A NEW STATE BUILDING IN THE CITY OF DOVER.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That the Governor of the State of Delaware, be and he is hereby authorized and directed to name within sixty days after the approval of this Act, five persons who, together with the Governor, are hereby created a Commission to erect or construct an additional building on the State property in the City of Dover, as provided in this Act, which Commission shall be known as "The State House Building Commission of 1937." The said Commission shall organize by the election of a chairman and a secretary.

Section 2. The Commission so constituted is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to erect, construct and equip an additional building to be used in connection with other State buildings in the City of Dover, Kent County, State of Delaware, and which building, when erected and equipped as herein provided, shall be used for State Offices and Administrative purposes, preference being given to the needs and requirements of the Corporation Department and of the State Archives Commission, and of the Motor Vehicle Department, and shall be located at such place on the lands owned by the State of Delaware in the City of Dover as the committee in its discretion shall select.

Section 3. The members of the Commission shall receive no salaries or other compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in connection with their duties as members of said Commission.

All vacancies occurring in the Commission shall be filled by appointment by the Governor of the State.

The duties of the said Commission shall include the erection and completion of the building aforesaid, the equipment of such building with necessary fixtures for heating and lighting, the furnishing and decorating the same and the making of such alteration to the present State House or other State Building as shall be necessary or proper to enable the new building to be used in connection therewith.

Section 4. The Commission, when appointed shall immediately organize and shall employ a capable architect and proceed as speedily as possible to have necessary drawings and specifications prepared for the construction and decoration of said building, said drawings to include plans for lighting, heating, decorating and furnishing the same. Said Commission shall let contracts for the execution of the work authorized by this Act by public., advertising to the lowest, best and most responsible bidder, and shall have the right to reject any and all bids; and shall require all contractors to give bonds, satisfactory to said Commission, at least equal to one-half the amount of the respective contracts.

Section 5. The total aggregate cost to the State of Delaware for the construction, equipment and decoration of such building, the performance of all other work hereby authorized, including all fees, commissions, salaries and expenses of all kinds for the Commission, counsellors, and attorneys, engineers, experts, architects, superintendents, clerks and other employees shall amount to the sum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00). All payments on account of said work shall be made by the State Treasurer upon warrants drawn by the State Auditor from time to time upon the presentation to him of specifically itemized vouchers approved by the Chairman and Secretary of said Commission. The Commission is hereby authorized and empowered to make application to any federal department, board or agency and to accept from any federal department, board or agency any grant or grants of any funds which may be available to the State of Delaware to cover any of the costs for the construction, erection, equipment and decoration of said building, and if any funds are so received by the Commission hereby created from any federal agency, the cost of such building may be increased to such an amount as such funds may be available or applicable. Any funds received from any federal department, board or agency may be paid to the State Treasurer, who shall keep the same in a separate fund or account, and such fund shall be used only for the purpose of carrying out the purposes and intent of this Act. Such funds may be drawn and all payments on account of the said work shall be made by the said Treasurer upon warrants drawn by the State Auditor from time to time upon the presentation to him of specifically itemized vouchers approved by the chairman and secretary of said Commission.

Section 6. The said Commission shall use its best endeavor to complete all its duties and work by the first day of January. A. D. 1939. The Commission shall render to the next General Assembly sitting in the year 1939 a full report of its proceedings under the provisions of this Act.

Section 7. That the sum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) be and the same is hereby appropriated out of the State Treasury to be paid by the State Treasurer upon warrants drawn as hereinbefore provided, during the years 1937 and 1938 and until the convening of the General Assembly in 1939.

There is also appropriated out of the State Treasury any sum or sums as shall be paid into the State Treasury by any Federal Department, Board or Agency because of any grant made to the State of Delaware under the provisions of this Act, to be paid by the State Treasurer upon warrants drawn as hereinbefore provided, during the years 1937 and 1938, and until the convening of the General Assembly in 1939.

Section 8. Such portion of the above named sum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) as shall not be expended in accordance with the provisions of this Act, shall revert to the General Fund.

Section 9. That this Act shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act and the money hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the Special Fund at the Farmers' Bank of the State of Delaware, at Dover, consisting of money received from the sale of the Bonds authorized by an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, entitled "An Act authorizing the State of Delaware to Borrow Two Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars and issue Bonds therefor," approved A. D. 1937.

Approved April 22, 1937.