CHAPTER 651

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

CONSTITUTING A COMMISSION TO CONSIDER THE PRESERVATION OF THE OLD COURT HOUSE AT NEW CASTLE AND REPORT ITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

WHEREAS, the old Court House at New Castle, Delaware, was the colonial capital of Delaware for many years prior to the existence of Delaware as an independent State and was the scene of much of the early history of the State and is therefore a pre-eminent landmark of the State of Delaware and is owned by the State of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, due to physical deterioration over a period of time and neglect caused by lack of funds to maintain the building in proper physical condition, the building now faces possible destruction or loss by fire and the ravages of time; and

WHEREAS, it is proper for the State to assume the responsibility of the preservation of its historic landmarks ; and

WHEREAS, Historic New Castle, Inc., a private charitable corporation has at its own expense obtained complete architectural and historical data concerning the old Court House in New Castle, which data and information can be made the basis for a plan of preservation of the old Court House building;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That within ten days after the approval of this resolution the Governor be and he is hereby authorized and requested to appoint nine persons to be and compose the New Castle Old Court House Commission. Said nine persons shall include three persons to be designated by the Speaker of the House, three persons to be designated by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and three persons to be designated by the Governor.

Section 2. That it shall be the duty of the New Castle Old Court House Commission to consider the feasibility and advisability of the State of Delaware undertaking the preservation of the Old Court House in New Castle and to report back to this General Assembly on or before the 30th day following the approval of this resolution its conclusions and recommendations with respect to the preservation of the Old Court House in New Castle.

Approved March 7, 1955.