CHAPTER 689

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 43

AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISMENT OF AN AD HOC COMMITTEE TO STUDY METHODS OF INCREASING THE TOURIST POTENTIAL OF FORT DELAWARE AND PEA PATCH ISLAND AREA AND TO STUDY THE POSSIBILITY OF RESTORATION OF THE LOCK FACILITIES OF THE OLD CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL, AND PROVIDING FOR THE SUBMISSION OF REPORT OF SUCH STUDY AND INVESTIGATION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND PROVIDING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

WHEREAS, the State and local communities are preparing for the Bicentennial Celebration; and

WHEREAS, Fort Delaware and Pea Patch Island are of historic significance; and

WHEREAS, the lock facilities located at Delaware City on the old Chesapeake and Delaware Canal have the historic potential to be a major tourist attraction during the Bicentennial Celebration;

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 127th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor, that an Ad Hoc Committee be formed to study the methods of increasing the tourist potential of Fort Delaware and Pea Patch Island and to investigate the possibility of the restoration of the lock facilities in Delaware City on the old Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

The Ad Hoc Committee shall consist of eleven members composed of the following individuals: the Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Mr. Kenneth Boulden, Jr. of New Castle County; Ralph Cryder of New Castle County; the President of the Fort Delaware Society; the Mayor of the City of Delaware City; the Chairman of the Delaware City Bicentennial Commission; the Chairman of the State of Delaware Bicentennial Commission; Mr. Emerson Wilson of the Fort Delaware Society; a representative of the Delaware Congressional Delegation; and one Senator and one Representative from the General Assembly to be appointed by the Governor.

One member of the Ad Hoc Committee shall be appointed as Chairman by the Governor.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall make a report to the General Assembly on or before January 15, 1975 on the advisability of the reconstruction of the lock facilities located at Delaware City on the old Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and on the advisability of the continuing renovation of Fort Delaware and the Pea Patch Island area for the Bicentennial Celebration. The report shall also contain information on the availability of federal, State, county, city or private funds which can be used in the restoration of the locks or renovation of Fort Delaware and the Pea Patch Island area.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the sum of $5,000 is hereby appropriated to Legislative Council to be used by the Ad Hoc Committee for the purpose of making the study and investigation as herein provided for.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appropriation shall be considered a supplemental appropriation, and the monies hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware from monies not otherwise appropriated. Any funds remaining unexpended as of June 30, 1975 shall revert to the General Fund.

Approved July 18, 1974.