CHAPTER 640

HOUSE BILL NO. 367

AN ACT TO GRANT APPROVAL TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO PURCHASE A TRACT OF LAND WITHIN WHITE CLAY CREEK STATE PARK, WHITE CLAY CREEK HUNDRED, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, NEWARK, DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, pursuant to the 1973-1974 Capital Improvement Act, being Chapter 578, Volume 58, Laws of Delaware, money was appropriated to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; and

WHEREAS, part of that money was set aside in the 1973 Annual Capital Project Schedule for the acquisition of land; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 76, Volume 59, Section 2, Delaware Laws prohibits the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control from purchasing any land, the purchase price of which is in excess of $50,000, without prior approval of the General Assembly; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control have taken steps to purchase a tract of unimproved land consisting of approximately 70 + acres known as the Wells Tract located adjacent to White Clay Creek State Park near Newark, Delaware; and

WHEREAS, appraisals have been completed on the Wells Tract; and the fair market value for the Wells Tract is $456,500.00 or $6,500.00 per acre; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Bureau of Outdoor Recreation will approve the project for Federal matching funds from the Land and Water Conservation Funds in the amount of $228,250.00; and

WHEREAS, a land survey will be completed by a registered Delaware land surveyor verifying the tract acreage; and

WHEREAS, the tract of land is adjacent to White Clay Creek State Park which will enhance the expansion of recreational and preservation activities in compliance 1% it h the part master plan.

NOW, THEREFORE:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is hereby granted approval by the 128th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, pursuant to Chapter 76, 59 Laws of Delaware, Section 2 to acquire the parcel of land known as the Wells Tract within Walter S. Carpenter Jr. State Park formerly known as White Clay Creek State Park, situated in White Clay Hundred, New Castle County, near Newark, Delaware at the established fair market value.

Section 2. Said purchase shall be made in compliance with Title 29, Chapters 91 and 92, Delaware Code and P.L. 91-646 Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970.

Section 3. The purchase price shall be matched with Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds to the fullest extent possible.

Approved July 26, 1976