CHAPTER 376

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 709

A CAPITAL PROJECTS ACT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF OBLIGATIONS TO FINANCE COSTS OF VARIOUS PROJECTS, APPROPRIATING THE PROCEEDS THEREOF TO VARIOUS AGENCIES OF THE STATE AND TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ON BEHALF OF LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, APPROPRIATING AMOUNTS IN THE BOND REVERSION ACCOUNT TO FINANCE COSTS OF VARIOUS PROJECTS AND DE-AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE BY THE STATE OF OBLIGATIONS FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (three-fourths of all the members elected to each branch thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. There is appropriated to the agencies of this State set forth in Section 9 hereof the sum of $36,218,784 or so much thereof as may be necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Act, which shall be used for the purposes set forth in Section 9 of this Act.

Section 2. The funds appropriated by this Act may be used for the costs incidental to the uses set forth in Section 9 of this Act, and are to include but not be limited to design, planning, land acquisition, acquisition of utility and service areas, construction, repairing, remodeling, equipping, landscaping, and inspection costs, but are not to be used for ordinary or normalmaintenanceexpense of highways, bridge or other properties except for that maintenance as outlined in Sections 16 and 17 of this Act.

Section 3. None of the monies appropriated by this Act shall be expended after June 30, 1980, on any of the individual projects authorized in the 1978 Annual Capital Projects Schedule unless such projects have progressed into any or all of the following phases prior to July 1, 1980: Initial Engineering, Planning, Procurement, Construction.

Section 4. (a). In order to provide funds for appropriation pursuant to this Act, $19,166,385 shall be borrowed by the issuance of bonds or bond anticipation notes to which the State shall pledge its faith and credit. The bonds authorized to be issued by this subsection shall mature not later than twenty (20) years from their date of issuance and shall be issued for projects and in amounts set forth in the fiscal year 1978 Capital Budget Summary and the Annual Capital Projects Schedule included herein.

(b) In order to provide funds for appropriation pursuant to this Act, $14,944,427 shall be borrowed by the issuance of bonds or bond anticipation notes to which the State shall pledge its faith and credit. The bonds authorized to be issued by this subsection shall mature not later than ten (10) years

from their date of issuance and shall be issued for projects and in amounts set forth in the fiscal year 1978 Capital Budget Summary and the Annual Capital Projects Schedule included herein.

Section 5. The State Treasurer is hereby directed to transfer proceeds from the sale of bonds heretofore issued in the amounts, for the projects, and under the Authorization Acts set forth below, which sums are no longer needed for the purposes for which the bands were issued.

Department of Agency Volume & Chapter Project Account Code Amount

Agriculture

60-271

65-04-000-76-81

$ 33,950

Correction

60-691

38-13-003-77-81

8,290

Health & Social Services

58-347

35-04-000-72-81

227,000

Health & Social Services

58-578

35-04-000-73-81

339,732

Health & Social Services

59-223

35-04-000-74-80

177,856

Health & Social Services

60-271

35-14-000-76-80

192,443

Health & Social Services

60-691

35-06-002-77-84

3,255

Natural Resources and

     

Environmental Control

     

(DNREC)

60-271

40-05-002-76-80

50,000

DNREC

60-271

40-01-000-76-83

959,419

DNREC

60-271

40-01-000-76-87

50,000

State Board of Education

59-223

95-25-000-74-22

66,027

Total

$2,107,972

 

Such sums are appropriated pursuant to Section 1 of this Act for the purposes and in the amounts set forth in the fiscal year 1978 Annual Capital Projects Schedule, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 7417, Title 29, Delaware Code, as amended.

Section 6. The General Assembly hereby repeals the authorization to issue obligations of the State in the amounts, for the projects, and under the Authorization Acts set forth below:

Department or Agency Volume & Chapter Project Account Code

Amount

Administrative Services

60-691

30-04-000-77-80

$ 18,000

Administrative Services

60-271

30-04-000-76-89

100,000

State

60-691

20-06-004-77-80

10,000

Delaware State College

60-271

90-03-000-76-80

118,293

Delaware State College

60-691

90-03-000-77-80

139,760

Correction

60-691

38-13-003-77-80

14,956

Health & Social Services

58-578

35-04-000-73-81

300,000

Health & Social Services

59-223

35-04-000-74-80

775,000

Health & Social Services

59-223

35-05-004-74-80

15,420

Health & Social Services

60-691

35-06-002-77-83

1,085

Health & Social Services

69-691

35-06-002-77-80

200,000

Health & Social Services

60-691

35-05-004-77-81

31,000

Department or Agency Volume Ed Chapter Project Account Code Amount

Natural Resources and Environmental Control

     

(DNREC)

60-271

40-01-000-76-81

$ 244,798

 

DNREC

60-691

40-06-002-77-80

400,000

DNREC

60-691

40-06-002-77-81

490,000

DNREC

60-691

40-01-000-77-82

100,000

State Board of Education

59-223

95-25-000-74-22

150,000

State Board of Education

60-271

*

712,000

State Board of Education

60-691

*

1,500,000

Transportation

60-271

55-05-000-76-80

622,500

Transportation

60-271

35-05-000-76-80

179,500

Transportation

60-691

55-05-000-77-81

200,000

Transportation

60-691

55-05-000-77-81

100,000

   

Total

$6,422,312

*NOTE: Project Account Codes not assigned because local share of funds has not been appropriated.

Such sums are appropriated pursuant to Section 1 of this Act for the purposes and in the amounts set forth in the fiscal year 1978 Annual Capital Projects Schedule.

Section 7. There is appropriated from the General Fund of the State such sums as may be necessary for the expenses incident to the issuance of the bonds and notes therein authorized, and such further sums as may be necessary to pay any interest which becomes due on such bonds and notes during the current fiscal year, and such further sums as may be necessary for the repayment of the principal of any of the said bonds and notes which become due during the current fiscal year. Vouchers for the payment of the expenses incident to the issuance of bonds and notes and for the Interest and repayment of said bonds and notes shall be signed by the State Treasurer, by and with the approval of the Bond Issuing Officers. Any monies received from the premium and accrued interest on the sale of said bonds shall be deposited to the credit of the General Fund.

Section 8. The Budget Appropriation Bill which shall be enacted and approved by the General Assembly for the fiscal year next following the effective date of this Act and for each subsequent fiscal year or biennium, shall contain under the Debt Service item provisions for the payment of interest and principal maturities of the bonds (or notes which are not to be funded by the issuance of bonds) issued under the authority of this Act, and such of the revenues of the State of Delaware as are not prohibited by the constitutional provisions or committed by preceding statutes for other purposes, are hereby pledged for the redemption and cancellation of said bonds and payment of interest thereon.

Section 9. The monies appropriated herein, or so much thereof as is necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act, shall be expended by the following State agencies or their successors and the State Board of Education shall allocate monies to the designated school districts according to the following tabulation of maximum totals and shares or in the proportions represented by said maximum totals and shares:

Department or Agency State Funds

(a) Department of Administrative Services $ 118,000

(b) Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development 1,250,000

(c) Department of Correction 7,949,380

(d) Department of State 160,000

(e) Department of Public Safety 52,500

(f) Department of Health & Social Services 348,000

(g) Delaware State College 450,000

(h) University of Delaware 3, 030,000

(i) Delaware National Guard 426,000

(j) Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control 2,939,104

(k) Department of Agriculture 33,950

(l) (1) Department of Transportation

(1) Corridor Program Projects

(2) Non-Corridor Program Projects

(3) Paving & Rehabilitation Program: Primary & Secondary Roads

(4) Drainage Program Projects

(5) Traffic Signal Program: Improvements

(6) Miscellaneous Program: Small Projects

(7) Suburban Street Program: Improvements

(8) Long Life Heavy Equipment

(9) Dirt Roads Program

(10) Engineering & Contingencies

$ 3,587,000

1,433,000

4,012,400

135,000

315,000

865,000

3,650,000

500,000

1,002,000

1,534,423

Sub-Total 17,033,823

(m) State Board of Education

 

Total Cost

Local Share State Share

(1) Minor Capital

(2) Improv.

$2,795,571

$1,067,544 $1,728,027

(3) Sch. Bldg. Maint.

700,000

-- 700,000

Sub-Total

$3,495,571

$1,067,544 $2,428,027

Grand Total State Funds

 

$36,218,784

Section 10. Any funds borrowed pursuant to this Act and remaining unexpended after the completion of the programs authorized by this Act and any funds borrowed pursuant to this Act and remaining unexpended because a project authorized by this Act is not timely undertaken, shall be deposited in a special account and applied, at the discretion of the State Treasurer with the approval of the Bond Issuing Officers, against future capital improvement bond and note requirements, all acts to the contrary notwithstanding.

Section 11. No bonds or notes shall be issued or monies borrowed on behalf of this State, pursuant to this Act, after June 30, 1983, except as provided in Chapter 75, Title 29, Delaware Code.

Section 12. All monies appropriated by this Act shall be considered to be in compliance with and shall be expended in accordance with the intent of the 1978 Annual Capital Projects Schedule.

Section 13. (a) The monies allocated in Section 9(1) of this Act shall be expended for highway construction or related purposes, but they shall not be used for office supplies or Eor office equipment and furnishings. The monies authorized in Section 9(1) (10) of this Act and termed Engineering and Contingencies shall be accounted for by project.

(b) In the event that the Secretary of the Department of Transportation determines that an individual project listed in the Project Schedule requires additional funds for completion or will have a funding balance remaining upon completion, in excess of the amount listed for such project, the Secretary of the Department of Transportation may, with the approval of the Director of the Office of Management, Budget and Planning, transfer funds from one individual project listed herein to another such project within the same program.

Section 14. The sums of money appropriated and allocated for school construction purposes pursuant to Section 9(m) of this Act shall not be expended for educational supplies of an expendable nature which are consumed or materially changed as they are used; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall preclude the purchase of all education supplies necessary for the initial operation of schools so built, altered or added to in accordance with the provisions of the School Construction Capital Improvements Act, being, Chapter 75, Title 29, of the Delaware Code.

Section 15. (a) In compliance with Section 7526 of Title 29, Delaware Code, the State Board of Education and the local school districts shall allocate such portions of the total appropriation for the total cost of any school construction authorized by Section 9(m) hereof as shall be necessary to provide for the customary audit function, but in no event, shall such allocation exceed one-half percent of such total cost. The State Auditor of Accounts shall be responsible for arranging the audit function in accordance with Section 2906 and Section 2907 of Title 29, Delaware Code.

(b) In compliance with Section 7526 of Title 29, Delaware Code, the State Board of Education and the local school districts shall allocate such portions of the total appropriation for the total cost of any school construction authorized by Section 9(m) hereof as shall be necessary to provide for the customary supervision (construction inspection services). The limitation of one percent prescribed in Section 7526 of Title 29, Delaware Code, for construction inspection services is hereby set aside and such allocation by the State Board of Education and the local school districts shall not exceed the following percentages:

(1) Normal new construction in excess of $1,000,000

(2) Small projects up to $1,000,000

(3) Reconstruction and Renovations

1 1/4% of total cost

1 1/2% of total cost

1 1/2% of total cost

(c) In contracting for the supervision (construction inspection services) as prescribed in Section 15(b) hereinabove, the State Board of Education shall give first preference to an experienced Delaware organization, able to, and offering to provide quality service on a "non-profit, at cost" basis, and in so contracting it shall not be subject to the bidding laws as prescribed by Chapter 69, Title 29, Delaware Code. If no such organization is able to or is willing to offer to perform such specialized service on such "non-profit, at cost" basis, then the State Board of Education may contract for such services with profit making organization on a bid basis as prescribed by Chapter 69, Title 29, Delaware Code.

Section 16, (a) The sum of $1,728,027 appropriated by Section 9(m) of this Act to the State Board of Education for minor capital improvements to school buildings, or so much thereof as shall be necessary to carry out the purpose of this Act, shall be paid by the State Board of Education to the local districts in the following amounts:

       

School District

Total Cost

State Share

Local Share

Alexis I. duPont

$ 91,121

$ 54,673

$ 36,448

Alfred I. duPont

230,406

138,244

92,162

Appoquinimink

44,117

26,470

17,647

Claymont

81,501

48,901

32,600

Conrad Area

126,880

76,128

50,752

De La Warr

81,501

48,901

32,600

Marshallton-McKean

91,121

54,673

36,448

Mount Pleasant

123,435

74,061

49,374

New Castle-Gunning Bedford

222,585

133,551

89,034

Newark

385,463

231,278

154,185

Stanton

126,880

76,128

50,752

Wilmington

60,481

36,289

24,192

Caesar Rodney

114,482

68,689

45,793

Capital

165,728

99,437

66,291

Lake Forest

24,862

14,917

9,945

Milford

97,657

58,594

39,063

Smyrna

84,587

50,752

33,835

Cape Henlopen

41,473

24,884

16,589

Delmar

19,008

11,405

7,603

Indian River

125,282

75,169

50,113

Laurel

49,724

29,834

19,890

Seaford

100,209

60,126

40,083

Woodbridge

25,920

15,552

10,368

Kent Vo-Tech

2,851

2,851

-0-

New Castle Vo-Tech

35,069

35,069

-0-

Sterck

45,792

45,792

-0-

Bush

4,320

4,320

-0-

Wallin

3,024

3,024

-0-

Sussex Vo-Tech

35,647

35,647

-0-

Vocational Equipment

94,839

56,904

37,935

State Board of Education

59.606

35.764

23,842

TOTAL

$2,795,571

$1,728,027

$1,067,544


The State Board of Education shall in no case pay more toward the completion of the minor capital improvements for each school district as herein contemplated, than the total amounts designated as "Maximum State Share", nor less than sixty percent rounded to the nearest one hundred dollars of the final actual total costs when such total costs are less than the "Maximum Total Cost" herein designated. As is customary in the case of 100 percent State supported schools, 100 percent of the funds herein contemplated for such schools, shall be wholly provided by the State.

(b) The State Board shall establish criteria for the types of minor capital improvements which it will approve under this Section. The State Board shall pay local districts only for the actual expenses of repairs and replacements of a capital nature which shall include but not be limited to the rebuilding or major repair of roofs, floors, heating systems, painting, electrical, and plumbing or water systems and facilities. The State Board shall in any case, pay only sixty percent of the total costs of such minor capital improvements.

(d) Before any minor capital improvements or repairs of a capital nature authorized by this Section are undertaken by any school district, the school district shall send a request to the State Board of Education, which request shall itemize the improvements or repairs needed and show the estimated cost of each item. The State Board, using the criteria established pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section, shall decide as to the right of payment to the local school district and show the estimated cost of each item.

(e) In order to determine the right of payment to the school district under this Section, the State Board, or its designated representative, shall:

(i) Inspect the building or buildings to determine that the minor capital improvements requested by the school district are needed and are in accordance with the criteria established pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section;

(ii) Provide necessary help to the school district for letting of bids on repairs or replacements meeting the aforesaid criteria;

(i) Inspect the improvements upon completion to determine that all specifications have been met and that the work and materials used are of acceptable quality; and

(ii) Pay the State's share of the cost of the improvements or repairs made by the school district in accordance with the provisions of this Section after the improvements or repairs are accepted as meeting all specifications as to workmanship and materials and when the school district's share has been deposited with the State Treasurer in accordance with the provisions of this Section.

(f) The State Board of Education shall, if and when the criteria established in this Section are met, pay the school district for the school building improvement, except that the amount paid to each school district shall not be in excess of 60 percent of the total cost.

(g) Any school district may levy and collect a tax to pay its 40 percent share of the cost of the minor capital improvements authorized by this Section. Such taxes shall be collected by local taxation within the school district according to the provisions set forth in Chapter 19, Title 14 of the Delaware Code.

(h) The provisions of Chapter 75, Title 29, Delaware Code, shall not apply to the minor capital improvements authorized by this Section.

Section 17. The sum of $700,000 appropriated by Section 9(m) (2) of this Act to the State Board of Education for "School Building Maintenance", shall be allocated to the school districts in accordance with the following provisions:

(a) The maximum allocation to anydistrict shall be the sum of the allotments for each school building in the district based upon the following formula: $9 for each year since the date of pupil occupancy of the building up to a maximum of 30 such years multiplied by the full number of units of 25 pupils in the building on a full time basis as of September 30, 1976.

(b) The allotment for each school district as computed in (a) of this Section shall be expended only for the purpose of maintenance of buildings and such integral parts as the heating plant, plumbing and electrical system, or painting. It shall not be used for the purchase of routine janitorial supplies, upkeep of grounds nor the repair of any equipmentnot a basic part of the building.

(c) Before the State Board of Education shall make any allotment pursuant to this Section, it shall require that the school district submit a plan of the maintenance and the estimated cost thereof.

(d) The State Board of Education shall establish such rules and regulations as it deems necessary to assure that the purpose of this appropriation is carried out.

Section 18. All State departments and agencies shall submit all architectural structural, electrical, and mechanical plans, specifications and cost estimates during the design and development phases and prior to bid to the State Architect. The State Architect shall be responsible for reviewing and approving these plans prior to bid advertisment and no construction contracts (except Highway construction contracts and school district minor capital improvements) shall be executed without the prior approval of the State Architect.

Section 19. Each State agency and institution of higher learning receiving funds by this Act must, on a semi-annual basis effective upon the enactement of this Act, report to the Office of Management, Budget and Planning the status and anticipated cash flow for each capital improvement project for which it has received funds, either in this Bond Act or in any previous Bond Act, and for which the project is not complete as of the effective date of this Act.

Section 20. (a) All new construction and/or rehabilitation of existing structures shall comply with flood plain management requirements of local communities. If any project is located in a nonparticipating local community, then the State shall comply with the criteria set forth in § 1910.3, 1910.4 and 1910.5 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended.

(b) All projects funded by this Act shall be built to standards that are not less stringent than American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning, Engineering, Inc., Standard 90-75.

Section 21. No bonds or notes shall be issued or sold, or monies borrowed on behalf of this State, pursuant to this Act, without the full guarantee to the buyer that the State of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer.

Section 22. This Act may be knoun,styled or referred to as the "Annual Capital Improvements Act of 1978".

Approved June 29, 1978.