SENATE BILL NO. 297
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE AND APPROVE THE TRANSFER OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY IN SUSSEX COUNTY, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE BROADKILL SCHOOL.
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware once operated a school in Sussex County known as Broadkill School; and
WHEREAS, said school has been closed since 1944; and custody of the property was subsequently transferred to the Sussex County Department of Elections; and
WHEREAS, in recent years the property has ceased to be used for any constructive purpose, has fallen into disrepair, and represents an eyesore as well as a threat to the safety and welfare of the community; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Elections has declared the property surplus; and
WHEREAS, the property upon which said School is situated was originally granted to the State of Delaware by the family of Albert Lank in the year 1923 for a nominal sum; and
WHEREAS, Albert Lank remains the owner of and resides at adjoining property to this day; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Lank has expressed an interest in having the property returned to his ownership and care; and
WHEREAS, the cost of repairing, restoring, or demolishing the improvements exceeds the value of the property;
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (three-fourths of all members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):
Section 1. Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, including those contained in Title 29, Chapter 94 of the Delaware Code relating to surplus property, the transfer and conveyance of the following described real property to Mr. Albert Lank for the consideration of one dollar ($1.00) is hereby specifically approved:
All that certain lot, piece, or parcel of land, situate in Sussex County and the State of Delaware, being more particularly described as follows, to wit:
All that parcel identified in the land records of Sussex County as tax parcel number 2-358-85, recorded in Deed Book 633, page 967, consisting of 1.86 acres more or less, with improvements, be they such as they are.
Section 2. The appropriate State agency is hereby authorized and empowered to execute and deliver to Mr. Lank a good and sufficient deed to the said real property.
Section 3. Mr. Lank shall bear any costs associated with the acquisition and transfer of title; and accepts the property in its present as-is condition.
Section 4. This bill becomes effective upon its enactment into law
Approved June 25, 1998