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whose term of membership shall be for four years. The Commission elects from its membership a chairman, a secretary and a treasurer. The members of the Commission, excepting the secretary, receive no compensation, but shall be allowed their actual expenses.
The Commission is established for the purpose of marking and preserving the places where historical events have transpired, the restoration of historic public buildings, military works or monuments, in co-operation with municipalities or historical associations, and the acceptance of gifts or relics, which shall be deposited in the State Museum. The Commission may also publish or republish matters of historical or archaeological interests, and may arrange for the compiling, editing, printing and distribution of such publications; and may also, upon its own initiative, or in co-operation with reputable persons, societies, or organizations, conduct investigations of histor'cal or archaeological matters relative to Pennsylvania and report the same for public information. The Commission may also assume the care and maintenance of historic buildings, monuments, objects or antiquities commiited to its custody.
Said Commission may accept for the Commonwealth gifts and bequests of money or securities for the endowment of its work, and it shall, in conjunct on with the Governor, Auditor-General and State Treasurer, constitute a body of trustees for the care and investment of said funds.
STATE FAIR COMMISSION. The State Fair Commission, created by Act of May 27, 1921, P. L. 1191, consists of eleven citizens of the Commonwealth, of whom, the Governor, Secretary of Agriculture, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Commissioner of Labor and Industry shall be ex officio members; of the first appointments, three members shall be appointed for terms of four years each, two for terms of three years each, and two for terms of two years each; thereafter, as the terms of the respective members shall expire, all appointments shall be made for terms of four years each.
The Commission first appointed shall organize by the selection of a permanent chairman, and thereafter the Commission shall organize at Harrisburg, on the fourth Wednesday of January of each year. The Commission shall, at each organization meeting, appoint a secretary, who shall not be a member of the Commiss on. The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for all expenses actually incurred in the discharge of their official dut es. The Attorney General shall act as the legal adviser of the Commission.
It is the duty of the Commission to formulate plans for the establishment, organizat:on, conduct, and management of an annual State fair, to embrace exhibits of all agricultural, industrial, and artistic products of the Commonwealth, including exhibits of all classes of farm products, embracing live stock, dairying, borticulture, all classes of manufacture, industries, mining, mechanics, and domestic arts. and such other exhibits as will best advance the interests of agriculture and the other industries of the Commonwealth.
The Commission shall have power to examine sites, and, if possible, to secure a donation of a proper and convenient site for the annual State fair It shall also have power to examine sites for purchase by the Commonwealth for the purposes of the State fair, and for this purpose to secure options. It shall prepare plans for exhibits, together with their equipment, and formulate plans for advertising, management, and exhibits. The Commission shall have general power to do and undertake all preliminary work looking to the establishment of an annual State fair.
The Commission shall present a full and complete report to the General Issembly not later than the third Monday of January, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-three, together with its recommendations.
SOLDIERS' BONUS COMMISSION. The State Soldiers' Bonus Commission is created by the Act of May 27, 1921. 1'. L. 1178, to carry into effect the State Soldiers' Bonus Law of 1921, which is con: tingent upon a bond issue of thirty-five millions of dollars providing the funds therefor, under joint resolution, proposing an amendment to Article nine, Section four of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, which provides for the payment of compensation to certain persons from Pennsylvania who served in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States, during the World War, between the sixth day of April, nineteen hundred and seventeen, and the eleventh day of November, nineteen hundred and eighteen.
It is the duty of the Commission to investigate all claims filed with it, and if satisfied of the sufficiency of such claim or application to approve the same and direct payment thereof. All applications for bonus shall be made within one year after the Act approved May 27, 1921, P. L. 1178, becomes operative.
The sum of $5,000 was appropriated for the expenses of the Commission.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS. The Board of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, consisting of three commissioners, learned in the law, and appointed by the Governor for a term of four years, is authorized by the Act of April 20, 1917, P. L. 90.
It is the duty of this Board to examine such subjects as it may deem necessary, and to ascertain the best means to effect an assimilation and unifomity of State legislation throughout the United States relating to the subjects so examined; and the said Board of Commissioners shall meet with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, for the promotion of uniformity of legislation in the United States, at its annual or other sessions, and join with it in such measures as may be deemed most expedient to advance the objects of its appointment.
Prior to the meeting of the Legislature the said Board shall make a report to the Governor of its transactions, together with its advice and recommendation as to proposed uniform laws, which report he shall transmit to the Legislature.
LAKE ERIE AND OHIO RIVER CANAL BOARD OF PENNSYLVANIA. The Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal Board, created under Act of June 27, 1913, P. L. 652; as amended by Act of June 17, 1915, P. L. 990; and Act of May 27, 1921, Appropriation Acts, P. 288, consists of not less than five, nor more than seven members, appointed by the Governor, three of whom may be non-residents of Pennsylvania, and shall have charge of the location, construction, maintenance and operation of a canal or waterway commencing at the junction of the Ohio and Beaver Rivers in Pennsylvania; thence, by way of the Beaver and Mahoning Rivers in Pennsylvania and the Mahoning River in Ohio to a point at or near Niles, or Warren, Ohio; thence, northwardly through Ohio to a terminal on Lake Erie, at or near the mouth of Indian Creek in Ohio; and shall also have charge of the development and utilization of water-power that may be created in the construction thereof. The cost of construction shall be assumed by the Commonwealth upon receipt of sufficient guarantee from the several counties of the several States affected, for which reimbursement shall be made to said counties out of any surplus tolls, charges and other income which may accrue from the operation of said canal or the sale of water or water-power.
The members of the Board shall continne in office for the term of four, five and six years, respectively, as designated by the Governor, and each succeeding appoint ment shall be made for a term of six years, except that in the case of a casual vacancy it shall be for the unexpired terin. Each member is required to give an official bond in the sum of $25,000. The present board was appointed July 27, 1917, and reappointed October 16, 1919.
The Governor shall designate one member of the Board as President, who, during the time required for the preparation of the survey and estimates for the canal, shall receive an annual salary of $5,000; also during said period each of the other members of the Board shall receive an annual salary of $4,000. They shall then serve without compensation until such time as the construction of the canal may bo proceeded with, whereupon the President of the Board shall thereafter receive an annual salary of $12,000 and each of the other members an annual salary of $10,000. The members of the present Board receive no salary.
The Board shall elect a secretary, a treasurer, a chief engineer and such officers, engineers, draughtsmen, attorneys, experts and other employes as it may deem necessary, at whatever compensation it may prescribe. The Attorney-General shall be ex-officio the general counsel of the Board. Each member of the Board and all of its employes and appointees shall receive their actual necessary traveling (xpenses.
The principal officer of the Board shall be in Harrisburg, in roois designated by the Board of Commissioners of Public Grounds and Buildings. Branch offices may also be established in Pittsburgh, or elsewhere, if necessary.
The Board is given full power to secure the necessary property rights for its purposes. On or before the second Monday of January in each year the Board shall make a complete report to the Governor of all its operations during the year, including a detailed statement of expenditures, contracts entered into and cost and character of the work done.
By the Act approved June 17, 1915, P. L. 1008, counties are authorized to increase their indebtedness and issue bonds in aid of the construction by the Stat. or by a commission, board, or other agency thereof, of canals or navigable waterways connecting the Great Lakes or the Atlantic Ocean with any navigable waters of this State.
The Legislature of 1913 appropriated $150,000 for the expenses of the Board in making survey and preparing estimates of its work; the Legislature of 1915 appropriated $25,000 additional for similar purposes, and for the printing of the report of the work of the Board, which was filed with the Governor June 28, 1917; and the Legislature of 1919, appropriated $10,000 and the Legislature of 1921, appropriated $7,500 for the necessary expenses of the Board and to enable it to cooperate with the United States Government in the construction of the canal.
The Board cooperated in securing the insertion in the United States Army appropriation bill approved by the President June 30, 1922, of an item of $125.000 for the making of a survey by the United States Engineers of canal water between Lake Erie and the Ohio River.
WASHINGTON CROSSING PARK COMMISSION. This Commission, authorized by Act approved July 25, 1917, P. L. 1209, and Act of May 23, 1921, P. L. 1103, is composed of the Governor, who shall be ex-officio president, and ten citizens of the State appointed by the Governor for the term of five years. All vacancies in the Commission shall be filled by the Governor.
The commissioners are authorized to appoint a secretary and other officers, but they shall not receive compensation for their services as commissioners.
The Comunission is authorized to acquire, by purchase or condemnation, and perpetuate and preserve the site, not to exceed five hundred acres, on which the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, was assembled and from which they crossed the river Delaware on the night preceding the Battle of Trenton, December twenty-five one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six. The location and boundaries of the Park shall be fixed by the commissioners, and the Park shall be laid out, preserved, and maintained forever as a public place or park, by the name of Washington Crossing Park, and shall be preserved in its original condition as nearly as possible for the enjoyment of the people of the State.
After the title has passed to the Commonwealth, the Governor, acting as Comthander-in-Chief, may direct said commissioners to open the grounds and park for the accommodation of the National Guard or any portion thereof. The Commission is authorized to make all necessary arrangements for such military camps, to provide for sufficient water supply and drainage, and during such camps to relinquish to the commanding officer, for the time being, all police control over and through the park and grounds.
The Commission has had the name of the post office at Taylorsville changed to Washington Crossing and has purchased the "Valley of Concentration” where the Continental Army was formed and drilled before crossing the River Deleware, together with the "Place of Embarkation” of the army when it crossed the Delaware the night before the Battle of Trenton, the old Ferry House and Hotel which has been remodeled by the Commission and now used as an Inn. It has also purchased narly one mile of River front thereby protecting the land owned by the Commonwealth.
The island behind which the Durham boats were secreted previous to crossing the River is now owned by the Commonwealth. The land upon which there are many Continental soldiers graves, the old Thompson House, the old Mill where the grain Mas ground and a portion of Bowman's Hill (Washington's main observation point) are now under condemnation.
The district in which the Continental Army was in camp has been surveyed and the Conmission has had a topographical map prepared. The sum of $30,000 was appropriated by the Legislature of 1921 for the further work of the Commission; also a deficiency appropriation of $6,000.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE PARK AND HARBOR COMMISSION OF ERIE.
The Pennsylvania State Park and Harbor Commission of Erie, created by Act of May 27, 1921, P. L. 1180, consists of nine persons, three to be appointed by the Governor, two by the Council of the city of Erie, two by the Judges of the Judicial district of the county of Erie, and the Secretary of Internal Affairs and the Commissioner of Fisheries to be members ex-officio. Those first appointed by the Governor shall serve for four years; by the Erie Council, for three years; and by the Judges of Erie County, for two years. Upon the expiration of the terms for which they shall have been appointed, their successors shall be appointed to serve the full terin of four years. Said commission shall meet and organize by the election of a president and vice-president, and shall meet and effect a like organization annually thereafter. The Commission is empowered to appoint such officers and employes as may be necessary, and to fix their compensation. The members of the Commission shall receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed for all expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties,
The Commission shall have power to enter upon and take possession of certain parcels or tracts of land and land covered with water, situated in the city and county of Erie, including The Presque Isle Peninsula, The Canal Basins, et cetera, which shall be dedicated by the Commonwealth to the use of the public. The Commission shall exercise full power to manage, control, protect, ma'ntain, and develop said lands for public park purposes and for the improvement of the harbor of Erie, and to adopt, establish, and enforce all necessary rules and regulations therefor. The Commission is also authorized to accept gifts of lands, buildings, money, or other articles of whatever kind or description, to be used in the improvement of said park and harbor, and to acquire lands by purchase as may be necessary; no purchase to be made however except with the approval of the Governor.
The Commission shall render an annual report of its proceedings and transactions to the Governor, copies of which shall be filed with the council of Erie city, the Judges of Erie County, and with the Secretary of Internal Affairs. True and complete copies of all surveys, plans, contracts, leases, and maps shall also be filed with the Secretary of Internal Affairs.