B-126811, FEB. 8, 1956

B-126811: Feb 8, 1956

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INC.: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JANUARY 20. OF THE PLOT OF GROUND ON WHICH THEIR HOSE HOUSE IS LOCATED. IN VIEW OF YOUR INQUIRY AS TO WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ANY CLAIM ON THE HOSE HOUSE SINCE IT WAS REBUILT AS A WPA PROJECT WITH THE HELP OF FEDERAL FUNDS. ANY RIGHTS WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY HAVE IN CONNECTION WITH THIS HOSE HOUSE BY VIRTUE OF ITS HAVING BEEN REBUILT UNDER A WPA PROJECT. ARE STORED IN THE FEDERAL RECORDS CENTER AT CHICAGO. THE LOCATION OF A PARTICULAR AGREEMENT IS GREATLY FACILITATED IF THE NUMBER THEREOF IS KNOWN. IT IS REQUESTED THAT WE BE FURNISHED THE NUMBER OF THE WPA PROJECT AGREEMENT UNDER WHICH THE HOSE HOUSE WAS REBUILT. WE WOULD ALSO APPRECIATE ADVICE AS TO WHETHER THE HOSE HOUSE IS OWNED BY GILBERTSON BOROUGH.

B-126811, FEB. 8, 1956

TO MR. R. B. DEWITT, AGENT, GILBERTON-LAWRENCE FUELS, INC.:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JANUARY 20, 1956, TO THE HONORABLE IVOR D. FENTON, RELATIVE TO THE PROPOSED SALE TO THE CONTINENTAL HOSE COMPANY NO. 3 IN GILBERTON BOROUGH, PENNSYLVANIA, OF THE PLOT OF GROUND ON WHICH THEIR HOSE HOUSE IS LOCATED. IN VIEW OF YOUR INQUIRY AS TO WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ANY CLAIM ON THE HOSE HOUSE SINCE IT WAS REBUILT AS A WPA PROJECT WITH THE HELP OF FEDERAL FUNDS, MR. FENTON HAS REFERRED YOUR LETTER TO OUR OFFICE FOR A DETERMINATION IN THE MATTER.

ANY RIGHTS WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY HAVE IN CONNECTION WITH THIS HOSE HOUSE BY VIRTUE OF ITS HAVING BEEN REBUILT UNDER A WPA PROJECT, AS WELL AS ANY OBLIGATION ASSUMED BY THE BOROUGH OR THE HOSE COMPANY, WOULD DEPEND UPON THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THE WPA PROJECT AGREEMENT INVOLVED. THESE PROJECT AGREEMENTS, BECAUSE OF THEIR AGE AND THE CONSEQUENT INFREQUENCY OF REFERRAL THERETO, ARE STORED IN THE FEDERAL RECORDS CENTER AT CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, AND THE LOCATION OF A PARTICULAR AGREEMENT IS GREATLY FACILITATED IF THE NUMBER THEREOF IS KNOWN.

ACCORDINGLY, IN ORDER THAT OUR DETERMINATION IN THE MATTER MAY BE EXPEDITED, IT IS REQUESTED THAT WE BE FURNISHED THE NUMBER OF THE WPA PROJECT AGREEMENT UNDER WHICH THE HOSE HOUSE WAS REBUILT, OR, IF POSSIBLE, A COPY OF THE AGREEMENT ITSELF. WE WOULD ALSO APPRECIATE ADVICE AS TO WHETHER THE HOSE HOUSE IS OWNED BY GILBERTSON BOROUGH, OR THE HOSE COMPANY, AND WHO OWNS THE LAND ON WHICH THE HOSE HOUSE IS LOCATED.