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Amend the second section of the bill so as to read as follows:

“ SEC. 2. That the entire amount found to be due and awarded as damages for and in respect of the land condemned for the extension of Twenty-third street as herein provided shall be assessed by the jury hereinafter provided for as benefits and to the extent of such benefits against those pieces or parcels of land on each side of said street as extended and also on any or all pieces or parcels of land which will be benefited by the extension of said street as said jury may find said pieces or parcels of land will be benefited; and in determining the amounts to be assessed against said pieces or parcels of lands the jury shall take into consideration the respective situations of such pieces or parcels of land and the benefits they may severally receive from the extension of said street as aforesaid, and the verdict of said jury shall also be for a sufficient sum to cover all the costs of the condemnation proceedings herein provided for.”

Strike out the word “ joining” and insert the word "extension" in lines 23 and 25, page 3, lines 12, 16, and 18, page 4, and lines 16 and 17, page 7.

Strike out the word “streets " and insert the word "street" in line 24, page 3, lines 12 and 16, page 4, and lines 13 and 17, page 7.

Strike out all of section 7 after the word “land,” in line 20, page 5, and insert in lieu thereof the following: "by the disbursing officer of the District of Columbia from moneys advanced to him by the Secretary of the Treasury upon requisitions of the Commissioners of the said District, as provided by law; and a sufficient sum to pay the amounts of said judgments and awards is hereby appropriated from the revenues of the District of Columbia.”

The direct extension of the street as proposed in the bill would involve greater damages than if the extension were carried through as suggested by the Commissioners, and for that reason it is not believed advisable to follow such line.

With the amendments suggested in the line of the proposed extension and the form of the bill, the Commissioners recommend favorable consideration. Very respectfully,

HENRY B. F. MACFARLAND, President Board of Commissioners District of Columbia. Hon. J. H. GALLINGER, Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia,

United States Senate.

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CONGRESS

EXTENSION OF SECOND AND W STREETS NW.

DECEMBER 14, 1906.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. BABCOCK, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, sub

mitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 2098.)

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 2098) authorizing the extension of Second street NW. from Elm street north to Bryant street, of W street from its present terminus west of Flagler place to Second street, and of W street west of Second street eastwardly to Second street, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass when amended as follows:

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following:

That, under and in accordance with the provisions of sections four hundred and ninety-one a to four hundred and ninety-one n, both inclusive, of subchapter one of chapter fifteen of the Code of Law for the District of Columbia, within thirty days after the passage of this act the Commissioners of the District of Columbia be, and they are hereby, authorized and directed to institute in the supreme court of the District of Columbia a proceeding in rem to condemn the land that may be necessary for the extension of Second street northwest from Elm street northward to Bryant street, with a width of ninety feet, and of W street from its present terminus west of Flagler place to Second street, with a width of eighty feet, and of W street west of Second street eastward to Second street, with a width of fifty feet.

Sec. 2. That assessments shall be made by the jury as benefits as contemplated in section 491g of the subchapter of the Code hereinbefore referred to: Provided, That the total amount found to be due and awarded as damages, plus the cost and expenses of the proceedings, shall be assessed by the said jury as benefits

Sec. 3. That the sum of six hundred dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, out of the revenues of the District of Columbia, to provide the necessary funds for the costs and expenses of the condemnation proceedings taken pursuant hereto, to be repaid to the District of Columbia from the assessment for benefits when the same are collected, and a sufficient sum to pay the amounts of all judgments and awards is hereby appropriated out of the revenues of the District of Columbia.

The amendment recommended by your committee in the nature of a substitute for the Senate bill is for the purpose of bringing the proposed legislation in harmony with sections 491a to 491n of the Code of Law for the District of Columbia, these sections regulating proceedings for the condemnation of land for streets.

As this improvement is considered to be of advantage mainly to that immediate section of the city, provision has been made in section 2 of the substitute so that the property benefited will be assessed to cover the amount awarded as damages for land taken, as well as for the costs and expenses of the condemnation proceedings—which entire amount will be returned to the District revenues, as it will be assessed as benefits—and the District of Columbia will ultimately bear no portion of the expense for this improvement.

This measure has the approval of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, as will be seen by the following letter addressed to Senator Gallinger:

OFFICE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, January 15, 1906. SIR: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have the honor to submit the following on Senate bill 2098, Fifty-ninth Congress, first session, "Authorizing the extension of Second street northwest north to Trumbuil street and W street westward to Second street northwest,” which you referred to them for examination and report.

It is proposed in the bill to extend Second street from Elm street to Bryant street, with a width of 90 feet, and W street from its present terminus just west of Flagler place to the proposed extension of Second street, as shown in red on the inclosed plat. If this extension is made, a further smaller extension of the existing W street west of the proposed extension of Second street should also be made. This smaller extension is shown in yellow on the plat.

The proposed extensions are of considerable local importance, as they will eliminate existing culs-de-sac at W street east and Adams street west of First street and V street west of Second street. The western portions of V and W streets are not in continuation of those streets east of Second street.

The estimated cost of the extensions proposed is, for land, $28,000, and for improvements, consisting of houses, $8,000, or a total of $36,000.

Section 2 of the bill provides that the entire amount paid as damages shall be assessed as benefits on adjacent property. The cost of grading in order to make a physical connection to the streets will be merely nominal. This is not provided for in the bill.

The Commissioners invite attention to the fact that what was formerly known as Trumbull street is now known as Bryant street under the new system of street names.

In order to amend the bill to provide for the extension of W street west of Second street the following changes will be necessary in the wording:

Change the title so as to read as follows:

“Authorizing the extension of Second street northwest from Elm street north to Bryant street; of W street from its present terminus west of Flagler place to Second street, and of W street west of Second street eastwardly to Second street."

Strike out lines 7, 8, and 9, page 1 of the bill, and insert in lieu thereof the following: “northwest from Elm street, northward to Bryant street, with a width of ninety feet, and of W street from its present terminus west of Flagler place to Second street, with a width of eighty feet, and of W street west of Second street eastward to Second street, with a width of fifty feet.”

Strike out the word “thirty,” in line 4, page 1 of the bill, and insert in lieu thereof the word “sixty."

Sixty days should be granted within which to institute the condemnation proceedings.

Amend section 7 of the bill by striking out all of the section after the word " land,” in line 11, and insert in lieu thereof the following: "by the disbursing officer of the District of Columbia from moneys advanced to him by the Secretary of the Treasury upon requisitions of the Commissioners of the said District, as provided by law; and a sufficient sum to pay the amounts of said judgments and awards is hereby appropriated, one half from the revenues of the District of Columbia and the other half out of moneys in the United States Treasury not otherwise appropriated.”

With the amendments suggested the Commissioners recommend favorable action on the bill. Very respectfully,

HENRY B. F. MACFARLAND, President Board of Commissioners District of Columbia. Hon. J. H. GALLINGER, Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia,

United States Senate.

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