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and committee aforesaid. The township board, commissioner Who to preof highways and committee aforesaid shall have the right to of contract. determine the details of the contract with such lowest bidder in respect to the time within which the work is to be completed, the method and time of payment, and in all other respects not hereinbefore provided for. Payments upon such contracts shall be made by the township treasurer upon orders of the township board given in the manner provided by law.
SEC. 7. For the purpose of meeting and paying the principal Special fund and interest upon the bonds issued in pursuance of this act, and of keeping the highway so improved in repair, a special fund to be known as the "Michigan Avenue Fund" shall be provided by said township board. The commissioner of highways shall each year, in connection with his annual report to the township board as provided by law, also include an estimate of the amount of money which in his judgment will be necessary to keep said highway after it is so improved in repair during the ensuing year. To the sum so reported the said township Tax for, how board shall add a sum sufficient to pay the interest to become due during the ensuing year upon the bonds outstanding, issued in pursuance of this act, and is hereby authorized to raise by assessment upon the taxable property of that portion of said township which lies without the limits of the villages of Delray and Woodmere, the total sum necessary to pay said interest and to keep said highway in repair. Said township board is Assessment also authorized to raise by assessment upon the taxable prop- fund. erty in that portion of said township which lies without the limits of the villages of Delray and Woodmere, such sum as it shall determine, not exceeding five thousand dollars in any one year, to be placed in a sinking fund for the payment of the principal of said bond so outstanding. The sum so determined shall be assessed, levied and collected in the manner provided for the assessment, levy and collection of other taxes of said township. The fund so raised for repairs shall be used for repairs upon the highway so improved and for no other purpose. The township board is also authorized to pay over to and apply upon said Michigan avenue fund such sums as it may desire to take out of the general funds of said township. Such sums as shall be placed in said Sinking fund, fund from time to time for the purpose of meeting and paying ited. the principal of said bonds shall be placed at interest by said township treasurer in a savings bank in the county of Wayne, to be approved by said township board, for the use and benefit of that portion of said township which lies without the limits of the villages aforesaid until such time as said sinking funds shall be used in meeting and paying such bonds.
SEC. 8. The general law relative to highways and townships Suspension of and all special acts relating to said township, wherever the general law.
same may conflict with the provisions of this act, are hereby
suspended in their operations so far as the same are in conflict
with the terms and provisions of this act.
This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
Township boards to pro
AN ACT relative to voting precincts on the islands of North
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
SECTION 1. It shall be the duty of the township board of vide addition- Leland township, in the county of Leelanau, to provide for an additional voting precinct on the island of North Manitoù, and it shall be the duty of the township board of Glen Arbor township to provide for an additional voting precinct on the island of South Manitou.
SEC. 2. The proceedings of the township boards of Leland how governed. and Glen Arbor under this act and the doings of the boards of registration and election in said townships, after the special arrangements are made for voting places on the islands of North Manitou and South Manitou shall be governed by the provisions of act number two hundred three of the public acts of eighteen hundred seventy-seven, entitled "An act relative to dividing townships and villages into election districts and to provide for the registration of electors in such cases," the same being sections three thousand five hundred eighty-two to three thousand five hundred ninety-four, inclusive, of the Compiled Laws of eighteen hundred ninety-seven. This act is ordered to take immediate effect. Approved April 23, 1903.
Title to property, etc., to be vested in successor.
AN ACT to vest in the First Presbyterian society of Jonesville, Michigan, the title to the property of its predecessor, the First Presbyterian society of Jonesville, and to provide for the payment of the debts and obligations of said original First Presbyterian society by its said successor.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
SECTION 1. All of the lands, the church building and site, together with the furniture, library, property and effects, both real and personal, of the First Presbyterian society of Jonesville, as originally incorporated, and all the debts and demands due or owing to said First Presbyterian society are hereby transferred to and declared the property of the First Presbyterian society of Jonesville, Michigan, as at present incorporated; and all bonds, debts, dues, obligations and contracts of said original First Presbyterian society are hereby declared the dues, obligations, contracts and debts of the First Presbyterian society, as at present incorporated, and shall be binding upon said First Presbyterian society according to their respective terms and conditions.
This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
AN ACT to authorize the city of Coldwater to build, construct and maintain a system of sanitary sewers for the use of the city of Coldwater and the inhabitants thereof, and to provide for the issuing of bonds for the payment of the same.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
SECTION 1. The city of Coldwater shall have the power to City may conestablish, construct and maintain sewers and drains whenever and wherever necessary, and of such dimensions and materials, and under such regulations as they may deem proper for the drainage of the city; and private property, or the use thereof, may be taken therefor in the manner prescribed in the charter of said city for taking such property for public use. But in all cases where the council shall deem it practicable such sewers and drains shall be constructed in the public streets and grounds.
lic works to
SEC. 2. The board of public works shall have the manage- Board of pubment, supervision and control of the sewers, sewerage system have charge and drainage of the city, and the charge of their construction, subject to the general direction and approval of the council as herein provided, and the council may by ordinance prescribe the powers and duties of said board, relating to all matters connected with the sewers, sewerage system and drainage of the city.
SEC. 3. Whenever it may become necessary, in the opinion Council may of the council, to provide sewerage and drainage for the city to or for any part thereof, it shall be their duty to instruct and direct the board of public works to devise, or cause a plan of such sewerage or drainage to be devised for the whole city, or for such part thereof as they shall determine. SEC. 4. Such plan shall, in the discretion of the board, Plans. how be formed with a view to the division of the city into main sewer districts, each to include one or more main or principal sewers, with the necessary branches and connections; the districts to be numbered and so arranged as to be as nearly independent of each other as may be. Plats or diagrams of Where filed. such plan, when completed, shall be submitted to the council, and when adopted by the council shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the board.
of sewer districts.
SEC. 5. Main sewer districts may be subdivided into special Division, etc., sewer districts in such manner that each special district shall include one or more lateral or branch sewers connecting with a main sewer, and such lands as in the opinion of the board, subject to the approval of the council, will be benefited by the construction thereof. When deemed necessary, special sewer districts, to include one or more local or branch sewers, and such lands as in the opinion of the board, subject to the approval of the council, will be benefited, by the construction
Council may provide for main sewers.
Cost of constructing, etc., how paid.
When board of public works to
thereof, may be formed of territory not included in any main sewer district.
SEC. 6. The council may, however, provide for main or trunk sewers without reference to sewer districts, and may direct the board of public works to prepare diagrams, or plats thereof, which when approved by the council, shall be recorded in the office of the clerk, in the book of sewer records.
SEC. 7. The cost and expenses of establishing and making any main or trunk sewers, constructed without reference to sewer districts, shall be paid from the general sewer fund, excepting such portion or portions thereof as the council shall deem to be of benefit to adjacent private property, which property shall be described and the benefits thereto determined, assessed and taxed in the same manner as hereinafter provided. Such part as the council shall determine, being not less than one-sixth of the cost and expense of any main district sewer, or of the cost of any lateral, branch or local sewer constructed within a special sewer district, shall be paid for from the general sewer fund, and the remainder of such costs and expenses shall be defrayed by special assessment upon all the taxable lands and premises included within the main or special sewer district, as the case may be, in proportion to the estimated benefits accruing to each parcel respectively from the construction of the sewer. Assessments according to benefits as aforesaid shall be made without reference to any improvements or buildings upon the lands.
SEC. 8. Before proceeding to the construction of any district sewer, the council shall cause the board of public works prepare plat. to prepare, or cause to be prepared, a diagram and plat of the whole sewer district, showing all the streets, public grounds, lands, lots and sub-divisions thereof in the district, and the proposed route and location of the sewer; and the depth, grade and dimensions thereof, and shall procure an estimate of the cost thereof, and thereupon the council shall give notice, by publication, for at least two weeks, in one or more of the newspapers of the city, of the intention to construct such sewer, and where said diagram and plat may be found for examination, and of the time when the board and the council will meet and consider any suggestions and objections that may be made by parties interested with respect to such sewer.
Council to determine amount to be paid by special assessment.
Special assessments, how made.
SEC. 9. When the council shall determine to construct any such district sewer, they shall so declare by resolution designating the district and describing by reference to the plat and diagram thereof, mentioned in the preceding section, the route and location, grade and dimensions of the sewer, and shall determine in the same resolution what part of the estimated expenses of the sewer shall be paid from the general sewer fund, and what part shall be defrayed by special assessment according to benefits; and they shall cause such plat and diagram as adopted to be recorded in the office of the city clerk, in the book of sewer records.
SEC. 10. Special assessments for the construction of sewers shall be made by the common council in the manner provided
in the charter of said city for making special assessments for paving of streets.
SEC. 11. When the owner of a majority of the lands When district liable to taxation in any sewer district or part of the city structed. which may be constituted a sewer district, shall petition for the construction of a sewer therein, the council shall construct a sewer district in such location, and if the lands included in the line of such proposed sewer are not within any sewer district, a district shall be formed for that purpose. In other cases sewers shall be constructed in the discretion of the council.
drains to be
SEC. 12. Whenever the council shall deem it necessary for When private the public health, they may require the owners and occupants constructed. of lots and premises to construct private drains therefrom to connect with some public sewer or drain, and thereby to drain such lots and premises; and to keep such private drains in repair and free from obstruction and nuisance; and if such private drains are not constructed and maintained according to such requirement, the council may cause the work to be done at the expense of such owner or occupant, and the amount of such expense shall be a lien upon the premises drained, and may be collected by special assessment to be levied thereon in the manner hereafter provided for the levying and collecting of special assessments.
ty owners may
SEC. 13. The owners or occupants of lots and premises shall When properhave the right to connect the same, at their own expense, by connect with means of private drains, with the public sewers and drains, under such rules and regulations as the board of public works shall prescribe.
SEC. 14. The board of public works may charge and collect Sewer tax, annually from persons whose premises are connected by private drains with the public sewers, such reasonable sum as they may deem just in proportion to the amount of drainage through such private drain; and such charge shall be a lien upon the premises, and may be collected by special assessment thereon, or otherwise.
SEC. 15. Such part of the expenses of providing ditches and When certain improving water courses as the council shall determine, may defrayed by be defrayed by a special assessment upon the lands and prem- special assessises benefited thereby, in proportion to such benefits.
SEC. 16. The expenses of repairing public sewers, ditches Expenses of and water courses may be paid from the general sewer fund. paid. The expenses of reconstructing public sewers shall be defrayed in the manner herein prescribed for paying the expenses of the construction thereof.
ited to sewer
SEC. 17. All moneys and taxes raised, loaned or appro- Moneys credpriated for the purpose of constructing, building, operating fund, how and repairing said sewer; and all revenues received and col- applied. lected in the operation of said sewer shall be paid in and credited to the sewer fund, and shall be applied to the purposes of constructing, building, repairing and operating such sewer and to none other.