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by causing a sufficient form of notice to be published at least once a week for two consecutive weeks in the official paper of said city. It shall be the duty of the said property owners at once upon such notice being given, to cause such work to be done in such manner as will not interfere with the proposed paving or repaving, and as expeditiously as possible, and in the event of their refusal or neglect to take such steps and make the necessary connections within two weeks after such notice is published, the city of Port Huron shall be and is hereby authorized to make such connections and the amount expended therefor shall be a personal charge against the owner of such premises, and a lien upon the property adjacent thereto until the same is paid. For the collection of the same, the common council shall have power to cause to be prepared a special assessment roll. to defray the cost and expense thereof and the proceedings for special assessment rolls provided by chapter seventeen of said charter shall be followed so far as they are applicable, and all proceedings for the collection thereof shall be governed by the provisions of said chapter, or the council shall have power to provide by ordinance for the doing of such work and the making and collection of special assessments therefor.
SEC. 54. The common council shall have power and authority to provide for the sprinkling of any of the streets of said side walks, etc. city, and also for the keeping of the sidewalks of said city clear of snow, ice and other objectionable obstructions, and to provide a penalty for failure so to do. The common council shall have power and authority to provide by ordinance for the doing of such work by the city or by contract, and to levy and collect special assessments, to defray the costs and expenses of so doing, and to provide by ordinance the necessary means for carrying out the provisions of this section, and the making of the necessary assessment rolls. The amount so assessed shall be a personal charge against the owner or occupant of the premises adjacent to which such sprinkling or cleaning of walks is done, and be and remain a lien upon the property until the same is paid. If for any reason there is a failure to collect the amount placed upon the special assessment roll or rolls for either of such purposes, the amount of such assessment shall be carried on to the general tax roll in like manner as is provided for other special assessments under the provisions of chapter seventeen of the charter of said city.
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SEC. 55. The common council shall have power to acquire, purchase or take private property for public use and benefit in the following cases:
First, To open, extend, widen or straighten the public highways, avenues, streets, lanes, and alleys in said city;
Second, To obtain sites for public buildings in said city; Third. To establish, lay out, open or extend public squares, spaces, market grounds, parks, boulevards and cemeteries in said city;
Fourth, To lay through private property sewers, water pipes and gas pipes, and the common council may also open private roads and alleys in said city.
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SECTION 1. The superintendent of public works shall de- Powers and vote his entire time to the performance of his official duties. perintendent He may appoint, with the consent and approval of the common council, clerks, inspectors, and subordinates for the transaction of the business connected with the public works of this city.
SECTION 1. The revenues and moneys of the corporation Moneys, how shall be divided into the following funds, viz.:
First, General fund, to defray the expenses of the city of General fund. Port Huron for the payment of which out of some other fund no provision herein is made;
Second, Contingent fund, to defray the contingent expenses Contingent. of said city and pay judgments and claims for damages against said city;
Third, Interest fund, to pay the interest on the funded debt Interest. of the city;
Fourth, Sinking fund, to pay the funded debt of said city; Sinking. Fifth, Police fund, to defray the expenses of the police force Police. of said city, including the erection of station houses and other buildings for the force;
Sixth, Water fund. to defray the expenses of obtaining water. grounds, erecting buildings, purchasing machinery, obtaining rights of way, laying mains and constructing, repairing and maintaining the water-works of said city;
Seventh, Fire department fund, to defray the expenses of Fire maintaining the fire department of said city, including the maintenance and repairs of public hydrants and the erection of engine houses and other buildings for the use of said fire department;
Eighth, Educational fund. to defray the expenses of main- Educational. taining the public schools of said city, and of obtaining grounds, erecting and repairing school buildings;
Ninth, Sewer fund, to defray the expenses of constructing. Sewers. repairing and maintaining the city's portion of sewers, and of constructing and maintaining receiving or catch basins and man-holes and putting in street and alley connections, and for the construction of sewers for surface drainage when in the opinion of the common council they are necessary for the public health and cannot equitably be made a charge on private property;
Tenth, Street opening fund, to defray the expenses of open- Street ing, widening, altering, and vacating streets, highways, and opening. alleys in said city, and not for working or grading streets;
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Eleventh, General road fund, to defray the expenses of repairing paved streets, of grading, paving, planking, graveling, claying, macadamizing, or otherwise improving street intersections and the highways, streets and alleys in said city in front of or adjacent to the property of the corporation;
Twelfth, Ward road fund, for each ward in the city to defray the expenses of grading, working, repairing, cleaning, and improving the highways, streets and alleys in the several wards in said city and of the building of culverts and crosswalks in said city;
Thirteenth, Public building fund, for purchasing real estate for the erection thereon of public buildings, and to defray the expenses of erecting, repairing and maintaining such public buildings as the common council is authorized to erect and as are not otherwise provided for;
Fourteenth Bridge fund, to defray the expenses of erecting, repairing and maintaining the bridges in said city;
Fifteenth, Park fund, to defray the expenses of beautifying and caring for the public parks of said city, and for the purchase of grounds for parks and boulevards;
Sixteenth, Cemetery fund, to defray the costs and expenses of obtaining one or more cemeteries and to defray the costs and expenses of beautifying and adorning, keeping, maintaining and caring for the cemeteries of the city, either within or without the city;
Seventeenth, Public lighting fund, to provide for the purchase, erection and maintaining of a lighting plant and to defray the costs and expenses of lighting the city;
Eighteenth, Salary fund, to pay the salaries of the various city officers except as herein otherwise provided;
Nineteenth, Public improvement fund, to defray the cost and expenses of the improvements mentioned in the first and third subdivisions of section one. chapter seventeen, of this act, into which fund the proceeds of all of the special assessments therein specified shall be placed, together with such other amounts as may from year to year be appropriated by general tax;
Twentieth, Repaving fund, to defray the expenses of repav ing streets in the city;
Twenty-first, Street cleaning fund, to defray the cost and expense of cleaning the paved streets of the city;
Twenty-second, Police life and health insurance fund, the moneys placed in said fund to be applied in accordance with chapter twenty-two, section seven, of this act;
Twenty-third, Such other funds as the common council may constitute for special purposes.
SEC. 3. The common council, shall have the power, subject to the approval of the board of estimates, to annually levy, assess and collect taxes on the assessed value of all the real and personal estate in said city made taxable by the laws of this State in order to defray the expenses and for the purpose of the several funds mentioned in and authorized by the pre
ceding section: Provided. That the total amount so levied Proviso as or collected in any one year for all said funds, excepting the sinking fund and repaving fund, and except any fund for which special assessments are made shall not exceed one and one-half per cent of such valuation, and for the sinking fund and repaving fund shall not exceed one-third of one per cent of such valuation for each fund: And provided, further, That the common council may authorize the raising in addition thereto of a ward road fund of not to exceed one-fifth of one per cent of the valuation of the property in each of the several wards.
SEC. 19. The construction of any public building, sewer, Relative to paving, grading, planking, macadamizing, graveling, or clay- contracts for ing, any of the streets, highways, or alleys of said city. and public works. the construction of any public work whatever, or any work done except the ordinary care of streets and water-works, public buildings or other property of said city, or the purchasing or furnishing of materials or supplies for the city, or printing or publishing required by this act, or that may be required by the common council of said city, may be let by contract or otherwise as the council shall direct. No contract shall be let or entered into by the common council or any board of said city where the amount of expenditure shall exceed the sum of one hundred dollars except to and with a responsible bidder (who shall furnish adequate security) and fully competent to undertake and perform the proposed contract, and with proper ability and facilities for the performance of the work in such manner as will subserve the best interests of the city. No contract shall be let to any person or persons who have heretofore failed to execute and fully comply with the provisions of any contract awarded to them by the common council, or any board of said city, nor shall any contract be let or entered into, for the construction of such work or furnishing materials with any person who is in arrears to the corporation upon any debt or contract or for taxes, or who is a defaulter as surety or otherwise upon any obligation to the corporation, or who shall be disqualified in any respect according to the provisions of this section, and if any such person or persons shall be the lower bidder, the common council shall reject such bid or bids for such reason, and award the contract to the next lowest responsible bidder who is competent to perform the same. The common council and the several boards of said city authorized to make contracts, may reject any and all bids for any public work, improvement or for the furnishing of material or supplies and may advertise one or more times for the same as they deem the best interests of the city require.
SEC. 5. Thereupon it shall be the duty of such engineer to Engineer to make special make out a proposed special assessment roll, said roll shall contain a description of each lot, tract or parcel of land con
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tained within the special assessment district as fixed and determined by the common council, together with the name of the owner or occupant of each lot, tract or parcel of land so far as he can ascertain the same. He shall assess to each description of land its proportion of the total cost and expense of such work or improvement. In all cases of curbing, paving, graveling, claying, planking or macadamizing any of the streets, lanes, alleys, highways or avenues, or of improv ing the same by a combination of any such methods, or of repairing the same, the amount to be assessed to any lot, tract or parcel of land shall be in proportion to the number of feet fronting, abutting on or touching on such street, lane, alley, highway or avenue; and in all cases of construction or repairing drains or sewers, the amount to be assessed, to any lot, tract or parcel of land, shall be according to the benefits resulting to the same, which shall be estimated by the engineer and be determined by the common council, and the council shall assess to the city its proportion of the costs and expenses of such work or improvement for street crossings and intersections; and the cases where side streets open upon and do not extend across the street, lane, alley, highway or avenue to be improved, the space formed by extending the lines of the side street to the middle of the street, lane. alley, highway or avenue to be so improved shall be treated as spaces formed by the intersection of streets.
SEC. 7. When the assessment roll is thus completed the city engineer, except as otherwise provided, shall give notice be published. by at least two weekly publications in the official newspaper of the city, that such assessment has been completed, and will remain in the city engineer's office ten days from the first publication of said notice, for the inspection of all concerned, during which time any person interested may file with the city engineer in writing, such objections as they may wish to make to such assessment roll. At the expiration of the said ten days the city engineer, after any needed revision or correction of said roll, shall affix a certificate thereto setting forth that he has included in said assessment roll all the real estate in the assessment district, as fixed by the common council, together with the name of each owner or occupant of each lot, tract or parcel of land so far as he could ascertain the same; that he has assessed upon each description of land its proportion of the amount directed to be raised by the common council. If a sewer assessment, that the same has been apportioned according to the benefits resulting to each lot, tract or parcel of land. If an assessment for paving, grading, planking, graveling, claying, or macadamizing the streets, lanes, alleys, highways, or avenues, or improving the same by a combination of any of said methods, or for sidewalks purposes, that the same has been apportioned according to the number of feet of such lot, tract or parcel of land fronting or abutting on or adjacent to the street, lane, alley, highway or avenue so to be improved, and that he has assessed
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