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case may be, from the second Monday in April, of the year in which he shall have been appointed.
SEC. 262. Said board of trustees shall be a body corporate Powers, by the name and style of the board of trustees of the public li- of library braries of Bay City, and by that name may sue and be sued, trustees. acquire, hold and convey property, and shall be subject to all the general laws of the State relative to corporations, so far as the same may be applicable; the books, pamphlets, papers, bookcases, and other property now belonging to the public library of Bay City, which are now held and controlled by the board of trustees of the public library of Bay City shall be transferred to the care, custody and control of the said trustees of the said public library as soon as they shall be appointed, and the title thereto shall be thereafter vested in the board of trustees hereby created; all public money which is now, or which shall be hereafter appropriated by law to the support of the public library or libraries in Bay City, shall be expended under the direction of said trustees, and the title to the property therewith purchased shall vest in such board of trustees. The treasurer of Bay City shall be treasurer of said board, and no money legally appropriated to the support of any of said public libraries shall be paid out by such treasurer, except in pursuance of an order, or resolution, of said board of trustees upon a warrant signed by the president of said board of trustees, and countersigned by the secretary thereof. The said board of trustees shall not expend any of said money for any purpose other than the building up and maintaining of said public libraries. The common council of said city shall annually raise by tax upon the real and personal property within said city, the sum of two thousand dollars, and said council may annually, in its discretion raise by tax, a further sum not exceeding three thousand dollars, which money shall be appropriated to the purposes of said libraries; and be payable as hereinbefore provided. Said taxes shall be levied and collected in the same manner as the moneys raised to defray the general expenses of the city. Said board of trustees shall keep and maintain said public libraries as free circulating li braries for the use of the inhabitants of the said Bay City over twelve years of age, and they may make all such reasonable rules and regulations relative to the use of said library as they may deem expedient, and to that end they may impose fines for detaining a book longer than the time prescribed in such regulations, or for mutilating or destroying books: Provided, however. That the fine chargeable in any case shall not. exceed the value of the book so detained, mutilated or destroyed. Such board of trustees may require security to be given by persons applying for books for the faithful compliance of said rules and regulations before such persons shall be permitted to take books from said libraries. Said board of trustees shall adopt such rules and regulations as may be deemed advisable providing for the so-called free access or "open shelf" system.
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SEC. 263. Said board of trustees shall have power to acquire and hold such property as may be suitable and convenient for the purposes of libraries, and to receive gifts and legacies. All the property of such board of trustees shall be exempt from execution or other judicial process, and shall also be exempt from all taxes or assessments, except taxes for local improvements. Said board of trustees shall annually in the month of March, make and publish a report showing the condition of its libraries, and the manner in which the moneys received by it during the current year, have been expended: Provided, That said trustees shall not contract any indebtedness, without the consent of the common council of Bay City.
SEC. 264. The president of the board of education of said city shall be ex officio chairman of the board of trustees and entitled to participate in its proceedings, and in case of a tie, to cast the deciding vote.
SEC. 265. The resident clergymen of the following church Sage library. Organizations, that are now organized or shall hereafter be organized on the west side of the Saginaw river in Bay City, viz. The Presbyterian church, the Methodist Episcopal church. the Baptist church, the Congregational church, the Episcopal church, the Catholic church, the German Lutheran church, the Swedish church, and each of them which maintain an organization in said portion of said city, the president of the board of education in said city, the superintendent of public schools in said city, the mayor of said city, and five citizens residing on the west side of the Saginaw river in said city, to be provided for as hereinafter authorized, shall be a board of trustees for the Sage library of said city, and are and shall be authorized to purchase, or to receive by gift, grant or conveyance, property, real and personal, for the purpose of maintaining a public library in said city; and all public moneys which are now or shall be hereafter appropriated by law to the support of a public library in said city shall be expended under the direction of said board of trustees; and the title to all property purchased therewith shall vest in such board of trustees for the use and benefit of said city, and the library shall be known as the Sage library.
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SEC. 266. The treasurer of said city shall be treasurer of such board of trustees, and no money legally appropriated to the support of said public library shall be paid out by said treasurer except in pursuance of an order of said board of trustees upon a warrant signed by the president of said board and countersigned by the secretary thereof. Said board of trustees shall not expend any of said money for any purpose other than the building up and maintenance of said library, or the building and grounds connected therewith.
SEC. 267. The common council of said city shall annually raise by tax on the real and personal property within said city, the sum of six hundred dollars, which amount the said council may in its discretion, raise to a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars, which money shall be appropriated for the
annual addition of books to said library, and for binding, repairing and caring for the same. Said council shall also appropriate from the moneys raised for general purposes in said city, each year, a sum sufficient to pay for the services of a janitor and librarian to keep said library and reading room attached thereto in proper condition and repair and properly heated and lighted from eight o'clock in the morning to nine o'clock in the evening of each week day in the year; such taxes shall be levied and collected in the same manner as the money raised to defray the general expenses of the city.
SEC. 268. The said board of trustees shall keep and main- Trustees to tain said library as a free circulating library for the use of library. the inhabitants of Bay City over twelve years of age, and they may make all such reasonable rules and regulations relating to the use of such library as they may deem expedient; to that end they may impose and collect fines for detaining books longer than a certain time, for mutilating or destroying, or in any way injuring any book: Provided, That no fine shall in Proviso as to any case exceed twice the value of the book so mutiliated, lost, detained, or destroyed, and they may require security to be given for a faithful compliance with the said regulations before such person shall be permitted to take books from said library. Such library and reading room shall be by said board kept open during each work day in the year, so that patrons thereof can with comfort occupy said rooms for reading or lectures, or debates, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by said board of trustees.
SEC. 269. Said board of trustees shall have power to acquire May hold and hold such property as may be suitable or convenient for the property, etc. purpose of a library, and to receive gifts and legacies of either real or personal property. The property of said board shall be exempt from execution or any other judicial process and shall also be exempt from all taxes and assessments. Said board of trustees shall annually, in the month of March, make and publish a report showing the condition of its library, and the manner in which all money received by it during the current year has been expended: Provided, That said trustees shall Proviso. not contract any indebtedness in any year beyond the amount provided for in this act, without the consent of the common council of said city.
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SEC. 270. In case Henry W. Sage, of Ithaca, New York, shall Proceedings give or convey a building, grounds and library to the said board Sage should of trustees, he is hereby authorized, and may appoint five give library, citizens of said city as members of said board of trustees, who shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of such appointment, which appointment shall be filed with the recorder of said city. Such one of the said five trustees as shall be designated by said Henry W. Sage, shall be president of said board of trustees, and the secretary of said board shall be appointed by the board of trustees, and such secretary shall hold his office during the pleasure of the board of trustees. At the end of the term of five years, for which said citizens shall be appointed by said Henry W. Sage, the said board shall appoint
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five trustees in place of the aforesaid five trustees appointed by said Henry W. Sage, whose terms of office, when then first appointed, shall be as follows: One for one year, one for two years, one for three years, one for four years, and one for five years, and at the expiration of the term of each outgoing trustee there shall be appointed one member for five years by the members of the boards [board] of trustees; and after the said term of five years, the president of such board shall be elected annually by the board of trustees.
SEC. 271. The books, pamphlets, paper, bookcases. and property now belonging to school district number two of said city, which are now held and controlled by said school district, may be transferred to the care, custody and control of said board of trustees, whenever said board shall have obtained a building and library of their own, pursuant to this act.
SEC. 272. In case any member of the board of trustees shall remove from the city he shall vacate his office by so doing, and in case such vacancy shall be caused by the removal of any clergyman of any of said church societies, his successor shall become a member of the board, and in case a vacancy shall be caused by the death, resignation or removal of one of the trus tees, other than the resident clergymen, the principal of the said school, the chairman of the board of trustees of said school district, or the mayor of the city, the board shall fill such vacancy by appointment.
SEC. 273. The common council are hereby authorized and appropriation. required to raise by tax, bond or otherwise, and to set aside, appropriate and place in the hands of the treasurer of such board of trustees annually, the sum of one thousand dollars, for the period of ten years next ensuing, in addition to all other sums of money provided for in this act, said money to be devoted exclusively to the purchase of new and additional books, pamphlets and reading matter for said library, under the direction and supervision of the board of trustees of said library: Provided, That no such tax shall be levied or raised unless some person or persons donate, give, devise or bequeath a like sum to be added to the fund herein provided, for a like purpose; and said city, or the common council thereof, are hereby authorized to receive for such purpose any sum or sums of money so given. devised or bequeathed for such purpose, or to make written contracts or agreements with any person or persons to provide such fund for such purpose: Provided further, That any and all sums of money belonging to said board of trustees now in the possession of the treasurer of West Bay City, shall be and continue the property of the said board of trustees of the said Sage library.
Postoffice not to be affected.
SEC. 274. The postoffice now maintained in the present city of West Bay City is not to be affected, in the least, by the passage of this act or on account thereof, and for the convenience of the people residing on the west side of the Saginaw river, we hereby jointly express the wish and desire of all the inhabitants of the present cities of Bay City and West Bay City, that the said postoffice be continued and maintained
as heretofore, as the discontinuance of same would be a great inconvenience and injustice to our people residing on the west side of the Saginaw river, and in the city.
All acts and parts of acts in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.
Approved June 8, 1903.
AN ACT to detach certain territory from the Union School
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
SECTION 1. The following described piece of land in the Territory city of Owosso, county of Shiawassee, described as follows: The northeast quarter of section twenty-six, township of Owosso, is hereby detached from and shall cease to be a part of the Union School District of Owosso, city of Owosso, county of Shiawassee, and is hereby attached to the township of Owosso, in said county of Shiawassee.
SEC. 2. All acts or parts of acts contravening the pro- Repealing visions of this act are hereby repealed. Approved June 9, 1903.
AN ACT to amend section thirty-four of title five, and section thirty of title eight of the charter of the city of Grand Rapids, being Local Act number three hundred seventy-four of the laws of eighteen hundred ninety-seven, entitled "An act to revise the charter of the city of Grand Rapids," approved March eighteenth, eighteen hundred ninety-seven, so as to provide a method of making sales of lots for special assessments and the keeping record thereof.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
SECTION 1. Section thirty-four of title five, and section Sections thirty of title eight of the charter of the city of Grand Rapids, being Local Act number three hundred seventy-four of the laws of eighteen hundred ninety-seven, are hereby amended so as to read as follows, to wit: