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To become lien on property.
Council may provide for meters.
collection; all water rates shall be due and payable three months in advance, payable the first days of January, April, July and October of each year, as per the above assessment, and prior to the time such rate shall become due and payable, the city clerk shall issue or cause to be issued to every owner or occupant of any house, building or premises having or using water, a notice that the rate has been fixed at a certain price, naming it, when the same will become due, and that the water will be shut off unless such rates are paid on or before the fifteenth day of January, April, July or October, as the case may be, following such notice. All water rates or assessments when fixed and determined as herein provided, shall at once become a lien upon the house, building or structure and upon the lot or premises whereon the same may be situated and any and all unpaid water rates shall be certified by the city clerk to the city comptroller, who shall extend the same in a separate column on the city tax roll to be extended in the same manner as are taxes for special improvements : Provided, That before such rates are certified by the clerk to the comptroller the city clerk shall mail a notice to the owner of such delinquent water rate property, stating the amount due and demanding payment of same. The city council may provide for a system of water meters and determine the rates to be paid in such cases, and when meters shall be provided for, then the assessment of rates herein provided for shall not be applicable to any house, building or premises using such meter; the rates or assessments for metered water shall be determined annually and shall become a lien in the same manner and to the same extent as herein provided for water used without meter. The council shall have the right to provide, by ordinance, for additional rules and regulations as to the collection of water rates, metered or otherwise, by suit at law, by assessing the same upon the premises or otherwise, as deemed advisable by the council.
Sec. 12. The city council may appoint a superintendent of the water department and as many and such assistants as in its judgment may be necessary for the efficient management of the water-works; one chief engineer and as many assistants as may be necessary, and such other officers, agents, and employes as may be necessary for the proper and efficient management of the water-works system, all of whom shall hold their respective positions during good behavior and whose salaries shall be fixed and determined by the said council. All such officers now in office shall remain in such office during the term for which they were elected or appointed.
Sec. 13. Whenever the expense of constructing, extending or repairing such water-works, or the electric light works, or any other public utilities, or public improvements, or public works shall not exceed the sum of three hundred dollars, the work may be done by the council in such manner as they may deem proper; but whenever such expense shall exceed the sum of three hundred dollars, the council shall advertise for sealed proposals and shall give such notice as it may direct, and
Council to appoint superintendent, etc.
When council to let contract for improvements.
shall let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder who shall be deemed competent to do the work and give adequate security for the performance thereof, which contract and security shall be approved by the council. The council shall have the right to reject any and all bids, and to re-advertise, or they may, if they shall determine by a vote of a majority of all the aldermen elect, that the bid of the lowest responsible bidder is unreasonably high, direct and cause such improvement to be made and shall purchase necessary materials and cause to be done everything necessary in making and completing such improvement.
Sec. 14. If any person shall wilfully do or cause to be done Penalty for any act whereby any work, materials or property whatsoever, of water, etc. erected or used in the city or belonging to the city, for the purpose of procuring or keeping the supply of water, shall in any manner be injured, or if any person shall wilfully pollute the water supply of the city, or if any person shall perforate or bore or cause to be perforated or bored, without the consent of the council, any distributing pipe, or main, lateral or log beglonging to the water works of the city, or make or cause to be made any connection or communication whatever with said pipes, or break or in any way injure the same, such person or persons shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof before a court of competent jurisdiction, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the Bay county jail not exceeding three months, or by both such fine or imprisonment in the discretion of the court.
This act is,ordered to take immediate effect.
AN ACT to authorize the construction and maintenance of
so much of a dam as may be within the limits of the State of Michigan, to be located on certain lands in the county of Dickinson and State of Michigan, and extending thereon and therefrom, in and across the Menominee river, to and upon certain lands in the county of Marinette and State of Wisconsin.
whom dam to
The People of the State of Michigan enact: SECTION 1. Subject to the consent thereto of Menominee Where and by River Boom Company, as hereinafter provided. Powell Stack- be conhouse of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his associates and their structed. heirs and assigns, are hereby authorized and empowered to construct and maintain so much of a dam as may be within the limits of the State of Michigan, to be located on lot three of section twenty-seven in township thirty-nine north, range
consent of certain company.
twenty-nine west, in the county of Dickinson and State of Michigan, and extending thereon and therefrom in and across the Menominee river, to and upon lot two or lot three, or partly on lot two and partly on lot three, of section twentytwo, in township thirty-eight north, range twenty-one east, in the county of Marinette and State of Wisconsin, and to make use of the hydraulic power furnished by said dam as he or they may, from time to time, see fit. The aforesaid persons, their heirs or assigns, shall build a suitable slide or chute in said dam, of sufficient width for running logs and other products of the forest, and shall keep said slide or chute in
repair. To obtain SEC. 2. Before proceeding to construct said dam, and as a
Sec condition of constructing the same, said Powell Stackhouse, his associates, and their heirs and assigns, shall obtain the consent thereto of the Menominee River Boom Company, a corporation under the laws of Wisconsin and Michigan. Such consent shall be evidenced and authenticated by a certificate in writing, in duplicate, signed by the president and secretary of said company, and sealed with its corporate seal, stating the fact of such consent, and the date when the same was
One of such certificates shall be filed and recorded in the office of the register of deeds of the county of Marinette and State of Wisconsin and the other shall be filed and re, corded in the office of the register of deeds of the county of
Dickinson and State of Michigan. Who to own Sec. 3. Said Powell Stackhouse, his associates, their heirs dam.
and assigns, shall erect and maintain above said dam in said Menominee river, such piers, booms, structures and other appliances as may be necessary for the passage of logs and other forest products over said dam and through said slide or chute to be provided therefor. Said dam and the slide or chute and gates of the same, and said booms, piers, structures and other appliances shall belong to the said Powell Stackhouse and his associates, their heirs and assigns, and be under their control, subject always to the provisions of this act relative to the running and driving of logs and other forest products over said dam, and to the supervisory control of the said Menominee River Boom Company, so far as it may be neces
sary or expedient in the conduct of its business, and in the Chute to be exercise of its rights and franchises on said river. Said slide kept open.
or chute in said dam shall be kept open and available at all times when there are logs or other forest products ready to be run over said dam. And said slide or chute, and the gates, booms, piers, structures and other appliances aforesaid, shall be so maintained and used by said Powell Stackhouse, his associates, their heirs or assigns, as not to unnecessarily obstruct, hinder or delay the navigation and use of said Menominee river for the driving of logs and other forest products
therein. To be pro
Sec. 4. Said dam so erected shall be provided with a fish vided with
ladder or fishway, good and sufficient to admit of the free and fish ladder.
uninterrupted passage of fish up and down said dam at all
times, and said fish ladder or fish way shall at all times be
This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
Became a law June 12, 1903, without the signature of the Governor.
AN ACT to authorize and empower the village of Highland
Park, in the county of Wayne, to extend its system of water works and to issue bonds for the payment thereof.
The People of the State of Michigan enact: SECTION 1. The village of Highland Park is hereby author. Bond issue
for, by village. ized and empowered to extend its system of water works at a cost not to exceed twenty thousand dollars; and said village is further authorized and empowered to issue bonds to pay for such extension work. Said bonds shall be due and payable in twenty years from the date of issue and shall draw interest at the rate to be fixed by the village council but not to exceed four and one-half per cent interest per annum, payable annually or semi-annually as the village may direct: Provided, That said bonds shall not be sold for less than par Proviso. value.
SEC. 2. Before any work shall be done or bonds issued, as Question to herein provided, the village council shall in each year determine by resolution the amount proposed to be expended in such extension work and thereupon there shall be submitted to a vote of the electors of said village at any general or special election, as the council may determine, the question “Shall the village issue $. ....... in bonds for the purpose of water works extension?” If on such vote on the question proposed, a majority of the voters vote "Yes," the work proposed may be done and the bonds issued, otherwise, the work
be submitted to electors.
shall not be done and the bonds shall not be issued in such year: Provided, That if on the submission of such a proposition in any year such proposition does not receive a majority of affirmative votes, a second proposition may be submitted in the same year specifying a less amount to be expended in the same manner and with like effect as herein provided for the
first proposition. Extensions, SEC. 3. Said water works extensions when constructed and how governed.
said bonds when issued shall be governed in all respects as
This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
AN ACT authorizing the spreading and collecting of a tax
against certain lands of Lansing township for the construction and maintenance of an enclosed sewer or drain in the city of Lansing, in and along a certain water course in said city, commonly known as Weinman's creek, in proportion to the benefits accruing to said property owners by reason of drainage through said sewer or drain and benefits to the public health.
Tax may be levied for, in township.
How levied in city.
The People of the State of Michigan enact: SECTION 1. A tax may be levied for the construction and maintenance of an enclosed sewer or drain in the city of Lansing, in and along a certain water course, commonly known as Weinman's creek, against all the lands deemed to be benefited thereby, situated in the township of Lansing in proportion to the several benefits accruing to it by reason of drainage through said sewer or drain, and benefits to the public health. A tax for the construction and maintenance of said sewer of the city of Lansing shall be assessed and collected in the manner provided by the charter of the city of Lansing for the assessment and collection of taxes for public improve. ments: Provided, That any one of the resident taxpayers of this city owning property in the district wherein said sewer shall be constructed, and liable for taxation for such sewer, may, prior to the order of the common council directing the mayor to attach his warrant to such tax roll for the collection of such taxes, petition the common council for an extension of the time of payment of such taxes. It shall be within the power of the common council by resolution, to extend pay.
Council may extend time of payment.