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therefor, the same being one-tenth of the total sum author-
ized to be borrowed; and it shall be lawful for the township
boards to borrow from the contingent fund of their townships
such amounts as may be necessary to make up for any short-
age in the collections on account of the bridge loan interest
tax arising from delinquent taxes in any year.

This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
Approved June 16, 1903.

[No. 530.]

AN ACT to authorize the village of Lawrence, Van Buren

county, Michigan, to borrow money and issue bonds therefor, the proceeds of which are to be used to enable said village to erect a water works and lighting plant, to the amount of fifteen thousand dollars.

villago.

submitted to electors.

The People of the State of Michigan enact: Bond Issue by SECTION 1. The village of Lawrence, Van Buren county,

shall be and is hereby authorized to borrow money on the faith and credit of said village, and issue bonds therefor to an amount not to exceed fifteen thousand dollars, for the pur

pose of erecting a water works and lighting plant in said vilProviso. lage: Provided, That two-thirds of the electors of said village

voting at an election as hereinafter provided shall vote in favor of said loan in the manner specified in this act and not

otherwise. Question to be SEC. 2. The question of raising the said money and issuing

such bonds shall be submitted by the village board of said village to the electors thereof, at any regular annual election or on filing with the said board of a petition signed by not less than twelve electors of said village asking that an election be held by virtue of this act for the purpose herein speci. fied and stating the amount desired to be borrowed for the purposes aforesaid. On receiving the said petition the said village board shall call a special election and the vote shall be taken as near as may be in accordance with the provisions

of the statutes for holding special elections for the purpose of Election, how raising money by bonding villages. The proceedings at such conducted.

special election shall be the same as at general elections held within said township, except that those electors voting for said loan shall have written or printed on their ballots the words: “For the loan of fifteen thousand dollars for a water works and lighting plant," and those voting against the loan shall have written or printed on their ballots the words: “Against the loan of fifteen thousand dollars for a water works and lighting plant."

SEC. 3. If said loan shall be authorized by two thirds of Relative to

issuance, paythe electors voting at such election, said bonds may be issued ment, etc.. in such sums not exceeding the amount authorized by such of bonds. election, and payable at such times with such rates of interest, not exceeding six per cent per annum, as said village board shall direct, and shall be signed by the president of said vil. lage and countersigned by the clerk of said village, and negotiated by and under the direction of said village board, and the moneys raised therefrom shall be applied, in such manner as the village board shall determine, to the erection and building of a water works and lighting plant in said village. And the said village board shall have the power and it shall be their duty to raise by taxes upon the taxable property of said village such sums as shall be sufficient to pay the amount of said bonds and the interest thereon from time to time as the same shall become due.

This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
Approved June 16, 1903.

(No. 531.]

AN ACT to provide for the collection of assessments for pub

lic improvements within the city of Grand Rapids, on real estate belonging to steam railroad or railway corporations or companies, necessarily used in the operation of such roads within the city of Grand Rapids.

The People of the State of Michigan enact : SECTION 1. That freight houses, road-beds, rights of way Certain prop

erty subjeet and other premises belonging to any steam railroad or rail. to assessment

for improveway corporation or company, within the corporate limits of said city of Grand Rapids, which are necessarily used in the operating of the respective franchises of the owners of said railroads, are liable for all valid unpaid special assessments for public improvements hereafter made within the city of Grand Rapids and assessed against the same, but that no lien shall attach thereon on account of such assessments, and that the payment of such assessments shall not be enforced and collected out of the same, and that assessments of such classes of property shall be made in the same manner as the assessments of other property under the charter of said city, for special improvements, and that the assessment roll for such special taxes shall be prima facie evidence in any court, of the regularity of all proceedings leading up to the assessment and the making of said roll. SEC. 2. All special assessments made as aforesaid, against Assessments

ments.

to constitute property of said railroad companies for public improvements llen. and all installments thereof, together with all interest, costs

How collected, etc.

and charges thereon, for enforcing the collection of the same,
are hereby made and declared legal demands against each
and every of said railroad or railway corporations or com-
panies, against whose property said assessments are made, in
favor of said city of Grand Rapids, and if any of said railroad
or railway comporations or companies shall fail to make pay-
ment thereof, within the time payment is required of such spe-
cial assessments upon the roll on which they are extended, then
the city of Grand Rapids may institute an action in assumpsit,
or other proper legal action in any court of competent juris-
diction, and if judgment be rendered thereon in favor of said
city of Grand Rapids, the same may be collected on execution
out of any property of said railroad or railway corporations
or companies, liable to levy and sale on execution.

This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
Approved June 16, 1903.

(No. 532.]

AN ACT to prevent the pollution of the water of Grand

River above the city of Grand Rapids, to provide a system for disposing of certain sewage now emptied therein, and to make appropriation therefor.

river,

The People of the State of Michigan enact: Unlawful to SECTION 1. No sewage, drainage, domestic or factory refuse pollereawaters or other polluting matter of any kind whatsoever, which parts of Grand either by itself, or in connection with other matter, will cor

rupt the quality of the water of Grand River for domestic use, or which will render such water injurious to health, shall be placed in or discharged, or suffer to be discharged, into the waters of Grand River, or of any brook, stream or branch thereof, or placed upon the ice thereof, or placed or suffered to remain upon or near the banks thereof, at any point along Grand River between the city of Grand Rapids and the mouth of the Thornapple River, or at any point along such brook, stream or branch thereof, and within twelve miles from the intake pipe of said city, measured along the river and such

branch. Not to apply to

SEC. 2. The provisions of this act shall not apply to the Soldiers home Michigan Soldiers' Home until there is installed at the said

home, a system for disposing of the sewage equal to or superior to the system now in use. The common council of the city of Grand Rapids, may upon the passage of this act procure and submit plans and specifications of proposed changes in the said system to the Michigan Soldiers' Home board. The said board shall upon receiving the said plans, thoroughly examine same and if in its discretion it shall determine that the said proposed change shall be equal to or superior to the present system, it may adopt such plans and notify the said common council of its action. As soon as the plans and specifications for the proposed system have been accepted by the said board, the said city of Grand Rapids may take the necessary steps to cause all such changes to be made in accordance therewith, but under the control and direction of the said Michigan Soldiers' Home board. No more than one-half of the cost of installing such system shall be paid from such sum as is herein appropriated and the remainder of the cost shall be paid by the said city; but in no case shall the State be liable for an amount in excess of the said sum appropriated. In order to install said system, it shall be lawful for the duly authorized officers or agents of said city to enter upon the premises of the said home, and when all changes have been completed in accordance with said plans, it shall be the duty of the common council of said city to notify the said board, which is hereby given authority to accept same for and in behalf of the State. There is hereby Appropriaappropriated from the general fund the sum of five thousand tion. dollars, which sum or any part thereof shall be used in order to carry out the provisions of this act. After the system of sewerage decided upon has been installed in the said home and accepted by the said board, the sum for which the State shall be liable shall be paid by the State Treasurer, upon the warrant of the Auditor General.

tion of new system.

SEC. 3. This act shall take general effect immediately: Pro. When act to vided however, That any persons, corporations or institutions which have been and now are discharging impure substances Proviso. or sewage into such streams, in carrying on their regular business, or institutions, shall have reasonable time, not later than January first, nineteen hundred four, to provide other discharge or disposition of such sewage or impure matter before they shall be subject to the provisions of this act.

SEC. 4. This act shall not apply to the fertilizing of farm or How applied. garden lands in the ordinary way.

Sec. 5. In case of any violation of the provisions of section In case of one, the city of Grand Rapids may proceed by injunction or otherwise to enforce such provision, and the circuit court for the county of Kent, in chancery, shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine such controversy, and make and enforce such order and decree as shall be necessary to make the provisions of this act effective.

Approved June 16, 1903.

take effect.

violation.

[No. 533.]

AN ACT to amend section three of chapter one of act number

three hundred ninety of the Local Acts of eighteen hundred eighty-five, and the amendments thereto, entitled “An act to amend and revise the charter of the city of Port Huron," approved June seventeenth, eighteen hundred eighty-five.

Section amended.

The People of the State of Michigan enact: Section 1. Section three of chapter one of act number three hundred ninety of the Local Acts of eighteen hundred eighty. five, and the amendments thereto, entitled “An act to amend and revise the charter of the city of Port Huron,” approved June seventeen, eighteen hundred eighty-five, is hereby amended to read as follows:

CHAPTER ONE.

Territory city to contain.

Sec. 3. The territorial limits of said city shall consist of all that tract of country in the county of St. Clair, bounded and described as follows, to wit: Commencing at a point in the national boundary line at St. Clair river where the same would be intersected by the section line projected between sections twenty-one and twenty-eight in town six north, range seventeen east, thence running westerly along said section line to the east line of the highway known as River Road, thence north along said east line to the north line of the highway between said sections; thence running westerly along the north line of said highway to its intersection with the east line of the highway running northerly along the section line between sections twenty and twenty-one, thence north along said east line of highway to the south line of Goulden street according to Factory Land Company Plat number one; thence east along the said south line of Goulden street to the west line of Twenty-eighth street according to said plat, thence south along the west line of said Twenty-eighth street to the south line of Conner street according to said plat, thence easterly along the south line of said Conner street to the west line of Electric avenue, according to said plat, thence north along said west line of Electric avenue to its connection with the west line of Twenty-fourth street, thence north along the west line of Twenty-fourth street to the north line of Moak street, according to said plat, thence west along the north line of Moak street to the east line of said highway known as Thirty-second street and running north between sections twenty and twentyone, thence north along said east line to the south line of highway known as Dove street and running east along the center line between sections sixteen and twenty-one, thence running east along the south line of said Dove street to the east line of highway known as Twenty-fourth street and running north along the center of sections sixteen and nine, thence north along the east line of said Twenty-fourth street to the

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