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ACTS AND RESOLVES
PASSED AT THE
MA Y SESSION, 1858.
[The Chapters of Public Acts are numbered continuously from the Revised Statutes ]
(Passed May 28, 1868.]
AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF AND IN ADDITION TO AN ACT TO INCOR
PORATE THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE, AND THE SEVERAL ACTS IN
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :
Board of aldermen
SECTION 1. The voters in each ward of the city of Providence shall hereafter annually elect one alderman, four common councilmen, and one assessor of taxes, each of whom shall be a qualified voter in said city, resident in the ward from which he is elected. The aldermen so elected shall constitute the board of aldermen of said city ; the common councilmen so elected shall constitute the common council of said city, and both shall constitute the city council of said city; and the assessors of taxes so elected shall constitute the board of assessors of said city.
Sec. 2. There shall be elected hereafter, annually, by the electors of said city, qualified to vote for general offi- elected. cers, a city clerk, city treasurer, city solicitor, collector of taxes, city marshal, harbor master, overseer of the poor, and superintendent of health of said city.
Sec. 3. The annual election of the several officers spe- Mode of cified in the preceding sections shall be held on the day
Officers annually Plurality to elect.
appointed by law for the election of mayor in said city. The names of the candidates for aldermen and common councilmen in each ward shall be written or printed on one ballot, and the name of the candidate for assessor of taxes in each ward shall be written or printed on a separate ballot. The names of the candidates for the several offices specified in section two of this act, shall be written or printed on one ballot, and the election of all said officers shall, in all respects, be conducted, and the ballots sealed up and returned, in the same manner as is required in the election of mayor. The votes shall be opened and counted by the board of aldermen, who shall cause written notice to be given to such person as shall have been elected to either of said offices.
Sec. 4. The persons receiving the largest number of votes cast at an election of the officers specified in the first and second sections of this act, shall be elected to the office for which such votes shall have been so given. The officers so chosen shall severally hold their said offices for one year from said annual election, and until other
persons are elected and qualified to fill their places. there shall be no choice of either of said officers at said annual election, or in case any person elected to either of said offices shall refuse to accept, the board of aldermen shall issue warrants for another election; and so from time to time shall order new elections until all said offices shall have been filled.
Sec. 5. The city council may, by joint resolution, receiving the votes of a majority of all the members elected to each board, remove any of the officers named in section second, for misconduct; and the vacancy so created may be filled by the city council until a new election can be had by order of the board of aldermen, as provided in the preceding section.
Sec. 6. The city council shall have power, if at any time they shall deem it expedient, to divide each of the several wards in said city into four districts, each of which districts shall choose, at said annual election, from the qualified electors in such ward, one common councilman, in the same manner, and with the same formalities required in the election of common councilmen by this act; and the councilmen so elected, together with the board of aldermen, shall thereafter constitute the city council of said city, and said councilmen shall thereafter constitute the common council of said city.
or removals for misconduct.
Division of wards.
Sec. 7. An election of one assessor of taxes in each Assessors ward, and of the several officers named in section second of this act, shall be holden in said city, in the month of June, A. D. 1858, on such day in said month as shall be designated by the board of aldermen of said city; and the persons elected to said offices shall hold the same until the time appointed for the annual election, and until other persons are chosen and qualified to fill their places. In the event of a failure to choose any of said officers, at such election, or if any person elected shall refuse to accept, the board of aldermen shall have the same power to order new elections as are given to them after an annual election.
SEC. 8. Such portions of the “act to incorporate the or repeals. eity of Providence," and of the several acts in amendment thereof and addition thereto, as are inconsistent herewith, are hereby repealed.
Sec. 9. This act shall take effect immediately after the passage thereof.
[Passed May 28, 1858.)
AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE GOV.
ERNMENT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING ON THE
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. The following sums, or so much thereof as General apmay be authorized by law, are hereby appropriated to the objects hereinafter expressed, for the fiscal year ending on the thirtieth day of April , one thousand eight hundred
and fifty-nine, and to be paid out of the several appropriations herein mentioned.
To the governor, one thousand dollars.
To the lieutenant governor, two hundred and fifty dollars.
To the chief justice of the supreme court, twenty-five hundred dollars, and to each of the associate justices, eighteen hundred dollars.
To the secretary of state, one thousand dollars.
To the reporter of the decisions of the supreme court, five hundred dollars.
To the commissioner of public schools, twelve hundred dollars.
To the justices of the court of magistrates in the city of Providence, twenty-six hundred dollars.
To the justices of the court of justices in the city of Newport, one thousand dollars.
To the justices of the court of magistrates in the village of Woonsocket, seven hundred dollars.
For the clerks of the supreme court and court of common pleas in the county of Providence, the sum of twentyeight hundred dollars.
FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
For the pay and mileage of the members of the General Assembly, six thousand dollars.
For expenses of General Assembly, including pay of its clerks and officers in attendance, and for stationery, twenty-five hundred dollars.
FOR JUDICIAL EXPENSES.
For the maintenance of courts, including the pay of clerks, except the clerks of the supreme court and court of common pleas in the county of Providence, jurors, justices of the peace, witnesses, officers, and all other expenses authorized by existing laws, thirty thousand dollars.
For public schools, fifty thousand dollars. Of the amount appropriated, the general treasurer is directed to pay eight thousand dollars on or after the fifteenth day of July, and the remainder on or after the fifteenth day of December.
For the Normal school, three thousand dollars.
FOR INSANE AND OTHER DEPENDENT PERSONS.
For the support of the insane poor at the Butler hospital or other curative hospitals, and for the support and education of deaf, dumb, idiotic and blind persons, as authorized by existing statutes, ten thousand dollars.
FOR JAILS AND REFORM SCHOOL.
For the board of persons confined in jail and the fees of jailors, three thousand dollars.
For the support of juvenile offenders sentenced to the Providence reform school, eight thousand dollars.
FOR THE MILITIA.
For the pay and expenses of the active militia, six thousand dollars; provided, that no compensation shall be allowed to any person on the roll of active militia of the state, who shall not have performed field duty at least two days in the year.
For publishing the laws, printing the schedules, the an. nual report of the commissioner of public schools, the annual report upon the registration of births, marriages and deaths, all printing ordered by the General Assembly, and such as may be required in the office of the secretary of state and other public offices, two thousand dollars.
FOR COURT HOUSES AND JAILS.
For the building of and repairs upon court houses and jails, five thousand dollars.
FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS.
For the pay and expenses of the railroad commissioners, five hundred dollars.
ORDERS OF THE GOVERNOR.
To pay drafts upon the treasury drawn by the governor, six hundred dollars.