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ship of Colon, St. Joseph county, and file the survey of so much of the said road in the office of the township clerk of each township through which said road shall pass as shall be laid out in such township; Provided, That no expense incurred in laying out, establishing or constructing said road shall be chargeable to the State.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That four years be granted to the aforesaid persons for laying out and opening said road.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, March 19, 1845.

No. 61.

AN ACT to authorize the sale of certain Lands on

Macon Reserve.


Whereas, A patent was issued by the United States dated January the twenty-sixth, A. D. eighteen hundred and twenty-six, granting to the rector of the Catholic Church of St. Ann, of Detroit, for the use of said church, and to his successors in office, three sections of land containing nineteen hundred and twenty acres on the Macon Reserve, in Monroe county, and State of Michigan, in said patent described ;

And whereas, Said church is incorporated under the name and style of “ the Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church of St. Ann, of Detroit,” having over it a Bishop, whose duties are performed by the Right Rev. Peter Paul Lefever, and who is also ex-officio rector of said church. The person who was rector at the time of said grant being dead, and having no other successor, save the person acting exofficio as aforesaid ;

And whereas, The said acting rector and trustees of said church for the purpose of avoiding litigation and expense, in regard to said lands, have petiticned for the passage of an act whereby license may be granted to sell such lands ; Therefore,

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the trustees shall be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to grant, bargain and sell for the

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use of said church of St. Ann, said lands in said patent described, in such parcels, at such times, for such prices, and in such manner as they may deem for the best interest of said church, and thereupon may execute to the purchaser or purchasers good and lawful deeds of conveyance in see simple thereof, according to law.

Sec. 2. The proceeds of all such sales shall be by the said trustees of said corporation of St. Ann, invested in such kind of stocks and securities as they may think proper, for a term of years not exceeding three years, at a rate of interest of at least six per cent, per annum, which shall constitute a fund for the use and benefit of the said corporation of St. Ann.

Approved March 19, 1845.


No. 62.

An Act to amend the several acts in relation to the

village of Pontiac.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the taxes and assessments voted to be Taxes. levied upon the inhabitants of said village under its charter or the amendments thereto, shall in no case exceed in the aggregate the sum of six hundred dollars for the year 1845, and the sum of three hundred dollars for any one year thereafter: Provided, That in addition to the foregoing, there inay be raised by vote of the taxable voters of said village legally convened for that purpose, a tax for the repair of streets and bridges in said village, not exceeding the amount which might have been levied upon the inhabitants of said village by law for highway taxes in case said village had not been incorporated ; which tax may be paid in labor on the streets and bridges aforesaid, and if not so paid, shall be paid in money, and shall be faithfully applied under the direction of the common council of said village to the purposes for which it shall be levied..

Sec. 2. In making up any tax upon the inhabitants of said village, Taxes. except the poll tax, the same shall be made and apportioned upon the last assessment roll of the township of Pontiac, a copy of which roll duly certified by the township clerk of said township, shall annually

Duty of T. clerks.

Duty of co. clerks..

Sec. 2. The township clerks of the counties of Van Buren and Berrien, in the townships in said counties through which said stage road passes, and in whose offices a survey of said road has been or may be recorded, are hereby required on or before the first day of June next, to deposite with the county clerks of their respective counties, certified copies of the recorded survey of said stage road, as the same has been duly laid out, which certified copy said county clerks shall

preserve in his office. Duty of su Sec. 3. The board of supervisors of each of the counties of Van pervisors.

Buren and Berrien respectively, at their annual meeting in September of each year named in the first section of this act, shall make out a statement of the description of lands in their respective counties and within the limits designated in the first section of this act, together with the amount of highway taxes assessed and returned as unpaid on each description, and shall deliver the same to the county treasurers of their respective counties, who shall file the same in his office.

Sec. 4. The county clerks of each of the above named counties, shall at the time mentioned in the preceding section, prepare separate documents as required in the preceding section, for each of the townships in which the said lands lie, of the amounts of highway taxes to be collected in the said townships, which statements shall be delivered to the supervisors of the townships respectively, who shall append said statements to the collection roll deposited by them with their respetive treasurers; and all taxes which said treasurer shall collect on lands set forth in said statement, he shall pay over to the county treasurer of his proper county, at the same time he shall inake his return of unpaid taxes.

Sec. 5. The county treasurers of the courties of Van Buren and Duty of co. treasurers. Berrien respectively, shall each open accounts in a book to be provi

ded at the expense of the counties respectively, for that purpose with the stage road fund, between Paw Paw and St. Joseph, and shall credit to said fund all monies that may be paid to them respectively, under the provisions of this aet, and shall charge to said fund all warrants drawn in pursuance of this act-all payments made to the commissioners on account of their services, and such other necessary expenses in carrying into execution the purposes of this act, which

may be audited by the boards of supervisors of the respective counties named herein.

Sec. 6. A special commissioner shal be appointed for each of the counties named in this act, who shall have the superintendance of Com'rs. said road within their respective counties, and shall direct where all labor shall be performed on said road.

Sec. 7. Any non-resident who may wish to perform the labor as-. sessed upon his lands lying within the limits designated in the first Non-residus section of this act, may apply either by his agent or otherwise to the special commissioner of the county in which the lands lie : and on such application the said commissioner shall direct when and where, and in what manner the labor may be performed on said road ; and whenever the same shall be fully and satisfactorily performed, the said commissioners shall give a receipt therefor; and upon such presentation of such receipt to the overseer of highways of the road district in which such lands lie, before the time designated by law for the return of unpaid highway taxes, the said overseer shall cancel the tax acknowledged to be paid by said receipt.

Whenever any person shall commute the highway tax assessed upon non-resident lands embraced withir. the provision of this act, and the same shall be paid to the overseer of highways, he shall pay over the same within thirty days thereafter, to the township treasurer, who shall give duplicate receipts therefor ; one of which receipts said overseer of highways shall deposite with the county treasurer within ten days thereafter ; and the township treasurer shall pay to the county treasurer on or before the fifteenth day of November in each yaar all monies that may come into his hands from overseers of highways.

Sec. 9. The special commissioners each in his own county, shall · have power to let or contract by public auction any job or work up- special on said road, giving public notice thereof in a newspaper in said county, if there be one, and by posting up three or more written or printed notices in the most public places in the county, at least ten days the before time of letting such contract, which shall be let to the lowest bidder giving good security to the satisfaction of the commissioner for the faithful performance of the said contract.

Sec. 10. Whenever any such contract shall be performed, the


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be obtained by said conimon council for the purpose aforesaid, as soon as the same shall be lodged in the clerk's office.

Sec. 3. No person shall be allowed to vote to raise a tax or assessment ini said village upon real estate, unless he owns real estate to be taxed in said village.

Sec. 4. No assessment of the property in said village shall here. after be made by the officers thereof.

Sec. 5. No officer or servant of said village except the Marshal, Compensa- shall hereafter receive any compensation for his services, and the

Marshal shall be the collector of said village.

Sec. 6. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent with this act be and the same are hereby repealed.

Sec. 7. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.
Approved March 19, 1845.

Vacation of

No. 63
An Act to vacate portions of certain streets in the

village of Bertrand. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representacertain stris tives of the State of Michigan, That the following portions of the

several streets in the village of Bertrand, in the county of Berrien, to wit: The portion of Michigan street lying between Jefferson street and the St. Joseph River, the portion of Huron street lying between Jefferson street and Washington street, the portion of Adam street lying between Michigan street and Hudson street, and the portion of Washington street lying between said Hudson street and St. Joseph river, be and the same are hereby severally discontinued and

vacated. May be en

Sec. 2. That upon securing to himself the title thereto or the right of closed.

possession thereof, from the person or persons owning the land at the time said streets were set apart to public use, by the record of the plat of said village, it shall be lawful for E. Frederic Sarin and his successor, heirs or assigns to enclose the above described portions thereof with blocks thirteen, fourteen, eleven and twelve as designaled on said plat, and to use and occupy the same for the erection of buildings suitable for a female seminary of learning, and for other purposes not inconsistent therewith.

Approved, March 19, 1845.

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