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dues or demands against said company to the amount of one hundred dollars, originally coutracted within this state, which, after the lien of the state, shall take precedence of all other debts or demands, judgments or decrees, liens or mortgages against said company."

Sec. 15. Strike out section twenty-five and insert the following in lieu thereof: Sec. 25. The legislature may at any time alter, amend or repeal the charter of said company, after the thirty years from the passage of this act, or at any time for a violation of their charter, by a vote of two-thirds of each house.

Sec. 16. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after

its passage.

Approved March 30, 1648.

No. 153.

AN ACT to provide for the distrinution of the annual reports of the

state officers among the members and officers of the Legislature.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of RepresentaDuty of state lives of the State of Michigan, That it shall be the duty of the printprinter.

er of the laws of this state to deliver to the Secretary of the Senate and to the Clerk of the House of Representatives, on the fourth day of the session of the legislature in each year, or as soon thereafter as possible, the number of copies of the annual reports of the several state officers as by law each house shall be entitled to receive; and the said printer shall take the receipt of the said Secretary and Clerk for the number of copies of said report so delivered to them respectively, and shall not be entitled to receive pay for printing a greater number of said reports for the use of the legislature, than the number so delivered

and receipted for by them. Duties of sec.

Sec. 2. That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives to cause to be distributed equally among the members and officers of their respective houses, the reports so received and receipted for by each of them.

Approved March 31, 1848.

of sebate & clerk of house.

No. 154.
AN ACT to authorize the Commissioner of the State Land Office to

convey to Hiram Burnham certain lands selected for saline purpo

ses,

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Commissioner of the State Land Office be and he is hereby authorized and directed to issue to Hiram Burnhain a certificate of purchase of and for the west half of the north west quarter of section twelve, in township four south, of range five east, the same being a portion of the lands selected by this state for saline purposes, upon receiving at any time within one year after the selection of said land shall be confirmed to this state, from said Burnham, the sum of four dollars per acre with interest from the date of the confirmation of said selection to the state of Michigan: Proided, That this act shall not be so construed as to deprive the state of Michigan of the privilege at any and all times to use for saline purposes any spring or springs on said lands.

Approved March 31, 1848.

No. 155.
AN ACT to provide for the improvement of the Detroit and Grand

River Road.

on Grand Ri. ver road.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate anıl House of Representatires of the State of Michigan, That seven thousand acres of internal 7000 acres

int. imp.land

appropriated improvement lands be and the same are hereby appropriated for the purpose of improving the Detroit and Grand River road, which lies between the capitol of this state and the point where the said Grand River road crosses the Thornapple river in the county of Kent.

Sec. 2. For the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this act, the Governor of this state is hereby authorized to appoint a

Special comspecial commissioner, who shall take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office, and shall file a bond with sureties, to be approved by the Auditor General, conditioned for the faithful discharge of his duties as such commissioner before entering thereon. Sec. 3. The said special commissioner shall, by virtue of his ap- Powers and

duties of pointment, have the control and management of the improvements such com

missioner.

.

specified by this act, and shall have power to superintend the same in person, or let out by contract any job or jobs therefor to the lowest bidder, who shall execute and deliver to said commissioner a good and sufficient bond, with sureties, to be approved by him, and conditioned for the faithful performance of the work according to the stipulations

of said contract. Propos'ls for Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of said special commisssioner, before jobs, &c.

letting any such job or jobs, to advertise for proposals, stating the time and place of meeting for that purpose, which notice shall be given at least four weeks previous to the letting of said jobs, in a newspaper printed in the county where the labor is to be performed.

Sec. 5. Whenever any contractor, under the preceding sections of Payment of this act, shall have finished his job according to the terms and speci

fications of his contract, and the same shall have been accepted by said special commissioner, or if any services shall have been rendered under the provisions of this act, it shall be the duty of said special commissioner to pay said contractor for any such service, by his order drawn on the Auditor General for warrants drawn against and payable in internal improvement lands, which said warrants shall be receivable at the office of the Commissioner of the State Land Office in payment for any unappropriated internal improvement lands belonging to the state : Provided, That nothing herein contained shall authorize the Commissioner of the State Land Office to sell any such lands at a less price than one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, or in a less quantity in any one certificate than forty acres.

Sec. 6. Said commissioner shall proceed in the outlay of the apCompensa. tion of com'r propriations made by this act with all the diligence and dispatch comhis acc't, &c. patible with proper economy and the best interest of the state, and shall

receive for his services a sum not exceeding two dollars per day payable pro rata from the said appropriation, and shall render to the Auditor General an account of all services necessarily rendered by him, by virtue of the provisions of this act, verified by his oath ; thereupon the Auditor General shall issue his warrant to the said special commissioner for the amount of said services, which shall be receivable by the Commissioner of the State Land Office in payment of any land contemplated by the provisions of this act.

and audit of

Sec. 7. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 31, 1848.

No. 156.
AN ACT appropriating certain internal improvement lands for lay-

ing out and improving a state road from Lapeer, in Lapeer county,
by the village of Almont, to St. Clair in St. Clair county, and
which, by intersecting with the Fort Gratiot turnpike shall open a
communication from the village of Almont to the village of Port
Huron.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa- 75003 acres

int irnp. land tives of the State of Michigan, That seven thousand five hundred

appropriated acres are hereby appropriated from the internal improvement lands belonging to the state, for the purpose of laying out, establishing and improving a state road from the village of Lapeer in the county of Lapeer, by the way of the village of Almont, to the village of St. Clair in St. Clair county: Provided, That three thousand acres of this appropriation shall be judiciously expended on that part of the road in Lapeer county, and four thousand five hundred acres in like manner in St. Clair county. Sec. 2. The state road contemplated in the preceding section of this

Route of ro'd act, shall commence at the village of Lapeer, running thence a southeasterly course to the village of Almont, thenre easterly and southeasterly to the village of St. Clair, (having reference to the nature of the ground and practicability of construction,) on the most feasible route, and intersecting the Fort Gratiot turnpike at some point in the township of St. Clair.

Sec. 3. For the purpose of carrying the provisions of this act into effect, the Governor of the state is hereby authorized to appoint a spe- Special comcial commissioner, who shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office, and shall file a bond with sureties to be approved by the Auditor General, con. ditioned for the faithful discharge of his duties as such special commissioner.

Sec. 4. The said special commissioner shall in virtue of his appoint- Powers and ment have the control and management of the several improvements coin'r.

missioner.

duties of

specified in this act, and shall have power to let out by contract the building of any bridges on the route of said road, and opening and working of said road to the lowest bidder, who shall execute to said special commissioner a good and sufficient bond, with sureties to be approved by him, and conditioned for the due and faithful performance of the work stipulated in the said contract : Provided, That before the letting, the said commissioner shall advertise for proposals for the constructing any such bridges as may be necessary on the line of said road, and the opening and working of said road or any part of said road, in separate sections, describing the same, by posting up in three of the most public places in each of the towns through which suid road shall run, for at least four weeks previous to the letting of said contracts.

Sec, 5. Whenever any contractor, under the preceding section of Pay of con tractors and this act, shall have finished his job according to the terms and specifiothers.

cations of his contract, and the same shall have been accepted by the said special commissioner, or any service shall have been rendered under the provisions of this act, it shall be the duty of said commissioner to pay said contractor according to the terms of his contract, or for any such service, by his order drawn on the Iuditor General, who shall receive the same and issue his warrant drawn against the internal improvement lands, which shall be payable in such lands : Provided, That nothing herein contained shall authorize the Commissioner of the State Land Office to sell any of said land at a less price than that now established by law for the sale of the internal improvement lands, or a less quantity in any one certificate of sale than the usual legal subdivision of said lands.

Sec. 6. For the purpose of laying out, opening and improving said com'r, &c.

road, said commissioner shall possess the power now conferred by law upon the highway commissioners of the several townships through which said road runs, and for settling and adjusting all claims for damages done by persons interested in the lands through which said road shall be laid, he may apply to a justice of the peace of the proper township or an adjoining township, for the appointment of three disinterested appraisers, and the same proceedings shall thereupon be had in all respects as are now provided by law for the settlement of like cases by highway commissioners.

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