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Board of commissioners and their daties.
Board shall ad
posals for constructing.
tion of a State house of correction according to the plans, specifications, and estimates of the commissioners appointed under act number one hundred and seventy of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, subject to such alterations and modifications as may be made by the governor and the commissioners
hereafter to be appointed under the provisions of section three of Appropriation, this act; which said sum of money shall be incorporated in the
State tax as follows: seventy-five thousand dollars for each of the years one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five and one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six.
SEC. 2. The said State house of correction shall be located at Ionia, upon the site selected by the commissioners appointed under said act number one hundred and seventy of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, and donated to the State under the provisions of said act.
SEC. 3. The governor shall appoint three persons, who shall constitute a board of commissioners, whose duty it shall be to erect and construct said house of correction according to the plans,
specifications, and estimates mentioned in section one of this act: Proviso, entire Provided, however, That the entire cost of said State house of
correction shall not exceed, when completed, the sum of two hundred and seventy thousand dollars.
SEC. 4. Said board of commissioners shall, as soon as practicable vertise for pro- after their appointment, advertise for a time not less than six
weeks in such papers as they may select in this State for proposals for constructing said State house of correction or any portion
thereof in accordance with the plans and specifications heretofore Certain contracts mentioned. All contracts for labor or materials to be used in the
pole erection and construction of said State house of correction, re
quiring an expenditure of more than five hundred dollars, shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder or bidders; and advertisement of such shall be published in the Detroit daily papers not less than thirty days before the time appointed for opening bids, the advertisement thus provided for to specify the time and place
when the bids or proposals made in pursuance thereof shall be Bids to be sealed, opened. All bids or proposals thus made shall be sealed, and shall
not be opened at any time or place other than that designated in Commissioners the advertisement. All or any bids or proposals received by said
commissioners may be by them rejected, and whether accepted or Where deposited. rejected shall, after decision thereon by said commissioners, be de
posited in the office of the Secretary of State. No contract made Contracts to be by the commissioners shall be binding until approval of the Gov. Governor, y ernor in writing shall be endorsed thereon. When so approved To be filled with said contract shall be filed with the Auditor General, who shall
neral, file the same in his office, and shall make and certify a copy nish certified thereof and deliver such copy to the said commissioners: Provided, copies to com missioners. That, after the building of said State house of correction has so Proviso-prison. far advanced as to receive and keep prisoners, the said board of ployed. commissioners shall have power and authority, with the approval
of the Governor, to buy materials for, and employ such prisoners upon, the completion of said work.
to be let to the
Auditor General, who shall fur.
gate hich said contracturnished and she amonnt called for
that may be paid to contractor.
tractor to give
SEC. 5. In letting contracts said commissioners shall not obli- Limit of amount gate the State to pay to any contractor any money other than that to to which said contractor may be justly entitled by reason of labor or materials already furnished and supplied, and in no event shall more than eighty-five per cent of the amount called for in any contract to be paid to the contractor named therein before the completion of his contract and its acceptance by the commissioners : Provided, That every contractor performing service or work or Proviso-confurnishing materials under this act, shall enter into such bonds bonder with sureties, for the proper performance of his contract, as shall be required by said board of commissioners, and approved by the Goverpor.
SEC. 6. The said board of commissioners shall appoint some Superintendent proper person, not of their number, to superintend under their di." rection the erection and construction of the State house of correction provided for in this act, and they shall also appoint a secretary, not of their number, whose duties shall by them be prescribed. Such superintendent and secretary thus appointed shall Compensation. each receive for his services a reasonable compensation, to be established by the board and approved by the Governor; and before To take oath and entering upon the discharge of his duties shall each take the oath ® prescribed by the constitution and laws of this state, and give boud for the faithful performance of the duties of his office in the penal sum of ten thousand dollars.
SEC. 7. Each of the members of said board of commissioners Compensation of shall be entitled to receive his actual traveling expenses and the board. sum of three dollars per day for the time actually spent in the discharge of his duties under this act, which compensation and expenses shall be audited by the board of State auditors.
SEC. 8. Payments for work or materials for said house of cor- Payments for rection shall be made as follows: vouchers for the amount to be made: paid shall be certified by the said commissioners and presented to the Auditor General, who shall draw his warrant upon the State Treasurer for the amount to be paid.
SEC. 9. It shall be the duty of the said secretary of the said Secretary to renboard of commissioners to render quarter-yearly to the Auditor current to AndiGeneral accounts current of all transactions, with an estimate and tor Ge statement showing the purpose for which payments have been paid, and an estimate showing the amount which has accrued to the contractors, and the amount of percentage retained.
SEC. 10. Said commissioners, before they enter upon the dis- Oath of eoncharge of the duties of their office, shall each take and subscribe where fled. the constitutional oath of office, and file the same in the office of the Secretary of the State, and the treasurer of said board of com- Treasurer to missioners shall give his bond to the people of the State of Michiigan in the penal sum of twenty thousand dollars, with two or more sufficient sureties, approved by the Governor, for the faithful performance of the duties required of him, and to properly account for all moneys received by him under this act.
SEC. 11. No commissioner appointed under this act shall be di- not to be interrectly or indirectly interested in any contract or contracts for the ef
work, etc., how
tor General, ete.
ested in con tracts.
erection or construction of said State house of correction or the
furnishing of labor or materials for the same. Commissioners SEC. 12. Said board of commissioners are hereby authorized at general fund for any time to draw from the general fund of the State Treasury immediate use. such amounts of money witbin the appropriation made by this
act, as they shall deem necessary for the immediate commencement and carrying on of the erection of said State house of correction, The amounts so drawn sball be considered as an advance to the
said State house of correction upon the appropriation made by Reimbursement. this act, and such amounts shall be deducted from said State
house of correction fund and returned to the general fund when
SEC. 13. This act shall take immediate effect.
[ No. 97.] AN ACT to prevent the setting of guns and other dangerous
devices. Betting of a SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That spring gun, o deemed a mis.*" if any person shall set any spring or other gun, or any trap or dedemeanor.
vice operating by the firing or explosion of gunpowder or any other explosive, and shall leave or permit the same to be left, except
in the immediate presence of some competent person, he shall be Killing of person deemed to have committed a misdemeanor; and the killing of any by gun so set deemed man- person by the firing of a gun or device so set shall be deemed to
SEC. 2. This act sball take immediate effect.
[ No. 98. ] AN ACT to amend section twelve of article two, and sections one,
two, four, seven, thirteen, and fifteen of article four of act number one hundred and ninety-eight, of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, entitled “An act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of railroad companies, and to regulate the running and management, and to fix the duties and liabilities of all railroad and other corporations owning or operating any railroad in this State," approved May one, eighteen hundred and seventy-three.
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That section twelve of article two, and sections one, two, four, seven, thirteen, and fifteen, of article four of act number one hundred and ninety-eight of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, entitled “An act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of railroad companies, and to regulate the running
and management, and to fix the duties and liabilities of all railroad and other corporations owning or operating any railroad in this State," approved May one, eighteen hundred and seventy-three, be amended so as to read as follows:
must be kept
ARTICLE II. Sec. 12. All railroad companies shall keep their ticket offi- Ticket offices ces open for the sale of tickets at least twenty minutes immedi- open twenty ately preceding the departure of all passenger trains from every regular passenger station from which any such passenger trains are to start from or stop at, between the hours of seven o'clock in the morning and eleven o'clock in the evening; and the conduc- Stations an:
nounced twice in tors of all such passenger trains shall announce, or cause to be cars. announced, the name of the station in each passenger car of erery such train, twice inside each passenger car of every such train, the door of said car being closed at the time of such announcement, within a reasonable time before the arrival of any passenger train at every station at which said train from notice given is to stop. At junctions, crossings, and points where trains leave in different Direction train 1s directions, at or near the same time, the conductor of each train shall announce, or cause to be announced, distinctly, in each passenger car of his train, before starting, the direction in which his train is to go. For each violation of the provisions of this sec- Penalty for viotion, the railroad company whose employes do not comply with the fons of section. provisions of this section in every respect, sball forfeit the sum of one hundred dollars for each violation of the same.
to go announced.
lation of provis
ARTICLE IV. Sec. 1. On and after the thirty-first day of October, eight- air-brake upon cen hundred and seventy-three, no regular passenger traips Daines, sball be run in this State without an air brake or some equally effective device for checking the speed of the train, to be approved by the commissioner of railroads, which may be applied by the engineer to each passenger car composing the train ; and every rail- Forfelture for road company, person or corporation owning or operating a rail- without air. road in this State, which shall permit any such trains to be run op brake. such road without such brake shall forfeit for every train so run, the sum of fifty dollars, to recover which, such company, person or corporation shall be liable in an action on the case, to be brought in behalf of the people of this State, and the money so realized shall be paid into the State treasury.
SEO. 2. On and after July thirty-first, eighteen hundred and Flagman, gate, seventy-three, every company, person, or corporation owning or street crossings. operating a railroad within this State, shall construct and maintain a gate or gates, or bridge, or maintain a flagman to signal trains at every highway or street crossing on the line of such road, where the same shall be required by the commissioner of railroads, as hereinafter provided. Any company, person, or corporation Forfelture for neglecting or refusing to construct or maintain such gate or not malata gates, or bridge, or to maintain such flagman where so required as
or bridge at
equally by com
aforesaid, shall forfeit for every such neglect or refusal the sum of one hundred dollars, and the further sum of ten dollars for every
day while such neglect or refusal shall continue. Gates, location SEC. 4. All gates which, by the provisions of this act, are
under the direction of the commissioner of railroads, may be required to be constructed at street or highway crossings, shall be built in such manner, and within such time, and of such material as shall be approved by the commissioner of railroads, and shall be located on the highway or street on one or both sides of the railroad track or tracks, as the commissioner may deem the public safety to require, and shall be so constructed as when closed to obstruct and prevent any passage across such railroad or railroads
from the side on which such gate may be located. There shall be Person to be a person in charge of every such gate at all hours of the day and
night, and it shall be his duty to close the same at the approach of a train of cars, or of a locomotive, and to keep it open at all other times; and it shall be the duty of the gate-keeper on either side of one or more tracks, to close the gate of which he is in charge
on the approach of a train of cars or locomotive, on either track. Penalty for deg. For every neglect of such duty, such person, upon conviction
thereof, shall pay the sum of twenty-five dollars, or be imprisoned
in the county jail for the period of ninety days, or both, in the Expense for discretion of the court. The expense incurred in the erection and gates, shared' “ maintenance of the gates provided for in this section, and of the panies.
necessary gate-keepers, shall be shared equally by the railroad companies alongside whose tracks the gates shall be located.
SEC. 7. It shall be the duty of every railroad corporation in to furnishem., this State to furnish to each of its employes of every grade a printployes copies of 4
ed or written copy of its rules and regulations relative to their Penalty for vio- respective duties, and any conductor, engineer, servant, or other lating rule of
employe of any such railroad corporation, who shall knowingly violate any of the printed or written rules or regulations of such company, shall be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, or to an imprisonment in the county jail not more than three months, or both such fine and
imprisonment, in the discretion of the court. Bell and whistle SEC. 13. A bell of at least thirty pounds weight and a where used and steam whistle shall be placed on each locomotive engine, and said penalty for neg. whistle shall be twice sharply sounded at least forty rods before kect to use.
the crossing is reached ; and after the sounding of the whistle the bell shall be rung continuously until the crossing is passed, under a penalty of one hundred dollars for every neglect: Provided, That at street crossings within the limits of incorporated cities or villages, the sounding of the whistle may be omitted unless required by the common council or board of trustees of any such city or village; and the company shall also be liable for all
damages which shall be sustained by any person by reason of such Sign-boards at neglect. Every railroad corporation shall, and they are hereby street crossings.
required to cause boards to be placed, well supported by posts or otherwise, and maintained at each public road or street, where the same is crossed by the railroad and on the same level. The boards