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of the corporation. All fines collected in pursuance of this act shall be paid over by the officer collecting the same to the treasurer of the corporation.

[51] SEC. 6. Laws and ordinances-recorder, deputy. It shall be the duty of the mayor to preside at the meetings of the town council; and it shall be the duty of the recorder to keep a true record of the by-laws and ordinances; to attend all meetings of the council, and keep a fair and accurate record of their proceedings; and said recorder is authorized, under his hand and seal, to appoint some competent person as his deputy, who, in his absence, shall do and perform all and singular the duties enjoined upon said recorder, and for whose acts he shall be liable.

SEC. 7. Taxes—assessor. That the town council shall have power to assess for corporation purposes, an annual tax on all property in said town made subject to taxation by the laws of this state, for state and county purposes, not exceeding in any one year one per centum on the value thereof; which value shall be ascertained by an assessor appointed by the town council for that purpose, a duplicate of which shall be inade out and signed by the recorder and delivered to the collector. They shall have power to equalize any injudicious assessment then made, on the complaint of the person aggrieved.

SEC. 8. Marshal's duty-tax sale. That the town marshal shall be the collector of any tax assessed, and he is hereby authorized and required, by distress and sale of property, as constables on execution, to collect and pay over said tax to the treasurer, within three months after the time of receiving the duplicate thereof, and the treasurer's receipt shall be his voucher. The town marshal shall make personal demand of every resident charged with tax; and, before sale of property for delinquent tax, shall give ten days notice by advertisement in three of the most public places in said corporation; and if the tax on any lot or piece of land, (for) which no personal property can be found, shall remain unpaid three months after the expiration of the time by this act allowed the collector for the collection of the tax, then the town marshal shall give notice in the nearest newspaper, stating the amount of such tax, and the number of the lot on which it is due, and that the same will be sold to discharge such tax when, (unless] the payment thereof be made within three months from the date of such advertisement, and if such tax be not paid within that time, the town marshal, after giving twenty days notice of the time and place of sale, at three of the most public places in said town, shall proceed to sell at public auction so much of said lot or piece of land as will discharge said tax.

SEC. 9. Redemption. That if the owner of such lot or piece of land shall appear at any time within two years after such sale and pay the purchase money, with interest at the rate of thirty per centum per annum thereon, he shall be entitled to the right of redemption.

SEC. 10. Account published. Twenty days before each annual election, the town council [52] shall put up in some conspicuous place within said town an accurate account of the money received and expended by said corporation since the last annual election, with the sources from which they were derived and the objects on which they were expended, which shall be certified by the recorder.

SEC. 11. Streets, etc.-proviso-shows-proviso. The said corporation shall have power to regulate and improve all streets, alleys, side-walks, drains or sewers, to sink and keep in repair public wells, remove nuisances, and regulate markets, provided, that nothing in said regulations shall be so construed as to prohibit any person from selling the products of his farm in such quantities or in such manner as he may deem proper. They shall have power to license and regulate, or prohibit all shows or public exhibitions : provided, however, that the power hereby granted shall not be so construed as to conflict with the general laws of this state.

SEC. 12. By-laws and ordinances to be published-evidence of same-notice of election. That the by-laws and ordinances of said corporation shall be published in a newspaper in the county, or posted up in some public place in said town, fifteen days before the taking effect thereof, and the certificate of the recorder upon the town records, shall be sufficient evidence of the same having been done; and every annual election herein authorized, shall be preceded hy five days notice thereof, put up in three public places in said town.

SEC. 13. Road district. That the streets and alleys of said town shall constitute one road district, including the several roads leading from said town for the distance of one mile from the corporation limits.

SEC. 14. Mayor, etc., duties, compensation. That the mayor or a majority of the councilmen, may call a meeting of the town council, whenever in his or their opinion the same may be necessary. The mayor and trustees shall receive no compensation, unless the same shall be authorized by the inhabitants in legal meeting assembled.

SEC. 15. Act not to prevent county commissioners from building, etc.county taxes. Nothing in this act contained, shall be so construed as to prevent the board of commissioners of Jefferson county, from building a court house on block No. 13, in said town of Fairfield, known as the centre square therein, or otherwise improving said square for public purposes, and from levying and collecting state and county tax within the limits of said corporation, by the proper authorities under the revenue laws of this state.

Approved, February 9th, 1847.

531 CHAPTER 39.

STATE ROAD.

AN ACT to locate a state road from Oskaloosa, in Mahaska county, to Knoxville, in

Marion county.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

SECTION 1. Commissioners. That Jonathan M. Hartman and J. N. Severs, of Mahaska county, and L. W. Babbit, of Marion county, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners, to lay out and establish a state road from Oskaloosa, in Mahaska county, to Knoxville, in Marion county.

SEC. 2. Duty-oath. Said commissioners shall meet in Oskaloosa, on the second Monday of May next, or within three months thereafter, and proceed to locate said road, by taking to their assistance two chainmen and one marker, the said J. N. Severs acting as surveyor: they shall take an oath, before some justice of the peace, before entering upon their duties, for the faithful performance of the same.

SEC. 3. Road, how laid out. Said road shall be laid out on the nearest and best route for a road, taking into consideration the public interest, and at the same time doing as little damage to private property as the public interest will admit.

SEC. 4. How governed. Said commissioners, in locating said road, shall be governed by an act to provide for laying out territorial roads, approved, December 29th, 1838.

SEC. 5. To take effect. This act to take effect and be in force from and after its publication.

Approved, February 10th, 1847.

CHAPTER 40.

PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

AN ACT to provide for finishing the public buildings in Washington county. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

SECTION 1. Additional tax. That at the time of levying state and county tax, in the county of Washington, that the board of commissioners thereof be, and they are hereby, authorized to levy a tax of not more than two mills on the dollar, in addition to other tax, for the purpose of the completion of the public buildings in said county.

[54] SEC. 2. How long in force. That the provisions of this act shall continue in force for three years and no longer.

Approved, February 11th, 1847.

CHAPTER 41.

STATE ROAD.

AN ACT to locate a state road from Walling's landing to Columbus City. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

SECTION 1. Commissioners-duties. That Benjamin Stoddard, Jeremiah Fish and Aaron D. Hawley, are hereby appointed commissioners to locate and establish a state road, from Walling's landing, in the county of Louisa, on the township line between townships seventy-four and seventy-five, (as near as practicable,) to Columbus city.

SEC. 2. When to meet-surveyor. That said commissioners shall meet at the dwelling house of William Thompson, in the county of Louisa, on the third Monday in February, 1847, or on any day within three months thereafter, and taking to their assistance the necessary hands, proceed to locate and establish said road, the said Aaron D. Hawley acting as surveyor as well as one of the commissioners.

SEC. 3. Expenses, how paid. No part of the expenses of locating said road shall be paid by the said county of Louisa.

SEC. 4. To take effect. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, February 12th, 1847.

CHAPTER 42.

STATE ROAD.

AN ACT to lay out and establish a state road in the counties of Washington and

Jefferson.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

SECTION 1. Commissioners—duties-route. That James J. Murry, of the county of Jefferson, and Thompson Dray and West Hyde, of the county of Washington, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to lay out and establish a state road, commencing at a point on the road leading from Brighton to Fairfield, in section 11, township 73 north, range 9 west of the 5th principal meridian, where a direct line north will run on the open line between the farms [55) of John Jones and E. K. Hobson, to run due north to the northeast corner of the west half of the southwest quarter of section two, in said township; thence due east, to the center of said section two; thence due north, to the northeast corner of the northwest quarter of section thirty-five, township seventy-four north, range nine west of same meridian; thence westwardly, along the territorial road leading from Brighton to Richland, until said road shall strike the line between the farms of Richard Disberry and J. E. Fields; thence due north, to the northeast corner of the west half of the northwest quarter of section twenty-six, in the above named township; thence west, to the northeast corner of section twenty-seven, in said township; thence due north, to the northeast corner of the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section fifteen, in the above mentioned township; thence by the nearest and best route, to Amos Hart's mill on Skunk river.

SEC. 2. When to meet-oath. That said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall meet at the house of John Jones, in Jefferson county, on the second Monday of April next, or within thirty days thereafter, and proceed to lay out and establish said road according to law; and said commissioners are hereby authorized to administer to each other, and to all persons employed by them in laying out said road, the necessary oath or affirmation.

SEC. 3. Surveyor, etc.—compensation. Said commissioners shall employ a surveyor and other necessary persons, to lay out said road, who, together with said commissioners, shall receive such compensation and in such manner as the law provides.

SEC. 4. To take effect. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, February 11th, 1847.

CHAPTER 43.

TERRITORIAL ROAD.

AN ACT to continue the territorial road from De Witt to Lyons, across an out lot in

the town of Lyons.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

SECTION 1. Commissioners—when to meet-duties. That Wm. G. Haun, James Claibourne and Daniel Hess, of the county of Clinton, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to survey and locate a part of the territorial road leading from De Witt to Lyons, in Clinton county; the said commissioners are to meet at the house of Daniel Hess, in Lyons, on the second Monday in April, 1847, and then [56] proceed to locate said road, commencing at the junction of Franklin and Sixth streets, in the town of Lyons, then running southwest until it intersects the territorial road leading to De Witt.

SEC. 2. Road recorded. It shall be the duty of the commissioners, or one of them, to record, in the office of the clerk of the board of county commissioners, a plat of the part of the road by them surveyed, with explanatory notes, within fifteen days after the same shall have been located.

SEC. 3. Expenses, etc., how paid. All expenses incurred in laying out and locating said road, together with all damage sustained by any individuals in consequence of laying out said road, shall be paid by the town of Lyons.

SEC. 4. Take effect. This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, February 11th, 1847.

CHAPTER 44.

STATE ROAD.

AN ACT to locate and establish a state road from Iowa City to the west line of Dallas

county.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

SECTION 1. Commissioners-duties. That Edward Ricord, of Iowa county, Nathan Williams, of Jasper county, and A. D. Jones, of Polk county, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to locate and establish a state road, commencing at a point where the county road of Johnson county crosses Old Man's creek, near the house of James M'Crea, on section 31, township 79, h, range 6 west; thence, on the nearest and best route, to the county seat of Jasper county; thence to the county seat of Polk county; thence to the county seat of Dallas county; and thence to the west line of Dallas county, in the direction of Council Bluffs, on the Missouri river.

SEC. 2. Surveyor-compensation. That A. D. Jones, of the county of Polk, one of the commissioners named in the preceding section, shall act as surveyor in the location of said road, and shall receive such additional compensation as the county commissioners of the several counties shall deem reasonable.

SEC. 3. When to meet. Said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall meet at the commencement of said road, on the first day of April next, or within three months thereafter, and proceed to locate and establish said road agreeably to the provisions of an act for laying out and opening territorial roads, approved, December 27, 1838.

Approved, February 12th, 1847.

[57] CHAPTER 45.

SKUNK RIVER.

AN ACT to provide for the navigation of Skunk river.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

SECTION 1. Navigable. That Skunk river from the forks thereof, in Keokuk county, to its mouth, is hereby declared a navigable stream.

SEC. 2. Obstructions—may be indicted-fine-proviso—slope-dimensions -where placed—who to designate-to be sworn-refusing to serve; forfeitamount—how recovered. That any person or persons who shall in any wise obstruct or interrupt the navigation of said river, below the said forks, or continue such obstruction or interruption, may be indicted in any county bordering or touching upon said river; and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not less than one hundred dollars, to be assessed by the jury: provided, that no person shall be liable for an obstruction or interruption occa

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