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[House Bill No. 467.]
[143.) AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR SUPPORT OF SICK, WOUNDED, AND DISABLED SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AND MARINES FOR
THE TWO YEARS ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1905. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
The following sum is hereby appropriated to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, in full compensation for the objects hereinafter specified for the two fiscal years ending September 30, 1905: For sick, wounded, and disabled soldiers, sailors, and marines, including the insane, one hundred and ninety-two thousand dollars.
Approved, April 23, 1903.
[Substitute for House Bill No. 451.]
[144.] AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE CONNECTICUT POMOLOGICAL SOCIETY FOR THE TWO YEARS ENDING
SEPTEMBER 30, 1905.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
The sum of two thousand dollars is hereby appropriated to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, in full compensation for the object hereinafter specified for the two fiscal years ending September 30, 1905: For The Connecticut Pomological Society, for
the advancement of the science of pomology. Approved, April 23, 1903.
[Substitute for House Joint Resolution No. 231.]
AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE PEOPLE'S LIGHT AND POWER
Resolved by this Assembly: SECTION 1. That the charter of The People's Light and Power Company, approved April 5, 1893, is hereby so extended and enlarged as to enable said corporation to carry on the business specified in said charter within the limits of the town of Plainfield.
Sec. 2. All provisions of said charter shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the town of Plainfield, and to all action had and proceedings taken by said corporation in said town.
SEC. 3. Said rights herein granted, so far as the town of Plainfield is concerned shall become null and void if the same are not exercised within the space of one year from the passage of this resolution.
Approved, April 23, 1903.
[House Bill No. 465.]
[146.] AN ACT AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF PUTNAM.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
SECTION 1. Section eight of the charter of the city of Putnam, approved May 1, 1895, is hereby amended by striking out in the seventh line thereof the words “ three assessors ” and in the tenth line thereof the words nor for more than two assessors,
so that said section when amended shall read as follows: The annual meetings for the election of officers shall be held on the first Monday of December in each year, commencing on the first Monday in December following the adoption of this charter. At the first annual meeting so held on the first Monday in December, and biennially thereafter, there shall be chosen by the qualified voters of said city from among their number, by plurality of ballots, a mayor, a city treasurer, a collector, two auditors, two registrars, and one alderman at large, all of whom shall be voted for on one ticket; but no person shall vote for more than one registrar nor for more than one auditor. All of said officers, when elected, shall enter upon the duties of their respective offices on the first Monday of January following their election, and shall hold office for two years therefrom, and until their successors are elected and qualified. At said first annual meeting held on the first Monday of December, and biennially thereafter, there shall be chosen from the electors of the first and third wards each two aldermen, who shall each have resided in their respective wards at least six months prior to their election, who shall hold their office for two years from the first Monday of January next following, and until their successors are elected and qualified. At said first annual meeting held on the first Monday of December there shall also be chosen from the electors of the second and fourth wards each two aldermen, who shall each have resided in their respective wards at least six months prior to their election, who shall hold their office for one year from the first Monday of January next following, and until their successors are elected and qualified. At the second annual meeting held on the first Monday of December, and biennially thereafter, there shall be chosen from the electors of the second and fourth wards each two aldermen, who shall each have resided in their respective wards at least six months prior to their election, who shall hold their office for two years thereafter, and until their successors are elected and qualified; but at said annual meetings no person shall vote for more than one ward alderman in each of said wards. Whenever at any annual meeting there shall be no election to any of the offices prescribed in this section, by reason of a tie vote, said meeting shall be adjourned until the next following Monday, and the election to fill such office or offices shall be proceeded with in the manner hereinbefore provided. When any vacancy shall occur in any elective office of said city the common council of said city, having been duly called together for that purpose by the clerk of said city, shall proceed to fill said vacancy; if in the office of mayor, from one of the aldermen of said city, and if in any other elective office, from the legal voters of said city; provided, that if the vacancy is of a ward alderman it shall be filled by the appointment of one of the same political party as the prior incumbent, and the person or persons so elected shall fill the unexpired term and perform all the duties pertaining to said office. After the first city meeting for the election of officers, all subsequent city meetings of the city of Putnam shall be warned by the mayor of said city, and a printed or written warning of any city meeting, signed by the mayor, or, in his absence, by the acting mayor, and posted upon a public signpost in each of the wards of said city at least five days prior to holding the meeting, including the day the notice is given, but not including the day of holding said meeting, shall be sufficient notice thereof; and the mayor or acting mayor shall, on or before the day of such meeting, cause a copy of every such warrant to be left with the city clerk, who shall record the same.
The mayor of said city shall possess all the powers now vested in and perform all the duties now imposed by law upon the selectmen of towns for providing and designating ballot-boxes, ticket booths, and suitable and convenient places for the holding of elections in said city, and for securing the quiet conduct of such elections.
Sec. 2. Section twenty-five of said charter is hereby amended to read as follows: The common council of the city of Putnam shall annually, on or before the last day of February, cause to be made from the grand list of the town of Putnam then last made and completed a list for said city of Putnam for the purposes of taxation therein. The common council shall cause to be set in said list to the owners thereof all the real estate situated in said city and all the personal estate of the inhabitants of said city, liable to be set in the list by the assessors of towns; and all said real and personal estate shall be set in said list at the same valuation as in said town list; provided, however, that the common council shall have power in all cases in which land is situated partly within and partly without the limits of the city of Putnam to value that part of said real estate situated within the city, and set the same in said list, and shall set in said list all ratable estate within the limits of said city liable to be set in the list by the assessors of towns, belonging to persons not inhabitants of said city and employed in mercantile trade or manufacturing business within the limits of said
city, at a just and fair valuation. The list when so completed shall be and remain in the office of the clerk of the city of Putnam, and be open to the inspection of any person liable to taxation in said city until the twentieth day of March in that year, and the common council shall have power to make any corrections necessary, in order to leave the lists as completed free from all errors.
SEC. 3. Any person claiming to be aggrieved because of property being wrongfully set in said list to his name, or because of his property being set in said list at an excessive valuation, may, on or before the thirtieth day of April next after the completion of said list, make application in the nature of an appeal therefrom to the superior court for Windham county in the manner provided for appeals from boards of relief by section 2354 of the general statutes.
SEC. 4. The mayor and the clerk of the city shall, after the list is completed and finally acted upon by the common council, sign the same; and when said list is so signed, it shall be the tax list upon which shall be assessed all taxes laid during that year. The city clerk shall, after the city tax is laid, make out a rate book.
Sec. 5. Sections twenty-six and twenty-seven of said charter are hereby repealed.
SEC. 6. Section twenty-one of said charter is hereby amended to read as follows: All elections and appointments to office, or to any position within the appointing power of the common council, which includes all elections and appointments not conferred by this charter on the electors of said city and on the mayor, shall be made by majority of ballots cast in the common council, the mayor having a vote only in case of a tie. The officers to be appointed in accordance with this section are the city clerk, the chief engineer of the fire department, and two assistant engineers of the fire department, and a health officer, all of whom shall receive such compensation for their services as may be fixed and prescribed by the common council. Said officers shall hold office for two years next succeeding their appointment, and until their successors are appointed and qualified. All of said officers may be removed for malfeasance in office, neglect of duty, incapacity, or other just cause, but they shall not be removed upon any charge preferred without notice and a hearing. The city collector shall have full power to collect all assessments for which he shall be obligated under his bonds to said city. The common council may appoint and remove at its pleasure such appointee or appointees as it shall deem proper, with such titles as it may designate, to supervise the execution of all orders of the common council for the constructing, enlarging, and repairing of all public works; and to superintend, subject to its orders, the construction of and necessary repairs upon streets, highways, sidewalks, gutters, crosswalks, sewers, and all public improvements within the limits of the streets, highways, thoroughfares, and public grounds of the city. The provisions of this section shall take effect from the passage of this act; provided, however, that the superintendent of
streets, sidewalks, and sewers, elected on the first Monday of January, 1902, and now serving in said capacity, shall, if he shall so choose, be permitted to perform the duties of his office until the expiration of the term for which he was elected unless sooner removed for cause.
SEC. 7. Section fifty-two of said charter is hereby amended by striking out in the second line the words “ who shall not belong to the same political party as the judge," so that said section when amended shall read as follows: The common council shall biennially appoint a prosecuting attorney and an assistant prosecuting attorney, said assistant prosecuting attorney to act in the absence from said city, inability, or at the request of the prosecuting attorney; they shall be sworn to a faithful discharge of their duties, and shall hold their respective offices for two years next following their appointment, and until others are appointed in their stead. Within the limits of said city, and of the cognizance and jurisdiction of said court, and as may be provided and limited by this act, said attorney shall exercise the same authority and perform the same duties within his sphere, and in the same manner, as may be prescribed by law for state's attorneys in the several counties, and said attorney shall have the same powers and authority in the presentment of cases, and to investigate, advise, and inquire into all criminal matters, as are conferred upon grand jurors of towns by the general statutes; and said attorney shall exclusively, except when his proper substitute shall act in his stead, have and perform all the duties, and exercise all the powers within the limits of said city, and of the cognizance of said city court, that are by law assigned to and conferred upon prosecuting agents under the liquor laws and other statutes of this state. The common council
in case of the death or resignation of said prosecuting attorney or assistant prosecuting attorney, appoint a prosecuting attorney to hold office for the remainder of the official term herein provided.
Sec. 8. This act shall take effect from its passage.
[Senate Joint Resolution No. 198.]
AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CONNECTICUT RAILWAY AND
Resolved by this Assembly: That the Connecticut Railway and Lighting Company be and hereby is authorized and empowered to locate, construct, operate, and maintain an electric railway, with not more than two tracks and all necessary switches, turnouts, terminals, and equipment, along, upon, through, and over the following described route in the town of Waterbury, that is to say: Commencing at a point in Main street, in the village of Waterville, where the present tracks of the Connecticut Railway and Lighting Company now terminate,