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[Published February 16, 1877.]
AN ACT to change the time for holding elections in the city of
Eau Claire, and relating to and amendatory of section one of chapter 378, of the laws of Wisconsin for the year 1876, entitled “ An act to amend chapter sixteen, private and local laws of 1872, entitled 'An act to incorporate tne city of Eau Claire.'” The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate
and assembly, do enact as follows:
SECTION 2. The present officers of said city shall Tenure of preshold their offices until their successors are elected and ent officers. qualified.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved February 6, 1877.
[Published February 13, 1877.]
AN ACT relatiog to narrow gauge railroads, and amendatory
of section 13 of chapter 182 of the general laws of 1872, as amended by chapter 317 of the laws of 1874, and chapter 117
of the laws of 1875. The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate
and assembly, do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 13 of chapter 182 of the general Amended. laws of 1872, as amended by section 1 of chapter 317 of the laws of 1874, and also by chapter 117 of the laws of 1875, is hereby amended by adding at the end of said section 1 the following, to wit. Provided, how- Limit of gab. ever, that the subscription for first mortgage bonds or scription for stock so to be made and paid in money, lands or other tles, towns, etc. property, by any county, town, city or village, shall in no instance be for any amount, including existing in
towns, etc., may borrow
debtedness, in the aggregate exceeding five per centum on the value of the taxable property therein, to be ascertained by the last assessment for state and county taxes previous to the making of such subscription, or the in
curring of such indebtedness; and provided further, that Counties,
whenever any tax above mentioned is to be levied or
collected, the county board of supervisors of any such money and is county, the town board of supervisors of any such town, 800 bonds.
the common council of any such city, and the board of trustees of any such village, or other local governmental board of any such corporation or municipality, by whatever name it may be called, sball bave the right, instead of levying such tax, to borrow a sum of money sufficient to pay the amount so proposed to be raised by tax, for a period not exceeding five years, at a rate of interest not exceeding ten per centum per annum, and to issue such negotiable bonds or other obligations as shall be necessary to secure the same, to the person or persons, corporation or corporations of whom the said money sball be borrowed ; and said bonds or obligations, and the coupons or installments of interest thereon, when due, shall be paid in the same manner any other indebtedness of such municipal corporation, and the proper officers of every such corporation are
bereby authorized and empowered, and it is hereby deDaty of oficers clared and made their duty, firm and irrevocable, as
part of the obligation of said contracts, to levy and provide for the collection of a direct annual tax suffi. cient to pay the interest on said indebtedness as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof, as it matures according to the terms of said bonds or obligations.
SECTION 2. This act shall not be construed to authorize the municipal corporations or the authorities thereof, herein mentioned, to sell any negotiable bonds or other obligations, issued in accordance with this act, at less than their
value. Act applicable SECTION 3. This act shall extend and be beld applitions hereforore cable to all subscriptions for bonds or stocks hereto
fore made by any county, town, city or village, under or in pursuance of this act or acts hereby amended, wbenever the amount of such subscription shall not have exceeded the limits specified in the first proviso above enacted, or in section 3 of article XI. of the constitution of this state, and all such subscriptions are hereby ratified and confirmed.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect from and after its passage and publication.
Approved February 7, 1877.
to levy tax.
Bonds not to be Bold at less than par.
[Published February 13, 1877.] CHAPTER 5.
AN ACT to amend chapter one hundred and twenty-two of the
laws of 1876, entitled "An act relating to the city of Portage, and codifying, consolidating and amending the act of incor.
poration, and all acts amendatory thereof." : The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate
and assembly, do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Section eight of chapter six of chapter amended. one hundred and twenty-two of the laws of 1876, epti. tled “ An act relating to the city of Portage, and codi.
fying, consolidating and amending the act of incorpo· ration and all acts amendatory thereof," is hereby
amended by inserting after the words “herein provid. ed," in the fourth and fifth lines of said section eight, the following clauses: It shall also be the duty of the
street commissioner, whenever in his opinion any por. Dont of street. * tion of a sidewalk shall be out of repair or in a dan
gerous condition, to serve a written notice upon the
owner or occupant adjacent to which such defective . sidewalk shall be, if a resident of said city, to immedi. rately repair the same, and if said owner or occupant
fail to repair the same fortbwith, then and in that case the same may be repaired by the street commissioner at the expense of the lot adjoining said detective sidewalk; provided, however, that the expense to be charged to any lot for any such repairs sball in no case exceed the sum of five dollars, unless such repairs shall be
according to the provisions of section three of this i chapter ; service of such written notice at the residence
of the owner or occupant of such lot, upon a member of his family of suitable age and discretion, or with the agent of the owner, shall be deemed service upon such owner or occupant; and in case the owner of such lot is not a resident of said city, or bis residence is un. known, and sucb owner bas ro agent in said city known to the street commissioner, then and in that case it shall be the duty of the street commissioner to forth be made with
When repair to with repair the same without notice to the owner of at service of the adjoining lot, at the expense of such lot, as hereinbefore provided. The street commissioner shall also bare the same powers and duties in relation to removing obstructions from any of the streets in said city as town boards of supervisors have in removing obstructions from higbways.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in srce from and after its passage and publication.
Approved February 7, 1877.
[Published February 13, 1977.]
AN ACT to amend chapter one hundred and thirty-five of the
laws of 1876, entitled "An act to revise, consolidate and amend the charter of the city of La Crosse," approved February 19, A. D. 1869, and the several acts amendatory thereof, approved March 7, 1876.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate
and assembly, do enact as follows: Amended.
SECTION 1. Section six of chapter four of chapter one hundred and thirty-five, of the laws of 1876, entitled " Au act to revise, consolidate and amend the cbarter of the city of La Crosse," approved February 19, A. D 1869, and the several acts amendatory thereof,
is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Section 6. How ordi- All ordinances and all resolutions appropriating inoney, priating money or creating, or which may create, any charge, or any to be passed.
debt or liability, against said city, shall be referred to appropriate committees, and shall be acted on by the council only at a subsequent meeting not held on the same day, and only on the report of the committees to which the same have been referred; provided, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the common council from passing at any meeting, and without reference, resolutions for the payment of quarterly, monthly or weekly instaliments ct salary and compensation of officers and employes of the city, previously fixed and ascertained by ordinance or resolu. tion, as the same may become due, or from passing in like manner any resolution or ordinance which may be reported and presented to the common council by any committee for the payment or settlement of any ac. count, claim or charge upon the city, or for authorizing the making of any contract on behalf of said city, when the subject matter of such account, claim, charge or contract shall have been regularly referred to such committee at a previous meeting of the common council; and provided further, that payment may be ordered at any meeting, of money ascertained to be due under
or the peace.
any contract previously approved by the common council.
SECTION 2. Section six, of chapter three, of said Amended. chapter one hundred and thirty-five, is hereby amended by striking out the words “and such other compen. sation as the city of La Crosse may prescribe," where the same occurs in the twentieth and twenty-first lines of said section, and inserting in lieu thereof the fol. lowing: " But the common council shall have power Power of coun. by ordinance or resolution, to fix and establish an an-Hies.
cil to fix salanual salary payable out of the city treasury, for any term of the office of the said justice of the peace for the city at large, subject to the same restrictions provided in reference to fixing the salaries of other city officers, and the payment of such annual salary shall be in full payment and discharge of any all claims of such police justice for the city at large, upon said city on account of any and all lees or services whatsoever.
SECTION 3. Section seven, of chapter eleven, of Amended. said chapter one hundred and thirty-five, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “discharge," where the same occurs in the fifth line of said section, the fol. lowing: provided, that no such fees accruing during any Fees of Justice term of the office of justice of the peace for the city at large, in which the incumbent thereof shall be entitled to receive an annual salary from the city, shall be allowed or paid to such justice of the peace for the city at large, or to any other justice assigned or appointed to discharge the duties of that office.
SECTION 4. In every contract made and entered into Contractor to by or on behalf of the said city of La Crosse, for the cates against doing of any public work, the whole or any portion of lots. which, under the provisions of the said chapter one hundred and thirty-five, or of any amendment thereto, or of any city ordinance passed in pursuance thereof,
is changeable to lots or portions of lots abutting on - such public work, there shall be included an express
agreement on the part of the contractor that he will accept certain certificates against the lots or parcels of lots so chargeable, in payment of all claims against the said city for all that portion of the work done under his contract so chargeable as aforesaid, and the city of La Crosse sball never be liable, either to said contractor, or his assignee or assignees, or representives, or to any lot owner, or to any person or corporation whatsoever, for on no account of any money paid or to be paid for any work or portion of work made chargeable or attempted to be made chargeable to any lot or por