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In case of refusal to vote funds.
the state highway commissioner, all state reward moneys that may be earned by or be payable to such county, good roads district or township shall be withheld by the state
highway commissioner so long as the delinquency continues : Proviso, may Provided, That counties, good roads districts or townships payment. may contract with the state highway commissioner for the
payment of their respective portions of any construction, improvement, or maintenance work hereunder on the install. ment plan, subject to the condition that the amount to be paid over in each year shall not be less than one mill on the
assessed valuation of such county, township or district Deferred pay- according to the roll of the last preceding year. All deferred draw interest. payments shall draw interest at the rate of five per cent per
annum from and after the completion of the work of construction, maintenance or improvement as shown by the certificate of the state highway commissioner.
(477) SEC. 7. If the electors of any township at the annual meeting thereof refuse or neglect to vote the necessary funds to pay any charge against said township under the provisions hereof, it shall be the duty of the township board not
withstanding such neglect and refusal to order the spreading Mandamus.
and collection of such tax as may be necessary. If any township, or board of supervisors of any county neglects or refuses to perform any duty hereby imposed, an action of mandamus may be instituted by the attorney general on the relation of the state highway commissioner to compel compliance
herewith. Patrol main- (478) SEC. 8. The boards of county road commissioners,
the boards of commissioners of good roads districts and township boards are hereby authorized and required to provide for a system of proper patrol maintenance of trunk line highways subject to their jurisdiction, which system shall be sub
ject to the approval of the state highway commissioner. Payment Refusal or neglect to establish or maintain such system shall withheld in
authorize the state highway commissioner, in his discretion, neglect, etc.
to withhold the payment of any state reward money that may
be due or payable to any county or township delinquent here Authority to
under. Any board aforesaid is hereby authorized to contract with the state highway commissioner for the carrying on of necessary maintenance work and for the payment of the pro
portion of the cost thereof that is chargeable against the Duty of state county good roads district or township. It shall be the duty commissioner. of the state highway commissioner to see that all trunk line
highways are properly maintained in suitable condition for public travel.
See section 109. How may
(479) SEC. 9. Any county, good roads district or towncontract at below lowest ship that has raised money for the construction or improve
ment of any trunk line highway under the provisions of this act, may, by its board of county road commissioners, board of
good roads commissioners, or township board, as the case may
(480) Sec. 10. It shall be the duty of the state highway Signs and commissioner to cause all state trunk line highway routes to
guide-posts. be distinctly marked by signs and guide posts of a uniform design as may be deemed necessary for the public convenience and necessity. Any person who shall remove, deface, Penalty for
removal, etc. injure or destroy any such sign or guide post, or who shall place along any such highway any marker, guide or warning sign without the approval of the state highway commissioner shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction be liable to a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding thirty days, or to both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court. The state highway commissioner shall cause to Unauthorized
signs. be removed all signs, markers or guide posts that have not been duly authorized. Any person causing such markers, Penalty. signs or guide posts to be unlawfully placed along a state trunk line highway, or who injures, defaces or removes any sign, marker or guide post properly placed by the state highway commissioner, or with his approval, shall be liable for the expenses occasioned by such unlawful or improper act. An Action to action of assumpsit to recover such expense may be brought by the state highway commissioner in any court of competent jurisdiction, and any moneys recovered shall be paid into the treasury of the state and shall be there credited to the state highway funds. The cost of placing suitable markers, Cost of signs and guide posts hereunder shall be deemed to be a part of the construction, improvement and maintenance of the road and shall be paid for accordingly.
See section 504.
ADDITIONAL TRUNK LINE MILEAGE.
trunk line mileage, the same to be added to and connected with the
[Act 19, (ex. sess.), P. A. 1919.)
The People of the State of Michigan enact: (481) SECTION 1. The state highway commissioner is Preliminary
investigation. hereby authorized and directed to make such preliminary
When highways established.
examinations of the various suggested routes for extending the state trunk line highway system, as he shall deem necessary and for the purpose of arriving at this determination, he may solicit the co-operation of the county road commissioners, the district road commissioners or the township boards, as the case may be. After such investigation the state highway commissioner shall establish not to exceed five hundred miles of additional state trunk line highways on such lines as, in his judgment, are best adapted for serving the demands of public travel, which shall be connected with and form a part of the present state trunk line highway system.
See section 465.
HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT LOAN BOARD.
and for the borrowing of money by the state for the construction and
[Act 25, (ex. sess.), P. A, 1919.)
The People of the State of Michigan enact: Highway im- (482) SECTION 1. For the purpose of carrying out the provement loan board. provisions of this act there is hereby created the highway
improvement loan board of the state of Michigan. Said board shall consist of the governor, who shall act as chair.
man thereof, the state treasurer, the attorney general, the Rules and
Secretary of state and the state highway commissioner. Said regulations.
board shall convene on the call of the governor and may adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary and expedient
for the transaction of its business. Authority to (483) SEC. 2. The highway improvement loan board is borrow money.
hereby authorized and empowered, on behalf of the state of Limit, annual Michigan, to borrow such sums of money from time to time as and aggregate.
may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this act not exceeding five million dollars in any one year, and not exceeding in the aggregate the sum of fifty million dollars, and as evi
dence of money so borrowed may direct and cause to be issued Bonds, tenure, the notes or bonds of the state of Michigan. Bonds issued Interest, etc.
hereunder shall be redeemable at the pleasure of the state at any time not less than five years, nor more than thirty years, from the date of issuance, shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding five per cent payable semi-annually, and
shall pledge the faith and credit of the state of Michigan How signed for the payment thereof. All such obligations shall be signed
by the state treasurer and countersigned by the secretary of
state, and shall be issued in amounts of not less than one Denominahundred dollars each. Said bonds or notes shall be in the
tion. form prescribed by the loan board, and shall be offered for Form. sale at such times and in such manner as said board may by resolution direct. The proceeds of the sale of such obliga
Proceeds, tion shall be credited to the state highway fund, and shall credited. be used solely for the purposes specified in this act. The prin Principal and cipal, and the interest thereon, shall be payable from taxes levied for that purpose. All obligations issued hereunder shall Tax exempt. be exempt from all taxation by the state or by any municipality, or political subdivision thereof. Every sale of such Marketing. obligations shall be made at the best price obtainable; and in no case shall notes or bonds issued under the provisions of this act be sold for less than par and accrued interest.
(484) Sec. 3. All obligations issued under this act shall Auditor genbe numbered consecutively and shall be registered in a book register. provided for that purpose which said book shall be kept in
Registry the office of the auditor general. Said registry book shall set forth the date of the obligation, the number, the amount and the date of maturity, together with such other information as the loan board may require to be kept. There shall also be kept a register showing the date of payment of each obligation or of the interest thereon, which shall show specifically the number of the voucher by which such payment is made. Upon the payment of any note or bond, same shall be cancelled Cancelled and shall be filed with the voucher as the basis of the auditor general's warrant for their payment.
(485) SEC. 4. For the purpose of providing for the pay. Tax levy for ment of the principal and interest of obligations issued under interest.
principal and this act as the same shall from time to time become due, it shall be the duty of the auditor general to add to and incorporate in the state tax for the year preceding the date of maturity a sum sufficient to permit payment of said obligations in full: Provided, That for the purpose of paying propisa, levy interest on said obligations as the same shall from time to et seq. time accrue, the auditor general shall add to and incorporate in the state tax for the year nineteen hundred twenty, a sum equal to one-fifth of one mill on each dollar of assessed valuation of the taxable property of the state, and for each year thereafter a sum equal to one-half of one mill on each dollar of assessed valuation of the taxable property of the state, which said tax, when collected, shall be used for the payment of interest that may become due during the ensuing year. Any portion of said tax not necessary for the pay- Residue of ment of interest on such obligations issued under this act shall belong to the highway fund and shall be used for the purposes hereinafter set forth in section five. Not more than Maximum five million dollars of moneys raised under the provisions of penditure. this act shall be expended by the state for highway purposes in any one year; and in the event that any portion of the
tax herein provided for is available for expenditure for purposes other than the payment of interest on obligations issued by the state, the aggregate of bonds issued in such year shall not exceed the difference between five million dollars
and the amount of such tax so available. Funding of (486) SEC. 5. All moneys arising from the sale of obliproceeds.
gations authorized by this act shall be placed to the credit of the state highway fund and shall be drawn therefrom
upon the warrant of the auditor general issued upon proper Purpose of requisition from the state highway commissioner. Said money expenditures shall be expended by the state highway commissioner solely
for the following purposes:
(1) For the purpose of paying the portion of the cost of roads.
the construction or improvement of federal aided roads, under the provisions of act number ninety-nine of the public acts of nineteen hundred seventeen, as amended, that is chargeable against the state or is necessarily incurred thereby;
(2) For the purpose of paying the expense incurred by the line high
state and the state's proportion of the cost of construction or improvement of state trunk line highways, including the rewards payable on such highways in accordance with the provisions of the statute governing the same;
(3) To pay the cost, and the incidental expenses necesbridges.
sarily incurred in connection therewith, of the construction or improvement of trunk line bridges built by the state in accordance with the provisions of act number three hundred
thirty-four of the public acts of nineteen hundred thirteen, Audit of as amended. No claim arising hereunder shall be paid from
the funds derived from the sale of notes or bonds unless and until the same shall have been audited and allowed by the board of state auditors;
(4) For the purpose of paying the state reward on highhighways.
ways other than trunk line and federal aided roads, in accordance with the statute governing the construction thereof, as in the opinion of the state highway commissioner should
be assisted out of the funds hereby provided. Promissory
(487) SEC. 6. In the event that said loan board shall authorized. deem it expedient, it may borrow money and issue promis
sory notes therefor. Such notes shall be in such form and
shall be redeemable at such time as said board may prescribe: Proviso,
Provided, however, That the aggregate amount of notes and limit, etc.
bonds issued in any one fiscal year shall not exceed the sum of five million dollars; nor shall the date of maturity of either notes or bonds be so fixed that more than five million dollars of the principal thereof exclusive of interest shall become due and payable in any such year.
Section 7 declares this act immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety.