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Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia :

1. The county of Berkeley is hereby authorized, at County of any time within one year from the passage of this act, Berkeley auto issue not exceeding one hundred and five thousand sue $105,000 of dollars of coupon bonds of the said county, in such form as may be provided for by the county court, and of the denominations of one hundred dollars and five Denominahundred dollars, bearing four per centum interest, pay- Interest on able semi-annually; the principal of which bonds shall bonds.

When payable. not be demandable from said county for thirty-three years from the date of issue.

tions of.

after ten years.

2. The said bonds, or any portion thereof, may be May be paid paid at any time after ten years from the date of issue; and this proviso shall be expressed on the face of the bonds.

for less

3. The county court of Berkeley county shall sell Not to be sold and dispose of the bonds issued under this act at not less par value. than their par value, or so many of them as is neces- Amount to be sary to pay off the unpaid bonded debt of the said sold. county authorized and issued under the act passed March sixth, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine.

4. They may exchange the last mentioned bonds, or may be exany portion of them, for the bonds authorized under Chang this act; the subscriber paying the premium, if any, on the new bonds taken in exchange.

changed for what.

5. The county court shall ask for sealed proposals Proposals for or bids for the bonds authorized under this act, with authority to accept or reject any or all of them, as in their judgment they may think proper. The proposals shall be opened on a day to be fixed by the county court; and if the proposals or bids are for a larger sum than that authorized by this act, they shall award the same to the highest bidders, to the amount authorized under this act, or so much thereof, as, together with the premiums, if

any,

is

necessary to pay off the existing indebtedness.

6. The advertisement for proposals for bids for the Advertisement

. bonds authorized under this act, shall be published for for proposals. at least three weeks, in or more newspapers, at such time or times within the period of the one year authorized by this act, as said county court may deem it advisable.

County court

to provide pay7. The county court shall provide for the payment ally.

ment; to what amount annu

Bonds, notice or intended payment of

of the interest, and also the payment and cancellation of the bonds authorized under this act, in the sum of not less than one thousand dollars per year, and as much more as the county court in its discretion

may

order. 8. The bonds to be paid shall be designated by their numbers; and public notice of the time of such intended payment shall be given for three weeks, by advertisement in one or more newspapers in said county, and the interest on the particular bonds so called in to be paid, shall cease at the expiration of one month from the last publishing of such notice.

When interest ceases.

Exempt from county, district and mu nicipal taxes.

9. The bonds authorized under this act shall be exempt from taxation for county, district and municipal purposes, as a part of the contract with the purchasers thereof.

Bonded debt not to be increased.

10. Nothing in this act shall authorize any increase of the bonded debt of the said county; nor shall the

bonds issued under this act, or the proceeds thereof, be which proceeds

issued or applied for any other purpose than the payof bonds to be ment and redemption of the outstanding bonds of said

county.

Purposes for

(Approved February 22, 1895.)

[NOTE BY THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES.– The foregoing act takes effect from its passage, twothirds of all the members elected to each house, by a vote taken by yeas and nays, having so directed.]

(Senate Bill No. 103.)

CHAPTER 73.

AN ACT to reform, alter and modify the county court

of the county of Marion, under the twenty-ninth section of the eighth article of the constitution of this state.

[Passed February 20, 1895.]

Marion county; laid off into

.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

1. The county of Marion shall be laid off into seven seven districts. districts, as nearly equal as may be in territory and pop

ions to continue.

and mod

ulation. The present divisions of said county into dis- Present divistricts shall constitute such districts until changed by the county court hereinafter mentioned, and according to law.

The county court established in said county by the County court eighth article of the constitution of this state, is hereby reformed, alreformed, altered and modified, that is to say: The ified. county court of the county of Marion shall be composed to consist of of seven commissioners. The voters of each district seven commisshall elect one commissioner who shall be a resident of Each commissuch district. Should any commissioner remove from the district of which he was a resident at the time of of his district. his election, his office shall thereby become vacant. Each commissioner shall receive for his services two compensation dollars for each day he shall attend the court, to be paid of commisout of the county treasury: Provided, however, That Limit of. no commissioner shall receive pay for more than fifty days in any one year.

sioner to remain resident

2. So far as they are not inconsistent herewith, all What laws apthe provisions of chapter thirty-nine of the code of West Virginia, "concerning county courts, their jurisdiction and powers,” and all provisions of law respecting county courts generally, the commissioners composing such courts, and clerks of such courts, shall be applicable to the county court herein provided, and to the commissioners composing the same; and the clerk of Clerk of new the county court of Marion county now in office, and county court. his successor, shall be clerk of the county court herein provided. A majority of such commissioners shall be Quorum. a quorum for the transaction of business.

ratification of

commissioners

3. At a special election hereby authorized to be held Election for at the several voting places in the said county of Ma- this act: when rion, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in No-to be held: vember, in the year one thousand eight hundred and to be elected ninety-five, there shall be elected by the voters of each of said districts one commissioner, whose term of office Term of first

commissioners. shall commence on the first day of January next after his election and continue for the period of one year. And at the said special election herein provided for as aforesaid, the question of adoption of the system provided by this act shall be submitted to the voters of the county of Marion voting at such special election. Notice Notice of such of such special election shall be given by the publication given.

election; how of this act in at least two weekly newspapers published in said county, representing the political parties which at the last preceding election cast the largest number of votes in said county; said publication to be made once in each week for two suceessive weeks, and at least ten

days before said special election; and further notice

shall be given in such manner as required by law. Ballots there. Those voting for said system shall have written or print

ed on their ballots the words "For modification of county court," and those voting against it shall have written or printed on their ballots “Against modification of county court."

Subsequent elections for

4. At the general election in the year one thousand commissioners eight hundred and ninety-six, and at the general elec

tions occurring at intervals of every four years thereafter, there shall be elected by the voters of each of said

districts one commissioner, whose term of office shall Term of whose commence on the first day of January next after his

election and continue for the period of four years.

.

First meeting

:

5. The first meeting of the county court herein president to be provided shall be held on the first Monday in January, elected, when, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-six,

or as soon thereafter as a majority of them may assemble for the purpose, at which time, and annually thereafter at their first meeting in each year, or as soon thereafter as practicable, they shall elect one of their number president of the court.

held, ducted, etc.

tified.

Said special

6. Such special election herein provided for at each election; how place of voting in said county, shall be superintended,

conducted and returned by the same officers and in the

same manner as the election of the members of the Result thereof; legislature is superintended, conducted and returned; and

the result at each place of voting shall be certified and

returned to the county court now in existence in Marion Duty of present county. Said court shall convene in special session as therein: What provided in chapter three, section sixty-eight, and the laws appli

section following the same, of the code of West Virginia, and shall in all respects be governed by the laws in relation to elections by the people so far as they are applicable thereto.

county court

cable.

Majority required to ratify.

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7. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question be "For modification of the county court,” this act shall be and remain in full force and effect; but if a majority of such votes be "Against modification of county court, this act shall be of no further force or effect.

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[NOTE BY THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES.The foregoing act takes effect at the expiration of ninety days after its passage.]

(Senate Bill No. 135.)

CHAPTER 74.

AN ACT to amend and re-enact section six of chapter

one of the acts of one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one, entitled, “An Act fixing the time for holding the circuit courts of the several judicial circuits in this state," as amended and re-enacted by chapter fifteen of the acts of one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two, as amended and re-enacted by chapter seventeen of the acts of one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three.

[Passed February 14, 1895. ]

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

Circuit court of sixth circuit,

ing

county.

That section 6 of chapter one of the acts of one thous- Acts amende l. and eight hundred and eighty-one, as amended and reenacted by chapter 15 of the acts of one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two, as amended and re-enacted by chapter seventeen of the acts of one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three, be and the same is hereby amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

6. For the county of Jackson, on the first day of times of holdMarch, the first day of August, and the first day of No-Jackson vember, in each year. For the county of Roane, on the twenty-fifth day of

Roane county. March, the twenty-fifth day of August, and the twentyfifth day of November, in each year.

For the county of Clay, on the third Monday in May, Clay county. the third Monday in September, and the third Monday in December, in each year.

For the county of Calhoun, on the tenth day of Feb-Calhoun ruary, the tenth day of June, and the tenth day of October, in each year.

For the county of Gilmer, on the first day of Febru-Gilmer county. ary, the first day of June, and the first day of October,

county.

in each year.

2. Other acts, in so far as inconsistent with this Acts re pealed. act, are hereby repealed.

(Approved February 19, 1895.)

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