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and character to accommodate the traffic. In carrying out the provisions of this resolve, the commission may expend such sum as it may deem necessary.

Approved May 10, 1915.

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Chap. 92 RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR

IMPROVEMENT OF
CONCORD RIVER IN THE TOWN OF BILLERICA.
Improvement
of Concord

Resolved, That the board of harbor and land commissioners river in Billerica.

is hereby authorized to improve that part of the Concord river within the town of Billerica by removing rocks and other obstructions, and to expend therefor, from the appropriation for the improvement of rivers and harbors authorized by chapter six hundred and forty-two of the acts of the year nineteen hundred and twelve, such amount as,

in the opinion of the board, may be necessary and advisable: Proviso. provided, that the town of Billerica shall pay into the treasury

of the commonwealth the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, the same to be expended by said board for the above purpose in addition to the amount which said board is hereby authorized to expend from the appropriation aforesaid; and the said town is hereby authorized to appropriate the said sum, and to raise the same by taxation.

Approved May 10, 1915.

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Chap. 93 RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR THE FURTHER PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH

VALLEY OF THE NEPONSET RIVER. Further

Resolved, That, in addition to the sums authorized to be protection of public health in valley of

expended by chapter six hundred and fifty-five of the acts Neponset river. of the year nineteen hundred and eleven, by chapter ninety

one of the resolves of the year nineteen hundred and thirteen, and by chapter one hundred and forty-three of the resolves of the year nineteen hundred and fourteen, the further sum of eight thousand dollars may be expended for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of said chapter six hundred and fifty-five relative to the protection of the public health in the valley of the Neponset river, for making the necessary surveys, investigations and reports required by section four of said act, and for the further purposes of this resolve, hereinafter set forth; the same to be expended under the direction of the commissioner of health.

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The expense incurred under this resolve shall be paid
and repaid in accordance with the provisions of section five
of said chapter six hundred and fifty-five.

To meet that part of the expense incurred under this Issue of
resolve for which the commonwealth shall be chargeable,
the treasurer and receiver general is hereby authorized to
issue bonds or certificates of indebtedness in accordance
with the provisions of section nine of said chapter six hundred
and fifty-five, to an amount not exceeding four thousand
dollars, the same to be in addition to the bonds or certificates
issued under chapter ninety-three of the resolves of the year
nineteen hundred and thirteen and chapter one hundred
and forty-three of the resolves of the year nineteen hundred
and fourteen, which latter issues are hereby confirmed and
ratified; the total amount of bonds or certificates now to
be issued and heretofore authorized and issued being one
hundred and one thousand five hundred dollars. The
remaining one half of the expense incurred hereunder, in
addition to the one half of the expense incurred under the
provisions of the acts and resolves hereinbefore mentioned,
shall be apportioned and repaid to the commonwealth as
provided in said chapter six hundred and fifty-five of the
acts of the year nineteen hundred and eleven.

The commissioner of health is hereby further authorized Examination of
and directed to examine the channel of the Neponset river Neponset river.
between the Mattapan dam, so-called, and the dam of the
Baker chocolate mills, just above Adams street in the Dor-
chester district of the city of Boston, and to report whether
its condition is objectionable or likely to be injurious to
the public health by reason of obstruction in the channel,
deposits of organic matter, or other causes.

If the commissioner shall find that the condition of the Plan for imriver within the limits described is objectionable or dangerous proving river. to the public health, he shall recommend a plan for improving the river within said limits and report the same to the next general court, together with an estimate of the probable cost of the necessary improvement.

The commissioner is further authorized and directed to Continuing consider the necessity or desirability of continuing the im- channel, etc. provement of the Neponset river by extending the dredged channel from its present terminus below Dean street in Norwood to the neighborhood of the junction of Hawes brook and the Neponset river in the town of Norwood, and of deepening and improving the channel of the Canton river

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Ditching, etc., of Fowl meadows.

Leveling material on banks, etc.

beyond the limits of the improvement thus far completed. The commissioner shall report his opinion of these proposed extensions to the next general court, together with an estimate of the cost of such improvements as seem to him necessary in the said parts of the river.

The commissioner is directed to consider also what additional ditching or drainage in the Fowl meadows is necessary or desirable to drain effectually all parts of said meadows into the main channel of the Neponset river or any of its tributaries.

The commissioner is further directed to consider the necessity or desirability of leveling further the material already deposited upon the banks of the Neponset river in the operations carried on under the provisions of chapter six hundred and fifty-five of the acts of the year nineteen hundred and eleven, chapter ninety-one of the resolves of the year nineteen hundred and thirteen, and chapter one hundred and forty-three of the resolves of the year nineteen hundred and fourteen, both within the limits of the lands owned by the commonwealth, and elsewhere along said stream, and to report whether further leveling of these banks is desirable, and, if so, to report to the general court an estimate of the cost of the necessary work, with a recommendation as to the method of assessing the cost thereof.

The investigations, reports and estimates herein mentioned shall be presented to the general court on or before the third Wednesday in January, nineteen hundred and sixteen.

Approved May 12, 1915.

Reports.

Improvements at Massachusetts Agricultural College.

Chap. 94 RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS AT THE

MASSACHUSETTS AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE. Resolved, That the trustees of the Massachusetts Agricultural College are hereby authorized to expend a sum not exceeding seventy-seven thousand five hundred dollars for the following purposes, a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars for an addition to the power plant, and a sum not exceeding sixty-seven thousand five hundred dollars for a laboratory for microbiology. Approved May 12, 1915.

Chap. 95 RESOLVE TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL

COMMISSION TO REVISE AND CODIFY THE LAWS RELATING

TO HIGHWAYS. Special commis

Resolved, That a special commission, consisting of the sion to codify laws relating to Massachusetts highway commission and four persons to highways.

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be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent Special com-
of the council, three of whom shall be county commissioners, codify laws
shall consider the general laws relating to the laying out, highways.
construction and maintenance of highways and bridges
and recommend such changes therein as it may deem ad-
visable. The commission shall investigate such matters
pertaining to highways and bridges as it may deem necessary
for a complete understanding of the subject. It shall make
or cause to be made such a revision and codification of the
laws relating to highways and bridges as it may deem ad-
visable with regard to the laying out, construction, mainte-
nance and use of highways and bridges, and shall recommend
a reclassification of highways and bridges and a just distribu-
tion of the cost of their laying out, construction and main-
tenance among the municipalities, the counties and the com-
monwealth. The commission shall report its recommenda-
tions, with bills embodying the same, to the next general court
not later than the seventh day of January. The members
of the commission appointed by the governor shall receive
such compensation as the governor and council may approve,
and the commission may incur such expenses for legal and
clerical assistance and other purposes as the governor and
council may from time to time approve.

Approved May 12, 1915.

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RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR A CONTINUANCE OF THE WORK OF Chap. 96

THE COMMISSION TO REPORT UNIFORM METHODS OF PRO-
CEDURE FOR TAKING LAND FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES.

Resolved, That the tax commissioner, the attorney-general, Workonf.com-
and the chairman of the homestead commission are hereby report uniform
directed to continue the work of the commission constituted procedure for
under chapter one hundred of the resolves of the year nineteen etc., continued.
hundred and fourteen, for the purpose of giving publicity to
its report, House Document No. 1851 of nineteen hundred
and fifteen, of considering any suggestions relative to the
bill reported therein, and of reporting such amendments
or additions, as they may deem wise, to the next general
court, not later than the second Wednesday in January.
They shall serve without compensation, but may employ
such assistance as may be necessary, and may incur expense
therefor, to an amount not exceeding five hundred dollars.

Approved May 13, 1915.

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FOR THE
THE TOWNS

Protection of
certain territory
in Province-
town and
Truro.

Chap. 97 RESOLVE PROVIDING

PROTECTION OF CERTAIN TERRITORY IN

OF PROVINCETOWN AND TRURO.

Resolved, That the board of harbor and land commissioners is hereby authorized to exercise over so much of the territory in the town of Provincetown and in the town of Truro, at and near the boundary line between said towns, as it may deem advisable the same powers and duties with respect to the reclamation and protection of said territory which it now has under existing laws over the province lands at Provincetown, and may expend for the purposes of

this resolve such part of the appropriation for said province Proviso. lands as it may deem necessary or advisable: provided,

however, that no work hereby authorized shall be begun by said board until an agreement between the commonwealth and the owners of the territory to be reclaimed and protected as aforesaid shall have been entered into and shall have been approved by the governor and council, by the terms of which agreement all or a part of the expenditure made by the commonwealth shall be repaid to the commonwealth.

Approved May 13, 1915.

State forester

Chap. 98 RESOLVE AUTHORIZING THE STATE FORESTER TO ACCEPT

CONTRIBUTIONS OF MONEY FOR CONTINUING THE WORK OF
THE RELIEF OF NEEDY PERSONS.

Resolved, That the state forester is hereby authorized to may accept of money, etc., accept, on behalf of the commonwealth, contributions of for relief of

money from municipalities and individuals, to be used in needy persons.

continuing the employment of certain needy persons, as authorized by chapters two and twenty-three of the resolves of the present year. The money so received shall be paid into the treasury of the commonwealth and may be expended: by the state forester in addition to the money appropriated by the commonwealth for the purposes authorized by said chapters two and twenty-three: provided, that none of the money so collected shall be expended after December first, nineteen hundred and fifteen. Approved May 13, 1915.

Chap. 99 RESOLVE RELATIVE TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE REPORT

OF THE COMMISSION ON THE WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC.

Distribution of report of commission on

Resolved, That the special commission on the white slave traffic appointed under chapter sixty-four of the resolves of

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