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to be approved of by the Commissioner of Public Buildings and Grounds, the architect of the Capitol extension, and the librarian of Congress.
FREE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS.
March 3, 1871.
District of Columbia directed to con
Over certain portions of the road
An Act to authorize the establishment of certain free public highways in the
District of Columbia, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the proper municipal authorities of the District of Columbia are hereby authorized and directed, within sixty days struct and maintain from and after the passage of this act, to locate, construct, way and maintain a free public highway on and over that part known the of the Columbia turnpike road which leads from the boundary of the city of Washington to the boundary of the District of Columbia towards the village of Bladensburg, in the State of Maryland, and which is now commonly called the Bladensburg turnpike road, and which is described in the act of Congress approved April twentieth, eighteen hundred and ten, incorporating the president, directors, and company of the Columbia Turnpike Roads, as the line in the most direct and practicable route from the capital to Baltimore; and for the purpose aforesaid the said municipal authorities shall have power to take any real estate or franchise of the said president, directors, and company of the Columbia Turnpike Roads Columbia Turnpike Company necessary for the construction and maintenanco cessary for the comof said free public highway, and no more.
Sec. 2. That the proper municipal authorities aforesaid shall, within the time aforesaid, locate, construct, and and inaintain a free maintain a free public highway on and over the turnpike the turnpike rond road in the District of Columbia leading from the boun- brwashyo bheating dary of the city of Washington, and beginning at or near near the end of the end of Seventh street of said city, and extending to the District of any boundary of the District of Columbia, towards Brookville, Brooksille, Md. Maryland, authorized by the act of Congress approved February fifteenth, eighteen hundred and nineteen, entitled “An act to authorize the president and managers of the Rockville and Washington Turnpike Company of the State of Maryland to extend and make their turnpike road
And to take any real estate or franchiseof the company of the
Also to construct
street, and exten.
State o Maryland necessary for the
Just compensation to be made to aforesaid any real estate or
to or from the boundary of the city of Washington, in the
District of Columbia, through said District to the line And to take any thereof;" and for the purpose aforesaid the said proper mu? chise belonging to nicipal anthorities shall have power to take any real estate Washington Turu- or franchise belonging to said turnpike company which pike Company of the
be necessary for the construction and maintenance of construction of said said free public highway, and no more. free public highway.
SEC. 3. That just compensation shall be made to the conpany for aforesaid companies for the real estate and franchise so franchise so iaken. taken, and which compensation shall be ascertained in the Manner in which following manner: Immediately after the said proper
municipal authorities shall have taken any of said real estate and franchises, the marshal of the District of Columbia shall in each case summon a jury of twelve men, who shall, under oath, and after due notice given to the companies interested, and also to the said municipal authorities, proceed, under the direction of one of the justices of the supreme court of the District of Columbia, to assess the damages due to each of said companies, which
said damages shall be paid by the said District of Columthe purpose anthol, bia, who are hereby authorized to levy a sufficient tax for Hortollowing that purpose in the following proportions: One-tenth of
the damage and said damages by the county of and nine-tenths by the city nine-tenths by the of Washington. Washington.
Sec. 4. That in fixing the measure of damages, and in
fixing the present value of the franchise of either of said tion whether the turnpike companies, the jury may take into consideration forfiited by such the question whether such franchise has beeu forfeited by
Sufficient tax for
In fixing amount of damages, the jury inay iake into consideradion the ques.
createt who shall merve without cumpensation, to exam
SURVEY OF HARBOR AND RIVER.
Be il cnucted by the Senate and House of Representatives
of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Board of survey the chief of engineers of the United States army, the
Superinte:dent of the Coast Survey, the Engineer in Charstadlia charge of Public Buildings and Grounds, the Governor of andines for worsels the District of Columbia, Alexander R. Shepherd, and of Washington and Carlisle P. Patterson, who shall serve without compen
sation, are hereby created a board of survey, and are empowered and instructed to examine into the condition of
Report to be submitted to Congress
the harbors and landings for vessels from the Anacostia bridge, on the Eastern branch, along the entire waterfront of the city of Washington and Georgetown, to the head of tide-water. And the said board are directed to report to Congress, at as early a day as practicable, a full as carly as practica and comprehensive plan for opening, improving, and developing the water-channel, so as to secure the best possible harbor facilities along said water-front. And the said board are also directed to take into consideration the sanitary effect upon the city of Washington, and the feasibility of reclaiming, in any improvements suggested, the swamp and marsh lands along said water-front: Provided, That any expense attending said report shall not exceed one thousand dollars, and shall be paid by the District of Columbia.
April 20, 1871.
POWERS OF BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS. An act making appropriations to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the 8 rice of th” year en ling June thirtuth, ciyhte’n hundred oni s ventyone, and for al litional appropriations for the sorrice of the year ending June thirtieth. eighteen hundred anl seventy-two, and for other purposes.
Board of Public
Certain meni bers
For compensation of the Board of Public Works of the District of Columbia, ten thousand dollars : Works. Provided, That no person shall be entitled to draw a salary as a members of the Board of Public Works who is paid
not to draw salary a salary for the discharge of the duties of any other officer as, &c. under the Government of the United States; and said board shall be held to be an existing board for all the pur- an existing board poses specified in the “act to provide a government for the District of Columbia," from and after the appoint- 16, p. 419.
1871, chap. 62, vol. ment and qualification of the members thereof.
Said board to be
Sec. 17. That from and after the passage of this act all powers conferred upon certain persons as commissioners commissioners by the act approved June twenty-first, eighteen hundred Washington, D. C. and seventy, for the improvement of M street northwest, Board of Public and by the act approved July fifteenth, eighteen hundred and seventy, for the improvement of the Washington city vol. 16, p. 159 canal, shall be transferred to the Board of Public Works of the District of Columbia ; and the persons acting as commissioners uider said acts, are hereby directed to transfer to Faid Board of Public Works all books, papers,
Powers of certain
1870, chap 137.
to be assessed.
16, p. 309,
Provision Washington canal.
and other property in their possession pertaining to the Private property works under their charge; and private property shall be
assessed for the improvement of M street, and Seventh
street southwest, from B street to the river, heretofore 1871, chap. 292, vol. authorized by law, as provided in the act of February
twenty-first, eighteen hundred and seventy-one. And in to case said board shall, under said act of July fifteenth,
cighteen hundred and seventy, decide to open said canal, they are hereby empowered to open both its branches, so as to connect with the Government canal at the arsenal: Provided, That the cost of said work shall not exceed the amount already fixed by law for that purpose.
That the sum of ten thousand dollars, or so much therePennsylvania ave.
of as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, for the purpose of repairing and relaying, where necessary, the
pavenient on Pennsylvania avenue from Fifteenth steet to A like sum to be the east side of Rock creek: Provider, That a like sum
shall be expended for the same purpose by the proper
authorities of the District of Columbia: Anil provided Washington and further, That the Washington and Georgetown Railroad Toad Company todo Company shall in like manner repair such portion thereof
as they are by their charter required to do; the work to be done under the supervision of the Board of Public Works for the District of Columbia.
paid by the District of Columbia.
May 8, 1872.
FUNDING LIABILITIES OF CITY OF WASII
INGTON. An Act to funt certain liabilities of the cily of Washington, existing June first, eighteen hun tred anl serenty-one, an'l to limit the debt of, and taxalion in, the District of Columbia,
Be it enacted by the Senate and IIouse of Representatives
of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Commissioners of the Comunissioners of the Sinking Fund of the District of authorized to fund Columbia, duly appointed under the laws of the said Discity of Wasinington trict, be, and are hereby, authorized to fund the liabilities June, 1871.
of the city of Washington, consisting of the floating debts and trust-funds found to be due on the first of June, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, not exceeding one million one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, by the audit. ing commission appointed to ascertain the amount of said liabilities, and reported by said commission to the Legis
And to issue registered or couponi
of said liabilities.
the city of
lative Assembly, under date of November eighth, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and January third, eighteen hundred and seventy-two; and for that purpose the said commissioners are hereby directed to issue registered or coupon bonds of the said District of Columbia, in denomi- bonds for payment nations of fifty dollars, or any multiple of that sum,'not to exceed the amount of said liabilities, bearing interest not to exceed six per centum per annum, payable semi-arinually in gold, and having a period to run not more than thirty years nor less than fifteen years; and the said commissioners are hereby authorized to negotiate the sale of the said bonds at their discretion, at a rate of discount not to exceed three per centum upon their par value, and with the proceeds thereof to pay the said liabilities of the city of Washington; and the principal and interest of said the principal and bonds shall be made payable in the city of Washington, or baseret in the meaning in the city of New York: Provided, That such amount of of Washington or in the said bonds, or their proceeds as is necessary, shall be for applied and strictly held to make good the trust-funds, on which there is a deficiency of two hundred and eightysix thousand three hundred and seventeen dollars and fifty-eight cents: Provided further, That the holders of any of the said floating debts shall have the privilege of converting the same, or any part thereof, at par, for an equal amount of the bonds proposed to be issued under this act.
SEC. 2. That the Legislative Assembly of the District of Columbia is hereby empowered to cause to be levied ord to y tax upon, and collected from, all taxable property of the city cry in the city of of Washington, within its limits, a tax, annually, which payment of the in. shall be sufllcient to pay the interest upon the said bonds, and to create a sink and to create a sinking fund'sullicient to retire the said redemption. bonds at maturity, the said tax to be collected at the same time, and in the same manner, as general annual taxes are collected in the said District: Provided, That the ag. gregate amount of taxes in any one year, excepting such additional assessments as may be made for improvements specially authorized by law,shall not exceerl two percentum on the assessed cash valuation of property in said city.
Sec. 3. That the Collector of the District of Columbia Provisions respect shall pay over to the said commissioners, upon their requi- interest on bonds sition, being first certified by the Auditor and the Comp- cod, faunid ninvestment