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were paid, the number and names of persons apportioned to his road, the number of hours worked or the amount of money paid or both by each person so apportioned, and such other information pertaining thereto as may be required by the Board of Revenue.
Section 7. That any overseer guilty of the misuse of any tool or tools or the embezzlement of any road money going into his hands, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction be fined, not exceeding two hundred, fifty dollars ($250.00).
Section 8. That on and after the passage of this Act the owner of any auto truck or other vehicle, passing over any of the bridges of Lawrence County, shall be liable to Lawrence County for any damage resulting therefrom to any bridge or bridges and said Lawrence County shall have a prior lien on such truck or other vehicle until such obligation is discharged.
Section 9. That on and after the passage of this Act the Board of Revenue of Lawrence County is hereby prohibited from levying or collecting a vehicle tax on wagons or other vehicles owned by the producer and used exclusively or partly in the production or handling of farm products.
Section 10. That all money received by the County from license taxes on automobiles shall be paid to the county road and bridge fund and used only for the construction and maintenance of public roads and bridges.
Section 11. That the convicts of the county may be worked upon the public roads and bridges of the county or they may be worked under the direction of the board of revenue in rock quarries, gravel pits, sand beds, brick yards, lime kilns, or other productive industry used for the making or production of road materials, provided that any part of such materials not needed on county roads may be sold and the proceeds used for road purposes.
Section 12. That convicts shall not be worked in squads or companies with other persons required by law to perform road duty.
Section 13. That any person subject to road duty in Lawrence County who willfully fails or refuses, after legal notice, to work the public roads of said county, either in person or by substitution, without a sufficient excuse therefor, must on conviction be fined not less than three dollars nor more than ten dollars for each day for which he is so in default and may also be imprisoned in the county jail, or put to hard labor for the county, for not more than sixty days.
Section 14. That any justice of the peace in said county shall have jurisdiction to try persons accused of the violation of offenses arising under the provisions of this Act.
Section 15. If any part of this Act shall be held to be unconstitutional it shall not be construed to affect the other provisions of this Act.
Section 16. That the board of revenue shall provide out of the general fund all the necessary blanks, stationery or books for the purpose of this Act.
Section 17. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed in so far as they relate to Lawrence County, but the provisions of this Act shall not be construed as repealing as to Lawrence County any general law of the State or the local road law of Lawrence County except in so far as in conflict with the provisions of this Act.
Section 18. The Board of Revenue shall have authority to fix the number and apportion the work and assign the duties of such apportioners and overseers, one or both, as to it may seem advisable, also to require bonds of such apportioners and overseers in such amounts as to it may seem proper, said bonds to be made in favor of the county; and the Board of Revenue shall have authority to adopt such rules and regulations with reference to the working of the roads of the county as to it may seem desirable provided that the same shall not in any manner conflict with the provisions of the general road laws of the State or the provisions of this Act.
Section 19. This Act shall take effect January 1, 1924. Approved Sept. 27, 1923.
(H. 841. Powell.
To provide for the establishment, discontinuance, construction, use, work
ing and maintenance of the public roads, bridges and ferries of Walker County, Alabama; to define the duties and powers of the Court of County Commissioners, with the regard to same, and to fix penalties for the violations thereof and to provide for the payment of a per capita tax in lieu of road duty; to provide for the payment of a license or privilege tax on gasoline and to porvide for the collection thereof and penalties for violation thereof.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of Alabama.
Section One. That all male persons in Walker County over the age of eighteen years and under the age of forty-five years shall be required to work the public roads five days each year; provided, however, that those persons furnishing a team or teams shall be required to work the public roads, in addition to the furnishing of team or teams, two and one-half days each year; provided further that the labor of such persons may be commuted by paying to the person appointed by the Commission to collect the money the sum of $4.00 on or before the first day of April of each year; provided further that any person who has not paid his road tax by April 1st., or within two days after being warned to work the roads in the manner hereinafter provided, may commute the same by paying $5.00; provided further that any male person who shall attain the age of eighteen years after July 1st., of any year shall be liable to road duty as provided in this Section, but may commute the same by paying to the person appointed by the Commission to collect the money the sum of $2.00 within two days after having been warned to work the roads in the manner hereinafter provided; and provided further, that any person who has lost an arm or leg, and all persons who are by nature or disease rendered incapable of hard labor, who shall procure a certificate of such incompetency by the County Board of Health, are exempt from road duty.
Section Two. The County Treasurer of said County shall immediately after the passage of this act and on or before the tenth day of January of each year thereafter prepare or cause to be prepared official road per capita tax receipts duly countersigned by him in books containing receipts with a stub attached to each receipt which said stub shall show the date and the person to whom each receipt is issued and the said stub and corresponding receipt shall each show the road district from which same is issued, and said receipt book shall be furnished by said Treasurer to the Road Supervisors of said County and said Treasurer shall require of said Supervisors, receipts for said books of road tax receipts which receipts he shall retain for his use in making partial settlements with said Supervisor. All of said road per capita receipts shall be numbered consecutively and charged to the Supervisors obtaining same. Section Three. The Commissioners Court shall appoint a
a Road Supervisor for each precinct in the County, whose duty it shall be to collect all moneys in lieu of road duty, to appoint overseers and apportion to the various roads of said precinct those subject to road duty, with the approval of the Commissioners Court, that such supervisors shall obtain a list of all those in their respective precincts subject to road duty, and shall file a list of those subject to road duty with the Commissioners Court within thirty days after receiving his commission as such supervisor, and may revise such list or make new lists from time to time as the Commissioners Court may direct, provided that new lists shall be made and filed on or before the 15th day of January of each year of all persons subject to road duty in their respective precincts January 1st. of each year.
Section Three and One Half. That all moneys collected in lieu of road duty shall be credited to the precinct from which it was paid and shall be spent in said precinct for the working and
maintenance of the roads and bridges of such precinct and for no other purpose. Section Four. That the supervisors shall keep a record of
. all moneys collected in lieu of road duty and shall file with the Commissioners Court on or before the 15th. day of April, July, Ocotber and January of each year, a list of the names of those who have paid, and the amount so paid and the date thereof; that the amounts so collected by such supervisors shall be paid to the County Treasury and credited to such supervisors, and paid out as other moneys are paid for work of the public roads.
Section Five. That the Supervisors shall see that all roads of their precinct are worked and kept passable, and that all persons subject to road duty either work or pay, and to supervise the working of such roads, and to employ labor and teams to work said roads when necessary, but no person shall be paid to work on any of such roads related to such supervisor within the fourth degree either by marriage or consanguinity, without the consent of the Commissioners Court, which consent must be recorded on the minutes of such Court.
Section Six. Each supervisor shall make quarterly settlements with the County Treasury, and shall on or before January 15th. of each year make settlements with the County Treasury of all moneys collected by him during the previous year, and return to such Treasury all unused receipts for which he shall have credit, and the treasurer shall give to such supervisor a statement of such settlement, showing how much money received from such supervisor and how many receipts charged to him and how many returned by him, which settlement must be filed with the Commissioners Court.
Section Seven. Each Supervisor must give bond to be fixed by the Commissioners Court for the faithful performance of his duty, such bond to be approved by and filed with the Judge of Probate of said County.
Section Eight. Any supervisor failing to perform the duties as specified in this Act, where no penalty is provided, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than $10.00 nor more than $500.00.
Section Eight and One Half. That Supervisors shall be allowed for collection of per capita tax not exceeding five per cent of amount collected.
Section Nine. Any person who issues any road receipts for per capital tax not official or not properly countersigned or any person using or issuing any per capita road receipt for some year other than the year from which it was intended or any person issuing any per capita road receipt when the amount due for same has not been properly paid shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined not less than ten or more than one hundred dollars.
Section Ten. Any person who issues or causes to be issued a per capita road tax receipt in payment for or in part payment for work done on the public roads of said county or for material furnished for said road or bridges shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be fined not less than ten or more than one hundred dollars.
Section Eleven. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or ride faster than ten miles per hour across any road or bridge in said County, or to remove, deface or destroy any mile board or sign board on the public road of said County, or to place or erect or cause to be erected or placed any telegraph pole or post at any point on said public road which may interfere with the proper working of the same, or for any person owning, operating, controlling or managing any telephone or telegraph line to allow any telegraph or telephone wire or wires to hang across the public road of said County at a height of less than twelve feet above the public road, and any person violating the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be fined not less than ten or more than One hundred dollars.
Section Twelve. In the prosecution of any road defaulter or of any person of any offense obstructing the public road of said County or for any offense in violation of this act or any Section thereof, it shall not be necessary to prove by the records in the County that it is a public road, but that proof may be made by oral testimony.
Section Thirteen. The Court of County Commissioners of Walker County, may at its discretion, employ the convicts of said County and of any other County in working the public roads and bridges thereof under such rules and regulations as they may adopt.
Section Fourteen. It is hereby made the duty of every person, firm or corporation, employing more than three men in said County to furnish on the application of the Commissioners or either of them, or their assistants, the names of every man in their employment, and to specify if known to them the place of residence and approximate age of every employed man. And upon failing or refusing to do so, such person, firm or corporation or its agent in charge of such business, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be fined not less than ten or more than one hundred dollars, for every man in their employment whose name was not furnished said Commissioner or his assistant and such demand may be made not more than once each month.
Section Fifteen. The Court of County Commissioners of Walker County may contract the maintenance or upkeep of any graded road of the County requiring the contractor to give bond