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of said Board of Revenue shall be elected by the qualified voters of said County, and one member of the Board of Revenue shall be elected by the qualified voters of each of the four Districts of the County as herein provided; and they shall hold office for the term of four years from the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January next after their election, and until their successors are elected and qualified. The four Board of Revenue Districts shall be constituted and shall be composed of the election precincts of said County as now constituted or as the same may hereafter be changed as required by law. The Districts shall be called, respectively, the Northeastern District, the Southeastern District, the Southwestern District, and the Northwestern District. The Northeastern District shall be composed of the following election precincts as now constituted or as the same may be hereafter changed in boundaries according to law: Faunsdale, Macon, Dayton, Thomaston and McKinley; the Southeastern District shall be composed of the following election precincts as now constituted or as the same may be hereafter changed in boundaries according to law: Magnolia, Pineville, Dixon's Mills and Shiloh; the Southwestern District shall be composed of the following election precincts as now constituted or as the same may be changed in boundaries according to law: Myrtlewood, Hills, Nanafalia, Horse Creek, Hoboken and Sweetwater; the Northwestern District shall be composed of the following election precincts as now constituted, or as the boundaries thereof may be hereafter changed according to law: Demopolis, Jefferson, Springhill, Jackson's Store and Linden. The members of the Board of Revenue shall be, at the time of their appointment or election, and during their continuance in office, qualified electors of Marengo County, and, in addition, the member of the Board of Revenue from each District shall reside in and be a citizen of the District for which
is appointed or elected, both at the time of his appointment or election and during his continuance in office. The President of the Board of Revenue shall be elected by the qualified voters of the entire County, and the member of the Board of Revenue from each District shall be elected by the qualified voters of such District,
Section 3. That said Board of Revenue shall have the power and authority to direct and control the property of Marengo County as it may deem expedient, according to law, and to levy a tax for general purposes and special taxes for particular county purposes, according to the laws of Alabama; to examine, settle and allow accounts and claims chargeable against the county; to audit and settle the accounts of all officers having the care, management, collection or disbursement of money belonging to the county, or appropriated to its use and benefit, and
may have the books of said officers audited or examined by accountants, when it deems same necessary; to have the exclusive control of the convict labor of the County, and the disbursement of the proceeds of same; to regulate and control the purchase of stationery, supplies, office furniture, fixtures, typewriters, records, and books for county purposes; to provide for the purchase and payment out of the county funds of the necessary stationery, office furniture, fixtures, typewriters, books, records, supplies and postage for the use of said Board of Revenue in the conduct of its official business; to employ janitors and other help to care for, look after and protect the Court House and the various offices therein as well as the Court House Square; to provide heat, lights and water for the use of the Court House and jail and to keep the same clean, comfortable and in a sanitary condition; to have telephones installed in the Court House for County business, and to pay for the necessary telephone and telegraph messages about county business; and the sole right and authority to bind the county on any contract for the payment of money, and the sole right and authority to pay any debt due by the county on any existing lawful contract.
Section 4. That said Board of Revenue shall have all jurisdiction and powers which are now or may hereafter be by law vested in the courts of county commissioners of this State and by any special law now vested in the court of county commissioners of Marengo County, and the several members of the said Board of Revenue shall perform all the duties and services, and exercise all the powers, which are, or may be required by law of the several members of the Court of County Commissioners.
Section 5. That all General Laws hereafter enacted in relation to the jurisdiction, powers, authority or duties of the county commissioners shall apply to and govern the Board of Revenue of Marengo County.
Section 6. That the President of said Board of Revenue shall be its presiding officer, and shall sign the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Revenue, and shall be a member thereof and shall have the same rights, privileges, powers and authority, and perform the same duties as the other members thereof, and shall sign all warrants drawn on the County Treasury, and all orders for the payment or disbursement of money or funds of the County, and shall sign all contracts entered into by the Board of Revenue of Marengo County. It shall be his duty to prepare the order of business and obtain information for the sessions of the Board of Revenue and to see that all orders thereof are properly executed. He shall in addition perform all the duties now required of the Probate Judge as to matters coming before the Court of County Commissioners.
Section 7. That said Board of Revenue shall elect a Clerk,
and fix his compensation, and employ such other clerical assistance as may be necessary, and it shall be the duty of the Clerk of the Board of Revenue to attend the meetings thereof and issue all notices required by it. The Clerk, shall, under the direction of said Board of Revenue, keep the minutes and records of the proceedings thereof, in well bound volumes provided for that purpose, said records to be kept in the office of the Board of Revenue, and to be open at all reasonable hours to the inspection of the citizens of the county and other interested persons; and the Clerk shall perform such other duties and matters as may be required of him by said Board of Revenue. The compensation of said clerk and of all other clerical assistants shall be fixed by said Board of Revenue and their terms of office shall be at the pleasure of said Board of Revenue.
Section 8. That said Board of Revenue shall hold sessions on the first Monday of each month of every year, and may continue in session as long as it deems necessary to conduct the business of the County, and may hold special sessions at any time upon the call of the President or three members of the Board of Revenue, entered in writing on the minutes of said Board of Revenue. The sessions of said Board of Revenue shall be held at the Court House of said County.
Section 9. That the Board of Revenue shall keep a correct Register of all claims presented against the county showing the name of the claimant, the nature and amount of the claim, and the action of the Board of Revenue thereon; and keep a full carbon copy of every Warrant or order for the payment of money out of the County Treasury, and these records, together with the minutes of the proceedings and all papers of the Board of Revenue, shall be public records open to the inspecton of the citizens of Marengo County or other interested persons, at reasonable hours, when the same are not being used by the Board of Revenue, or under its direction.
Section 10. That it shall be the duty of the Clerk and of the Register of every Court of Record in Marengo County to render to said Board of Revenue an itemized list, in writing, under oath, of all fines assessed and all forfeitures made final in their respective court, for the use or benefit of Marengo County, within ten days after the assessment of said fine or making final of such forfeitures.
Section 11. That the members of said Board of Revenue shall each be entitled to Five Dollars per day for each day of actual service rendered; five cents per mile for traveling to and from the sittings of said Board of Revenue, and to and from the place where any service is rendered by them, to be paid out of the county treasury on certificates or warrants signed by the President of the Board of Revenue; provided, that no member of the Board of Revenue shall, during any year, receive more than Four Hundred Dollars from the county treasury for any and all services rendered by him either as a member of the Board or for any work or labor done for, or services rendered to the County.
Section 12. That the Court of County Commissioners of Marengo County, as the same now exists, shall be and is hereby abolished, and that the Probate Judge of said County be and is hereby relieved of his duties to the Court of County Commissioners of said county, which duties shall hereafter be performed by the President of the Board of Revenue.
Section 13. That, before entering upon the discharge of their duties each member of said Board of Revenue shall take the same oaths that are now required by law to be taken by the members of the Court of County Commissioners of Marengo County.
Section 14. That, before entering upon the discharge of their duties, each member of said Board of Revenue shall give a good and sufficient bond, with good and sufficient surety, payable to the County of Marengo in the penal sum of $5000.00 each, to be filed with and approved by the Judge of Probate of said County, with condition faithfully to discharge the duties of such office during the time he continues therein or discharges any of the duties thereof—all premiums on said bonds to be paid out of the County Treasury, on certificates or warrants signed by the President of the Board of Revenue.
Section 15. That, in addition to the duties required of them by this act or the laws of this State, the members of said Board of Revenue shall, at least once during each year, go over, examine and inspect all of the public roads and bridges of Marengo County, and hold at least one public meeting at some public and convenient place in each District for the purpose of hearing complaints and obtaining the views of citizens of the County on matters and things concerning or pertaining to the business or general welfare thereof.
Section 16. That in case of a vacancy in said Board of Revenue, it shall be filled by appointment by the Governor, and the person so appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the term of the member of the Board of Revenue in whose place he is appointed.
Section 17. That no member of said Board of Revenue shall discharge the duties, either as principal or deputy, of any State or County officer, so long as he is a member of said Board of Revenue.
Section 18. That three members of said Board of Revenue shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 19. That if any section, paragraph, portion or pro
vision of this Act shall be declared unconstitutional or void for any reason, it shall not affect the validity of the remaining paragraphs, provisions, portions or sections of this Act.
Section 20. That all laws and parts of laws, general, local or special, in conflict with the provisions of this Act, be and the same are, hereby repealed.
Section 21. That this Act shall take effect immediately after its approval by the Governor.
Approved September 19th, 1923.
(H. 701. Wall
To provide for the better building, maintenance and protection of the
public roads and bridges and ferries of Limestone County; to provide funds, regulations and penalties to carry the provisions and purposes of this act into effect; to provide for the appointment of a county engineer and to fix his duties.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:
Section 1. That the court of county commissioners of Limestone County shall within thirty days after the approval of this act, elect a county engineer, who shall be the superintendent of the public roads of said county. He shall be provided with a properly furnished office in the county court house, or elsewhere in the county seat, and shall hold his office for four years, unless sooner removed from office for neglect of duty or incompetency. The four years above mentioned shall not be construed to be a fixed term. The said county engineer shall have charge of the location, construction, improvement and maintenance of the public roads, bridges and ferries of the county, subject to the general direction of the court of county commissioners; he shall be the custodian of the records of the county concerning roads and bridges, except as herein provided; he shall select all of his subordinate employees, subject to approval of the county commissioners; he shall prepare and approve all plans and specifications; and none of his plans and specifications, orders or directions shall be countermanded or changed except by a specific resolution of the court of county commissioners duly entered on the minutes. The county engineer shall devote his entire time to the duties of his office designated herein and such other duties as shall be assigned to him by the court of county commissioners, provided that he may, with the consent of the county commissioners, do surveying or engineering work for private parties for which services he shall charge such fees as the court of county commissioners.