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Canada or Kennedy pond to the city line of the city of Providence; thence easterly following the said city line of the city of Providence to the point of intersection of the city line of the city of Pawtucket; thence northerly following the city line of the city of Paw. tucket to the first mentioned point of intersection of the city line of the city of Pawtucket and the town line of the town of Lincoln. However worded mean. ing to describe the land set off for the proposed Mary. ville Fire District, is hereby incorporated into a district to be called the Maryville Fire District. Said district may have a common seal, sue and be sued, and enjoy the other powers generally incident to corporations.
SEC. 2. The taxable inhabitants in said district, qualified to vote in town affairs on propositions to im. pose taxes or for the expenditure of money, shall be eligible to vote and act in all meetings of the corporation.
SEC. 3. The annual meeting of said corporation shall be holden on the first Monday of June. The first annual meeting shall be holden in Jodoin Hall in said Maryville, on the third Monday in October, 1896.
Sec. 4. Said taxable inhabitants at each annual meeting, and at any other meetings when vacancies occur, may elect officers to serve for one year, or until the next annual meeting, and until others shall be elected in their stead; which shall consist of a moderator, clerk, treasurer, five firewards, who shall also be a board of tax assessors, three auditors, and a collector of taxes, whose duties and powers within said district shall be such as like officers of towns in this state have in their respective towns.
SEC. 5. Said taxable inhabitants at any legal meeting, shall have power to order such taxes, and provide for the assessing and collecting the same, on the taxable inhabitants and property in said district as they shall deem necessary for purchasing fire apparatus, land and houses for keeping the same, also for the purpose of lighting the streets in said district with gas or otherwise, and also for the payment of such police force as they may deem necessary for the protection of the property of the inhabitants of said district from fire, and for the preservation of the public peace; and such taxes so ordered shall be assessed by the assessors of said district on the taxable inhabitants and property therein according to the last valuation made by the assessors of the town next previous to said assessment, adding, however, any taxable property which
have been omitted by said town assessors, or afterwards acquired; and in the assessing and collecting of said taxes such proceedings shall be had by the officers of said district, as near as may be, as are required to be had by corresponding officers of towns in assessing and collecting town taxes.
Sec. 6. Said taxable inhabitants shall have power to enact by-laws prescribing the duties of firewards, and the several officers of said district, also, of the inhabitants of said district in time of conflagration, and to enforce obedience to the commands of the firewards, for suppressing disorder and tumult, guarding or removing property, or rendering other services in time of fire; and for breach of any such by-law may provide a penalty not exceeding a fine of five dollars to be recovered for the use of said district, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten days, which penalty may be enforced by prosecution on complaint and warrant in the district court of the sixth judicial district.
Sec. 7. The firewards elected by said district may order, in time of fire, such buildings to be pulled down or blown up as they shall judge necessary to stop the progress of the fire, and if it shall happen that the pulling down or blowing up of any such building by direction, as aforesaid, shall be the occasion of stopping the progress of such fire, or if the fire stop before it comes to the same, the owners shall be reasonably paid therefor by a tax upon said district, the amount of which tax shall be adjudged by the common pleas division of the supreme court for the county of Provi. dence, which division is hereby authorized and empowered, on application to them made in behalf of such owners, to adjudge as to the amount necessary, and cause the same to be certified to the district, and such tax shall be assessed and collected as other taxes
are herein required to be assessed and collected in said district; but no building in which any fire shall first break out or begin shall be paid for under this provision.
SEC. 8. The firewards elected by said district shall publicly, within four days next preceding the day of holding any regular meeting of said fire district, make a corrected list of the names of all persons entitled to vote in such meeting, and certify and deliver the same to the moderator before the time shall arrive for the calling of the meeting to order. In making such list the firewards shall take from the last corrected voting list of the town of North Providence the names of all persons residing within the limits of said district who continue qualified to vote on any proposition to impose a tax or for the expenditure of money in said town, and place said names upon the list to be made-up by them, and shall add thereto the names of all persons residing within said district who shall be so qualified and whose names shall not be upon said voting list; and shall cause printed notices of the time and place named by them to make such list, to be posted in five public places within said district, not more than ten and less than five days before the time appointed for such district meeting, and the list so made and certified shall be used in determining any question before any such meeting when demanded by ten of the voters present; and thereupon the moderator shall receive the votes of all persons whose names are upon such list, and shall reject the votes of all persons claiming to vote whose names are not thereon.
Sec. 9. Said taxable inhabitants at any annual meeting, or other legal meeting, shall have power to choose and appoint so many men as they may think needful to be formed into a fire company or companies, and also a hook and ladder company, and to make all such laws and regulations for organizing and establishing the same as they shall see fit, and the members of such companies shall be entitled to the exemptions, privileges and remedies provided by the general laws of the state for members of the fire departments of cities and towns.
Sec. 10. Said taxable inhabitants may hold special meetings, which, as well as the annual meetings, shall be notified in such manner as they shall prescribe, and it shall be the duty of the clerk to call a special meeting upon written application signed by twelve or more of such inhabitants, and whenever the subject of ordering a tax is to acted upon, the same shall be mentioned in the notice, unless it be an annual meeting.
SEC. 11. Said district may enact all by-laws by them judged necessary and expedient for carrying the provisions of this act into effect: Provided, that no greater penalty be inflicted thereby than is prescribed in the sixth section hereof, and provided the same be not in violation of and repugnant to the laws of this state.
Sec. 12. This act shall take effect upon and after its passage, and all acts and parts of acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.
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