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CHAP. LIII.

AN ACT to repeal, alter and amend, the Laws now in force for the regu

lation of the several Macadamized Roads' within this Province.

[Passed 1014 February, 1840.]

Preamble.

Section 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
15, 16, 17, 18 and 19,
3d Wm. IV. ch. 33;

W HEREAS the Laws now in force for the regulation of the Macadamized Roads within this Province require amendment, and it is of great importance that one uniform systein should be adhered to for regulating the construction, management, and maintenance of the same : Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and Assembly of the Province of Upper Canada, constituted and assembled by virtue of and under the authority of an Act passed in the Parliament of Great Britain, entitled, “An Act to repeal certain parts of an Act passed in the fourteenth year of His Majesty's reign, entitled, “ An Act for making more effectual provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec, in North America, and to make further provision for the Government of the

said Province," and by the authority of the same, That from and after 1.2. the passing of this Act, the eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, fifteenth,

sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and wineteenth, clauses of an Act passed in the third year of the reign of His late Majesty King William the Fourth, entitled, “An Act to raise a sum of money for the improvement of the

roads in the vicinity of the Town of York, and for other purposes therein Atso tac deh, 9th, 10th, mentioned”; and also the eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, Isel15th; 17e", 20th; fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, twentieth, twenty-first, twenty30th 31st, 35th, 36th, 3ith, second, twenty-third, twenty-seventh, thirtieth, thirty-first, thirty-fifth, 394, and of the sections thirty-sixth, thirty-seventh, thirty-eighth and thirty-ninth, clauses, and so

much of the third clause of an Act passed in the sixth year of the reign of His said late Majesty, entitled, “ An Act to continue the improvement of

certain roads in the Home Dirtrict,” as relates to the power of Trustees; Also sections 3, 6, 7, 8 and also the third, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, clauses of an Act

passed in the seventh year of His said late Majesty, entitled, “An Act for granting a further sum for completing the Macadamization of YongeStreet, and other roads in the Home District"; and also the third clause of an Act passed in the first year of the reign of Her present Majesty Queen Victoria, entitled, “An Act for continuing the improvement of the Lake Road, West of the City of Toronto”; and also so much of an Act

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and part of the 3rd sec. 6th Wm. IV. ch. 30;

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Also sec.3, 1st Victoria, ch. 34;

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passed in the seventh year of His late Majesty's reign, entitled, “ An Act Also part of 7th Wm. IV. to raise a sum of money to Macadamize the main road leading from Hamilton to Brantford, in the District of Gore, and for other purposes therein-mentioned”; also of an Act passed in the same year, entitled, “An Act to authorise the construction of a Macadamized Road from Dundas also part to Waterloo, in the Gore District"; also of an Act passed in the same year, entitled, “An Act to raise a sum of money to Macadamize the Roads ched leading from Brockville to Saint Francis, Charleston, Lyndhurst, Beverley and Portland, in the District of Johnstown, and to authorise the erection of Toll Gates on the said Roads”; also of an Act passed in the same year, Also part of 7th Wm. IV. entitled, “An Act to raise a sum of money to Macadamize the Road be- ¢h. tween the Town of Kingston and the Village of Napanee, in the Midland District, and for other purposes therein-mentioned”; and also of an Act Also passed in the same year, entitled, “An Act to raise a sum of money to ch. 82; Macadamize the main road from Queenston to the West boundary line of Grimsby, in the Niagara District, and for other purposes therein-mentioned”; and of any other Act passed by the Legislature of this Province at as may be contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, shall con and the same are hereby declared to cease and stand repealed.

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Also such parts of any e other Statutes as are

contrary to the provisions of this Act, repealed.

Trustces of the several

District to form a Board

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the present Trustees of the several Turnpike Trusts turnpike trusts in each in this Province, to form a Board within their respective Districts, to be in their Districts; known by the style and title of the Commissioners of the --- District Turnpike Trust; and the said Commissioners, for the time being, shall have power and authority over the several Macadamized Roads within the limits of their Districts respectively, so far as the improvement of the same has been authorised by any Act of the Legislature of this Province.

Powers of such Boards.

cach Commissioner.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no person Oath to be taken by who shall be appointed a Commissioner by virtue of this Act, shall act as such Commissioner, unless he shall, before he shall act as such, take and subscribe before any Justice of the Peace for the District, (who is hereby authorised to administer the same, the oath following, that is to say: * I, A. B., do swear that I will truly and impartially, according to the best of my judgment, execute and perform the several powers, authorities and trusts reposed in me as a Commissioner, by virtue of an Act passed in the third year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, entitled, “An Act to repeal, alter and amend the laws now in force for the regulation of the several Macadamized Roads within this Province.”

Powers of Commissioners as to course of roads,

Width of road :

Powers to enter upon lands;

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall be "S lawful for the said Commissioners, and they are hereby authorised and

empowered to make, divert, shorten, vary, alter, and improve the course

of any part of the above-mentioned Roads within their own trusts, upon, over private lands,

through, in and over any private lands or grounds, making or tendering teudering satisfaction; satisfaction to the owners thereof, or persons interested therein for the

same, and for any damages they may sustain thereby, in such manner as they shall think proper, so that any such Road shall not exceed one chain in width, together with such footpaths, causeways, briages, arches, banks, culverts, ditches, drains, and fences on the line of such Road, as they shall think necessary and expedient; and it shall also be lawful for such Commissioners, and their Engineer or Surveyor, and workmen, with or without carts or carriages, from time to time, to enter upon the lands and grounds through which or whereupon such roads, footpaths, causeways, bridges, arches, banks, culverts, ditches, drains and fences is or are intended to be made or pass, and also upon any adjoining lands or grounds, to stake out the same in such manner as the said Trustees shall think necessary and espedient, without being deemed a trespasser or trespassers, and without being subject or liable to any fine, penalty or punishment for

entering or continuing upon such lands or premises respectively, for any Penalty for removing

of the purposes of this Act; and if any person shall pull up, remove or destroy any stakes or other marks used for the purposes aforesaid, every person so offending shall forfeit and pay for every such offence, a sum not exceeding Twenty Shillings: Provided always, that it shall not be lawful for the Commissioners appointed under and by virtue of this Act, in altering or diverting the course of any part of the Turnpike Roads under their care and management, to take or pull down any dwelling house, or to take or make use of any orchard, garden, planted walk, or avenue to a house, or any enclosed ground planted as an ornament or shelter to a house, or set apart as a nursery for trees, or any part thereof respectively,

without the consent of the owner or proprietor thereof in writing first had if owner of lands dis- and obtained: Provided always, that if the owners or occupiers of any

iry; lands or grounds taken by the Commissioners for the purposes of this Act,

shall not be satisfied with the allowance offered, the same shall be decided by a Jury of the District in which such Road shall be situated, at the Court of Quarter Sessions, to be empannelled and sworn for that purpose,

at the request of the party aggrieved, and if such verdict shall not exceed Costs, by whom payable. L a

the amount offered, the owner of the said land shall pay the costs of the Court on the assessment of such damages, and in case the verdict of the said Jury shall exceed the offer made by the said Commissioners, then the costs of such trial and assessment shall be paid by the said Commis-sioners out of any moneys in their hands for the purposes of the said Act..

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Commissioners not to pull down a dwelling house, or make use of aa orchard, &c.

without consent of owner;

sattsfied with tender,
to be decided by a jury;

Commissioners may
treat for the purchase
of lands with the owners;

1 And may afterwards sell land purchased by them;

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V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall be com lawful for the Commissioners under this Act, to treat, contract and agree with the owners of and persons interested in any lands, tenements, hereditaments and premises, with their appurtenances, which they shall deem necessary to purchase for the purpose of widening, diverting, altering and for altering the road ; improving any of the Turnpike Roads, for the purchase thereof, and for the loss or damage zuch owners or persons may otherwise sustain ; and Or for o also to contract and agree with any person or persons whomsoever, for rials ; the purchase or dernise from him, her or them, of and to hold any land or ground, for the purpose of digging stones, gravel and materials therefrom for the repair or use of the said Roads; and at any time after to sell som the ground so purchased by Public Auction or tender: Provided always, that the entering into any such agreement or contract shall not be com- Not compulsory on any pulsory against any person or persons unwilling to enter into the same; and after any new Road shall be completed, the lands or grounds consti- Old roads not required tuting any former road or roads, or so much and such part thereof as in and the land sold;' the judgment of the Commissioners may thereby become useless or unnecessary, or shall and may be stopped up as public highways, shall be vested in and shall and may be sold and conveyed by the said Commissioners, in the manner before-mentioned, and the money arising from such sale, shall be applied for the purposes of this Act, for repairing and maintaining the Turnpike Roads; or it shall be lawful for the said or exchanged Commissioners, instead of making such sale as aforesaid, to give up to owners for lands taken the owners of any adjoining lands, whose building, land or ground, shall be taken for the purposes of this Act, any part or parts of the present or old roads, in lieu of and in exchange for the same, in such way and manner as such Commissioners and owners or proprietors, shall agree upon and think fit.

may be stopped up,

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no Commissioner shall, from and after this Act shall be in force, enjoy any office no office of profit, nor or place of profit, or have any share or interest, or be in any manner, contract in any way directly or indirectly, concerned in any contract or bargain for making or repairing, or in any way relating to the roads for which he shall act, or for building or repairing any Toll House, Toll Gate or Weighing Engine thereon, or for supplying any materials for the use thereof, nor shall any such Commissioner let out for hire any waggon, cart or other carriage, or any horse, cattle or team, for the use of the Turnpike Roads for which he shall act as Commissioner; nor by himself or by any other Nor in any way receive person for or on his account, directly or indirectly, receive any sum or priate sums of money to his use or benefit, out of the sums appropriated by any Act of the Legislature for making said Roads, or out of the Tolls collected

Commissioners to hold

have any interest in any

relating to the roads ;

Nor in any way receive any of the moneys appro priated to making the

Penalty for breach of these regulations ;

After conviction Commissioner incapable of serving;

And all his acts as Commissioner, declared void thenceforward;

out of the said Roads; and if any person after having been appointed a
Commissioner of said Roads, shall, without having first duly resigned such
office at some meeting of the Commissioners of the said Roads, hold any
such office or place, or be concerned in any such contract or bargain, or
shall sell any such tools or implements, or let out for hire any waggon,
cart, carriage, horse, cattle or team, or receive any money out of the
appropriations aforesaid, or out of the Tolls collected on said Roads, every
Commissioner so offending shall for every such offence, forfeit and pay
the sum of One Hundred Pounds, to be recovered in the manner herein-
after provided ; and from and after the conviction of any such offence,
be incapable of acting as a Commissioner of said Roads; and all acts,
orders, matters and things made or done as a Commissioner, by the party
so convicted, shall from thenceforward be null and void to all intents and
purposes, and all and every such contract or bargain, shall be and is hereby
. declared to be void, and shall not be enforced or carried into effect by

the other Commissioners entering into the same: Provided always, that before conviction valid; all acts, orders, matters and things made or done by such Commissioner,

previous to his being convicted of any such offence, shall be good, valid

and effectual: And further provided, that nothing in this enactment conNot to extend to moneys tained, shall extend or be deemed or construed to extend, to any Commis

sioner who shall receive any sum or sums of money paid out of the appropriation aforesaid, or out of the Tolls collected on said Roads by way of purchase money, damages, rent, recompense or satisfaction, agreed upon or awarded to such Commissioner for any lands, grounds or tenements purchased or taken for the purpose of diverting or altering, or for the use of said Roads, or for a repository for materials to be used thereon; or for damage done to any enclosed or private grounds of such Commissioner

in taking materials therefrom, or in carrying and conveying them over for the of the reading the same; or to prevent any such Commissioner from selling or disposing

of, for the use of the Turnpike Roads, any materials or any timber grown or growing on the grounds of such Commissioner.

Acts as Commissioner

paid for sale of or damages to lands;

Or for materials taken ;

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Or to prevent his selliug for the use of the road any materials or timber.

an Engineer or Surveyor, His duty;

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall Commissioners to appoint and may be lawful for the Commissioners acting under the authority of

this Act, and they are hereby empowered and required by writing under their hands, to appoint a competent Engineer or Surveyor, whose duty it shall be to superintend the construction and repairing of the Turnpike Roads under their care or management, to inspect and measure materials, make surveys, and report upon all proposed alterations, and generally to

assist under the directions of the Commissioners in or about the execution point of this Act, for making and maintaining such Roads; and the said Comer neces missioners are hereby empowered by writing under their hands, to appoint

Commissioners to appoint
Collectors of tolls,
Clerks, and other neces-
sary Officers;

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