CHAPTER 153 - BLADES

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 155, VOLUME 28, OF THE LAWS OF DELAWARE ENTITLED "AN ACT TO INCORPORATE THE TOWN OF BLADES."

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met (two-thirds of all the members elected to each House concurring therein):

Section 1. That Section 12, Chapter 155, Volume 28, Laws of Delaware be, and the same is hereby repealed, and the following Section shall be known as Section 12, Chapter 155, Volume 28, Laws of Delaware:

"Section 12. The Town Council of said Town shall have power and authority to make, establish and publish such ordinances as they may deem beneficial for the good government of the said Town, at any stated meeting. There shall be twelve stated meetings to be held on the first Wednesday of each month. They shall have and are hereby vested with power and authority to prescribe the fines and penalties for violations of any of the provisions of this Act, or of the ordinances which may be imposed, either by this Act or the ordinances enacted as aforesaid, which may be collected before the Mayor of said Town, or any Justice of the Peace of said Town, and in default of payment said Mayor or Justice of the Peace may commit to the Town lockup or the public jail of Sussex County for any time not exceeding thirty days, or until such fine and costs shall be paid; and all ordinances so made, established and published shall be in full force and effect immediately upon the publication of them by said Council."

Section 2. That Section 18, Chapter 155, Volume 28, Laws of Delaware be, and the same is hereby repealed, and the following Section shall be known as Section 18, Chapter 155; Volume 28, Laws of Delaware:

The Mayor of said Town, the Council of said Town, and the Town Constable shall have power and authority to suppress, extinguish and prevent all bonfires in any of the streets, lanes, alleys or squares of the said Town, and to suppress and prevent the firing of gun or pistols, or the setting off of firecrackers or other fireworks, or the making and throwing of fireballs, within the limits of said Town, and the Council of said Town may by ordinance or ordinances impose fines and penalties upon the person violating the provisions of this Section and may provide for the collection of such fines and penalties so imposed. The Mayor of said Town and the Council of said Town are hereby constituted the municipal Board of Health for the Town of Blades, with full authority to act in all matters pertaining to health as fully as if appointed as a separate Board of Health.

Section 3. That Section 23, Chapter 155, Volume 28, Laws of Delaware be, and the same is hereby repealed, and the following inserted in lieu thereof, to be known as Section 23, Chapter 155, Volume 28, Laws of Delaware:

"Section 23. The Council of said Town, after having ascertained the sum necessary to be raised in the said Town for the purposes of this Act, which sum shall in no year exceed Five Hundred Dollars, clear of dog tax and all delinquencies and expenses of collecting, and after having apportioned the same on the assessment and valuation aforesaid, shall annually in the month of May, or as soon thereafter as convenient, cause to be delivered to the Collector of Taxes, if there be one elected by the Council of said Town in said year, or if there be none to the Treasurer of said Town, a list containing the names of the taxables, as well the owners of real estate as those not owning real estate, and opposite the name of each the amount of the real estate, his poll or per capita and assessable personal property and the tax on the whole valuation and assessment, and the rate per hundred dollars, and which list shall be signed by the President of said Council. The Collector of Taxes, or if there be none elected in said year, the Treasurer of said Town, immediately after receiving said list, and in collecting the same, shall have all the powers conferred by law on the Collectors of the County rates and levies, and his authority to collect any tax shall continue for a period of three years from the date it is placed in his hands for collection. In the collection of said taxes, the Council of said Town shall have the power and authority to order the Collector of Taxes, or if there be none, the Treasurer, to deduct five per centum from the amount of tax assessed against the person or property of any one who will pay such tax by the first day of August in any year following the assessment of the same. The Collector of Taxes, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall give bond to the Town of Blades, with sufficient surety to be approved by the Council of said Town in a penal sum of twice the amount likely to come into his hands, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of this office and the payment to the Treasurer of said Town of all money collected by him belonging to said Town, and for the settlement of his accounts with the Council and the Treasurer of said Town in the month of February next following his election as Collector of Taxes, and at such other times as the Council of said Town may require, to which said bond and conditions there shall be annexed a warrant of authority for the confession of judgment for said penalty. The Collector of Taxes shall receive a reasonable compensation for his services, to be determined by the Council of said Town, provided, that he shall not receive more than ten per centum of the taxes collected by him. The Council shall have power to make just allowances for delinquencies in the collection of taxes."

Section 4. That Chapter 155, Volume 28, of the Laws of Delaware, entitled "An Act to incorporate the Town of Blades", and as amended by Chapter 150, Volume 33, of the Laws of Delaware, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out the words "eight hundred", as they appear in the sixth line of Chapter 150, Volume 33, Laws of Delaware, and inserting in lieu thereof the words "Fifteen Hundred."

Approved April 18, 1935.