Chap. 50 RESOLVE IN AID OF THE MASSACHUSETTS AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE.
Resolved , That there be allowed and paid out of the treasury of the commonwealth a sum not exceeding Thirty six thousand dollars, the same to be expended under the direction of the trustees of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, for the following purposes, to wit: - Five thousand dollars for the completion of the dwelling house for the president of said college; six thousand dollars for repairs and improvements on the North College and other buildings connected with said college; and twenty five thousand dollars for the erection and completion of a new brick or stone building, to be situated on the grounds of said college, and to be used for a cabinet of natural history collections, a chapel for lectures and religious services and a library and a reading room.
It shall not be lawful for said trustees to expend any potion of the money herein appropriated except in manner following, to wit: The said trustees shall upon due notice given, let to a responsible bidder or bidders furnishing sufficient guarantees for the fulfillment of the same, giving preference to the lowest bidder, in one or more contracts, all work and materials not already contracted for the erection and completion of all said buildings, according to plans and specifications to be furnished by said trustees, and the aggregate contract prices, including existing contracts and expenses already incurred, shall not be lawful for said trustees, in any event or manner, to expend or authorize the expenditure in the completion of said buildings of a sum exceeding in aggregate the sum of thirty eight thousand dollars; and it shall not be lawful for said trustees, in any event or manner, to expend or authorize the expenditure in completion of said buildings of a sum exceeding in aggregate the sum of thirty six thousand dollars, hereby appropriated; and no money shall be paid from the treasury under the provisions of this resole until copies of the contract or contracts for erecting and completing said buildings as herein required have been filed in the office of the Auditor of the Commonwealth, and then only in accordance with the terms of aid contracts and upon written certificate of a majority of the building committee of said trustees that the work has been performed and the money is due thereunder: Provided, however, that the power of appointment of members of said board of trustees, and the powers of removal defined in section one of chapter two hundred and twenty of the acts of eighteen hundred and sixty-three shall be hereafter exercised by the governor with the advice and consent of the council, instead of said board; and said board during the current year shall, by lot, divide the elected members thereof into seven classes of two members each, of whom one class shall vacate their office January first eighteen hundred and eighty-five, and one class on the first day of January in each year thereafter; and such action shall be certified by the board to the governor and council; and appointments to fill the vacancies so created shall be made for the term of seven years.
Approved May 8, 1884