The Laws of Texas, 1921 [Volume 21] Page: 66 of 1,670
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58 GENERAL LAWS.
tracts for navigation districts shall apply in all cases consistent with
the provisions of this Act; provided, that in case of emergency
contracts may be let by Navigation and Canal Commissioners not
exceeding One Thousand ($1,000.00) dollars 'without advertisement
for bids; provided further that in case of urgent necessity or present
calamity, advertisement for bids may be waived.
SEC. 16. Navigation districts empowered as herein provided shall
have power, subject to the terms and provisions hereof, to grant
franchises to persons or corporations on property owned or controlled
by the navigation districts, provided said franchises are granted
for purposes consistent with the provisions of this Act, but no
franchise shall be granted for a longer period than thirty years.
No franchise shall be granted hereunder except upon the affirmative
vote of at least three of the Navigation and Canal Commissioners
at three separate meetings of said Navigation and Canal Commissioners,
said meetings to be not closer together than one week, and
no franchise shall be granted until after the same as finally proposed
to be passed shall be published in full once a week for three consecutive
weeks in some daily newspaper of general circulation publishdd
within said district, which publication shall be made at the
expense of the applicant or person or persons desiring said grant
and said franchise shall require the grantee therein to file his or
their written acceptance thereof within thirty days from the time
of the final passage of said franchise; provided that nothing herein
contained shall be construed as preventing said navigation district
from granting revocable licenses or permits for the use of limited
portions of water front or facilities for the purposes consistent with
the provisions of this Act.
SEC. 17. If in the opinion of the Navigation and Canal Commissioners
any proposed franchise should be submitted to a vote of the
people they shall so certify to the Commissioners' Court of the
county in which said navigation district is located, whereupon said
court shall order an election thereon at the earliest legal time, and
the same rules with regard to notice of election, holding of the
election, etc., shall apply as prescribed heretofore in this Act for
the election on the proposition of the development of the port. At
said election any resident of said district qualified under the constitution
and laws of the State of Texas to vote for Governor in a
general election shall be qualified to vote.
SEC. 18. The ballots used for voting upon such proposed franchise
shall set forth the nature of said franchise sufficiently to
identify it, and shall also set forth upon separate lines the words
"For the franchise" and "Against the) franchise." If at said election
a majority of those voting shall vote in favor of the franchise,
the same shall be granted; otherwise said franchise shall be of no
force and effect.
SEC. 19. If prior to the date when any franchise shall have been
granted by the Navigation and Canal Commissioners a petition
signed by qualified voters of said district equal in number to ten
per cent of the total vote cast at the last general election for State
officers, shall be presented to the Commissioners' Court protesting
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1921 [Volume 21], book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14933/m1/66/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .