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govern, manage and administer the affairs of said asylum and make and adopt by-laws for their re own government and the government of said asylum, meetings not repugnant to the laws of this State. They shall cause to be kept by the secretary a full and correct record of their proceedings, which shall be open at all reasonable times to the inspection of any citizen desiring to examine the same. They shall bold stated meetings at the asylum monthly, at such times as may be prescribed by the by-laws, and a majority of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; they shall make a thorough inquiry into all To examine the departments of labor and expense and à careful quarterly. examination of the buildings, property and general condition of the asylum, at least once in every three months; they shall submit to the Legislature during Repo the first ten days of its session in the year 1897 and bi- Legislature. ennially thereafter a report showing the receipts and expenditures and the general condition of the asylum, the number of patients under treatment during the two the preceding years, and such other matters touching general affairs of the asylum as they may deem advisable.
Sec. 3. The board of commissioners shall have supervise all the supervision and control of all insane persons in in State. this State, whether confined in the State insane asylum or other house or place.
Sec. 4. The board of commissioners shall furnish Blanks to disthe district judges with such blanks, warrants, certifi- asylum busicates, etc., as will enable them with regularity and facility to comply with the provisions of this act.
Sec. 5. The commissioners may remove any of- Removal of ficer or employe of the asylum by a majority vote of ploye of their number, for habitual and wilful neglect of duty, or for refusal to comply with the requirements of the laws, by-laws or regulations made for the establishment and government of the institution.
Sec. 6. The board of commissioners may order the Return of removal of any patient who is harmless or incurable to patient to the county from whence he came, after due notice there." of given to the county commissioners of such county.
Sec. 7. Non-residents of this State conveyed or Insane noncoming here while insane may upon the written recommendation of the board of county commissioners of the county in which such insane person is found, be returned by the board of commissioners of the insane asylum to the home or friends of any such insane per
trict judges for
officer or em
Return of harmless
tracts for sup-
son, if known, but must not be permitted to remain or be supported in the State insane asylum, but this prohibition shall not prevent the commitment to and temporary care in said insane asylum of persons stricken with insanity while traveling through or temporarily sojourning in this State.
Sec. 8. Upon receipt of the bids advertised for Bids and con- furnishing provisions, fuel and clothing, the board of
commissioners shall examine the same and award the contracts to the lowest responsible bidders upon their giving to the board of commissioners satisfactory security for the faithful fulfillment of the same.
Sec. 9. Upon the receipt from the medical superintendent of the estimate for the probable expense of the asylum, as provided in section 16, the board of commissioners shall make an examination thereof and, if found correct, shall approve the same, and shall certify such action to the State Auditor who shall file the same and, if there be funds in the State Treasury which have been previously appropriated by the Legislature for the maintenance of such asylum, shall draw his warrants for the amount of said estimate, payable to the State insane asylum and the State Treasurer is authorized and directed to pay the same as provided by law.
Sec. 10. At their regular meeting in October of Number and each year, the board of commissioners shall certify to to be certified the State Auditor the number of indigent patients, the
number of pay patients; also the number of patients who pay a part, and the amount paid by each.
Sec. 11. The board of commissioners may order Sale of stock, the sale of any stock or produce of the farm or garden
or any perishable property when, in their judgment, it is necessary for the interest of the asylum so to do.
Sec. 12. All moneys coming into the hands of the board of commissioners by gift, endowment or bequest, shall be expended by the board of commissioners at such times and in such manner as the said board believes to be for the best interests of the asylum for the improvement thereof. A full strict and itemized account of all receipts upon such accounts shall be included in the biennial report to the Legislature.
Sec. 13. Each commissioner shall be allowed his traveling expenses in attending the meetings of the board, payable out of any moneys in the treasury of the asylum.
class of patients
farm produce, etc.
Expending money from bequests, etc.
Traveling expenses of board.
Compensation and bond.
Sec. 14. The board of commissioners shall elect a Secretary of secretary who shall not be of their number and who shall hold his office during the pleasure of the board, and shall have charge of the books and accounts of the board of commissioners. He shall keep a record of their proceedings at all stated and called meetings and shall perform such other duties as the by-laws may prescribe or the board of commissioners may require. He shall have such salary or compensation for his ser-a vices, payable monthly, as may be fixed by the board of commissioners. He shall give a bond with good and sufficient sureties in a sum of not less than one thousand dollars, payable to the State, to be approved by the board of commissioners, which bond shall be filed with the treasurer of the asylum.
Sec. 15. The board of commissioners shall elect a Treasurer. treasurer, who shall not be one of their number, and who shall hold his office at the pleasure of the board. Before entering upon his duties, the treasurer shall qualify by subscribing an oath of office and shall give a bond with good and sufficient sureties in a sum not less Bond than ten thousand dollars, payable to the State to be approved by the State Auditor, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties according to law and for the delivery to his successor of all books, papers, vouchers, moneys and effects held by him by virtue of his office. The board of commissioners may increase the amount of the bond of the treasurer and may require additional sureties at any time. The treasurer Duties. shall render to the board of commissioners monthly at such times as may be prescribed by the by-laws, a detailed statement of the moneys received and disbursed by him during the preceding month. He shall, by order of the board of commissioners, receive from the State all moneys appropriated to the use of the asylum and receipt therefor. He shall receive, collect and disburse all moneys due and belonging to the asylum. Also, in the name of the asylum, he shall bring suit for the recovery or breach of any contract, bond, or other obligation made in favor of said asylum; and no money shall be paid out by the treasurer except upon the order of the board of commissioners, which order shall be spread upon the minutes. He shall perform such other duties as the board of commissioners may require. He shall have an annual salary to be fixed by the board compensation. of commissioners, payable monthly out of any money in
intendent; qualifications and duties.
the treasury of the asylum not otherwise appropriated. The treasurer and secretary may be the same person if the board shall so determine.
Sec. 16. The board of commissioners shall appoint Medical super- a medical superintendent who shall reside at the asy
lum and who shall hold his office during the pleasure of the board. He shall be a well educated and experienced physician and a graduate in medicine and shall have practiced at least five years from the date of his diploma. He shall be the chief executive officer of the asylum; he shall have the general superintendence of the buildings, grounds and property thereof, subject to the by-laws and regulations of the board of commissioners. He shall have control of the patients, prescribe and direct their treatment, adopt sanitary measures for their welfare, and discharge such as in his opinion have recovered their reason. He shall appoint, with the approval of the board of commissioners, as many attendants as he may deem necessary for the efficient and economical cure and management of the asylum, and, with the consent of the board of commissioners, fix their compensation and discharge any of them. He shall prescribe the duties of the subordinate officers and employes, maintain discipline among them, and enforce obedience to the by-laws, rules and regulations adopted for the government of the institution. He shall estimate quarterly in advance the probable expense of the asylum and submit the same to the board of commissioners for their approval.
Sec. 17. The medical superintendent shall estimate and report to the commissioners the amount, kind and quality of provisions, fuel and clothing required for the six months ending on the last day of April and October of each year, and, when approved by the commissioners, he shall immediately advertise for contracts for furnishing said supplies for two successive weeks in some newspaper published in this State and having general circulation therein. Necessary expenditures other than those for provisions, fuel and clothing may be made by the medical superintendent, subject to the approval of the board of commissioners. The medical superintendent shall cause to be kept, full and correct accounts and records of his official transactions from day to day in books provided for that purpose in the mode prescribed by the by-laws and he shall report to the board of commissioners monthly,
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including vouchers for expenditures during said month; he shall see that his accounts are made up to and including the 30th day of November of each year, and shall submit his annual report to the board of commissioners at their next regular or special meeting thereafter. He shall visit the several wards of the asylum every day in the year, unless he obtains leave of absence from the president of the board of commissioners, in which event the assistant physician shall discharge his duties. He shall receive an annual salary Compensation. to be fixed by the board of commissioners, payable monthly.
Sec. 18. Whenever any patient committed to the Patients refused asylum is refused admission therein for want of room, room. the medical superintendent shall certify such fact to the parties liable for the cost of his care and keeping.
Sec. 19. Whenever the board of commissioners Assistant shall deem it necessary, they may, upon the nomination of the medical superintendent, elect an assistant physician who shall be a graduate in medicine. His Compensation salary shall be fixed by the board of commissioners, to and be paid in the same manner as other employes. He shall, in the absence of the medical superintendent, make daily visits to the asylum, and, when requested, shall make such visits in company with the medical superintendent. He shall perform such other duties as may be directed by the medical superintendent and prescribed by the by-laws. He shall hold his office during the pleasure of the board of commissioners. The duties of the medical superintendent, in his absence or sickness, shall be performed by the assistant physician.
Sec. 20. The board of commissioners shall, upon Steward, the nomination of the medical superintendent, appoint a duti steward, who shall give a bond in the sum of three thousand ($3,000.00) dollars, payable to the State, which shall be approved by the board of commissioners and filed with the treasurer of the insane asylum. He shall have general oversight of the farm, stock, garden, grounds, fences, buildings, furniture, fixtures and apparatus belonging to the asylum. He shall receive all articles, goods and merchandise, purchased by contract or by order of the board of commissioners or the medical superintendent, and shall be responsible for the safe keeping and the economical distribution of the same. Under the direction of the medical superintendent, he shall assist in enforcing all the by-laws, rules and reg