All that part of the Town of Coventry lying and being within the following lines and bounds: Beginning at a stone bound in the dividing line between the Towns of West Warwick and Coventry, on the north side of Pulaski Street, in the Village of Quidnick; thence running northerly on said town line to a stone bound on the southerly side of Woodside Avenue; thence turning and running westerly along the south side of said Woodside Avenue to the east side of Fairview Avenue; thence running to the southeast corner of Greenwood Cemetery; thence turning and running westerly, bound northerly by said Greenwood Cemetery, to the southwest corner of said cemetery; thence running in a southwesterly direction to the so-called "Black Rock," located on the west side of Blackrock Road, on property now or formerly of John and Gladys Wragg; thence turning and running northerly, bounded easterly by said Blackrock Road, a distance of 300 feet; thence turning and continuing northerly to the northeast corner of land now or formerly of Gerard and Estelle Bettez (AP 17 Lot 41); thence turning westerly and running in a direct line to the northeast corner of land now or formerly of Donat and Norman Anctil (AP 17 Lot 26); thence turning and running northerly bounded easterly by Lot 40 AP 17; thence continuing in a northerly direction to the northeast corner of Lot 26 AP 18; thence continuing in a straight line to the northeast corner of Lot 1 AP 18; at which point is the dividing line of the Town of Scituate and the Town of Coventry; thence turning and running westerly on said town line to a point which is the northwest corner of Lot 25 AP 19; thence turning and running southwesterly to the northwest corner of Lot 11 AP 19; thence turning and running southerly bounded westerly by Lot 1 AP 19, and easterly by Lot 11 AP 19; thence continuing southerly to the northwest corner of said land now or formerly of Lionel J. and Lucille Laboissonniere (Lot 3 AP 20); thence continuing southerly along the western boundary lines of Lots 4, 38, 5 and 29 of AP 20; thence continuing southerly along the western boundary lines of Lots 1, 2, and 4 of AP 21; thence continuing southerly along the western boundary lines of Lots 1 and 2 of AP 22; thence continuing southerly until it meets the eastern boundary line of the Washington lighting district; thence continuing southerly along the eastern boundary line of said Washington lighting district to the so-called "Seven and Ten Man line"; (said Seven and Ten Man line is the southern boundary line of the Town of Coventry school property and the northern boundary line of said Washington lighting district) thence turning and running easterly along said Seven and Ten Man line until it comes to a point directly opposite to the northwest corner of the Rathbun Cemetery; thence turning and running southeasterly through said cemetery until it comes to the northwood abutment of the railroad bridge at Knotty Oak; thence turning and running southeasterly to the gate house at the outlet of Tiogue Reservoir; thence turning and running southeasterly in a straight line until it comes to the southeast corner of land now or formerly of George E. and Olive T. Bockstael (shown as Lot 429 on AP 7 of Coventry records); thence turning and running in an easterly direction along the southern boundary lines of Lots 392, 396, 382, 385, 389, 379, on AP 7 Town of Coventry records to a point on the boundary line between the towns of West Warwick and Coventry, which point is on the south side of Tiogue Avenue (Route 3, state highway); thence turning and running northerly along said town line to the stone bound on the north side of Pulaski Street and the place of beginning, is hereby incorporated into a district to be called the "Coventry fire district."
The taxable inhabitants of said district qualified to vote in town affairs, on propositions to impose taxes, or for the expenditure of money, shall be eligible to vote and act in all meetings of the corporation.
The annual meeting of said district shall be holden on the second Monday of December in each year. The first meeting shall be holden on the second Tuesday after the enactment of this act, in the Town of Coventry within the limits of the fire district, and may be called by any one or more of the taxable inhabitants of said district. A vote by ballot shall be taken at said meeting upon the proposition: "Shall the Coventry fire district be established according to the act of incorporation passed by the general assembly of the state?" If a majority of the persons so voting shall vote "yes," then said Coventry fire district shall be established according to the provisions of this act. If a majority of the persons so voting shall vote "no," then this act shall become null and void.
Said taxable inhabitants, at each annual meeting, and at any other meetings when vacancies occur, may elect officers to serve for one year or until the next annual meeting and until others be chosen in their stead; which officers shall consist of a moderator, clerk, treasurer, three accessors and a collector of taxes, whose duties and powers within said district shall be such as like officers of towns of this state have in their respective towns. They may also elect firewards and any other needed officers.
Said taxable inhabitants, at any of their legal meetings, shall have power to order such taxes, and provide for the assessing and collecting the same on the taxable inhabitants and property in said district, as they shall deem necessary for purchasing and procuring implements and apparatus and a supply of water for the extinguishment of fire, and for the purpose of lighting the streets and public highways in said district with electricity, or otherwise; and such taxes so ordered shall be assessed by the assessors of said district on the taxable inhabitants and property therein, according to the last valuation made by the assessors of the town next previous to the said assessment, adding, however, any taxable property which may have been omitted by said town assessors or afterwards acquired; and in the assessment and collecting said taxes, such proceedings shall be had by the officers of said district, as near as may be, as are required to be had by the corresponding officers of towns in assessing and collecting town taxes; provided, however, that the tax assessed and payable in any one year under the provisions of this section shall not exceed three mills on each dollar of said valuation.
Said taxable inhabitants, at any legal meeting, shall have the power to enact bylaws prescribing the duties of firewards, and of the inhabitants of said district in time of conflagration, and for the purpose of enforcing obedience to the commands of the firewards and appointing officers for suppressing disorder and tumult, guarding or removing property, or rendering other services in time of fire, and also for the protection of the water pipes, hydrants, safety valves, water gates, hose or other apparatus or property of said district, and for breach of any such bylaws may provide a penalty not exceeding a fine of $20, to be recovered for the use of said district, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days, which penalty may be enforced by prosecution on complaint of any member of said board of firewards before any court of competent jurisdiction.
The firewards appointed by said district may order, in time of fire, such buildings to be pulled down or blown up as they shall judge necessary to stop the progress of the fire; and if it shall happen that the pulling down or blowing up of any such building, by direction as aforesaid, shall be the occasion of stopping the progress of such fire, or if the fire stop before it comes to the same, the owner shall be reasonably paid therefor, by a tax upon said district, the amount of which tax shall be adjudged by the court of common pleas for the County of Kent, which court is hereby authorized and empowered, on application to them, made in behalf of such owners, with or without jury trial, as such owners may request, to adjudge as to the amount necessary, and cause the same to be certified to the district, and such tax shall be assessed and collected in said district. But no building in which any fire shall first break out or begin shall be paid for under this provision.
Said taxable inhabitants at any annual meeting or other legal meeting shall have power to choose and appoint so many men as they shall think needful, to be formed into a hose company or companies, and also hook and ladder company, and to make all such laws and regulations for organizing and establishing the same as they shall see fit; and the members of such companies shall be exempt from jury or militia duty.
Said taxable inhabitants may hold special meetings which, as well as the annual meetings, shall be notified in such a manner as they shall prescribe, and it shall be the duty of the clerk to call such a meeting upon written application, signed by 12 or more such inhabitants; and whenever the subject of ordering a tax is to be acted on, the same shall be mentioned in the notice, unless it be an annual meeting.
Said district may enact all bylaws by them judged necessary and expedient for carrying the provisions of this act into effect; provided, that no greater penalty be inflicted thereby than is prescribed in the sixth section hereof, and provided the same be not in violation of or repugnant to the laws of this state.
Said district is hereby authorized, in such manner as is necessary and proper, to procure and introduce into the said Coventry fire district a supply of pure water for municipal, domestic, and manufacturing purposes, and for fire protection, and to take such means as are necessary and proper to establish and maintain a system of lighting the streets and public highways in said district with electricity, or otherwise; and may issue its bonds, notes, or scrip therefor in such manner as the district may deem best.
Said district may purchase, take, hold, use, and permanently appropriate any land, water, rights of water and [rights-]of-way necessary and proper to be used in furnishing or enlarging such water supply, including sites and materials for dams, reservoirs, pumping stations, aqueducts, and for coalhouses, with right-of-way thereto, and right-of-way for water pipes along and across public highways and through private lands, and including also lands to be covered or to be flowed by water, or to be in any other way used in furnishing, enlarging or maintaining such water supply, and in the event of such taking, or of the exercise of the powers and privileges granted by this section, the same procedure shall be had as is provided in chapter 123 of the General Laws.
If any person shall willfully do or cause to be done any act whatever whereby the works of the said district, or any pipe, conduit, dam, reservoir, aqueduct, hydrant, faucet, or any engine, machine, or structure, or any matter or thing appertaining to the same shall be stopped, obstructed, impaired, weakened, injured or destroyed, or shall corrupt the water supply belonging to or furnished by said district, the person so offending shall forfeit and pay to said district double the amount of damages sustained thereby, to be recovered in an action of debt to be brought in the name of said district, in any court of competent jurisdiction, together with all costs of such suit.
Editor's Note: Sections 3 and 4 of P.L. 1902, Ch. 1040, and § 3 of P.L. 1907, Ch. 1512, were not enacted as specific amendments to the basic act from which this article is derived. They have been renumbered as §§ 13, 14 and 15 to preserve the continuity of the section numbers in this article.
The owner and occupant of every tenement shall severally be liable for the payment of the price of rent for the use of the water introduced by said district into or upon such premises.
Said district, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a system of lighting the streets and public highways in said district with electricity or otherwise, may carry any works to be constructed or authorized to be constructed by them over or under any highway, railroad, or street in such manner as not to permanently obstruct or impede travel thereon; and may enter upon and dig up any highway, road, or street for the purpose of erecting poles, laying conduits or pipes and running wires, or for the purpose of maintaining or repairing the same; provided, all such work upon, over, or under any highway or street shall be performed with the assent of the town council of said town wherein such highway, road, or street is located; and no such work upon or in any portion of any railroad shall be done until after five days' notice in writing to the superintendent of such railroad of the intention of said district to do the same and specifying in said notice the time when and place where such work is to be commenced. Such district shall be liable to such town and railroad corporations, severally, for such damages as may result to them or either of them in any way in the execution of the powers herein conferred upon said district.