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A committee on Fuel, to consist of two Aldermen and three members of the Common Council.
A committee on Water, to consist of three Aldermen and five members of the Common Council.
A committee on the Treasury Department, to consist of two Aldermen and three members of the Common Council.
A committee on the Assessors' Department, to consist of two Aldermen and three members of the Common Council.
A committee on the Harbor, to consist of two Aldermen and three members of the Common Council.
A committee on Printing, to consist of one Alderman and two members of the Common Council.
A committee on Public Library, to consist of three Aldermen and five members of the Common Council.
A committee on Ordinances, to consist of three Aldermen and five members of the Common Council.
A committee on Telegraphic Fire Alarms, to consist of two Aldermen and three members of the Common Council.
A committee on Claims, to consist of three Aldermen and five members of the Common Council, who shall have full power and authority to investigate all claims against the City, and to take any measures for the defence of such claims that they may deem expedient, and also under the advice of the Mayor to adjust and settle all claims not exceeding the sum of $500.
The members of the Board of Aldermen and of the Common Council, who shall constitute the Joint Standing Committees, shall be chosen or appointed by their respective Boards.
The Mayor, the President of the Common Council, and the Chairman of the Committee of Finance on the part of the Common Council, shall, according to the ordinance, constitute the Committee on the Reduction of the City Debt.
The member of the Board of Aldermen first named on every Joint Committee, of which the Mayor is not a member, shall be its Chairman; and in case of his resignation or inability, the other members of the same Board, in the order in which they are named, and after them, the member of the Common Council, first in order, shall call meetings of the Committee and act as Chairman,
SECT. 2. In every case of disagreement between the two branches of the City Council, if either Board shall request a conference, and appoint a Committee of Conference, and the other Board shall also appoint a Committee to confer, such Committee shall, at a convenient hour, to be agreed upon by their Chairman, meet and state to each other verbally or in writing, as either shall choose, the reasons of their respective Boards, for and against the matter in controversy, confer freely thereon, and report to their respective branches.
SECT. 3. When either Board shall not concur in action of the other, notice of such non-concurrence shall be given by written message.
Sect. 4. Either Board may propose to the other, for its concurrence, a time to which both Boards shall adjourn.
SECT. 5. All By-Laws passed by the City Council, shall be termed “ Ordinances," and the enacting style shall be :- Be it ordained by the Aldermen and Com
Joint Rules and Orders of the City Council.
mon Council of the City of Boston, in City Council assembled.
SECT. 6. In all votes, when either or both branches of the City Council express any thing by way of Command, the form of expression shall be “ Ordered;" and whenever either or both branches express opinions, principles, facts, or purposes, the form shall be “ Resolved.”
Sect. 7. In the present and every future financial year, the specific appropriations for the several objects enumerated in the general appropriation bill shall be deemed and taken to be the maximum amount to be expended by the several Committees having the charge thereof for the entire financial year, and shall be expended with a proper regard thereto; and after the annual order of appropriations shall have been passed, no subsequent expenditures shall be authorized for any object, unless provision for the same shall be made by special transfer from some of the appropriations contained in such annual order, or by expressly creating therefor a City Debt; in which cases the order shall not be passed, unless two-thirds of the whole number of each branch of the City Council shall vote in the affirmative, by vote taken by yea and nay.
Sect. 8. In all contracts or expenditures to be made under the authority of the City Council, whenever the estimates shall exceed the appropriations specially made therefor, or whenever any committee shall have expended the sum specially appropriated for their use, in the order of appropriation for the year, and in either case shall require a further sum ; it shall be the duty of such Committee having such matter in charge, to sub
mit the fact to the City Council for instructions, accompanied with a detailed statement in print, of the cause or causes which have created the necessity for such application, and the object for which the same is needed. And no contract shall be made, or expenditure authorized in either case, unless by a specific vote of the City Council first making the necessary provision for the payment resulting therefrom; and no debt shall be created, or transfer from one special appropriation to another be made, until such report or statement shall have beeñ submitted to the City Council, by the Committee requiring the same.
SECT. 9. Joint Standing Committees shall cause records to be kept of their proceedings, by a Secretary to be chosen at their first meeting, in books provided by the City for that purpose. No Committee shall act by separate consultations, and no report shall be received, unless agreed to in Committee actually assembled.
Sect. 10. It shall be the duty of every Joint Committee, to whom any subject may be specially referred, to report thereon within four weeks, or to ask for further time.
SECT. 11. All reports and other papers submitted to the City Council, shall be written in a fair hand, and no report or endorsement of any kind shall be made on the reports, memorials, or other papers referred to the Committee of either branch. All reports shall be signed by the writers thereof, unless otherwise directed by the Committee. And the Clerks shall make copies of any papers to be reported by Committees, at the request of the respective Chairmen thereof.