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4. The mayor, sergeant, superintendent of roads, streets Town incorpoured. and alleys, and the councilmen, so soon as they have been
elected and qualified, as hereinafter provided, shall be a e body politic and corporate, by the name of the town of St.
Marys, and shall have perpetual succession and a common Corporate the
seal, and by that name may sue and be sued, plead and be
ers to be exer
5. All corporate powers of the said town shall be exer- Corporate pow
cised by the said council, or under their authority, except cised by council. fare where otherwise provided.
6. The term of office shall (except when to fill vacan- Term of office. cies,) be for one year, and until their successors have been elected and qualified as hereinafter provided. . 7. All the officers of the said corporation must be voters Qualification for
therein, and entitled to vote for members of the common de council. 8. The first election under this act shall be held on
the first Monday in April, 1872, at the recorder's office of Pleasants county, in the town of St. Marys, under the supervision of a justice and inspector of elections of Who to superWashington township, and annually thereafter there shall be an election in each year at such time and place, and Annual election. under such supervision, rules and regulations as the council may prescribe. The officers conducting the first election shall grant a certificate of election to the persons elected, election. which certificate shall be recorded in the journal kept by the council.
9. All male persons residing in said town who shall have paid the town taxes, if any assessed against them for the preceding year, shall be entitled to vote at all elections held in pursuance of this act, but a person who is a minor, or of unsound mind, or a pauper, or who is under conviction of treason, felony or bribery in any election, or who has not been a resident of this state for one year, and of the said town for six months next preceding the day of election, shall not be permitted to vote while such disability continues.
Who may vote
Vote by ballot.
10. At all elections the vote shall be given by ballot.
Tie votes ; how decided.
11. Whenever two or more persons shall receive an equal number of votes for the same office, the persons under whose supervision the election was held, shall decide which of them shall be returned as elected, and shall make their return accordingly.
12. All contested elections shall be heard and decided by the council for the time being.
Vacancies; how filled.
Oath of office.
13. Whenever a vacancy shall occur in any office, (except that of treasurer or recorder, the sergeant shall order an election to fill said vacancy.
14. All the officers herein mentioned shall, each within ten days after receiving certificate of his election, or appointment, take and subscribe an oath that they will truly, faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of their
said offices respectively so long as they continue therein, Failure to qual- and if any of these officers shall fail within ten days so to ify.
qualify, his office shall be vacant.
15. The council shall be presided over at its meetings by the mayor, or in his absence, by one of the councilmen chosen by a majority of the council.
Journal of council,
16. The council shall cause to be kept in a well bound book, an accurate record of its proceedings, by-laws, acts
and orders, which shall be open to the inspection of the Reading of pro- citizens of the town. The proceedings of each meeting
shall be read and corrected at the succeeding meeting, and signed by the officer presiding for the time being; upon
the Yeas and nays. call of any member, the ayes and nays on any question
shall be called and recorded in the journal; the mayor, or
presiding officer, shall not vote in common as a member of Presiding officer the council, but in all cases of a tie, the mayor, or presid
ing officer, shall have the casting vote.
17. The council so constituted shall have power within said town to improve the streets, lay off alleys or walks, and to regulate the width of the same, and to keep them in order, to purchase and lay off public grounds, and to erect, provide for, and take care of public buildings; and they shall annually make appropriations of such sums of money as
to vote only in case of a tie.
Powers of council.
bi as may be needed for the proper improvement of the same; council.
to prevent injury or annoyance to the public, or individuals recer from anything dangerous, offensive or unwholesome; to
abate or cause to be abated anything which in the opinion
of the majority of the whole council shall be a nuisance; to halu , regulate the keeping of gunpowder or other combustibles;
to provide against danger or damage from fire or contagious
diseases ; to provide a revenue for the town, and approprilo
ate the same to make an annual assessment of the taxable persons and property of the town; to adopt rules for its governmentand the transaction of business; to appoint a treasurerand recorder, and to fill vacancies, to define the powers, to prescribe the duties, fix the term of service and compensation of its appointees, require and take bonds with such sureties and in such penalties as it may determine, (not inconsistent with this act,) conditioned for the full and faithful performanee of their duties, (all bonds to be payable to the town); to regulate and provide for the weighing of hay, coal and live stock sold by weight in said town; to give an additional license, and to require a tax where a previous tax has been granted by the State or county authorities only, for the sale of intoxicating drinks, or to prohibit the sale of the same in the town, and for the carrying on of any other business, and generally do such things for the prosperity, quiet and good order of the citizens of said town; to adopt and enforce all needful ordinances not contrary to the Constitution and laws of this State, and to impose fines and penalties not exceeding the payment of ten dollars or imprisionment for ten days under judgment and order of the Mayor, or in his absence or inability, of the person lawfully exercising his functions; the council, with the consent of the Board of Supervisors of Pleasants county entered of record, may use the jail of said county for its purposes.
18. The annual levy ordered by the council may be annual levy. upon the tax list made by the proper officer for taxation for State and county purposes: Provided, that the amount levied in any year shall not exceed thirty cents on each hundred dollars of the valuation of such property, for State and county purposes, and twenty-five cents on each male person over the age of twenty-one years.
Mayor; his powers and duties.
19. The sergeant shall collect the town taxes, fines, lev-
ascertaining and receiving the assessments made by order
20. The mayor shall be the chief executive officer of
21. The treasurer shall have charge of all money belonging to said town, and shall pay the same out on the order the mayor countersigned by the recorder, and not otherwise, and for any default or liability on the part of the sergeant or treasurer, the council in the corporate name
of said town, may on motion, after ten days' notice, obtain How proceeded against. judgment before the circuit court of Pleasants county on
account therefor, against them and their sureties respectively, or any or either of them, or their heirs or legal representatives.
22. The said town, and persons, and property therein property exempt shall be exempt from all tax, expense or liability for the outside corpo- construction or repair of roads or bridges, or poor tax,
Treasurer ; his duties.
fini outside of its corporate limits : Provided, however, that Proviso.
23. When four of the newly elected members shall have When new counbeen duly qualified they shall enter upon the duties of
their said offices and supersede the former council.
may determine. The council may also prohibit any theat-show,
25. The superintendent oi roads, streets and alleys shall Compensation
of superintenin receive a compensation for his services, fixed by the coun-dent of streets. secil, which shall not be increased or diminished for the ati term for which he was elected.
be void on fail
26. No new street, alley or foot path (not heretofore Lands not to be provided by survey,) shall be laid off on or opened streets except through any lands within the corporate limits of the said of damages. town, unless the owners of said lands be first duly compensated by assessment, and payment of proper damages.
27. Whenever the mayor and trustees of said town shall Corporatior. to fail in any one year to cause to be levied a tax upon the ure to carry out property, both real and personal, of said town, for the purpose of keeping in repair the streets and alleys thereof, and provide for its poor, or shall fail in any other way to carry out the provisions of this act, then this act shall be null and void, and the property of the citizens of said town shall be liable to be assessed with county taxes for all
purposes as well as road and poor tax. 28. This act shall at all times be subject to modification Act amendable. or repeal at the pleasure of the Legislature.