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Officers and meetings of council.
notice of such complaint, and an opportunity to be heard in his defence, nor unless a majority of all the members of the city council shall vote for such removal; but no member of the police or fire departments shall be removed from office except in the manner provided by the general statutes of this State.
9. The city council shall choose its officers, and, in the absence of the president, elect a president pro tempore, fix its hours and place of meeting, adjourn from time to time, determine the rules of its own proceedings and may punish or expel a member from office for misconduct or a violation of its rules; but no expulsion shall take place except by vote of a majority of all the members of city council, nor until the member sought to be expelled shall have had five days' notice of the complaint against him and an opportunity to be heard in his defense. The regular meetings of city council shall be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, unless any such day shall be a legal holiday, in which case the meeting shall
be held on the preceding Monday. Commissioners 10. At the annual meeting of city council, or within of streets and public safety. twenty days thereafter, said city council shall, by a call
of the roll, elect one competent person as commissioner of public works and buildings, one as commissioner of streets, highways and parks, and one as commissioner of public safety; but no such commissioner shall be elected except by the majority vote of all the members of city council. Each commissioner so elected shall hold office for the term of one year and until his successor shall have been elected and qualified, and shall have such powers and perform such duties, not by this act vested in or imposed upon other officers of said city, as city council may, by ordinance, prescribe.
11. There shall be in every such city a city clerk, who shall be appointed by the city council for the term of three years; he shall be the clerk of the city council, and shall keep accurate minutes of its proceedings. It shall be the duty of the city clerk, whenever any motion or resolution shall have been passed by the city council and upon the first publication of any ordinance, to immediately transmit a certified copy of such motion, reso
Term and duties.
lution or ordinance to each and every officer or department that may be affected thereby, and it shall be the duty of every officer receiving such certified copies to file the same in their respective offices. The city clerk shall perform such other duties and receive such salary as may be provided by law or by city council.
12. The city clerk shall keep all the records, books, Records, etc., papers and documents of the city, countersign all licenses kept by clerk. which are signed by the mayor, and keep the records of the proceedings of city council. He shall record all the ordinances of city council in a book provided for that purpose with a proper index, which book shall be deemed a public record of such ordinances; and every ordinance shall be signed in said book by the president, or president pro tempore, of said city council, and by the said city clerk, and approved therein by the mayor; and copies of all papers duly filed in the office of the said city clerk, and transcripts thereof, and of the records and proceedings of city council, and copies of the laws or ordinances of said city, certified by him under the corporate seal, shall be evidence in all courts and places. Said city clerk shall also receive and pay over to the treasurer of such city all moneys which by any law, ordinance or usage are paid to him.
All printing, advertising and supplies shall be ordered Printing and through the office of the said city clerk, according to supplies. such rules and regulations as city council may from time to time prescribe. City council shall have power to appoint such assistants to the city clerk as they may from Assistant time to time deem necessary.
13. A majority of the whole number of the members Quorum of of city council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time; the president of city council shall be authorized to call special meetings thereof when the Special public good shall, in his opinion, render it necessary; it shall also be the duty of the president, or, in his absence, of the city clerk, to call a special meeting of city council on the written request of three of the members of city council.
14. No ordinance shall be passed or repealed by the Passage or city council except with the concurrence of a majority ordinances.
of all the members of such city council, and no ordinance shall be altered or repealed save by ordinance to that effect. Every ordinance shall be read three times before its final passage, except when there has been no amendment made thereto, when the reading of the title of any ordinance may by unanimous consent be considered as the third reading thereof. No ordinance shall be finally passed and adopted unless at least one week has
intervened between the second and third reading thereof. Mayor's con Every ordinance shall, after its final passage as above
provided, be presented by the city clerk to the mayor for
his consideration, and if the mayor shall approve it he Sign or veto. shall sign it, and if he shall disapprove it, he shall file
his objections thereto with the city clerk within ten days after the same was presented to him. It shall be the duty of the city clerk to report such objections to the city council at its next stated meeting, and enter the
same in full upon the journal. The city council shall Consideration thereupon proceed to reconsider the passage of such
ordinance. Every ordinance which shall have been passed by city council and shall have been approved by the mayor, as above provided, or if not so approved by the mayor, shall have remained without objections filed, as above provided, for ten days after the same was presented to him, or if disapproved by the mayor shall have been passed by a vote of five-sevenths of all the members of the city council upon a reconsideration, as above provided, notwithstanding his objections filed, shall be published at least once in at least one newspaper pub
lished in such city, and upon the day of the first publiMayor must cation thereof shall take effect. It shall be the duty of days.
the mayor to return any such ordinance to the city clerk within ten days after the same shall have been presented to him, either with or without his signature. The votes upon the third reading and final passage of any ordinance and upon the reconsideration of any ordinance after objections filed by the mayor as aforesaid, shall be taken by ayes and nays, and shall be entered in full upon the journal of city council, and it shall be lawful for the city council to insert in any ordinance a condition to the effect that such ordinance, when passed or
act in ten
approved as required by law, shall not be published As to publishuntil an amount of money sufficient to pay the
ordinances. of the printing and publication thereof shall have been paid to the city clerk by or on account of such person or corporation as said city council shall deem to be especially or peculiarly benefited thereby. 15. The city council in every such city shall annually, Annual appro
. during the month immediately preceding the beginning of the fiscal year or as soon thereafter as possible, pass the annual appropriation ordinance for the different departments of the city, and no appropriation shall be exceeded, nor work contracted for, nor materials ordered, unless the cost of such work and materials can be paid for out of the appropriation of the year, except in case of extreme emergency, and then only by a vote of fivesevenths of the members of the entire city council and with the approval of the mayor.
16. It shall be the duty of the city comptroller to fur- Comptroller's nish monthly to the president of city council a statement statement. of the total receipts and expenditures during the preceding month, and a statement of the amounts deposited by the city treasurer in any bank or in any city safe or vault or other place; also a statement of the total amount expended of each appropriation, which statements shall be signed by the said city comptroller. Said statement shall then be reported at the next regular meeting of city council by the president of city council, and it shall not be lawful for the city comptroller to draw or countersign any warrants for any order for work done or materials furnished in excess of the annual appropriation, unless said city council, by a fivesevenths vote thereof, shall order such city comptroller so to do.
17. The enacting clause of all ordinances shall be, Enacting "Be it ordained by the city council of (inserting herein the name of the city in which this act shall take effect.)
18. The councilmen of such city, duly elected therein Corporate as provided in section two of this act, shall constitute name of and be called "The city council of
" (inserting herein the name of the city in which this act shall take effect)
Council sole judge of its members.
19. It shall be unlawful for any councilman elected under the provisions of this act to take or receive any salary, fee, compensation or reward from such city, except when the acting president of city council shall act as the mayor of such city under the provisions of this act, or from any person, firm or corporation for any service or duty to be performed under this act, or to accept, take or receive for his personal use, or the use of any member of his family, any pass, free transportation or a ticket authorizing such free transportation for himself or any member of his family from any steam, electric or street railroad company, or other transportation company using or crossing the streets of any such city.
20. The city council shall be the sole judge of the election returns and the qualification of its own members, and shall keep a journal of its own proceedings.
21. The city council of such city shall have power to make, establish, publish, modify, amend or repeal ordinances for the following purposes :
I. To manage, regulate and control the finances and property, real and personal, of the city; to borrow money and negotiate temporary loans in anticipation of taxes or other revenues for any current year, not exceeding twenty-five per centum of such taxes or revenues in any one year, and for payments for any public improvement, not exceeding the amount of the specific assessment for such improvement, and to secure the payment thereof by notes or temporary certificates of indebtedness.
II. To prevent vice, drunkenness and immorality; to preserve public peace and good order; to prevent and quell riots, disturbances and disorderly assemblages.
III. To restrain and suppress disorderly and gaming houses, houses of ill-fame, and opium joints, and take and confiscate any and all gambling machines and paraphernalia, and to prohibit all gaming and fraudulent devices.
IV. To prohibit, restrain, regulate or license for revenue all parades on or along the streets or highways, all sports, exhibitions of natural or artificial curiosities, caravans of animals, theatrical exhibitions, circuses or other public performances, amusements and exhibitions
Vice and crime.
License or prohibit exhibitions.