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CHAP. XXXV.

An Act, to authorise the Common Council of the City of

Richmond, to recognize and establish certain Streets within the limits of said City.

[January 22, 1828, Ch. 129, Ses. Acts, p. 96.] WHEREAS, doubts have been entertained whether the Common. Council of the City of Richmond, can rightfully exercise jurisdiction over certain Streets, Lanes and Alleys in said City, ceded by individuals to the use of the Public, but which are not laid down in the original plan of the Town:

1. Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That the Common Council of the City of Richmond be, and they are hereby authorised to exercise jurisdiction over any Street, Lane or Alley, in said City, which has heretofore been, or may hereafter be ceded to the Public by individuals, in as full and complete a manner, as that exercised over Streets, Lanes and Alleys, laid off in the original plan of saíd City: and that the said Common Council be authorised from time to time, as they may deem it expedient, to ascertain the lines, and width of said Streets, Lanes or Alleys, and to receive, recognize and establish the same, to all intents and purposes, as fully and effectually as any other Streets, Lanes or Alleys, in said City.

2. This act shall commence and be in force from the passing thereof.

CHAP. XXXVI.

An Act, to authorise the Common Council of the City of

Richmond to cause said City to be supplied with Water in certain cases, and to impose taxes to defray the expense thereof.

[January 29, 1829, Ch. 129, Ses. Acts, p. 127.] 1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That whenever twothirds of the owners of lots on any street or square, or part of any street or square in the City of Richmond, the assessed value of which said lots with their improvements, shall amount to at least two-thirds of the assessed value of all the real property on any such street or square, or any part of such street or square, shall in writing, signed by their own proper hands, petition the Common Council of said City, to cause any such street or square, or part of any such street or square in said City to be watered through iron or wooden pipes, the Common Council of said City shall be, and they are hereby authorised, if to them it shall seem proper, to cause said work to be executed, and to indemnify the Corporation for any sum or sums of money which may

ORDINANCES

OF THE

CITY OF RICHMOND.

CHAPTER I.

in Ordinance, prescribing an Oath of Office, of a Common

Councilman.

[Passed July 19, 1827.] 1. BE it Ordained by the President and Common Council of the City of Richmond, in Common Hall assembled, That every person

who

may hereafter be elected into the Common Council of the said City, shall take the following uath: “I A. B. do swear, (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will, well and truly execute the Office of a Common Councilman of the City of Richmond, to the best of my skill and judgment, without favor, affection or partiality, malice, hatred or ill will; and that I will endeavor, as long as I enjoy the Office aforesaid, to exercise the same, to the utmost advantage of the said City. So help me God.

2. The oath aforesaid, shall be administered, in the Court of Hustings, or in the Common Hall by the Clerk thereof; of the administering of which, an entry shall be duly made, in the Records of the said Court, or proceedings of the said Hall.

3. No person hereafter elected to the Common Council, shall act as a Member thereof, until he shall have taken the oath aforesaid.

4. This Ordinance shall commence and be in force, from and after the first of January, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight.

CHAP. II.

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An Ordinance, for the regulation of the Streets, Lanes and

Alleys within the City of Richmond, and for other purposes.

[Passed August 23, 1827.] 1. BE it Ordained, and it is hereby Ordained by the President and Common Council of the City of Richmond in Common Hall assembled, That immediately after each annual election of Members of the Court of Hustings, there shall be appointed out of the Members of the Common Council elected for each Ward in this City, at least three persons, and the nine persons thus appointed, shall act as, and be called Commissioners of Streets. The persons thus appointed as Commissioners of the Streets, shall continue to act in that capacity, during the term for which they may be elected to represent the City in Common Hall, unless they shall resign the appointment aforesaid. In all cases of resignation or vacancy, by death or otherwise, in the Commissioners of Streets, the Common Council shall by new appointments, out of the Members of the Hall, such

vacancy, so that there may be always three Commissioners of the Streets resident in each Ward. It shall be the duty of the Commissioners of Streets, or a majority of them, immediately after their appointment, to fix on some day or days, as early as possible, when they shall convene and proceed through the different Wards, view the several Streets, Lanes and Alleys therein, and note the repairs and improvements necessary to be made about the same. And thereupon it shall be the duty of the Commissioners of Streets in each Ward, to cause such repairs and improvements to be made in their respective Wards, or any others which they may deem necessary therein; and to that end, may sign and make contracts, for the execution of the work: Provided, That the expense which may be incurred by the Corporation in consequence thereof, shall not exceed the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars in any one year; unless the Commissioners within such Ward, shall, by a majority of the whole Commissioners, be authorized within such period, to expend a larger sum of money for the purposes aforesaid. Whenever a Street which separates two Wards, shall require repairs, the same shall be made at the joint expense of both of the said Wards. All monies for the payment whereof the Corporation shall be liable by virtue of contracts entered into by the Commissioners of any Ward, shall be paid by the Chamberlain on order or certificate of such Commissioners, stating the amount and on what account it shall be due; and that the amount of expenses incurred by the Commissioners in each Ward, and the particular causes thereof may be known to the other Commissioners, it is hereby declared to be the duty of the Commissioners or those who act in each Ward, once in every three months, to render to the Commissioners of the other Wards, or file with the Chairman of the Commissioners, an account exhibiting the amount of monies expended by them in the preceding three months, the objects of such expenses, and any contracts or agreements entered into by them, whereby the Corporation may become chargeable for the payment of any money. That the Commissioners of Streets may be enabled to cause the Streets, Lanes and Alleys to be kept in repair, the Common Council shall, for that purpose, from time to time, grant such sums of money as they shall think proper to be appropriated under the direction of the said Commissioners. The Commissioners of the Streets, at the regular Meeting of the Hall to be held in the month of March, or any other Meeting called for that purpose, in every year, shall render to the Hall an account, stating the most important improvements made by them to the Streets, Lanes and Alleys in the City, the sums expended about them, particularly the sum total expended by the said Commissioners, and the balance, if any, remaining unap? propriated of the sums granted them by the Corporation. The right is hereby retained to the Common Hall, of acting and directing on any subject respecting the Streets: Provided, The same shall not annul or interfere in any contract or agreement entered into by the Commissioners, so as to charge them in their private capacities on account thereof. If the Commissioners of Streets should disagree and be equally divided, upon any subject relative to their duties under this Ordinance, the same shall be referred to and decided by the next Hall, and the Commissioners shall thereafter act in conformity to the decision of the Hall relative to such difference. No number of the Commissioners of Streets shall be considered as a majority, unless there be present at least one Member from each Ward. And it shall be the duty of every occupier of a house, to cause the Gutters which have been or may be made, to be constantly kept open and free from obstructions, as far as the ground occupied by him or her extends; and in case of failure so to do, he or she shall be liable to a fine of four doHars, for every twenty-four hours that obstructions shall be suffered to remain in those parts of the said Gutters, after notice thereof be given to such occupier by any Commissioner of Streets, or by any Magistrate, or by the High Constable, or by any of the Deputies of Police.

CHAP. II.

An Ordinance, for the regulation of the Streets, Lanes and

Alleys within the City of Richmond, and for other purposes.

[Passed August 23, 1827.] 1. BE it Ordained, and it is hereby Ordained by the President and Common Council of the City of Richmond in Common Hall assembled, That immediately after each annual election of Members of the Court of Hustings, there shall be appointed out of the Members of the Common Council elected for each Ward in this City, at least three persons, and the nine persons thus appointed, shall act as, and be called Commissioners of Streets. The persons thus appointed as Commissioners of the Streets, shall continue to act in that capacity, during the term for which they may be elected to represent the City in Common Hall, unless they shall resign the appointment aforesaid. In all cases of resignation or vacancy, by death or otherwise, in the Commissioners of Streets, the Common Council shall by new appointments, out of the Members of the Hall, fill up such vacancy, so that there may be always three Commissioners of the Streets resident in each Ward. It shall be the duty of the Commissioners of Streets, or a majority of them, immediately after their appointment, to fix on some day or days, as early as possible, when they shall convene and proceed through the different Wards, view the several Streets, Lanes and Alleys therein, and note the repairs and improvements necessary to be made about the same. And thereupon it shall be the duty of the Commissioners of Streets in each Ward, to cause such repairs and improvements to be made in their respective Wards, or any others which they may deem necessary therein; and to that end, may sign and make contracts, for the execution of the work: Provided, That the expense which may be incurred by the Corporation in consequence thereof, shall not exceed the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars in any one year; unless the Commissioners within such Ward, shall, by a majority of the whole Commissioners, be authorized within such period, to expend a larger .sum of money for the purposes. aforesaid, Whenever a Street which separates two Wards, shall require repairs, the same shall be made at the joint expense of both of the said Wards. All monies for the payment whereof the Corporation shall be liable by virtue of contracts entered into by the Commissioners of any Ward, shall be paid by the Chamberlain on order or certificate of such Com

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