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An Ordinance, providing for the Watering of D Street
from 11th to 14th Streets.
[Passed May 28, 1829. ] Whereas, it has been represented by two-thirds of the owners of lots on D Street from 11th to 14th Streets, (the assessed value of which said lots, with their improvements, owned by the persons aforesaid, amounts to at least two-thirds of the assessed value of all the real property on the said street, between the streets aforesaid;), that they are anxious to have the same watered from 11th. to 14th streets, through iron pipes of at least six inches calibre; and praying an Ordinance for that purpose, in.conformity with an act of the last Session of the General Assembly upon the subject, and that Commissioners be appointed to direct its execution.
i. Be it therefore Ordained by the President and Common Council of the City of Richmond in Common Hall assembled, and it is hereby Ordained by the authority of the same, That Messrs. Samuel P. Parsons, David Bullock, Hezekiah L. Wight, William Anderson and Spotswood D. Crenshaw, be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners, for the purpose of contracting for, and having the water conveyed from the Basin at 11th street, down to the western corner of 14th street at its intersection with D street, through iron pipes of the following dimensions, viz:
From the Basin at 11th street to the middle of D, and down D to the intersection of 12th street, six inches calibre.
From the intersection of 12th street with D, to the intersection of 13th street with D, five inches calibre..
From the intersection of 13th street with D, to the intersection of 14th street with D, four inches calibre.
And for having eight fire plugs inserted in the said pipes, at such distances and in such a manner, as to the said Commissioners, or a majority of them, may seem expedient.
And that the said Commissioners, shall moreover require from the person or persons with whom they may contract for the performance of the work, a bond with sufficient security in a penalty not exceeding two thousand dollars, payable to the Mayor, Aldermen and Com
* See Ante p. 38.
monalty of the City of Richmond and their successors in office, and conditioned for the faithful performance of the work aforesaid within a reasonable time; which bond is to be deposited with the Chamberlain. * And the said Commissioners or a majority of them, shall be and they are hereby authorised, from time to time, to draw upon the Chamberlain for such sum or sums of money, as to them may seem necessary for the prosecution of the work aforesaid: Provided, the whole cost of the same shall not exceed the sum of two thousand dollars; which orders the Chamberlain is hereby authorised and directed to pay.
2. And be it further Ordained by the authority aforesaid, That the amount which may be paid by the City in executing the said work, shall be repaid to the City by the owners of real property situated on D street, between 11th and 14th streets, without interest, in the following manner, to wit: In addition to the tax, to which the property on the said street shall be subject, in common with the other real property in the City, the Hall shall assess an annual tax equal to, and not exceeding twenty. per cent of the cost of the said work, on the property with the improvements thereon, lying on D street between 1ļth and 14th streets along which the pipes aforesaid are to be conducted, until the amount expended as aforesaid, shall be repaid without interest; and which tax is to be assessed, collected and accounted for, in the same manner as the other taxes of the City on real property, are now assessed, collected and accounted for: Provided, That the first assessment of the tax aforesaid, shall not be made before the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty,
3. And be it further Ordained, That when the contemplated work of conveying the water along D, from 11th to 14th streets aforesaid, shall have been completed, or so soon thereafter as practicable, it shall be the duty of the Commissioners of the streets for Madison Ward, to make such arrangements for having the said street effectually watered and cleansed as far as practicable, at such times and in such manner as to the said Commissioners or a majority of them may seem requisite.
4. And be it further Ordained, That if any person or persons shall injure or deface any fire-plug or fire-plugs, or shall waste the water, or otherwise in any manner injure or deface the pipes or plugs in any street or alley in which the same may, under the provisions of this Ordinance, or at any time hereafter, be laid or inserted; or shall injure or defaçe any of the apparatus used for' watering or cleansing the same, such person or persons being thereof lawfully convicted before any Justice of the Peace for the City of Richmond, shall forfeit and pay the sum of six dollars and sixty-six cents; one-half of which to go to the informer, and the other half to the Chamberlain, for the use of the City. And if a slave, the person or persons so offending, shall be punished with stripes at the discretion of the Magistrate before whom he or they shall be convieted: provided, the same shall not exceed twenty-one lashes.
* See Post p. 104
5. And be it further Ordained, That the right of property in the works done under the provisions of this Ordinance, shall remain and be vested in the Corporate Body of the City. And, that if hereafter, it shall be deemed expedient, to alter or add to the pipes authorised by this Ordinance to b. laid, it shall be lawful for the Hall to make such alteration or addition at the proper costs and charges of the City, or of the owners of property on the street or streets requiring the alteration or addition.
6. And be it further Ordained, That before this Ordinance shall be deemed to be in force and operation, the consent of the James River Company, shall be first had and obtained, to so much thereof, as enlarges the quantity of water to be drawn from the Basin of the Canal beyond the grant of the said Company; or which may in any other respect depart from the existing contract between the Hall and said Company.*
* The above Ordinance, was approved by the James River Company on the third of June, 1829; “on condition that the navigation of the Canal shall sustain no injury or impediment in consequence thereof, and that the James River Company retain the privilege of withdrawing the supply of water whenever, in their opinion, the interest of the Company may make it necessary.”
CHAP. XXI. An Ordinance, to regulatė the Manufacture and Sale of
[Passed June 8, 1829.] 1. BE it Ordained by the President and Common Council of the City of Richmond in Common Hall assembled, and it is hereby Ordained by the authority of the same, That all Loaf Bread made and offered or exposed for sale, in this City, shall be sold by weight.
2. And be it further Ordained, That every person using and carrying on the trade or business of a Baker in this City, shall cause all bread by him or her ntade or procured to be made for sale in this City, to be made of good and wholesome flour or meal. And all Loaf Bread so made for sale, shall be made into Loaves weighing four, eight, twelve, sixteen, twenty, twenty-four, twenty-eight, thirty-two, forty, forty-eight, and sixty-four ounces; avoirdupois weight; and shall be stamped with the initial letters of the name of the maker, and the figures to designate the weight of the Loaf.
3. And be it further Ordained, That any person who shall sell or offer for sale, any Bread, representing the same to be of greater weight than upon trial it shall be found to be, if such difference shall be as much as half an once; or shall make for sale, or sell, or procure to be sold, or offer or expose for sale in this City, any Bread made of other than good and wholesome flour. or meal; or without being stamped with the letters and figures as aforesaid; or shall cause alum or any other unwholesome ingredient to be used in the making of such Bread; shall forfeit and pay six dollars and sixty-six cents for every such offence, to be recovered by warrant, if a free person, before
any Justice of the Peace for the City, one-half to the use of the informer, and the other to the use of the Corporation; and if.a slave, shall be punished by stripes, at the discretion of the Magistrate, not exceeding however, thirty-nine lashes.
4. This Ordinance shall commence and be in force, from and after the passing thereof.
An Ordinance, relating to the Public Square in the City of
Richmond, and the Yard of the City Hall.
[Passed March 13, 1829.]
Whereas, the Governor of this Commonwealth, in pursuance of an Advice of Council, of the eighteenth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four, has transferred the custody and future improvement of the Public Square in this City, to the Common Hall of the City of Richmond, upon certain conditions therein mentioned; and the Common Hall of the said City, having agreed to take charge of and improve the same, şubject to the restrictions mentioned in said Advice of Council.
1. Be it therefore Ordained by the President and Common Council of the City of Richmond in Common Hall assembled, and it is hereby Ordained by the authority of the same, That annụally in the month of April, or as soon thereafter as convenient, there shall be appointed by the President of the Hall, a Committee of three, to be called the Committee of the Public Square, whose duty it shall be to make and superintend all contracts relative to the improvements and repairs of the said Square, and to take care that the same is preserved in good order, and to draw on the Chamberlain for the expense thereof: Provided, That it does not exceed the annual appropriation.
2. Be it further Ordained, That annually, in the month of April, or as soon thereafter as convenient, there shall be appointed a Keeper of the Capitol Square, whose duty it shall be to make such improvements and repairs to the said Square and the Yard of the City Hall, as the said Committee shall direct; and to preserve the turf, walks and trees, and keep the same in clean and neat order; and to report from time to time, to the Hall, or the Committee aforesaid, any repairs or improvements which it may seem to him necessary to have done; and in the name of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of Richmond, to prosecute all who offend against any of the provisions of this Ordinance: for which services the said Keeper shall receive annually, the sum of three hundred dollars, payable to him by the Chamberlain quarter-yearly, upon the certificate of the Committee, that he has well and truly performed his duty.