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Beginning at a stake in the South line of the right-ofway of the Tennessee Central Railroad at a point directly opposite ånd in line with the west boundary line of Har
din Davis; thence with said Davis' west line to a stake on the north side of the Lebanon and Sparta pike; thence -east with said turnpike to the southwest corner of J. P. Blankenship’s lot; thence north with said Blankenship's west line to his northwest corner; thence with the western boundary line of the lots in what is known as the Maddux Addition to Watertown to the northwest corner of L. A. Phillips lot No. 14; thence in an easterly direction to the northwest corner of J. L. Bryan's lot in Bryan Addition to Watertown; thence in an easterly direction with the south boundary of J. L. Bryan, the same being the north line of all the lots facing on Woodland Street, to the northeast corner of W. H. Lincoln's lot; thence north 500 feet to a stake; thence east to the west line of the Commerce road; thence north with said road to a point opposite Mrs. Bell's northwest corner; thence with said Bell's north boundary to the northeast corner of same; thence in an easterly direction to an elm in the northwest corner of L. A. Phillips yard; thence east 200 feet to a stake; thence to the northwest corner of the Christian Church lot; thence to the northeast corner of said church lot; thence south with the east line of the church lot and with the east line of the Catamount road to a stake in the south boundary of the Tennessee Central Railroad at pike crossing; thence with said right-of-way to the northeast corner of the Watertown Rolling Mill lot; thence south with said lot and to the Round Lick Creek; thence in a westerly direction with the meanderings of said creek to the eastern line of the Watertown and Statesville road; thence north with said road's eastern line to the south line of the Tennessee Central Railroad right-of-way; thence with south line of said right-of-way to the beginning, and shall embrace all lands in the said boundaries.
Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That all parcels of land Certain lands within the foregoing boundaries not improved and used for exempt from farming purposes, or that are uncultivated, exceeding one
acre, shall be free from municipal taxation until improved, and when an improvement shall have been made, one acre, together with the improvements thereon, may be subjected to taxation.
Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the government of said town shall be invested in a Mayor and six Aldermen,
to be chosen every year by the qualified voters of said Oficers.
Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That the Mayor shall hold his office for two years
and until his Mayor; Duties. successor shall be elected and qualified. son shall be elected a Mayor who is not at the time a citizen of the State of Tennessee, a qualified voter, one year a bona-fide resident of said town, and shall be a freeholder to the assessed valuation of five hundred dollars. The Mayor shall be ex-officio Recorder, but may decline to perform the duties of Recorder, in which case the Recorder shall be appointed as hereinafter provided. He may fill all vacancies occurring in offices except that of Aldermen, until the same shall be filled in the manner provided by this act, and shall receive no compensation or salary as such Mayor. It shall be the duty of the Mayor, unless relieved by the Board of Aldermen, to preside at all meetings of the Board, but he will not be permitted to vote for any officer or agent, nor upon any measures, proposition, or ordinances before the Board, except in case of a tie, and he shall then give the casting vote. In the event he is absent, or does not preside, such member of the Aldermen shall preside as they may determine by majority vote or ordinance. It shall be the duty of the Mayor to take care and see that all ordinances and laws of the town are duly enforced, observed, and obeyed, and he shall, on application, instruct officers in their duty. Before entering upon the duties of his office, he shall take an oath to faithfully demean himself in office and discharge the duties thereof. It shall be his duty, from time to time, to lay before the Board of Aldermen in writing all matters and things that he may deem it important to have acted upor, accompanied with suitable recommendations, and to call special sessions of the Board of Aldermen whenever he may deemn it necessary and expedient, at which special session no other business than that for which the session is called shall be transacted. He may remit wholly or in part fines, costs, forfeitures, and penalties imposed by the corporate courts, but shall make a report of such remis- Mayor. sions at the next meeting of the Mayor and Aldermen, to
gether with his reasons therefor. For any malfeasance or misfeasance in his office as Mayor he shall be subjected to be charged by the Board of Aldermen and fined and dismissed from his office as the Aldermen may in their wisdom determine for the best; and on such trial the Aldermen shall elect by ballot one of their number to preside, and shall take an oath to faithfully and impartially try and render judgment on such trial.
SEC. 6. Be it further enacted, That no person shall be an Alderman unless he be a citizen of the State of Tennessee, a qualified voter, and shall be a freeholder to the assessed value of two hundred dollars, and for one year a bona-fide resident of said town. Each Alderman before entering upon the duties of his office shall take an oath to faithfully demean himself in office and discharge the duties thereof.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen shall have full power and authority to appoint and elect all officers, servants, and agents of the corporation, and they shall have power for sufficient causes to dismiss and discharge any officer or agent that they may appoint by a majority vote of the Aldermen present. Four Aldermen shall constitute a quorum to transact business, and Aldermen shall hold their office for one year, and until their successors are elected and qualified.
Every Alderman guilty of malfeasance or misfeasance in office shall be subject to be charged and tried by the Board of Aldermen and fined or dismissed from their office as in their wisdom they may deem for the best; and on such trial the Mayor shall preside and have the casting vote. Before entering on such trial, each Alderman and the Mayor shall take an oath to faithfully and impartially try the accused and pass judgment.
SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, That the Mayor and Alderman of Watertown shall have full power and authority by ordinance within the town; first to levy and collect taxes for school and corporation purposes, and to dispense the same, upon all property taxable by law for State purposes, provided that the ad valorem asssessment on property for the purpose of meeting the current expenses of the corporation, shall not exceed fifty cents.
2. To levy and collect taxes upon all privileges and polls taxable by law for State purposes provided, however, that all taxes collected from poll tax shall be for school purposes only.
3. To appropriate money and provide for the payment of the debts and expenses of the town.
4. To make regulations and laws to secure the health, safety, peace, and comfort of the town, determining what shall be deemed nuisances, and removing, preventing, and abating the same.
5. To make regulations and laws to prevent the introduction and spreading of contagious diseases, and to establish pest houses and hospitals.
6. To alter, abolish, widen, extend, establish, grade, pave, or otherwise improve, clean, and repair streets, alleys, sidewalks, pavements; and to fix and determine the boundaries and location of lots, streets, and alleys; and to declare and determine what streets shall be opened and graded and what sidewalks and pavements shall be built and the width and quality of the same.
And if the owner of the ground shall fail to comply with the provisions of such laws and ordinances as may be prescribed thereby, the corporation may contract with some suitable person, the best terms that can be made, for the construction and repairing of such sidewalks and pavements, and pay for the same, and the amount so paid and expended shall constitute a charge against the owner of the ground on which said work shall be done, to be recovered by suit, in the name and for the use of the corporation before any court of law having jurisdiction of the amount, and the amount so paid shall be a lien on said lots or Powers of grounds; provided that a reasonable compensation shall be Aldermen. paid to such persons whose ground may be taken or right effected in widening or extending streets and pavements; and such grounds shall not be taken and used for the purposes aforesaid unless by consent of the owner, until such compensation and damages have been fixed, declared and paid or secured or an offer to secure and pay a refusal to receive said pay or damages by the owner; and provided that said compensation or damages may be fixed by three disinterested persons, to be selected by the Mayor and Aldermen and the person owning the ground, each selecting one and the two selecting the third. And in case of the refusal of one of the parties to select such disinterested person, then the party desiring the valuation or assessment of damages shall select five disinterested persons to make and report the same.
7. To establish, support, and regulate a night watch and day police.
8. To regulate the vending of meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables belonging to the town, in or out of the corporate limits.
9. To license, tax, and regulate auctioneers, grocers, merchants, druggists, retailers, taverns, brokers, shavers, bankers, confectioners, coffee houses, restaurants, professions, insurance companies and agents, hawkers, peddlers, artists, livery stables, billiards, ninepin and tenpin alleys, drays, hacks, wagons and omnibusses, and all other businesses and occupations lawful to be carried on and conducted within the corporate limits of the town and which are taxable by the State; provided, that no tax shall be imposed on any business or calling or property exempt by taxation by the State.
10. To license, regulate, and suppress theatricals and other shows, exhibitions and amusements, and to regulate and suppress all disorderly houses and assemblies.
11. To prohibit gaming and gaming houses in the corporate limits, and to prohibit by ordinance the sale by retail or whclesale for beverage purposes, or the giving away for beverage purposes, of intoxicating liquors, including ale, wine, and beer, within the limits of said corporation, and to provide by ordinance suitable penalties for the violation of such ordinance, and to prevent the sale or giving such liquors to minors, within the limits of such corporation, and to provide suitable penalty for the prevention of same.
12. To prohibit gaming and gaming houses in the corporate limits, and to prohibit the selling of liquor and abolish, close, and fill up sinks.
13. To impose fines, forfeitures, and penalties for the breach of any law or ordinance of the town, and to provide for the recovery of the same.
14. To provide for the arrest and confinement until trial of all rioters, drunken and disorderly persons in the town by day or night, and to authorize the arrest and detention of all persons found violating any ordinance of said town.
15. To prevent and to punish by pecuniary fines and penalties all breaches of the peace, fighting, drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and disturbances by day or night, and within the corporate limits.
16. To prevent and remove all filth in the town and all encroachments into and obstructions upon all streets, lanes, alleys, sidewalks, and pavements, and for the cleaning of the same.