Town of Washington,
TOWN OF WASHINGTON,
NEW BERN, N. C.
RICHARDSON PRINTING COMPANY
The Board of Commissioners of the Town of Washington do enact that for the government of said Town the following ordinances shall be and remain in force from the first day of June, 1902, until the same are amended or repealed, to wit:CHAPTER I.
RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BOARD.
|1. Board to meet monthly.||10. Elections, how made.|
|2. Order of Business.||11. Conduct of members during session.|
|3. Mayor to decide questions of order.||12. Restriction on debate.|
|4. Previous question.||13. Order when questions are put.|
|5. Motion to adjourn.||14. Precedence of motions.|
|6. Money appropriations and ordinances at regular meetings only.||15. When questions divisible.|
|16. Amendments and substitutes.|
|17. Reports from Committees.|
|7. Reconsideration when allowed||18. Petitions read by Clerk, etc.|
|8. Ordinances, when in force.||19. Duties of the Chief of Police at meetings.|
|9. Standing Committees.|
Section 1. There shall be a regular meeting of the Commissioners at the Town Hall, on the first Monday in each month. The Mayor or a majority of the board may call a special meeting in case of emergency, but no business shall be transacted at such meeting except that for which it may be called. Three members of the board shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum fail to attend, the meeting shall stand adjourned to a day agreed on by a majority of members present.
Sec. 2. Whenever a regular meeting shall be organized the order of business shall be as follows: Calling Roll of Members. Reading Proceedings of last regular and special meeting, if any. Reception of Petitions. Reports of Committees. Reports of Officers. Unfinished Business. New Business. Auditing Bills. Reading Minutes. Adjournment.
If the board desires any matter to be the special business of a future meeting the same shall have precedence at such meeting.
A proposition may not be entertained by the Mayor until it is recorded; and the propounder, when required by the Mayor or by any member, shall reduce the same to writing.
Sec. 3. The Mayor shall preserve order, decide all questions of order, and appoint the committees, standing and special; but any member may appeal to the board from the decision of the mayor upon any question of order, and on such appeal no commissioner shall speak more than once without leave nor longer than three minutes.
Sec. 4. The previous question may be called at any time by a majority of the members present. The ayes and noes may be called by any member.
Sec. 5. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order and shall be decided without debate.
Sec. 6. No proposition to appropriate money, to alter or repeal any ordinance or rule of the board, to enact any new ordinance or to establish any new rule shall be made or decided at any other than a regular meeting, except by a unanimous vote.
Sec. 7. No question decided by the board shall be again brought forward at any subsequent meeting except upon a motion made by some member who voted with the majority. A motion to reconsider a vote shall not be in order except at the same or succeeding adjourned meeting to that at which the vote was taken: provided that a vote or question may be reconsidered at any time by a vote of two-thirds of the board.
Sec. 8. Every ordinance shall be in force from and after its publication for ten days unless a longer or fuller notice be ordered.
Sec. 9. The standing committees shall be as follows: viz: Fire Department, Finance, Sanitary, Police, Streets and Pumps, Lights, Wharves and Docks, Ordinances and Licenses, Cemeteries.
Sec. 10. All elections by the board shall be made by ballot if required by any member, and a majority of the votes of all the members present shall be necessary to make an election or appointment.
Sec. 11. After the mayor has taken the chair no member shall continue standing except to address the chair.
Sec. 12. Speakers shall rise to address the chair and shall confine themselves to the point in debate.
Sec. 13. When the mayor is putting any question the commissioners shall remain in their seats and shall not hold any private discourse.
Sec. 14. When a question is under consideration no motion shall be received except as follows: 1. To lay on the table. 2. To postpone to a time certain. 3. To postpone indefinitely. 4. To refer to a committee. 5. To amend. 6. To divide. And motions for any of these purposes shall have precedence in the order named.
A motion to adjourn and to lay on the table shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate, and of them the motion to adjourn shall have precedence; but no motion to adjourn or to table shall be entertained while the board is voting, or immediately succeeding the same; (some intervening business must have been transacted.)
Sec. 15. If a question under discussion contains several distinct propositions the same shall be divided at the request of any member, and a vote taken separately; but a motion to strike out and insert shall be indivisible.
Sec. 16. All amendments shall be considered in the order in which they are moved. When a proposed amendment is under consideration, a motion to amend the same may be made. No further amendment to such second amendment shall be in order; but when an amendment to an amendment is under consideration a substitute for the whole matter may be received. No proposition on a subject different from the one under consideration shall be received under color of a substitute.
Sec. 17. The reports of all the committees shall be in writing and shall be received as a matter of course without motion for acceptance. All reports recommending or requiring any action or expression of opinion by the board shall be accompanied by a corresponding resolution.
Sec. 18. Applications and petitions to the board shall be read and laid on the table as a matter of course, subject to any motion which a commissioner may think proper to make. All such applications and petitions shall be presented through the clerk of the board.
Sec. 19. The chief of police shall attend all meetings of the board at the hour appointed, and remain in attendance until the close of the session, unless otherwise ordered. He shall bring in or cause to be sent for, absent members, under the direction of the mayor, and shall further obey all orders of the mayor or presiding officer in enforcing order and decorum.
|1. The police force||8. Resisting an officer.|
|2. The mayor.||9. Sick policeman.|
|3. The chief of police.||10. Special policemen.|
|4. Police.||11. Police duties at Town Hall.|
|5. May summon posse.||12. Uniform.|
|6. May enter house.||13. Detective.|
|7. Duties at fire, etc.||14. Policeman drinking.|
Section 1. The police organization for the town shall consist of the mayor, the chief of police, and as many policemen as the board of commissioners shall from time to time provide.
Sec. 2. The mayor shall have the general control of the police department and may at any time suspend from duty any member of the police force without pay until the next meeting of the commissioners, when the case shall be disposed of by the board. And during such intervals of suspension the mayor shall have power to appoint a substitute and to call a special meeting for the purpose of qualifying such substitute, if necessary.
Sec. 3 The Chief of Police shall be elected at the first regular meeting in May of each year. He shall be Chief of Police, and under the direction and control of the mayor and police committee, shall superintend and regulate the department. It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to collect all fines and costs imposed by the mayor. He shall pay over to the treasurer weekly the amount received by him. He shall further perform all the duties imposed upon him by law and by the ordinances of the town, or which may hereafter be imposed. His salary shall be fixed by the board, and he shall be subject to suspension by the mayor until a regular meeting of the board, and then to removal for cause, two-thirds of the board concurring.
Sec. 4. Policemen who may be provided to assist the chief of police shall be elected for twelve months, subject to suspension as provided in the second section of this chapter and to removal from office for cause at any regular meeting of the board. It shall be the duty of the chief of police and his assistants
to suppress all disturbances of the quiet and good order of the town, and to arrest all offenders against the same, to prevent as far as possible injury to the town property and to the streets and sidewalks, and to report to the mayor any repairs needed, to report complaints of any disorderly houses or houses of ill-fame in the town, to ascertain if spirituous liquors are retailed by any person in the town, other than those authorized by law, and report the same.
Sec. 5. Policemen have authority if resisted in the execution of their duties to summon a sufficient number of men to aid them in enforcing the law; and if any person so summoned shall refuse to assist, the policeman is hereby directed to report the same to the mayor who shall proceed against them as the law directs.
Sec. 6. Whenever the town police shall have good reason to believe that a person who has committed, or who is in the act of committing a violation of law or ordinance, is upon any premises in the town, they shall have power to enter the same without warrant for the apprehension of such person; and if necessary to summon a posse to aid them; and all persons so summoned shall have like power.
Sec. 7. Upon the occurrence of a fire, the policemen shall be present to preserve order and to protect property under the direction of the mayor, or in his absence, under the direction of the chief of police. They shall not enter into any house or yard except in pursuit of a fugitive or to suppress disorder. No policeman shall participate in any political or other public meeting while on duty. They are also forbidden to frequent liquor houses except in the legitimate discharge of their duties. A failure to conform to the provisions of this ordinance shall subject the offender to immediate suspension and ultimate remoual from office, according to previous ordinances of this chapter, sections 2 and 4. They shall secure in jail or in the police guard rooms all persons who shall make a disorderly noise in a street or elsewhere in the town, or who shall otherwise disturb
the good order of the same, violate the ordinances of the town or the laws of the State.
Sec. 8. Any person who shall assault, oppose, ridicule, resist or in any manner abuse an officer of the town or member of the police while in the discharge of his duty, shall upon conviction be fined twenty dollars or imprisoned for thirty days, with or without labor
Sec. 9. When any member of the police force shall be unable from sickness or other unavoidable cause to perform his duty, he shall notify the mayor, who is hereby authorized to employ a substitute for the particular occasion, the expenses of the said substitute to be deducted from any amount due the said policeman.
Sec. 10. On public occasions when in the mayor's judgment it may be necessary, he shall be authorized to appoint and commission special policemen to take charge of such localities as may be designated, for the preservation of order and decorum; provided the expense on this account shall be passed upon by the commissioners, and provided the mayor shall be authorized to withdraw any authority granted under this ordinance and appoint other officers when he may deem it expedient.
Sec. 11. If either night or day policeman sleep on his post or absent himself from the same during his hours of service, or if the chief of police or any policeman be found intoxicated while on duty, they shall be subject to suspension or dismissal from service.
Sec. 12. The uniform of the Chief and each member of the police shall be a dark blue frock coat and pants, with brass buttons and the letter P. engraved thereon, a dark blue or black hat, and the metalic badge now in use, which badge shall be worn on the breast of the coat. The above uniform shall always be worn whenever said officer shall be on duty unless otherwise ordered by the police committee.
Sec. 13. Whenever in the opinion of the mayor it shall be proper and necessary to employ a secret detective, the mayor shall have power to do so; provided no greater expense than
twenty-five dollars shall be incurred, without a previous vote of the board of commissioners.
Sec. 14. Any policeman who shall while on duty be found intoxicated, or who shall enter any saloon other than on official business, or who shall while in such saloon take any drink or participate in any game, or do any other act not consistent with his official position shall be subject to suspension or dismissal from service.
STREETS AND PUMPS.
|1. Duty of chief of police.|
|2. Footways and gutters.||31. Depositing trash, Waste paper, etc. on streets.|
|3. Cellar doors.|
|4. Wells pumps and cisterns.||32. Loitering on the streets.|
|5. Encroachments on streets.||33. Erecting platforms over gutters.|
|6. Obstructions on streets.|
|7. Wood and coal on streets.||34. Moving vessels or boats.|
|8. Shade trees.||35. Grape skins, etc. on sidewalks.|
|9. Hitching horses.||36. Slops or garbage to be covered.|
|10. Rubbish on streets.||37. Leaky water pipe or hydrant.|
|11. Removing loam, etc.||38. Carts or drays not to stand on certain streets.|
|13. Speed of loaded carts.||39. Moving houses.|
|14. Fast driving, etc.||40. Baby carriages in single file.|
|15. Vehicles not to be stopped on sidewalks, etc.||41. Bicycles, riding on sidewalks.|
|16. Playing games and throwing stones, etc.||43. Not to solicit trade on sidewalks.|
|17. Injury to bridges and lamps.||44. Disarranging streets.|
|18. Vehicles not in use.||45. Telegraph and telephone poles|
|19. Injury and improper use of wells and pumps.||46. Advertisements on telegraph etc. poles.|
|20. Firing arms, etc.||47. Signs across sidewalks.|
|21. Signs and lamp posts.||48. Posting pictures, etc.|
|22. Chief of police on working streets.||49. Throwing glass on streets, etc.|
|50. Use of sidewalks.|
|23. Bills examined.||51. Protecting pumps from abuse.|
|24. Offal, garbage, etc., in the docks.||52. Pouring fish or beef pickle in street.|
|25. Shells to be thrown on wharf.||53. Advertising and bill posting.|
|26. Not in dock or harbor.||54. Gates.|
|27. Vehicles cutting into ditches.||55. Gutters.|
|28. Coops, Booths, Stands and Stalls.||56. Opening oysters.|
|57. Camp fires.|
|29. Gutter pipes and drains.||58. Union Alley and Whitecar's Lane.|
|30. Ditches and holes on sidewalks|
Sec. 1. The chief of police shall employ and superintend all the laborers required by the town to work upon the streets and other public works. He shall report to the Town Clerk weekly the time that each employee has worked, the cost of the labor and material and all other expenses incurred by him on account of the town. He shall further perform all the duties imposed upon him by these ordinances or which shall hereafter be imposed by the commissioners.
Sec. 2. Every occupant of a lot on any street shall keep the footway clean and the gutter open and free from obstructions as far as such lot extends. If any rubbish, dirt, filth or other thing be placed or left without lawful authority on such footway or in such gutter, the occupant of the lot shall remove the same. If five hours elapse after notice by the chief of police, by the mayor or by one of the policemen without removal, the occupant shall upon proof of the same be fined three dollars.
Sec. 3. Every owner of a house on a street which has a cellar door, vault or pavement of stone or brick, shall keep the same in repair. If he shall, after being notified to do so by the mayor, a member of the street committee or by the chief of police, fail for the space of five days to repair the same, he shall be fined five dollars. And every day which shall elapse thereafter until the repairs are made shall constitute a distinct offense. If there be several owners of such house it shall be sufficient to give the notice to any one of them; if the owner be a non-resident the notice may be given to his agent or to the occupant of the house.
Sec. 4. If any person shall throw filth or rubbish of any kind into the public wells, or in any manner injure the public pumps, he shall be fined five dollars or imprisoned ten days.
Sec. 5. No citizen of Washington shall encroach upon the streets by erecting any piazza, porch, stoup, paling, chimney or other obstruction. Any one violating this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of fifty dollars.
Sec. 6. No brick, stone, wood or other substance obstructing the streets shall be suffered to be in the same. And no person shall place in any street or alley or upon sidewalks, boxes, casks, barrels or other obstructions; provided, however that building material, earth and other obstructions of like character may be, by permission of the mayor, in writing, allowed under such restrictions as he may prescribe. Every person offending against these provisions shall, upon conviction, be fined five dollars for each and every offense, and a like sum for each and every day that such obstructions are permitted to remain.
Sec. 7. No wood or coal shall be allowed to remain on the streets or foot-ways obstructing the same for a longer period than five hours after said wood or coal shall have been delivered to the person ordering the same. For a violation of this section a fine of two dollars shall be imposed upon the party or parties ordering the same, for each day the coal or wood may remain on the street or foot:-way.
Sec. 8. The citizens may plant trees in front of their lots on the line dividing the foot-way from the street, and if any person shall destroy, cut or disfigure such trees without permission from the commissioners or mayor, he shall pay a fine of five dollars upon conviction.
Sec. 9. No person shall fasten a horse or other animal to the street trees of the town or any fence enclosing public grounds, or grounds of public institutions. For a violation of this section persons upon conviction shall be fined one dollar.
Sec. 10. All persons are prohibited from depositing any dirt taken from any cellar or other place, upon any of the streets of the town without permission of the mayor. A violation shall subject the offender to a fine upon conviction of ten dollars.
Sec. 11. No person shall remove any sand or dirt from the street, or loam or clay from any public lot of the city, to a point either within or without the limits of the corporation. The offender shall be fined three dollars for each and every offense. It shall be the duty of the officers of the town to report to the mayor any breach of this section immediately.
Sec. 12. No person shall lead, ride or drive any horse or other animal upon any foot-way, except such part of it as lies directly between the carriage way and the entrance to an adjacent lot, and only for the purpose of going into and out of said lot. Nor shall any one place on the foot-way of a public street, any wheel barrow, hand cart, hand carriage or any other vehicle except in passing directly across the foot-way into or out of a house or lot. Offender shall be fined two dollars for each offense: provided, nothing in this section shall prevent the use on such foot-way of a carriage conveying an infant or an invalid.
Sec. 13. No person shall drive any loaded dray, cart or wagon in a public street out of a walk, nor shall the driver of any vehicle on the street, wantonly with his whip or otherwise, annoy others, or suffer his vehicle to stand or pass on any business street without holding the reins, except in the case of a wagon, cart or dray while delivering or receiving a load. When vehicles meet, each shall go to the right; when going in the same direction one passes another it shall pass to the left, and the driver passed shall give way for the purpose. Any person offending against the provisions of this section shall be fined two dollars for each offense.
Sec. 14. No person shall ride or drive a horse or other animal or vehicle on any street faster than at the rate of eight miles per hour, nor break any horse or other animal in any street. For each offense the person convicted shall pay a fine of five dollars.
Sec. 15. No person shall stop any vehicle on a foot-way or common crossing for foot passengers. For doing so, he shall be fined one dollar. And for every five minutes he shall remain after being warned to leave, he shall be regarded as committing a distinct offense. Provided, the driving of a cart or wagon on the foot-way to deliver wood or coal shall not be deemed a violation of this section, if the same be delivered without delay, and the vehicle removed from the foot-way as soon as the load is delivered.
Sec. 16. All games of every description, the throwing of stones, shot or missiles on the streets and side walks of Washington are forbidden, and every person offending against this section shall be fined two dollars for each and every offense.
Sec. 17. Any person who shall injure a bridge or other property belonging to the town, or place obstructions in any culvert, drain or sewer, public or private; or injure any of the town lamps or lamp posts, shall be fined upon conviction, ten dollars. And if he fails to repair the injury or remove the obstruction for five hours after notice from the mayor or a member of the street committee, every five hours that shall elapse thereafter without
such repair or removal shall constitute a distinct offense.
Sec. 18. No wagon, cart, carriage, buggy or other vehicle shall be permitted to stand in any street when not in use by the owner. The offender shall be fined one dollar upon conviction for each offense.
Sec. 19. No person shall put or allow tubs or barrels to stand or do the cleaning thereof at the public pumps. Neither shall any one wash articles, nor water, nor wash animals about the public pumps. The offender against the foregoing part of this section shall be fined two dollars upon conviction. If any person shall wilfully or negligently by nnreasonable or violent use or otherwise, injure any public well or pump in the town, he shall pay a fine of five dollars. And the town police are instructed to use special diligence in carrying this section into effect.
Sec. 20. Any person who shall shoot off a gun or other fire arms, or shoot any rocket, pop-cracker, or other fire-works, or any combination of gun powder or other explosive material in any street or foot-way; or shoot off any gun or other fire arm charged with ball or shot or any other deadly thing, within two-hundred yards of any habitation within the town, except in cases of necessity, shall be fined ten dollars for each offense, one-half to go to the informer; provided, nothing herein centained shall prohibit the exhibition of fireworks authorized by the mayor on occasions of public rejoicing.
Sec. 21. Any person who shall injure or deface any sign or sign post belonging to another, or any lantern, lamp or lamp post, or the works or machinery of another, or pollute any well of water belonging to another, shall pay a fine of ten dollars upon conviction.
Sec. 22. Neither the chief of police nor the street committee shall enter upon any work except ordinary repairs without the consent of the board.
Sec. 23. No account for work by contract shall be allowed until the work so contracted for shall be examined by the mayor, or by a skilled committee appointed for the purpose, who shall certify to the board whether the same is done according to the
contract. A mechanic appointed by the board shall take charge of the town pumps and keep them in order; and in case there be no such appointment the chief of police, under the advice of the committee on pumps, shall employ a competent mechanic to attend to the same until an appointment is made by the board.
Sec. 24. No offal, garbage, rubbish or other refuse matter of any kind whatever shall be thrown into the dock at the foot of Market street, or into any other slip or dock in or about the town, and if any one be guilty of a violation of this section he or she shall be subject to a fine upon conviction of five dollars.
Sec. 25. The shells of oysters and clams opened at or on the wharves or in the town docks, whether by boatmen or others, shall be deposited for the use of the town on the wharves where opened, as a compensation for wharfage; any person violating this section shall be fined one dollar.
Sec. 26. It shall be unlawful to throw shells opened as aforesaid in section 25, into the docks or into the waters of the harbor, and the doing so shall subject the offender to a fine of two dollars for each and every offense.
Sec. 27. Vehicles shall not be run so close to the drains and ditches of the town as to cut into them, or break down their margins. Any person who offends against this section shall be fined two dollars.
Sec. 28. No person shall erect or place any stand, stall or booth, rack or coop, or any other thing of like nature to be used for the sale of any kind of merchandise, truck poultry or any article of sale whatever on any street or streets of the town of Washington; and any booths, stalls, racks, coops or stands, tables or any building erection or place of like nature used or to be used as aforesaid now situated or placed on the street or streets of said town shall be considered an obstruction, and the policemen are authorized to remove the same; and any person owning such stand, booth, stall, table or other place above mentioned, or selling at the same, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be fined ten dollars.
Sec. 29. All gutter pipes or drains of any kind running from any building or lot in the town of Washington emptying into the streets of said town shall empty into the ditch lying between the street and sidewalk, and any person or persons owning any building or lot in the said town from which any gutter pipe or drain does empty on the sidewalks as aforesaid, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be fined five dollars for each day said gutter pipe or drain is allowed to remain in violation of this ordinance.
Sec. 30. No person or persons shall be allowed to dig or open any ditch or hole of any kind upon the streets or sidewalks of this town without first getting the permission from the mayor. Any one guilty of this offense shall be subjected to a fine of five dollars or ten days imprisonment.
Sec. 31. No waste paper, or other trash shall be set fire to or burned, or thrown or otherwise deposited upon the sidewalks or public streets of the town, except the sweepings which shall be placed in a box, barrel, or some other suitable receptacle, and placed in front of the lot or building; and where it is impracticable to open any package of merchandise in the stores the sidewalks shall be used for that purpose; all letters, trash, nails or strippings shall immediately be cleaned up and deposited in said barrels, boxes, or other receptacle; which shall be placed on the streets only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week; and in no event shall there be any nails left there or about the place where said packages of merchandise are opened. Any person violating this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of two dollars.
Sec. 32. All persons assembling and loitering upon the streets of the town in sufficient number or in such manner as to be an obstruction to the streets, sidewalks or crossings, or an annoyance to persons engaged in business enterprises, shall disperse when ordered by any policeman. Failing to obey such order, shall, on conviction, be subject to a penalty of ten dollars.
Sec. 33. That no person shall erect or maintain any platform over the gutters or drains within the town limits, provided,
that this shall not prevent the erection of a foot bridge of the width of three feet over gutters in front of door-ways or gateways, and bridges of the width of eight feet for wagon crossings, when such may be required. Provided further, that this shall not be construed to prevent the board of commissioners from granting special permission for the laying of piping of sufficient dimenisons to allow the free passage of water, which said piping shall be covered with earth so as to make a crossing even with the street. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined ten dollars for each and every offense.
Sec. 34. That it shall be unlawful for the officer or party in command of any boat or vessel lying in any one of the public docks of the town to refuse and neglect to move the said vessel or boat upon being commanded to do so by any officer of the said town. Any person violating this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of ten dollars for each offense.
Sec. 35. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or place any grapes or grape skins, orange or banana peels upon any of the sidewalks of the town. Anyone violating this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of ten dollars or ten days imprisonment.
Sec. 36. That it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to carry or convey through the public streets or passways of the town, any slops or garbage, if the same be contained in an uncovered receptacle. Any person violating this ordinance shall be subject to a penalty of five dollars for each and every offense.
Sec. 37. That it shall be unlawful for any person to maintain any water pipe or hydrant upon the public streets if the same be in a leaky condition, and any person who after ten hours notice to repair the same shall fail to do so, shall upon conviction be liable to a penalty of two dollars for each day that the said leak may continue thereafter, each day constituting a separate offense.
Sec. 38. It shall be unlawful for any cart, dray or transfer to stand on Main street from Market street to Gladden street, and on Market street from Water to Second street, except while loading
or unloading, and any such cart or dray so standing, the driver of the same, upon conviction, shall pay a fine of five dollars for each offense.
Sec. 39. No person shall be allowed to use the streets of the town for the purpose of moving any house or houses, except by permission from the mayor, under a penalty of fifty dollars for each and every offense.
Sec. 40. That baby carriages, carts and such other vehicles as are permitted on the sidewalks of the town shall be kept in single file when there are two or more together, so that there shall not be two or more abreast on sidewalks, either while said vehicles are in motion or stationary. Any violation of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine of one dollar or ten days imprisonment.
Sec. 41. That no person or persons shall be allowed to use any of the sidewalks of the town for bicycle riding. The use of said sidewalks as above specified shall subject the offender to a fine of five dollars for each offense.
None of the streets of the town shall be used at night for bicycle riding unless the bicycle so ridden displays a signal light, and in addition is provided with signal bell, horn or whistle, by means of which all persons shall be made aware of the approach of the bicycle rider, by ringing the bell or repeated blast of the signal horn or whistle. Any violation of this provision shall subject the offender to a fine of two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50). All persons, when using the streets for bicycle riding, shall, when turning the corner of the streets, ride very slowly and give notice of approach by ringing the signal bell or repeated blasts of the signal horn or whistle. Failing to comply with the requirements of this provision shall subject the offender to a fine of two dollars ($2.00).
Sec. 42. It shall be unlawful to use the sidewalks or streets of the town for parades of any kind, without first getting permission from the mayor. Any person violating this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00), or be imprisoned for thirty (30) days for each offense.
Sec. 43. It shall be unlawful for any person having a fixed place of business within the corporate limits, their agents, or employees, to solicit trade or customers on the sidewalks of the streets of the town, under a penalty of ten dollars for each offense. Provided, that this ordinance shall not apply to owners, agents and employees, who solicit trade immediately in front of their respective places of business.
Sec. 44. It shall be unlawful for any person or corporation to disarrange any street or sidewalk of the town without replacing said streets or sidewalks in as good condition as it was previons to said disarrangement. Failure to do so for twelve hours after being notified shall subject the offender to a fine of ten dollars; and each day thereafter that said street or sidewalk remains unrepaired as aforesaid shall constitute a separate offense under this section, and a like fine shall be imposed.
Sec. 45. It shall be unlawful for any telegraph, electric or telephone pole to be erected in the city limits unless the same be painted a uniform color from the ground up said pole a distance of eight feet, and any pole that has been or may be erected that is not painted in thirty days shall subject the offender to a fine of ten dollars. and each and every day said pole shall remain unpainted after the expiration of said thirty days, shall constitute a separate violation of this ordinance.
Sec. 46. It shall be unlawful for any person to place on any telegraph, electric or telephone pole advertisements of any kind. Anyone violating this ordinance, shall upon conviction be fined five dollars.
Sec. 47. That any person who shall erect, keep or maintain any sign across any street or sidewalk in the limits of the town, shall upon conviction be fined ten dollars; unless such sign shall be placed above the awning or shed.
Sec. 48. That any person who shall post or cause to be posted any picture advertising a public exhibition or performance on any fence, building or other structure on the streets of the town without first obtaining the consent of the mayor, shall be fined ten dollars.
Sec. 49. That no glass of any kind shall be thrown or otherwise deposited upon the sidewalks, streets or alleys of the town. Any one violating this ordinance shall be fined five dollars.
Sec. 50. Merchants, hucksters and others using the sidewalks on Main, Market and Water streets, or either of them, to display their goods or for any other purpose, are forbidden to place any goods, merchandise, boxes, barrels, packages or other obstruction on said sidewalks, provided, it shall not be unlawful to use that portion of the sidewalk next to the store and not more than two feet from the store. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5, or imprisoned twenty days.
Sec. 51. No mule, horse or cattle shall be watered within twenty feet of any pump in the town, nor shall any clothes, meat, fish, vegetables or ice be washed or rinced within forty feet of any pump in the town, nor shall any person drink from the spout of any pump, nor shall any person sit or lounge on or around any pump. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.
Sec. 52. All persons are prohibited from emptying or pouring fish or beef pickles, or placing other offensive matter in the streets or open lots of the town. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.
Sec. 53. All persons are forbidden to advertise by posting the goods, wares, exhibitions or performances of another within the town, but they may secure the services of the town bill poster, whose authority it is to post or have control of the posting of such advertisements. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.
Sec. 54. All gates erected on a line with the side walks of the town shall be so hung as to swing on the inside of the lot: When any gate situated on a line with the side walks of the town shall be repaired, such gate shall be made to open on the inside of the lot. The owner or occupant of any lot violating the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction be fined five dollars for each offense.
Sec. 55. All buildings now standing or hereafter to be erected in the town shall have gutters so placed upon such buildings as to prevent the dripping from the roofs thereof upon the side walks of the town. A violation of this ordinance shall subject the owner of such house to a penalty of ten dollars.
Sec. 56. The opening of oysters upon the streets or side walks of the town is forbidden. All persons violating this ordinance shall be fined five dollars for each offense.
Sec. 57. Fire shall not be carried through the streets of the town nor any camp fire be allowed within the corporate limits of the town within 100 feet of any building except upon special permission of the mayor. A violation of this ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of $5.
Sec. 58. No person shall enter Union Alley or the Whitecar Lane, or enter Main street from said Alley or Lane, riding or driving faster than a walk. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined ten dollars.
|6. Chief Fire Dept., salary and duties.|
|1. Governed by its own rules.|
|2. Wagons subject to Mayor, etc.||7. Right of way.|
|3. Co-operation of police.||8. Interference with department.|
|4. Driving over hose.||9. Chief and assistants vested with police power.|
|5. Chief Fire Dept., power.|
|10. Guard in time of fire.|
Section. 1. Until other regulations be established the conduct of the fire department in drilling for exercise, and in the order of proceedings in all alarms of fire, shall be governed by their own private by-laws and rules.
Sec. 2. At all other times the horses and wagons belonging to the department with the drivers thereof, shall be subject to the order of the mayor, who may employ them in any manner he may think proper under the chief of police, within the jurisdictional limits of the town, in the business connected with the government thereof.
Sec. 3. Upon the occasion of a fire the police force, except the officer on duty at the Town Hall, shall hasten to the place of the fire, and there under the direction of the mayor, or, in his absence, under the chief of police acting in concert with the chief of the fire department, take charge of and guard all property which may be exposed, or which may be put in their custody; to detain all suspicious or disorderly persons, and to do whatever may be lawfully done to protect the property and rights of citizens and preserve the public peace.
Sec. 4. That any person who shall drive on or over the fire department hose while in use at fires, or otherwise, shall, upon conviction, be fined five dollars, ($5.00).
Sec. 5. The chief of the fire department shall be the head of the department and shall assume the direction and management of all fires, and of the arranging and working of the fire engine, hose and hook and ladder.
Sec. 6. The chief of the fire department shall be paid such salary as may be annually agreed upon by the board of commissioners and he shall have and exercise supreme control over the entire department at all times. He shall see that all orders and regulations of the board of commissioners are rigidly enforced. He shall see that proper discipline is maintained and observed by the officers and men, and shall report monthly the number of men on duty and the condition of the horses and fire apparatus and equipments. He shall visit the department as often as practicable and see that everything is kept in good condition.
Sec. 7. In the event of an alarm of fire the apparatus of the fire department shall have the right of way in and upon the streets, lanes, alleys, squares and crossings of the town. No person shall obstruct or neglect to make way for any of such apparatus under a penalty of ten dollars for each offense.
Sec. 8. That it shall not be lawful to congregate in the streets, lanes or alleys next to the fire so as to interfere with the department under a penalty for each offense of ten dollars.
Sec. 9. That the chief and his assistants, the foreman of each fire company be and they are hereby vested with police powers in so far as to make arrests within the town during the existence of any fire.
Sec. 10. That in case of a fire it shall be the duty of the chief of police in case of the removal or exposure of property to summon a detail of citizens not of the fire department to guard all such exposed property, and to do whatever may be lawfully done for the protection of such property and to preserve the public peace.
DISORDERLY HOUSES, DRUNKENNESS, GAMING
|1. Disorderly and bawdy houses.||7. Obscenity.|
|2. Police may demand admission||8. Soliciting.|
|3. Cursing and indecent exposures and drunkenness.||9. Renting bawdy houses.|
|10. Renting bawdy houses by agent.|
|4. Riot and disorders.|
|5. Granting liquor license, etc.||11. Lewd women forbidden street.|
|6. Loud noise at night.||12. Closing hours for saloons.|
Section 1. Every person who shall keep a disorderly house or house or ill fame within the town limits, or any person knowingly renting a house for the above purposes, or any person who shall have rented a house to any person or persons who shall use the house for disorderly purposes or as a house of ill fame, and who upon 15 days notice shall not eject such tenant from the said property and thereby discontinue the said disorderly house or house of ill fame, shall be fined upon conviction ten dollars, or imprisoned ten days, and each day after the expiration of said notice shall constitute a distinct and separate offense. All adult persons living in such house or houses shall be considered the keepers thereof, and shall be subject to the penalty of this section.
Sec. 2. If the occupant of any house shall refuse to open the doors and give entrance to an officer of the town or member of the police demanding admission, for the purpose of suppress-disorderly conduct therein, he or she shall pay a fine of ten dollars.
Sec. 3. Every person found guilty of loud and boisterous cursing and swearing in any street, house or elsewhere in the town, and every person found drunk in the streets, alleys or in any public place of the town, disturbing the peace thereof, or violating the rules of decency, or any person found drunk and down in the streets of the town, shall be fined on conviction five dollars.
Sec. 4. If any person shall commit a breach of the peace, or engage in any riotous or disorderly conduct within the limits of the town, he shall pay upon conviction a fine of twenty dollars provided, this section shall not be construed to relieve the mayor from the duty of binding over the offenders according to law, if the offense is one not properly triable before the mayor's court.
Sec. 5. Be it ordained, that no license for the sale of beer, wines or spiritous liquors of any kind whatsoever shall be granted to any person except upon application in person at the regular meeting of the board, the parties furnishing satisfactory recommendation of good moral character. And no person or persons to whom such license is granted shall allow any person other than the proprietor or clerk to enter his bar room on Sunday. And for every violation of this ordinance there shall be a fine of twenty-five dollars. And any policeman seeing any person or persons other than the proprietor or clerk going into or coming out of a bar room on Sunday, and failing to report the same shall be discharged.
Sec. 6. Any person who shall be found guilty of loud hallooing or screaming, or making any loud or extravagant noise, except in case of fire, in the town in the day or night time, shall be fined three dollars.
Sec. 7. Any person who shall indecently expose him or her self in any place to view, and do any obscene act in any public place, or write obscene language, or make obscene marks or drawings on any fence or wall in a public place, or cut or disfigure the street walls or fences, or affix advertisements or bills to houses, walls or fences without leave of the owners, shall for a violation of any one of these provisions pay a fine of five dollars for each offense.
Sec. 8. Any woman who shall be found on the streets or alleys soliciting male persons, drinking, sitting on the streets in front of bar rooms, or lounging about the market house or bar rooms, or conducting herself in a forward or improper manner, shall be deemed guilty of a nuisance, and, upon conviction shall be fined five dollars for each offense.
Sec. 9. That any person owning any house within the town limits who shall rent said house to any person to be used as a bawdy house by women of ill fame or who shall permit any such house to be occupied by any person as a bawdy house for a longer time than the current term after information as to the purpose for which such house is being used shall be fined fifty dollars.
Sec. 10. That any person acting as agent of the owner of any house within the town limits who shall rent said house to any person to be used as a bawdy house by women of ill fame or who shall permit any such house to be occupied by any person as a bawdy house for a longer time than the current term after information as to the purpose for which such house is being used shall be fined fifty dollars.
Sec. 11. No female person known to be a lewd woman shall be allowed upon the streets of the town after ten o'clock at night. Nor shall any such women solicit men on the streets of the town, either during the day or night, or loiter upon the streets, and conversations with men or boys on the streets of the town shall be prima facie evidence of such soliciting. Any violation of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine of ten dollars.
Sec. 12. All drinking saloons, liquor shops, barber shops connected with such drinking saloons, or liquor shops, shall be closed at 12 o'clock midnight and remain closed between the hours of 12 midnight and 4 a. m. The penalty for a violation of any section of this ordinance shall be a fine of five dollars or imprisonment for twenty days.
OBSERVANCE OF THE LORD'S DAY.
|1. Games and plays forbidden.||4. Duty of police.|
|2. Abetting disorder, drunkenness.||5. Violation of Sunday law.|
|6. Restaurants, etc.|
|3. Stores, etc., to be closed.||7. Shoe shining.|
Section. 1. No person shall be allowed to play at any game on Sunday in the streets or in any public saloons for eating or drinking, or in any house or grounds for sporting. A violation of any one of these provisions shall subject the offender to a fine of five dollars. And the proprietor of such saloon, keeper of a billiard or other gambling table, pins alley, or ten pins alley or other sporting grounds, who permits a game to be played at his table or place on Sunday shall upon conviction be fined ten dollars.
Sec. 2. Any person who shall be present on Sunday aiding or abetting at any unlawful or disorderly assembly, or who shall be found drunk on the streets shall pay a fine of five dollars for every such offense.
Sec. 3. Any person who shall keep open any store or shop on Sunday, for the purpose of buying, selling and transacting business except in cases of necessity, shall pay upon conviction a fine of ten dollars. But drug stores and apothecary shops may be kept open at all times.
Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of one policeman under the direction of the mayor to go around at least once a month for the purpose of apprehending persons offending against the provisions of this chapter of ordinances, or who may be found violating any of the ordinances of the town or laws of the State; and for the purpose of detecting and bringing to justice all persons offending against the peace and good order of society.
Sec. 5. It shall be unlawful for any saloon or place of business where intoxicating liquors are sold or at any other place where merchandise is sold (except drug stores and ice houses) to be opened on Sunday, for the admission of any person other than
the proprietor or clerk thereof, and if such proprietor or clerk, or any one in control of such place shall allow any one to enter other than the proprietor and clerk; or if any way connecting with such place shall be found open, and persons seen passing in or out, it shall be deemed a nuisance, and upon conviction, the proprietor or the one in control of such place shall be fined ten dollars for each offense.
Sec. 6. No restaurant or oyster saloon run in connection with a liquor saloon, or in the same building, or upon the same premises on which liquor is sold shall be kept open on Sunday for the sale of oysters. Any person selling oysters on Sunday as herein prohibited shall be subject to a fine of ten dollars for each offense upon conviction.
Sec. 7. The shining of shoes on the streets or sidewalks of the town on the Sabbath day is forbidden. Any person violating this section shall be punished by a fine of five dollars for each offense.
|1. Tanyard, slaughter houses & distilleries.||8. Penning cattle, etc., in city.|
|9. Refuse from gas plant.|
|2. Stagnant water in cellars.||10. Hogs.|
|3. Dead animals.||11. Guano.|
|4. Privies.||12. Cleanly premises.|
|5. Police to examine yards, and privies.||13. Slaughtering cattle.|
|14. Dealers premises.|
|6. Kitchen slops.||15. Damaged meats.|
|7. Hog stys.||16. County jail refuse.|
Section 1. No tanyard nor slaughter house shall be established within the limits of the town without permission of the commissioners. And all persons violating this section shall pay a fine of twenty-five dollars, and if the tanyard or slaughter house be suffered to remain for ten days after notice from the mayor or town commissioners to remove the same, every day after said term of ten days shall constitute a distinct offense, and for each day the establishment shall be so suffered to remain, the offender shall pay a fine of ten dollars.
Sec. 2. Stagnant water in cellars or other places shall be removed upon notice by the chief of police or mayor, and the failure to remove for twenty-four hours after notice shall subject the offender to a fine of five dollars, and each subsequent day it shall be allowed to remain shall constitute a distinct offense.
Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of every occupant of a town lot to remove from the same any dead animal or other nuisance which may happen to be thereon, without the limits of the city, at least one hundred yards from the bounds thereof, and from any public road, and if it be a large animal to bury the same. A failure to perform the duties of this section shall subject the offender to a fine of ten dollars.
Sec. 4. No privy shall hereafter be constructed nearer than ten feet to any public street or alley, or nearer to a neighbor's residence than it is to the owner's, if that can be avoided. The sink shall not be more than two feet deep. Tenants shall cleanse their privies at least once in each month, and in the months of
May, June, July, August and September shall have a sufficient quantity of lime, ashes or other deoderizer thrown into them to prevent them from becoming offensive; and filth removed from them shall be deorderized with coperas, chloride of lime or other disinfectant before they are carried away. A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall subject the offender to a fine of five dollars for each and every offense. And in case of new privies put up in violation to this section the offender shall be subject to a fine of five dollars, and each week he suffers it to remain after notice from the chief of police or a policeman to remove it, shall constitute a distinct offense, and shall subject the offender to a like penalty.
Sec. 5. It shall be the duty of the policemen, under the direction of the mayor, or commissioners, to investigate the condition of privies, back yards and other places in the town, when the commissioners may require it. And any privy, yard, or other place found in a bad or filthy condition, the owner, or tenant of such premises shall pay a fine of five dollars ($5.00), and two dollars for each day such nuisance shall continue.
Sec. 6. No person shall be allowed to convey out of his or her kitchen, dish water or other slops into any of the streets of the town; and no person shall be allowed to throw filth of any kind, or conduct the same by drains into the streets, ditches or gutters of the town. A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall subject the offender to a fine of five dollars for each and every offense.
Sec. 7. No hog sty shall be located within twenty-five feet of any public street within the town; the offender against this provision shall be subject to a fine of five dollars. And all such stys wherever located shall be regularly cleansed and kept free from offensive ordors. A failure to comply with this requirement shall subject the offender to a fine of two dollars. And each day after notice it remains out of order shall be a distinct offense.
Sec. 8. That no cattle, sheep or goats shall be penned within the town limits, provided, that this ordinance does not apply
to those who keep one or two milch cows. A violation of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine of five dollars.
Sec. 9. That no refuse matter or waste from any gas making plant shall be permitted to be turned or dumped into any of the streets, gutters or drain ways of the town, nor shall any such refuse or waste matter be permitted to accumulate upon any premises within the corporate limits of the town, so as to be offensive to the citizens thereof. The violation of any provision of this ordinance shall subject the offender upon conviction to a fine of $25.00 for each offense; and each day that such waste or refuse is permitted to accumulate on any premises as aforesaid, or turned or dumped into the street, gutters or drain ways as aforesaid, shall constitute a separate offense and be punished as such.
Sec. 10. That no person shall be permitted to keep any hog or hogs within the corporate limits of the town between the 1st day of May and the 1st day of October.
Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined ten dollars.
Sec. 11. No guano or manipulated fertilizer shall be landed for storage within the corporate limits of the town between the first day of May and the first day of November of any year, provided that small quantities on hand and in store prior to May 1st may remain in storage, unless objection is made by the citizens, when the mayor may order their removal. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.00.
Sec. 12. Persons owning or occupying houses or lots in the town are required to keep them in a cleanly condition. They shall have their premises, especially their privies, cleaned and limed, and shall sprinkle lime freely in the cellars and under the houses, and in all damp places. All hog pens and pounds shall be kept clean and must not be allowed to become offensive. Persons owning vacant lots, their agents or representatives are required to keep them in cleanly condition. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $10.
Sec. 13. No goat or cattle shall be slaughtered for market within the corporate limits of the town, nor shall any fish be
cleaned on the wharves, streets or lots of the town, except for the use of families in said town, and no dead fish or offal thrown in the river. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.00.
Sec. 14. All dealers in meats, fish, oysters, hides or other articles subject to rapid decay, are required to keep their premises clean and free as possible from bad odor, and no green hides shall be cured within the corporate limits of the town between April 1st and November 1st. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.00.
Sec. 15. No person shall sell or offer to sell any damaged or spoiled meats, fish, oysters or clams within the town limits. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $25.00.
Sec. 16. All slops or refuse from sinks at the county jail or places in the town that have the said slops or refuse removed by wagons, carts or otherwise, to remove the same at least three times a week, and its removal must be made between the hours of 10 o'clock p. m., and 4 o'clock a. m. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $25.00.
DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS.
|6. Penalty for suffering animals to go at large.|
|1. Dogs taxed.|
|2. Penalty for not giving in.||7. Dogs and sluts.|
|3. Gatherings of dogs, etc.||8. Driving cattle.|
|4. Animals not allowed to go at large, etc.||9. Permitting bitches to run at large.|
|5. Disposition of the sale money.||10. Tax on dogs.|
Section 1. It shall be the duty of every person at the time of giving in the annual list of taxable property of the town, or at such other time as may be provided by the board of commissioners, to declare on oath the number of dogs or sluts he may own, or which may belong to any one boarding or residing in his family.
Sec. 2. Should any person fail to give in his dog or slut in the manner prescribed, and pay the tax for the same as provided in the town charter and ordinances he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined upon conviction five dollars or imprisoned ten days; and each dog or slut omitted shall constitute a distinct offense.
Sec. 3. All gatherings of dogs and sluts in the public streets or alleys disturbing the quiet and good order of the same are hereby declared to be nuisances, and it shall be the duty of police officers to abate the same by killing the sluts, if necessary.
Sec. 4. No horse, pony, bull, oxen, cow, calf, mule, hog, goat, sheep, geese or ducks, shall be allowed to roam at large or to remain for the purpose of pasturage or to graze upon any of the streets or open lots or grounds within the corporate limits of the town. It shall be the duty of the police to impound such, and to sell the same at the court house door to the highest bidder, after five days notice at police head-quarters, unless the owner shall have reclaimed them by paying to the chief of police one dollar and all expenses of impounding them; and one dollar shall be collected as often as any of these animals shall be permitted by their owners to go at large.
Sec. 5. The money arising from the sale of any one of said animals over one dollar and expenses shall be paid to the owner, or if the owner cannot be found, to the town treasurer. If the animal belongs to non-residents they may be redeemed by the payment of 25 cents each and the expense of impounding them, and all monies received from such sale over and above 25 cents each and expenses, shall in like manner be paid to the owner if he can be found, and if not, to the city treasurer.
Sec. 6. Any person permitting any of the animals enumerated in the fourth section of this chapter to run at large upon any of the streets of the town shall be fined upon conviction two dollars for each offense.
Sec. 7. Any dog or slut which shall be found on any premises for five successive days, shall be deemed the property of the owner, or if said premises be tenanted, of the occupant of the premises on which said dog or slut shall be found.
Sec. 8. No cattle of any kind that may be brought to the town for sale shall be allowed to be driven through any street of the same without having one rope on fore foot and one on head and end of said ropes to be carried by some person not less than 21 years old, except when two are securely tied together, and then only two men with ropes as stated. Any one guilty of the above offense shall be fined upon conviction five dollars for each and every offense.
Sec. 9. If the owner of any bitch or bithes shall permit the same to run at large in the town unaccompanied by some adult person such owner or owners shall be punished by a fine as hereinafter provided; and if any bitch be found so running at large for whom no owner can be found, the mayor, upon information had, shall declare said bitch a nuisance and order said bitch destroyed. The police shall be charged with the execution of this ordinance. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.00.
Sec. 10. That a tax shall be levied on all dogs owned within the corporate limits of the town, to-wit: A tax of one dollar on each male dog, and a tax of two dollars on each female dog,
which shall be due and payable on the 1st day of June, 1902, and on the 1st day of June each year thereafter. The owner of the dog shall on or before the said 1st day of June of each year list said dog with Town Clerk giving name and description of the dog and name of owner, and shall pay said tax to Town Clerk who will receipt for same.
|1. Name and uses of.||14. Fast driving prohibited.|
|2. Sexton of each.||15. Deposit of filth.|
|3. To dig graves.||16. Earth not to be moved.|
|4. To enforce regulations.||17. Not to be used as play ground.|
|5. Sexton's duties and salaries.||18. Repair of vaults.|
|6. Record and report burial.||19. Purchase of lots.|
|7. Fees allowed.||20. Mayor to make deed.|
|8. No persons but sexton to dig.||21. Exhuming bodies.|
|9. Interference with private lot.||22. Sexton, police powers.|
|10. Removing or defacing mem'ls.||23. Fences and hedges.|
|11. Injury to shrubs or flowers.||24. Burial permits.|
|12. No person to pass over walls.||25. Permits as to the burial of dead.|
|13. Shooting in.|
Section. 1. The graveyard usually called “Oakdale” shall be used exclusively for the burial of white persons; and the cemetery called , shall be used exclusively for the burial of colored persons.
Sec. 2. There shall be appointed at the regular May meeting of the commissioners in each and every year, a sexton to take charge of the Oakdale cemetery, and a sexton to take charge of the cemetery.
Sec. 3. Each sexton shall have the digging of all the graves in his cemetery at such prices as may be established, as a part of his compensation. He shall dig them due east and west and five feet deep.
Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the sexton to see that all the laws concerning the cemetery are duly observed; and in case of violation to report the same to the mayor.
Sec. 5. The sextons shall keep their respective cemeteries in a neat and clean condition, performing all the work which they may be directed to do by the board, and give their whole time to work in the cemetery: And for this they shall be paid respectively in addition to fees allowed herein, . . . . . . . . . . dollars from the town treasury.
Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of each sexton to keep a book in which the name, age, disease of deceased and date of burial in their respective cemeteries shall be recorded, defining as near as possible the spot where each body is buried, and each sexton shall make a report thereof to the board of commissioners at their regular meeting in November in each and every year.
Sec. 7. The following fees shall be allowed the sextons, to-wit: For digging a plain grave and filling up the same, one dollar and fifty cents; children not over ten years of age, half price; for digging box grave and filling up the same two dollars; children of ten years and under, half price; vault grave, three dollars; working on private lots in cemetery, to be paid by the owner, twelve and a half cents an hour or one dollar per day.
Sec. 8. No person other than the regular appointed sexton shall dig any grave or dig up any sod in the cemeteries, except on lots which have been purchased as private burial lots. Any person violating this provision shall be fined upon conviction ten dollars.
Sec. 9. No person shall dig any grave, put any fence, grave stone or board, make or construct anything, or dig up any sod on a private burial lot, except under the direction and by the consent of the owner thereof. A violation shall subject the offender to a fine of ten dollars for each offense.
Sec. 10. No person shall remove the stakes or boundary stones from a burial lot, nor any board, grave stone nor other memorial or monument which may have been erected at any grave; nor deface, injure or desecrate any such board, stone or memorial in any manner. Offenders shall pay a fine of ten dollars for each offense.
Sec. 11. No person shall cut or in any other manner injure or destroy any tree, shrub or plant, or wantonly injure or destroy any flower, either wild or cultivated, in the cemeteries. Offender upon conviction shall pay a fine of ten dollars.
Sec. 12. No person shall pass into or out of either cemetery over the walls or fences, but must pass through the gates. Offenders shall be fined two dollars for each offense.
Sec. 13. No person shall discharge any fire arms in either cemetery. If this provision shall be violated the offender shall pay upon conviction a fine of ten dollars for each offense.
Sec. 14. No person shall drive, ride or lead and horse or horse and vehicle in the cemeteries faster than a walk. Penalty upon conviction a fine of five dollars.
Sec. 15. No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any filth or unclean or offensive matter in either cemetery. The offender upon conviction shall be fined ten dollars.
Sec. 16. No person shall excavate any earth in either cemetery, or remove the same therefrom, except by the consent or under the direction of the board of commissioners, or of the sexton, or of some other officer legally authorized by the said commissioners. The offender shall pay a fine of ten dollars upon conviction for each offense.
Sec. 17. It shall be unlawful for persons of any age to use either cemetery as a play ground, and it shall be the duty of the sextons to prevent such use. If after being ordered by the sexton to desist, they shall continue, it shall be his duty to carry them before the mayor, who shall fine such as are found guilty, five dollars each.
Sec. 18. If any of the vaults or other places for the interment of the dead in either of the cemeteries shall get out of repair or out of order in any respect, it shall be the duty of the sexton to inform the owner thereof, and if he cannot be found or do not attend to it when notified, the sexton shall inform the mayor who shall take such action upon it as he may deem advisable.
Sec. 19. All persons desiring to purchase lots in the cemeteries must apply to the town clerk, and make cash payment therefor according to valuations arranged by the board of commissioners.
Sec. 20. Upon the payment of the sum above required, the mayor and town clerk shall make a deed for said lot, and the clerk of the board shall enter in a book kept for that purpose, the date of the deed, the description and price of the lot, and to whom sold.
Sec. 21. No dead body shall be exhumed from either of the cemeteries except in the months of November, December, January, February, March and April, and then only by permission of the mayor or board. Penalty, a fine of twenty dollars upon conviction.
Sec. 22. The sextons above named shall have within their respective cemeteries, the power and authority of policemen, and may arrest any person for violation of the ordinances of the town or regulations of their respective cemeteries. And the same authority shall be exercised by their legally appointed assistants.
Sec. 23. No fence shall be erected or hedge grown in Oakdale cemetery over three feet in height, except archways which shall be granted by cemetery committee. Any person or persons violating this ordinance shall upon conviction be fined $5.00.
Sec. 24. The sextons of town cemeteries shall require before opening any grave for burial in their cemetery a burial permit signed by the town clerk, who shall issue said permit on a certificate of death, giving name, age, cause of death, place of death and date of death, signed by the attending physician, and the undertaker mark the same accomplished, with date, sign as sexton, and return at once to town clerk.
Sec. 25. No interment of the dead shall be made in the corporate limits of the town of Washington, N. C., nor shall the clerk issue the permit for any such burial; nor shall the body of any person dying within the corporate limits of the town be removed therefrom without a permit from the town clerk, and no permit shall be given by the clerk, where there has been an attending physician without a certificate from said physician, and if no physician attends, the certificate shall be signed by attending nurse, and one witness to said death, stating cause of death. And no dead body shall be exhumed within the corporate limits of the town and removed therefrom without a permit of the clerk. Every violation of this ordinance and every person in any way participating in its violation shall be fined fifty dollars.
PAYMENT OF MONEY.
|1. Order of board, etc.||4. Bills approved by auditing committee.|
|2. Warrants must state claims, etc.||5. Presentation of bills.|
|3. Clerk to retain stubs.|
Section 1. No money shall be paid out of the town treasury unless by order of the board of commssioners in meeting assembled; and then only by a warrant issued by the clerk of the board, signed by him and countersigned by the mayor.
Sec. 2. All warrants shall state upon their face the nature of claims for which said warrants are drawn.
Sec. 3. The clerk of the board shall in each case and every case retain in a book kept for that purpose, a stub or duplicate of every such warrant issued.
Sec. 4. That no bill against the town shall be allowed until the same shall have been carefully inspected by the auditing committee, and by such committee approved.
Sec. 5. All bills against the town shall be presented to the town clerk on or before the 25th day of each month, and by him placed in the hands of the chairman of the auditing committee before the last day of the current month.
|1. Infectious persons brought in.||3. Hospital and removal.|
|2. Infected coming in.||4. Medicines, etc.|
Section 1. No person without first obtaining for that purpose the permission of the mayor or the board of commissioners, shall knowingly bring or allow to be brought or shall connive at the bringing into the town any person in his or her employment, or under his or her management or control, afflicted with small pox, yellow fever or other mortal disease of a contagiou or infectious kind, and every person offending against this ordinance shall forfeit and pay twenty-five dollars, and all expenses and charges incurred by the town corporation on account of such afflicted person so brought into the town.
Sec. 2. If any such afflicted person shall come into the town without permission as aforesaid, he shall for such offense forfeit and pay twenty-five dollars. And the offender against the provisions of either of the foregoing sections (1 and 2) in any respect, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined upon conviction twenty dollars.
Sec. 3. The board of commissioners shall have power to remove from the corporate limits of the town to a hospital or other place without the town, any person who may be afflicted with small pox, yellow fever or other mortal disease of an infectious or contagious character. And it shall be their duty to do so, whenever in the judgment of the board such removal may be necessary and expedient to prevent the further spread of the disease. Any person attempting by threats or force to prevent a removal to the hospital of any person ordered to be removed thither, shall pay a fine of twenty dollars upon conviction.
Sec. 4. All applications for medicine by the poor of the town, authorized by the board of commissioners, shall be made to the mayor, and he shall countersign the prescriptions and keep a suitable book in which the names of all such applicants shall be recorded.
FIRE DISTRICT AND FIRE ORDINANCES.
|1. Fire district.||9. Sheds.|
|2. Character of buildings.||10. Awnings.|
|3. Altering and repairing.||11. Stove pipes used in buildings.|
|4. Thickness of walls, etc.||12. Connecting with fire district.|
|5. Powers of building committee.||13. No trees to be planted in fire district.|
|6. Flues to be inspected.|
|7. Additional building restrictions.||14. Inflammable oil.|
|8. Sheds.||16. Powder.|
Section 1. That the territory within the boundaries hereinafter defined in this section shall be and constitute the Fire District of the town of Washington, and whenever the term “Fire District” shall be used in any ordinance or resolution of the commissioners of the town of Washington, the same shall be construed to apply to the territory within such boundaries as follows, to-wit:
Beginning on Main street at the easternmost corner of the lot now occupied by Mrs. Mary E. Tayloe, being lot No. 39 Respass Town, and runs with a line of that lot to the river, and with the river to Union alley, and thence to a point south 30 West 60 feet from the south side of Water street, thence south 60 east parallel to Water street to Bonner street, thence up Bonner street, northwardly 125 feet on the north side of Water street, thence north 60 west to within 60 feet of Market street, thence north 30 east to the line dividing the lots fronting on Main street from those fronting on Second street, thence north 60 west to the line of Mrs. Mary E. Tayloe's lot, and thence to the beginning.
Also beginning on the south side of Main street between Gladden street and Van Norden street, at the western line of the territory just above described, and running with the south side of Main street to Bridge street; thence with Bridge street to the Pamlico river; and thence with the Pamlico river back to the western boundary of the territory above described, and with said western boundary in a northwardly direction to Main street.
Sec. 2. That within the limits above set out, no building shall be built or rebuilt unless the said building be of brick or stone. That no building in said boundaries shall be in any wise repaired or altered by which its size shall be increased, unless the said repairs or additions shall be of brick or stone. That every violation of this ordinance, or any provision thereof, shall subject the offender to a fine of $50.00, and each day such building shall be allowed to stand shall constitute a new offense punishable by a fine of $50.00.
Sec. 3. That no person shall within the said limits build any building, or in any wise alter any building or repair any building by which its size shall be in any wise increased, without first submitting the plans and specifications of said building, or repairs or alterations to a committee, to be known as the Building Committee, which shall consist of the mayor, chief of the fire department of the town, and three others selected by the board of commissioners for that purpose, and without first obtaining a license to erect said building or to make said alterations or repairs. That every violation of this ordinance, or any provision thereof, shall subject the offender to a fine of $50.00, and each day that such building shall be allowed to stand shall constitute a new offense punishable by a fine of $50.00.
Sec. 4. That the said committee shall not have the power to grant such license, unless the plans and specifications shall show and the walls be built of the following thickness. For a single story building not less than twelve inches, for a two story building the walls of the first story not less than seventeen inches and the second story not less than thirteen inches. For a three story building, the lower walls not less than seventeen inches, the second story not less than seventeen inches, and the third story not less than thirteen inches, and all buildings or blocks of buildings having partitions in them, shall have fire walls of not less than twelve inches for at least every sixty by ninety feet and these fire walls shall run above the roof with sufficient parapets.
Sec. 5. That the said committee shall have the power to make such alterations in the plans and specifications of said
buildings as shall make them safe. That every violation of this ordinance, or any provision thereof, shall subject the offender to a fine of $50.00, and each day that such building shall be allowed to stand shall constitute a new offense, punishable by a fine of $50.00.
Sec. 6. That the chief of police shall within the last ten days of each month personally visit and inspect all flues in all buildings within said limits, and shall condemn and tear down all which may be found unsafe, and shall make at each monthly meeting a written report to the board of commissioners.
Sec. 7. That outside of the boundaries above described and within that part of the town described as follows: Beginning on the river at Bridge street, running with the river to Bonner street, and with Bonner street to Third street, and with Third street to Bridge street, and with Bridge street to the beginning, no building of any kind shall be erected or in any wise enlarged until plans and specifications shall have been filed with the said committee and a license to erect said building or make said alterations be obtained. That every violation of this ordinance or any provision thereof, shall subject the offender to a fine of $50.00, and each day that such building shall be allowed to stand shall constitute a new offense, punishable by a fine of $50.00.
Sec. 8. That no sheds shall be built or erected over any of the streets or sidewalks of the town, any person violating this provision shall be fined $50.00.
Sec. 9. That all sheds now across the side walks of the town shall be torn down within thirty days of this date. Any person keeping or maintaining a shed across any of the streets of this town on and after October 19th, 1900, shall be fined $50.00.
Sec. 10. That the plans of any awning to be erected in front of or on the side of, any building shall be submitted to said committee and a license to erect the same shall be first obtained. Any person erecting an awning without obtaining such license shall be fined $50.00.
Sec. 11. Whenever any stove pipe used in any building within the corporate limits of the town shall pass through any
wall, partition, floor or ceiling, said stove pipe shall be enclosed with brick where it passes through such wall, partition, floor or ceiling, and shall be separated from contact with such wall, partition, floor or ceiling by brick work not less than 4 inches in thickness; and such stove pipe shall not be permitted to be nearer to any wood work in such building than 2 inches at any one point. Any violation of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine of ten dollars, and a stove pipe used in any building in violation of this ordinance shall be thrown down by the policemen of the town.
Sec. 12. That no wooden building or structure other than of brick or stone shall be in any way directly or indirectly attached to or connected with any building or structure now standing or hereafter to be erected or constructed within the limits or territory designated and known as the Fire District, in the town of Washington, or connected with the land within said territory. Any violation of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine of fifty dollars upon conviction and each day such condition shall be permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense.
Sec. 13. No trees shall be planted or set out upon the streets of the town within the territory known as the Fire District. No trees shall be planted or set out in any other part of the town except after first obtaining permission of the board of commissioners through the mayor. Any violation of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of $5.00.
Sec. 14. That no person or persons shall be permitted to keep within the corporate limits of the town more than two barrels of inflammable oil at any one time upon the same premises. Any violation of this section shall subject the offender to a fine of $50.00, and each day said oil in excess of the quantity herein provided shall be permitted to remain on any premises shall constitute a separate offense.
Sec. 15. All persons keeping matches for sale, either in paper boxes or otherwise, are required to keep the same enclosed in tin cans, glass jars or wood boxes. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.00.
Sec. 16. No person shall keep on hand at any one time in any building situated in the corporate limits of the town, and within 100 feet of any other building more than 75 pounds of powder, under a penalty of $10, for each and every day this ordinance is violated.
|4. No person to rent more than one stall, etc.|
|1. Restricting sales to Market House.||5. To whom rented.|
|2. Renting of stalls.||6. Penalties.|
|3. Cleansing stalls.||7. Loafers etc., not allowed.|
Section 1. From and after the 1st day of March, 1901, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell or offer to sell at retail, any fresh beef, pork or mutton or other kinds of fresh meat at any place within the corporate limits of the town of Washington other than in the Market House, built for said town: Provided, nothing herein shall be construed to prevent persons from bringing in beef, pork, mutton or other fresh meat to the town of Washington and selling same uncut: Provided further, that fresh beef may be sold by the quarter elsewhere than in the Market House.
Sec. 2. That all stalls in the Market House built for the town shall be rented at public auction to the highest bidder on the 3rd Monday in May of each year. Provided, that when a stall is rented by the year, the renter may at the time upon giving bond for two years rental at the same price, retain the said stall for the second year at the same rental. No stall shall be rented for less than the rental fixed by Board and in the event that the said public renting of any stall shall fail to bring as much as amount fixed by board, then the same shall be struct off to the town of Washington. All rents shall be payable monthly in advance.
Sec. 3. That all stalls shall be washed out once every day and thoroughly scoured at least once each week. That all stalls shall be open at all times to the inspection of the keeper of the market or chief of police, and shall be kept in a clean condition. That all stalls shall he closed from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m., Saturday excepted, and dealers are permitted to deliver their cut meat till 8 a. m., on Sundays. That so far as may be the four stalls next the river shall be reserved for the sale of fresh fish. But no
oysters shall be opened in any of the stalls, nor any accumulation of shells be permitted, in, around or about said Market House.
Sec. 4. That no person shall rent more than one stall unless there are no occupants for all of them.
Sec. 5. The town clerk may rent out the vacant stalls to any person doing a market business and for market purposes only, at a rental per week or month at a rate not less than that fixed by the board. The said stalls so rented shall be kept cleanly and when vacated shall be left in same condition, and no license will be required from any person doing business in the Market House.
Sec. 6. That any person, firm or corporation violating section one hereof shall be fined $50.00 for each and every offense, and $5.00 for each and every offense of the violation of sections 3, 4, and 5 hereof.
Sec. 7. That no loafers be allowed in or around the Market House, that no boxes, chairs, coops or other articles be allowed in the passage ways of the Market House. That no loud noises or crying of wares be allowed in Market House. That no bushes, beef bones, beef heads, tripe or vegetables, or any other animal matter be thrown or allowed to lay around the Market House under a penalty of $5.00 for each and every offense.
RAILROADS AND TRANSPORTATION LINES.
|1. Jumping on or off trains, etc.||3. General regulations.|
|2. Congregating and soliciting.||4. R. R. ordinance.|
Section 1. No person shall jump off or on any of the cars or engines of the several railroads entering the town while the same are in motion and within the corporate limits of the town except employees of the several companies operating the said roads and persons who have actually taken passage on the said cars. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $10.00.
Sec. 2. It shall be unlawful for any persons to congregate around the depots of the several railroad and steam boat lines doing business in the town, in such a manner as to obstruct the free ingress and egress of persons having business with the said corporations or their passengers.
It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit the carriage of any passenger or his baggage from any of the depots or wharves of the town in a voice louder than that of an ordinary conversation, or for any person to touch the person or baggage of a passenger entering or leaving the depots or wharves for the purpose of soliciting the employment by said person except at the request of the passenger himself, or some one for him. Nor shall any person enter the depots or steamboats arriving in the town for the purpose of soliciting the carriage of any passenger or his baggage for hire, except by express permission of the agent of said company then and there given. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $5.00.
Sec. 3. No railroad company shall blow any whistle or ring any bell within the corporate limits of the town except when the cars or engines of said companies are actually in motion or stopping. That railroad companies operating their roads within the corporate limits of the town shall be required to ring the bell on the engine during the time the cars are running down
the streets of the town and at no other time, and not during the reversing or making up of their trains. No engine nor train of cars shall be run at a greater rate of speed than six miles an hour within the corporate limits of the town. Nor shall any engine, car or train of cars be permitted to remain on or across Main or second streets for a longer period than four (4) minutes; nor shall they attempt to cross either of said streets without giving due notice by flagging in the center of the street. Any company violating this ordinance shall be fined $10.00.
Sec. 4. Atlantic Coast Line ordinance, Minute book 189... page ......... W. & P. R. R. Co., ordinance, Minute book 190... page .........
|1. Communication with prisoners||3. Light ordinance.|
|2. Inflammable oil.||4. Water works ordinance.|
Section 1. Whenever any person is imprisoned in the town Guard House pending a trial by the proper official, no person shall communicate with such prisoner without permission of the mayor or a member of the police force. Any person violating this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of five dollars upon conviction.
Sec. 2. No kerosene or other highly inflammable oil shall be kept or stored in any building or on any premises within the corporate limits of the town in larger quantities than one hundred gallons at one time.
Sec. 3. Gas light ordinance, Minute book 189... p. .........
Sec. 4. Water Works ordinance Minute book 1901 p. ......
WHARVES AND DOCKS.
|1. Swimming from wharves.||4. Lumber worked up on docks.|
|2. Vessels, boats and flats at docks.||5. Fire on boats.|
|6. Oysters opened on public docks|
|3. Fire-wood on wharves.||7. Sunken boats.|
Section 1. Swimming from the wharves of the town between 6 a. m. and 9 p. m., is hereby forbidden. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined $3.00.
Sec. 2. No vessel, boat or flat shall lie at the wharves or any of the public docks, other than market boats and wood flats, and those only when loading or unloading, or selling their cargoes, provided the owner or owners, or captain of said boat or vessel shall not have received orders from the mayor or police to remove the same.
Sec. 3. Fire-wood, lumber or material of any kind shall not remain on said wharves a longer time than 24 hours.
Sec. 4. No lumber or other material shall be worked by any person on any of the said wharves without the permission of the mayor or police.
Sec. 5. Fire shall not be permitted after sunset on board of any boat or flat lying at the public docks, except in cabins or some other securely covered place.
Sec. 6. Oyster boats occupying or selling at the public docks shall deposit the shells upon the wharves or piers, and any one who shall refuse to do so shall be prohibited from using said docks and piers.
Sec. 7. No sunken boats or flats shall lie in any of the docks of the town, and it shall be the duty of the police to have them removed at the expense of the owner or owners.
INDEX TO CHAPTERS.
|Chapter I.||Rules for the Government of the Board||Pages 3-6|
|Chapter II.||Police Organization||Pages 7-10|
|Chapter III.||Streets and Pumps||Pages 11-22|
|Chapter IV.||Fire Department||Pages 23-24|
|Chapter V.||Disorderly Houses, Drunkenness, &c.||Pages 25-27|
|Chapter VI.||Observance of the Lord's Day||Pages 28-29|
|Chapter VII.||Nuisances||Pages 30-33|
|Chapter VIII.||Dogs and other animals||Pages 34-36|
|Chapter IX.||Cemeteries||Pages 37-40|
|Chapter X.||Payment of Money||Pages 41|
|Chapter XI.||Infectious Diseases||Pages 42|
|Chapter XII.||Fire District and Fire Ordinances||Pages 43-47|
|Chapter XIII.||Market House||Pages 48-49|
|Chapter XIV.||Railroad and Transportation Lines||Pages 50-51|
|Chapter XV.||Miscellaneous||Pages 52|
|Chapter XVI.||Wharves and Docks||Pages 53|