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Bt it enacted by Iht General Assembly vf the Stale of Missouri, as-
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. Sac. 1.. AU that cectioii of country contained within 'the following limits,
to-wit: beginning at a point in the middle of t)e main channel of ' the Missi
aippi river due east from the aouthern boundary of the town as designated by
ln recorded plat of the town,, in Pike county, thence due west to the com
mencement of the.soulhern line of the town, on the west bank or the Missis- '
aippi river thence due we t with said town line to the -South west corner of
aajd town, aa designated by (he recorded plat thereof, thence northerly with the
line of said town, to the north west corner thereof, thence easterly in a direct
line with the northern boundary of said town, and on a direct line with Blocks
seventy -eight and fifty-nine, to the middle of tiie main channel of the Missis
sippi river, thence southwardly with the middle of the main channel of the
MisMSsippi river to the place of beginning, is hereby erected into a city, by
the name of the City of Louisiana; . .
; Sec. 2. . The inhabitants of said city, heretofore constituted a body politic
and corporate by the name and style of "the inhabitants of the town of Lou
isiana," are hereby continued aa such body politic and corporate, by. the name
and style of "the City of Louisiana," and by the same naice,. or such other
.name aa the Legislature shall by law enact, they and their successors forever,
ahall have perpetual succession, shall sue and be sued,-implead and be implead
ed, defend and be defended, in all courts of law and equity, and in all actions
whatsoever, may contract and be contracted, with, may jmrchase, receive, and
hold property, real and personal within said city, and may sell, lease, or dis
pose of the same for the benefit of the city, and may purchase, receive, and''
hold property, real and personal, beyond the limits of the city, to be used for
the burial of the dead of the city, or for the erection of water works to sup- :
ply the city with water, or for the establishment of a Hospital for the recep
tion of persons' infeoted with contagious and other diseases, or for the erection '
of a poor house and fjrraor work house, or house of correction, and may sell, :
lease,' or dispose of such property for the benefit of the city and may do all
other acta as natural persons; they ,may have and use one common seal, and
may break, alter, change and make a new seal at pleasure., -..
Sec. 3. The City of Louisiana hereby created, as soon as may be, and pre
vious to .the next general election, shall be divided into three wards, by the
present trustees of the town, so as to include, as near as may be, the same '
number of free white male inhabitants in each ward, and the city council ahall
have power to alter or change the boundaries of said wards from time to time,
tM tkoy -y -o fit, Jrir. flip niimtipr of said wurilc. tiavinp rop-iril f
the number, of, free while male inhabitants as aforesaid, so that each ward shall
as aforesaid, have as near as may be an equal number of such inhabitants.
AaTicut II. "
OF THE COUNCIL AND OTHER OFFICERS AND THEIR POWERS
AND DUTIES. .
Sec 1. The corporate powers and duties of the inhabitants hereby incor-'
porated under the name and style of "The City of Louisiana,' shall be vested ;
in and exercised by a "City Council" to consist of two members from each
: ward, to be chosen by the qualified voters of the several wards, on the second
Monday of ApiU, annually. . ..' '.'
Sec. 2. No person shall be a member of the city council, unless be bee
citizn of the State of Missouri, and ahall have resided within the city limits
one year next preceeding his election, and a bona fide resident of the ward fer
. which he is elected. ;
-' Sec. 3. If eny councilman shall, after his election, remove from the ward
for which he was chosen, his office shall be thereby vacated. "'
Sec. 4. The council, in the absence of the Mayor, shall elect one of their
number to be President pro. tern, of the council, and the President thus elected
shall, during the absence from the city of the Mayor, or of a vacancy in the .
office, or inability of the' Mayor to serve, perform all the duties, and receive
the same compensation as the Mayor, for the tine he may perform such duties.
. Sec.. 5.; The council may appoint a clerk, and such other officers, servants,
and agents-,-as they shall deem necessary in the transaction of their business. -
See. 6. ' Tre council shall; be the judge of the election, returns, and quali- .
fi cation of- its own members, and shall determine contested elections.'
Sec. 7. A majority of the council shall constitute a quorum to do busi
ness, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may compel the
attendance of .absent members in such manner, and tinder such penalties as th
council may prescribe. ;, ' .
Sec. 8. . The council may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its
members for disorderly conduct, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of all
the members elected, expel ay member, but not the .second time for the same
efienee. .-. -. :. : -m : " : .):,.! . '
Sec. 9.. The council shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and the yeas
and nays of the members on any question ahall at the desire of any member
present, be entered on the journal, i ' . .
. Sec. 10.- No member of the council shall, during the term for which be was
elected, be appointed to any office under the city, unless a petition to that effect !.
be signed by majority of all the qualified Toters or the city :
-. . Sec. 1L All vaevwiea that ahall occur in the council,' in such manner, as
hall be provided for by ordinance. . : 1 ' . . '
Sec 12. Each member of the council shall before entering upon the duties
of his office, take en oath that he will support the Constitution of the United
States, and orhU State, and that he will faithfully demean himself in office.
- See. 13. Whenever there ahall be a tie in the election, of members of the
council, the judges of election ahall certify the aame to the Mayor, or person
. exercisingthe duties ef Major, who ahall. immediately thereupon issue his
' proclamation stating snohfaots, and ordering anew elecfion. . ', . ,
Sea. 14. There shall be stated meetings of the council once a month, at such
' time and place as the council by ordinance shall designate, and may be conven
ed bylhe Mayor at any time. .
Sec 15. Upon the passage of all bills appropriating money, of lulls impos-
teg taxes, increasing, lessening, or abou'alung licenses, and of bills for borrow
inc money, the yeas and naya shall be entered on the journals. :.
Sea. lft. ; A kaajority of all the members ef the oonnail elected, shall be nec
essary, to pass a tax bill-4ills appropriating, for: any. purpose, the -sum of
one hundred dollars or upwards, and bills in anywise increasing or dinunisU-
ing tnecuj rsveaue.
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OF LEGISLATIVE POWER.
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Seci l. The appropriations of the council for the payment of interest, for im
. provements, and for town expenses during any one fiazal year, shall not exoeed
the aaxmat of the Income of the proceeding fislal year, but It ahall be lawful for '
said council to apply eny surplus moneys ia the treasnry, to the extinguishment
of the tity debt, or the creation of a sinking fund for the payment of said debt
" See; 2. The city council shall hay e powe'withln the city by oi'diheheeji
: ;- First; to levy and collect taxes, not exceedinir one half oPdhe H8rc?ntunr up-'
..on all property made, taxable by, law, ftr State purposes, and to provide forth ..
coiiecuon oi tne same by sale ot real ana personal esUite, in such man-,
neras the council by ordinance may provide. . Second ; .To borrow money ion '
the credit of the city.' Third j To appropriate money, and to provide for the
payment of the debts and expenses of-the city,'- Fourth To make regulations:!
to prevent the introduction of coutagii us . diseases Jnto the cj j , to .make quar-,
tine laws for that purpose, and enforce the sanus .within five miles of the
eAf.' Fifth ; To establish hospitals, 'ami to hiate regnfalions for'the jrovertfj
ment thereof ' Sixth ; To make regblalions to secure Uic general health f -thi
inhabitants, and to prevent and remove nuisances. Seventh; To provide the ..
city with water, and to erect hydrant., fire plugs n4- pumps in the streets
' within or beyond the boundaf ii?s of the city, lor the convenience of the 'inhabi
tants of the city and envirAnt. Eiglrt ; To open, alter, abolish, widen, extend,'
establish, grade., pave, or otherwise improve, clean and keep in repair streets, ...
avenues, lanes and alleys,, but the council shall not estulUi.h or optn a street,
lane, avenue or alley, through grounds which have not been, by the' owners
thereof -laid out info town lots, and a plat thereof filed according to law-, 'with-
out the written consent of 'the proprietors of such grounds, but . the council
may by ordinance, require the owners of .such ground, when laid out into lots, ,
' to nave the streets, lanes, alleys or avenues to correspond as nearly as may be ,
' with the Streets, lanes, 'avenues or alleys in use in the city, by paying to the
proprietors oi sucit grounds such damages as may be round due tosucli proprie
tor, to be ascertained by ..such provision as the council may. by ordinance pre-;
scribe, or by other legal proceedings. Ninth; To establish, erect, and keep .
in repair bridges, culverts and sewers, and regulute the use of the fame, to es
tablish, alter and change the channel Of water courses, and to wall tllcm up ;
and cover then over.. Tenth; To provide for lighting the streets, and elect
ing lamps thereon. Eleventh; To establish, support and regulate the night
' watch and patrols. Twelfth; To erect market houses, establish markets and
market places, and provide for the government and regulation thereof.' -Thir-.
tecnth ; To provide for the erection of ail needful buildings foi the use of the
city. Fourteenth ; .To provide for enclosing, improving,, and regulating the.,
public grounds belonging ;o the city. Fifteenth; To improve and preserve
: the navigation of the Mississippi river Within the city. Sixteenth ; To 'erect,'
repair, and regulate public wharves and docks, to regulate the erection and re
pair of private wharves, and to fix the rate ot wharfage thereat. Seventeenth ;
To regulate 'he stationing, anchorage, and mooring of vessels within the city.
Eighteenth; To license, tax, and regulate ' auctioneers, grocers, merchants, '
. retailers, atd taverns, and to license, tax, regulate and suppress ordm-
aries, hawkers, pfcdlers, brokers, pawnbrokers end money changers. ;
Nineteenth; To license tax, and regulate hackney carriages, omni- ,
buses, waggons, carts and drays, and fix the rates to be charged for
the carriage of persons, and of waggopage, cartage and drayage of
property. Twentieth ; To license and regulate poters, end fix the
rate of porterage. Twenty-first ; To license, tax, regulate and sup
press theatrical and other exhibitions, shows and amusements. Twenty-second
; To license, tax, restrain, prohibit and suppress billard ta
bles, tippling houses and dram-shops, and to suppress gaining and
gambling houses, and other disordeily houses, and to suppress bawdy
houses- Twenty-third ; To provide for the prevention and extinguish
ment of fiies, and to organize and establish fire companies, also to'
regulate, restrain,-cr prohibit the erection of wooden buildings in any
part of the city, to regulate and prevent the carrying: on manufactures .
et ingerous in causing or producing fires, or injurious to the health of
the inhabitants, to appoint firewardens and property guards, with
power to remove and keep away from the vicinity of any fire, all. idle
and suspicious persons lurking near the same, and to compel any per
son or persons present to aid in extinguishing such fire, or in the pre
serve ion of property exposed to the danger of the same, and in pre
venting goods from being purloined thereat, and With such other pow
ers and duties as may be rescribed by ordinance to compel the own
ers of houses and other buildings to have be prescribed by ordinance,
to compel the owner of houses ard other buildings to have scuttles
upon the roofs of any such houses or buildings, and stairs and ladders'
heading to the same. Twenty-fourth; To regulate and order the
cleaning of chimneys, and to fix the flues therof. Twenty-fifth; To
regulate the storage of gun powder, tar, pitch, rosin, hemp, cotton, .
and all other combustible materials, and the use of lights and candles
in all stables, shops snd other places, to remove or prevent the con
struction of any fireplace beneath chimney, stove, oven, boiler, ket
tle, or apparattus ued in any bouse, building, manufactory, or busi
ness which may be dangerous in causing or promoting fires, to. direct
the safe construction of deposits for ashes, and severally tu enter into,
or to appoint one or more officers, at reasonable times, to enter into
and examine all dwelling houses, lots, yards, enclosures, and buildings
of every description, in order to discover whether any of thrm are in
a dangerous state, and to cause such as may be dangerous to be put
in safe and secure condition. Twenty-sixth; To regulate and pre
scribe the manner and order the building of partition and parapet
walls, and of partition fences.' : Twenty-seventh ; To establish stand- -ard
weights and measures, and regulate the weights and measures to
be used jn the citv, in all cases not otherwise provided by law.. -Twenty-eighth
; To provide for the inspection and measuring of lum
ber and other building materials. Twenty-ninth ; To provide for the
inspection and weighing of hay and sfone coel, the measuring of char-'
, coal, firewood, and other fuel to be used In the city. Thirtieth ; To.
provide for and regulate the inspection of beef, pork, flour, meal, or
other provisions. Provided that nothing in this act shall be , so con-.
strued as to authorize the inspection of any article enumerated in this
act, which ia to be shipped, beyond the limits of this State, except at
the request of the owner or qwucrs thereof, or the agent having charge
of the same. Thirty-first ; To regulate the inspection of bulUr, lard
' and other provisions, to regulate the vending of mea', poultry, butter,
eggs and fruit, and to suppress hucksters.. Tirirtyserond ; To regu
late the size of bricks made or used in the city. Thirty-third; To'
provide for taking an enumeration of . the inhabitants of the city.
Thirty-fourth; To provide for the election ol all elective city officers,
and provide for removing from office any person holding an office
created by this act, or by ordinance not otherwise provided for.
Thirty-nub; To provide for the appointment or all oUiceis, servants,
and agents of the corporation not otherwise provided for. Thirty -
, sixth; To fix the compensation of the city officers, and regulate the
feet of all jnrois, witnesses, and others, for services rendered under
this act or any ordinance. . Thirty-seventh; To regulate tho police
of the city, to impose fines j forfeitures and penalties, for the breach of
any ordinance, and provide for the recovery and appropriating such
fines and forfeiture's and the enforcement of such penalties. Thirty
eight ; To erect a workhouse and house of correction, and provide
' for the regulation and government thereof. ..Thirty-ninth; To create
the office of post warden, and define the duties thereof, and to regu
late and license all ferries within the limits of the city. Fortieth; To
evy and collect poll tax, riot exceeding fifty cents, upon every free .
white male person, over twenty-one years' of age, who shall have r-.
sided six months within the city. ' Forty-first ; To remove all obstruc-,
. lions from the side-walks, and to provide for the construction and re-
: pair of all side-walks aud curbstones, and for the cleaning of the same,
and of the gutters, at the expense of the owners of the ground front
ing thereon. Forty-second ; To prevent and restrain any riot, rout,
noise, disturbance, or disorderly assemblage in any street, bouse,, or
place in the city.' Torty-third ; To prevent and remove allencroach-
( merits into and upon all streets, tthesj avenues nd alley established
by taw'or'Wdinance.;, Forty-fbnrtHr,Ta exercise ebmplete And ha
i' perfect control over arij common of th 4if, and all of "the epHy
belonging to the city, real at.d personal, whether' ryieg'-wfthiii' brBe-
jond the liroiUof: the corporation 'created By this aet, add th eitc
j lease,. sel4 transfer and dispose of, : eltbfet 'absolutely -brwilH
ion, to. any person or, persons whatsoever,nd generally to make such
rules; regulations, by-laws and cjdntnc;es o the UIT0, of jptn
Wg lhpeace, good'idvernmflniandl ojpder f;itjjj J fj Jfceusia!,
.. and the trrf, Mmmlrce
, il may defcra expedient, not repugnant Jtp:tffi LC.OBftcAeseT!
laws of this State, and also to enforce the observaace thereof by in
dieting penalties tinonany. inhabitant thereof, or other persoa pr,per
stins, for the violation of ah ordinance, not exc'eValng' five liondred
dollars for art y bn offence, recovrrtble' irit! iatf:ii$6tfbt
debt, by and in' the name of the city oF rWaBaos.tAiaiotoicC rtio
. city, before any court having jwrisdiptlow or ognJzsrCB tb afl.
,. Forty-fifth ; To make all ordiDa.ncetttuUectf.fbemtnetiA.ttt
last clause of the preceeding section, whicht shall Jbe necessarytand
;'proper for carrying irto effect the powers'spe'cified' in' thU section, and
' all other powers vested by this act in the corporation, the city govern--f
ment or any departinent'or offiee thereof, c" :.-;v.,tr; t r.u .' -'TZ
... Sec. 3. .No money shall be drawn fforo the jreasuryvexceptia pr
.. suance of an ordinance or resolution of the city coneUi wguhjrly
passed at a regular or. special meeting of the council, .j., f ,9
Sec. 4. Every ordinance or resolution pas'seoTliy the city cbanul,
shall be sigried by the Mayor or President prb.'tenir of the elty coim
cil and attested by the clerk of the city couWcil befdie ft talcea eftVe.
. Sea. 6. The style of the ordinances of :this city shall be B it dt
dained by the city council of the city of (Louisiana", -:J
Sec. 6. . All ordinances passed by tlie .city council shll tl
thirty days after they become laws, be published Jn sonie' newspaper
published in the city of Louisiana or in Pike county, afid the newspaper
. published in Louisiana shall be preferred,' provided the teiml of pub
lication of such ordinances, or other official publications, shall be fH
reasonable as other newspapers published in Pike, .county. But the fail
ure to publish any ordinance within the, .time specified in this, section,
shall not render void, the effect of any such, ordinance, unless said' de
lay may cause such ordinance to act retrospectively on the ""tight "of
'individuals. - ''-' . .u v...... .-.i-vi i,y. ,-; t-ntn, :3iio .
See. 7. All ordinances of the ity may be proven :b the,, seal j6f
tie corporation, and when printed and published by. authority of , .the
corporation, the same shall be received in evidence in alt .courts and
places without further proof. . .y , . . .
Sec. Si " "The city council may' at any time, wiieti the office of May
or shall be vacant or he be absent from the city, or otherwise unable
to act, appoint a President pro. tern., who shall act as President of Ida
city council and Mayor during the vacancy. absence, or, inability, of
the Mayor, and sliajl, during the time he acts, receive thesame'coia-
peosation as may by law be allowed to tlie Mayor.,, , . . i- -, ,
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EXECUTIVE AND MINISTERIAL OFFICERS'.;
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SecJ 1- The chief executive officer of the city shall be the Mayor,
who shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city, and shair hold
hif office for the term of two years, and until hia'uocessor is duly
elected end qualified ; provided thatanelection to fill a Vacancy shall
be only for the remaiuder of the term for which his predecessor , was
elected. ' , " .: . ,: . ,. . t n. r
Sec. 2. No person sha'l be Mayor, who at the lime of his election
is not possessed of the qualifications for corincilman, cr wh6 holds any
lucrative office nnder the authority of the United StattSv' 1 i
Sec. 3. If two or more persons shall have an equal aumber of vote
for Mayor, or if the election be contested, the city council elected for
, the same term, shall decide the electioa.by vote... , , t r
Sec. 4. Whenever any vacancy shall happen in the office of Mavor.
it shall be filled by election in such manner as shall be pTovidedfor by
ordinanxe. . i . . j .:, i.v.vnt.
Sec. 5. ; The Mayer may be removed-frbm efSee-for ariymi3
tnea'nor by a majority; of two thirds of the city council.. .u i
Sec. 6. The Mayer shall act as President of the city Conncil and
shall have power to nominate, and by and with the consent of the city
council, to appoint all city officers not ordered by this act to brother
wise appointed; be shall take care that tlie laws of the State, and tfc
ordinances of the city are duly enforced, respected and observed within
the city, he may remit fines, forfeitures, and penalties aecrangfrosedr
imposed for the violation of any ordinance ot thexity, be may fill all
vacancies which may occur in any elective office, other than .that of
a member of the council, until the same, be filled by a lection,, 'and ..in,
any other odice until the end of the next session of the. council which
may happen after the vacancy shall have occurred, he shall from tiU'a
to time eive to the citv council information relative to the state of the
city, and shall recommend to their consideration such meaaqfts as. he
shall deem expedient for the.advan.tage of , the city, bhalJ, have po.w
er to take and certify , under the seal of the city, the acknowledgment.
of deeds, conveyances, and other instruments of wilting' requiring' an
thentication, an I such deeds, conveyances or other instruments nay
be received to record in any county in this "StateyoF may be read in
evidence in any court in the State,' ithbnt further authentication.
..The Mayor, while presiding in the city ceunciL shall have no , Ate -on
any measure or question, except there be a tie, in which case be shal
give the casting vote.
Sec. 7. The Mayor may call special .sessions) of the council by
proclamation,7 of by written notice. " '.: ' :' ",' '.''."Y. ", . v
: Seo, 8. Whenever a-'speclal session of the city council shall have
been called by the Mayor, he shall state to them when 'assembled, the
cause for which they have been Convened;' ' . ""-'.', ". ". '' "
Sec. 9, There shall be a Cleric or the lity Council fwhb shall per
form the duties of Register, and such' other duties as the cty ';6unCl
shall direct,) a city Treasurer, city Constable, city Attorney and city
Engineer, who, in addition- to the dntiea prescribed by this act, sball
. perforin such, other 'duties as may be prescribed by ordinanee,. there
, shall also be such other officers, servants, and agents of the corporff
tion, as may be provided by ordinanceto be appointed by the Mayor,
by and with the advice and consent of the city council, and to perform
such duties as may be prescribed by ordinance! and Such olficerV shall
' be removable at the pleasure of the city conncil by a majority bFftrd
i thirds of the city council. ; '. . : : ? v. .i ";; ; , ni li iilon
Sec. 10. The city council may by ordinance, provide for tbeifUfrt .
, tion by the qualified voters of the city of eny of the officers nase4ja :'
this act. . :' . .. . . w
Sec. 11. ; It shall be.the duty of the Clerk of the cfty 0neil ffl tse -,
. a journal of the proceedings of the council, to record In fe -'sepajite "
' book all ordinances or reSoJutioaa appropriating money, t kep,fczea
:Cord of all official acts of tlieIa"- M, when .nfcesfary.itot, -
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