Clark County, Ohio

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Springfield's First City Charter

From Directory of the City of Springfield
John W. Kees & Co., Springfield. 1852


Sec. 24. That the treasurer of said city shall be elected by the qualified voters thereof biennially at the city election, and shall hold his office for the term of two years and until his successor shall have been chosen and qualified, and all moneys raised, collected, recovered and received by means of any tax, license, fine, penalty, forfeiture or otherwise, under the authority of this act, which may belong to said city, shall be paid into the city treasury, and shall not be drawn therefrom except by an order of the City Council. And the said treasurer shall perform such duties and exercise such powers in the execution of his office as may be lawfully required of him by the ordinance of said city. And it shall be the duty of the said City Council to require and compel the City Treasurer and all other officers into whose hands the moneys of the city shall come, to account strictly therefor, at such times and in such manner as the said City Council shall direct; and the said Council shall annually, within ten days preceing the city election, publish in some newspaper printed in said city, a particular statement of the receipts and expenditures of the moneys of said city for the year then closing, with the amount of money then remaining in the city treasury, and also of the debts due and owing to and from the said city.


Sec. 25. That the Marshal of the said city shall be elected by the qualified voters thereof annually at the city election, and shall hold his office for the term of one year and until his successor shall have been chosen and qualified. The said Marshal shall have the power and authority of a constable in civil and criminal cases within the limits of the said city and shall perform such duties and exercise such powers not herein specified, as may be lawfully required of him by the ordinances of said city. He shall execute and return all writs and other process directed to him by the Mayor, and when necessary in criminal cases or for violation of the city ordinances, may serve the same in any part of Clark county. It shall be his duty to suppress all riots, disturbances and breaches of the peace, to apprehend all rioters and disorderly persons and disturbers of the public peace, in said city, and all persons in the act of committing any indictable offense against the laws of this State, or infringing the ordinances of said city, or fleeing from justice after having committed such offense or infringement, and to take such offender or offenders forthwith into custody, and bring him, her or them before the Mayor for examination, and in cases of resistance, may call to his aid and command the assistance of all bystanders and others in the vicinity. He shall have full power to appoint one or more deputies, and at pleasure to dismiss or discharge them from office, and shall in all things be responsible for the correct and faithful discharge of their duties and liable for their negligence, carelessness and misconduct in office and positive violation of official duty.


Sec. 26. That every law or ordinance of said city, before it shall be of any force or validity, or in any manner binding on the inhabitants thereof, or others, shall be agreed to and ordered to be engrossed for its final passage by a majority of all the members of the City Council. It shall then be reconsidered by the City council, and if on its final passage it shall be adopted by a majority of all the members, it shall become a law for said city; and all questions on the final passage of any law or ordinance, or the adoption of any resolution, shall, if required by two members, be taken by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the same shall be entered on the journals of said Council; and all the laws and ordinances passed and adopted as aforesaid, shall be signed by the Mayor, or Mayor ex-officio, and the City Recorder, and immediately published in a newspaper printed in said city.


Sec. 27. That the said city council shall have power to lay out, open, widen, straighten or extend any street, alley or market space in said city, and to appropriate any real or personal estate for such purpose, whenever, in the opinion of said city council, the public good and convenience may require; provided that in no case shall private property be taken for any such purpose until the compensation therefor shall be ascertained in the manner herinafter prescribed, and actually paid by said city to the owner or owners of said property; or if such owner or owners are not known, or are not found, so as to receive the same, then until money has been appropriated out of the treasury of said city to pay the same.



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