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Indy from time to time appoint, SECT 3 mill be it further enacted, That the first clection of members for ihe City Council shall be held on the firit Monday in June next, and in every year

afterwards, at such place, in each ward, as the Judges of the election may prescribe.

Secr. 4. And be it further enacted, That the polls fall be kept open from 8 o'clock in the morning till 7

o'clock in the evening, and no longer, for the reception of ballots. On the closing of the poll, the Judges shall close and seal their ballot boxes, apd meet on the day following in the presence of the marsal of the district, on the first election, and the Council afterwards, when the seals shall be broken, and the votes counted; within three days after fuch election, they fall give notice to the persons having the greatest number of legal votes, that they are duly elected, and shall make their return to the mayor of the City.

Sect. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Mayor of the City shall be appointed, annually, by the President of the United States : He must be a citizen of the United States, and a refident of the City, prior to his appointment.

SECT. 6. And be it further enacted, That the City Council fall hold their felfons in the City Hall, or until such building is erected, in such place as the Mayor may provide for that purpose, on the second Monday in June, in every year; but the Mayor may convene them oftener, if the public good require their deliberations, Three fourths of the Members of each Council may be a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day; they may compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under fuch penalties as they may by ordinance provide ; they shall appoint their respective Presidents, who fhall prelide during their sessions, and shall vote on all questions where there is an equal division; they shall settle their rules of proceedings, appoint their own officers, regulate their respective fees, and remove them at pleasure ; they fhall judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of their own members; and may, with the concurrence of three-fourths of the whole, expel any member for disorderly behaviour, or mal-conduct in office, but not a second time for the same offence ; they shall keep a journal of their proceedings, and enter the yeas and nays on any question, resolve or ordinance, at the request of any member, and their deliberations fhall be public. The Mayor fall appoint to all offices under ihe Corporation. All ordinances or acts passed by the City Council fhall be sent to the Mayor for approbation, and when approved by him, shall then be obligatory as such.


But if the said Mayor shall not approve of such ordinance or act, he shall return the same within five days, with his reasons, in writing, therefor; and if three-fourths of both the branches of the City Council, on reconlideration thereof, approve of the fame, it shall be in force, in like manner as if he had approved it, unless the City Council, by their adjourn. ment, prevent its return.

SECT.7. And be it further enalted, That the Corporation aforesaid, shall have full power and authority to pass all bye laws and ordinances ; to present and remove nuisances, to prevent the introduction of contagious diseases within the City; to establish night watches or patroles, and erect lamps; to regulate the station. ing, anchoring and mooring of vessels ; to provide for licensing and regulatiog auctions, retailers of liquors, hackney carriages, waggons, carts and drays, and allo

pawn brokers within the City ; to restrain or pro. hibit gambling,and to provide for licensing, regulating or reflraining theatrical or other public amusements withe in the City ; to regulate and establish markets ; to ereet and repair bridges ; to keep in repair all necessary ftreets, avennes, drains and sewers, and to pass regulations necessary for the preservation of the same, a. greeably to the plan of the said City; to provide for the safe keeping of the standard of weights and meafures fixed by Congress, and for the regulation of all weights and measures used in the City s to provide for the licensing and regulating the sweeping of chimneys, and fixing the rates thereof; to establish and regulate


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fire wards and fire companies; to regulate and establisha the size of bricks that are to be made and used in the City; to sink wells and erect and repair pumps in the streeis ; to impose and appropriate fines, penalties and forfeitures for breach of their ordinances; to lay and collect taxes, to enacz bye laws for the prevention and extinguishinent of fire ; and to pass all ordinances necessary to give effect and operation to all the powers vested in the Corporation of the City of Washington :Provided, That the bye laws or ordinances of the said Corporation, thall be in no wise obligatory upon the persons of non-residents of ihe said City, unless in cases of inteptional violation of bye laws or ordinances previously promulgated : all fines, penalties and forfeitures inposed by the City of Wathington, if not exceeding twenty dollars, shall be recovered before, a single MagiItrate, as finall debts are, by law, recoverable ; and if such fines, penalties and forfeitures exceed the fum of twenty dollars, the fame Ihall be recovered by action of debt in the District Courts of Columbia for the county of Washington, in the name of the Corporation and for the use of the City of Washington.

SECT, 8. And be it further enacted, That the person or persons appointed to collect any tax imposed in virtue of the powers granied by this aci, mall have authority to collect the same by distress and sale of the goods and chatiles of the person chargeable therewith : no sale shall be made unleis ten days previous notice thereof be given ; no law shall be passed by the City Coun. cil, subjecling vacant or improved City lors, or parts of lots, to be sold for taxes

Sect. 9. And be it further enacted, That the City Council fhall provide for the support of the poor, infirm and disealed of the City.

SECT. 10. And be it further enacted, That no tax shall be imposed by the City Council on real property in the said City, at any higher rate than three quarters of one per centum, on the assessment, valuation of such property.


SECT, II. And be it further enacted, That this act shall be io force two years, from the pasting thereof, and from thence to the end of the next session of Congress thereafter, and no longer.

AN ACT Supplementary to an Act, entitled, W An Act to in.

corporate the Inhabitants of the City of Washington, in the District of Columbia "

BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Act entitled " An Act to incorporate the lohabitants of the City of Wallington, in the District of Columbia," except fo much of the fame is as inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, be, and the fame is bereby continved in force for and during the term of fifteen years from the end of the next session of Congress.

Sect, 2. And be it further enacted, That the Council of the City of Washington, from and after the period for which the members of the present Council have been clected, fhall consist of two Chambers, each of which thall be composed of nine members, to be chosen by distinct ballots, according to the directions of the Act to which this is a lupplement ; a majority of each chamber fhall constitute a quorum to do business: In case vacancies shall occur in the Council, the chamber in which the fame may happen, shall supply the samne by an election, by ballot from the 3 persons next higheit on the list, to those elected at the preceding election ; and a majority of the whole number of the chamber in which such vacancy may happen, shall be necessary to make an election.

Sect. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Council fhall have power to establish and regulate the inspection of flour, tobacco, and faited provisions, the guaging of easks and liquors, the storage of guopowder, and all naval and military stores, not the property of the Unit, ed States, to regulate the weight and quality of bread; to tax and licence hawkers aod pedlars; to reltrain or


prohibit tipling houses, lotteries, and all kinds of

gaming ; to superintend the health of the City, to preserve the navigation of the Potomac and Anacosta rivers, ad. joining the City ; to erect, repair, and regulate public. wharves, and deepen docks and basons ; to provide for the establishment and fuperintendance of public schools to licence and regulate, exclusively, backney coaches, ordinary keepers, retailers and ferries, to provide for the appointment of inspectors, constables, and fuch other officers as may be necessary to execute the laws of the Corporation, and to give such compensation to the Mayor of the City as they may deem fit.

Sect. 4. And be it further enacted, That the Levy Court of the county of Washington shall not hereafter possess the power of imposing any tax on the inhabitants of the City of Washington.

Speaker of the House of Representatives,

Prepdent of the Senate pro tempore,
February 24, 7804.

Approved, TH. JEFFERSON.

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