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Springfield's First City Charter

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


AN ACT

TO AMEND THE ACT ENTITLED "AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD."

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, That the election provided for in the thirty-third section of the act to whcih this is an amendment, for accepting or rejecting said city charter, shall be held on the first Monday of April, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty, or at any other time, by giving ten days notice, published in some newspaper in general circulation in said city.

BENJAMIN F. LEITER,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
CHARLES C. CONVERS,
Speaker of the Senate

March 23, 1850

SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE,
Columbus, April 16, 1850.

I hereby certify that the above is a correct copy of the original roll on file at this office.

HENRY W. KING
Secretary of State.


AN ACT

TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD

Whereas, at an election held by the qualified voters of the city of Springfield, under provisions of the thirty-third section of the charter of said city, for the adoption or rejection of said charter, the judges and clerks of said election failed to sign, certify and preserve the poll books of said election; Therefore,

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, That no proof shall be required in any of the courts of this State of the adoption of said city charter, but that the same shall be taken and held to have been adopted by the qualified voters of said city.

Sec. 2. That the first proviso in the twenty-second section of said city charter be, and the same is hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. The corporate authorities of said city are hereby authorized to pay any amount of interest, not exceeding ten per cent on any loans, or other liabilities created by said city authorities.

Sec. 4. All real estate heretofore purchased by the authorities of the town of Springfield, or by any other person or persons, or that may hereafter be purchased or received by donation or otherwise, for the use of common schools in the city of Springfield, shall vest in the city council in trust for the use of common schools in said city; and said city council are hereby authorized to sell and convey by deed in fee simple, any of said real estate, whenever in their opinion, the same is not needed for the use of common schools, or that it would be for the interest of the citizens generally to sell the same, and re-invest the proceeds thereof in real estate in some more convenient location in said city.

Sec. 5. The territory included within the limits of said city, shall constitute one road district until the city council shall deem it necessary to sub-divide the same into two or more districts, and that the city council shall have power to require every male inhabitant of said city over the age of twenty-one, and not exceeding sixty years of age, who shall have resided within the corporate limits of said city three months next preceeding such requisition, to perform one extra day's labor on the streets and alleys of said city, in addition to the two days' labor now required by law, under the direction of the marshal, or such other officer as may be appointed by the city council, and all persons residing within the corporate limits of said city, shall be authorized to work out highway taxes on property owned within the limits of the same, and be exempted from the performance of any labor on the public highways out of the limits of said city; provided, that nothing in this act shall be so construed as to exempt persons residing in said city from paying their highway taxes on property they may own elsewhere; provided, further, that nothing in this act shall be so construed as to require labor upon the streets, alleys, or highways of said city, from any person now exempt from such labor by any of the laws of this State.

Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of the city recorder to record all the ordinances and amendments thereto, passed by the city council, in a book prepared for that purpose, and all such ordinances and amendments so recorded, signed by the mayor and countersigned by the recorder, with the certificate of the mayor that each ordinance and amendment was passed by the city council, and published in accordance with the provisions of the city charter, shall be prima facie evidence of the passage and publication of such ordinances and amendments.

JOHN F. MORSE
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
CHARLES C. CONVERS,
Speaker of the Senate

February 11, 1841

SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE,
Columbus, March 6, 1851.

I hereby certify that the above is a correct copy of the original roll on file at this office.

HENRY W. KING
Secretary of State.



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