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The present volume constitutes the ninth edition of ordinances of Portland. The city charter was adopted May 26, 1832, by authority of an Act of the Legislature approved February 28, 1832. The charter provided "that all the laws and regulations now in force in said town shall be and remain in force until they expire by their own limitation, or be revised or repealed by the city council." In anticipation of the adoption of a city charter, the work of revising the town laws was begun in the early part of May, 1832, and was completed and published as the first compilation of city ordinances January, 1833. It contained but twenty-seven pages.
The first revision of the ordinances was authorized by an order passed June 10, 1840. The total number of copies printed was three hundred and the expense was about eighteen hundred dollars. It contained but forty pages.
The second revision was authorized by an order passed August 11, 1847. The work was completed and published in April of the following year. It contained forty-eight pages.
The third revision was authorized by an order passed April 19, 1855. It contained in addition to the ordinances, the city charter, statutes and special laws applicable to the city, and rules and regulations of the board of mayor and aldermen. and aldermen. The work was completed and published in July, 1856. It contained three hundred and eighty-four pages.
The fourth revision was authorized by an order passed April 1, 1867. The contents were similar to the preceding revision. The work was completed and published in the spring of 1868. It contained four hundred and eighty-eight pages.
The fifth revision was authorized by an order passed March 14, 1881. The contents were similar to the two preceding revisions. The work was completed and published in the early part of 1882. It contained six hundred and ninety-eight pages.
The sixth revision was authorized by an order passed September 8, 1891. It contained the city charter and ordinances only, omitting the statutes and special laws. The work was completed and published in December, 1892. It contained two hundred and five pages.
SUPPLEMEMT TO FIFTH REVISION.
The city council, by order passed May 27, 1896, instructed the city clerk to publish the ordinances passed since the edition of 1882, together with the Acts of the Legislature relating to the city, rules and regulations of the board of mayor and aldermen and board of health. This book was intended as a supplement to the edition of 1882. It contained one hundred and twelve pages.
The seventh revision (being the present volume), is published by authority of the following order:
CITY OF PORTLAND,)
IN COMMON COUNCIL, April 1, 1901.
Ordered, That a committee consisting of two on the part of this board, and such as the board of mayor and aldermen may join, be appointed, whose duty it shall be to cause the ordinances of the city to
be revised, collated and arranged for publication, together with the city charter and such statute laws as are applicable to the affairs of the city when appropriation for that purpose is made.
That said committee have power to employ such assistance as they deem necessary or expedient in preparing said revision.
That said committee shall report to the city council from time to time any changes which it may deem necessary or advisable to have made in the ordinances of the city.
That said committee be instructed to present to the joint committee on estimates an estimate of the cost of such revision.
IN COMMON COUNCIL,
Read twice, passed and sent up for concurrence :
April 1, 1901.
H. M. BIGELOW, Clerk.
IN BOARD OF ALDERMEN,
EDWIN L. DYER, City Clerk.
Read twice and passed in concurrence.
APPROVED, April 9, 1901.
FREDERIC E. BOOTHBY, Mayor.
By virtue of the authority granted in this order the mayor appointed Aldermen Arthur K. Hunt and Joseph E. F. Connolly, and the president of the common council appointed Councilmen Edward A. Shaw and William C. Eaton to be members of the committee of revision of ordinances.
At the close of the year 1901 the work had not been completed. The new city council, at a meeting held December 9, 1901, passed an order similar to the order of April 1, 1901, providing for the completion of the work. The same persons were appointed members of the committee of revision.
The general plan resembles the edition of 1881. It contains the town charter, the several city charters, notes on the charter, the special
Acts of the Legislature relating to the city, the general laws of the State which are applicable to the city and to city officers, the rules and regulations of the board of mayor and aldermen, and rules and regulations of the board of health.
Many of the ordinances have been redrafted, some have been omitted and some added. The ordinances for the government of Evergreen Cemetery were redrafted and compiled by the trustees of that cemetery.
It has been found somewhat embarrassing to determine what general laws of the State should be included in this volume. Great care and deliberation have been exercised in their selection; but, nevertheless, some which are of importance may have been omitted. To have included all of the general laws which have some bearing upon local municipal affairs would have made the volume too large for the purposes contemplated in the order.
July 29, 1902.
JOHN T. FAGAN.