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papers to their successors in office, and take their receipt for the same; which receipt shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the levy court.
Sec. 108. Every school commissioner, on his appointment to said office, shall take an oath, to be administered by any member of the levy court, that he will faithfully discharge the duties of a school commissioner so long as he shall hold said office.
Sec. 109 For any breach or neglect of duty, any school commissioner may be removed from office by the levy court.
Sec. 110. For the purpose of supporting said public or primary schools, and of providing suitable houses and equipments therefor, the levy court is empowered and authorized to lay and collect, in the manner hereinbefore provided, a special tax upon the real and personal assessed property in said county, not exceeding ten cents on each hundred dollars of valuation, according to the latest corrected assessment. . All moneys raised by said special tax shall be paid to the county treasurer as a special deposit.
GENERAL PROVISIONS. Sec. 111. It shall be the duty of the levy court to provide for the use of the orphans' court of this District proper and suitable books of record and dockets.
Sec. 112. The levy court, when assembled for the discharge of the duties of said court, may punish any disorderly conduct which shall cause an actual interruption of the business of the meeting, or which shall amount to an open and direct contempt of the authority of said court, by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars, or by imprisonment in jail for a time not exceeding three days.
Sec. 113. Nothing in this chapter contained shall be construed as having any application to that portion of the county of Washington included within the corporate limits of Washington City and Georgetown; but the provisions thereof shall apply only to that portion of said county which lies outside the limits of said corporations. Whereever in this chapter the said county of Washington is referred to, it shall be construed to mean only that portion of said county which lies outside the corporate limits of Washington City and Georgetown.
Sec. 114. Whenever a vote or an election may be directed to be taken or held in said county, the levy court may fix the number and limits of the election districts, and appoint a board of judges of election for each of said districts.
28. Washington City and Georgetown may
appoint a board of health. 29. 30. Powers of the board of health. 31. 32. Regulations of the board of health to
33. }Duties of the board of health.
FIRE COMPANIES. 7. Fire companies may frame constitutions,
&c. 8. Members exempt from military duty. 9. Fire apparatus to be worth five hundred
dollars. 10. Inspector of fire engines to be appointed;
his duties. 11. Privileges forfeited in certain cases. 12. How fines may be imposed and col13. 14. Certain proceedings to be had on the ex
pulsion of a member. 15. Money from fines to be paid over to
treasurer. 16. Fire companies to provide a fund, &c. 17. The corporate powers of Washington
City and Georgetown not interfered
with. SUBDIVISIONS OF SQUARES AND LOTS IN WASH
INGTON CITY. 18. Proprietors may cause plats to be made. 19. Surveyor may examine and certify such
plat. 20. Such plat, when certified, may be re
ferred to for description. 21. Regulations relating to the measurement
of lots. 22.
Duties and fees of city surveyor. 23.
) 35. The board of health may cause nuis
ances, &c., to be removed at the cost
of owner of premises. 36. The board of health may enter into
houses, &c. 37. The board of health may issue warrants,
&c. 38. Common nuisance may be abated under
direction of board of health, 39. 40. 41. 42. Quarantine regulations. 43 44. 45. 46. The expenses of the board of health to
be a charge upon the cities respectively. 47. Fines to be recovered in the name and
for the use of the cities respectively.
48. Washington City and Georgetown may
provide for the inspection of certain articles.
Section 1. Washington City and Georgetown shall continue to have and exercise all the powers and privileges, and be subject to all the duties and liabilities, mentioned in the several acts of the State of Maryland, and of the Congress of the United States, now in force, specially relating to said cities, unless where otherwise expressly provided. Nothing in this Code contained shall be construed to repeal or impair the existing charters of said cities, or the laws passed by the State of Maryland, or by the Congress of the United States, now in force, specially relating to said cities, or either of them, unless so expressly declared.
SEC. 2. The corporation of Washington shall contribute one-half of the expenses incurred by the levy court of the county of Washington, on account of the orphans' court of this District, and for opening and repairing, in that part of said county which lies outside of Washington City and east of Rock creek, the roads which lead directly to said city of Washington.
SEC. 3. The corporation of Georgetown shall contribute one-fourth part of the expenses incurred by the said levy court on account of the orphans' court of this District, and one-half of the expenses of opening and repairing, in that part of said county of Washington which lies outside of Georgetown and west of Rock creek, the roads which lead to Georgetown.
Sec. 4. The corporation of Washington shall forever keep in good repair, and at the expense of said corporation, the bridge over Rock creek, at the western termination of K street in said city.
Sec. 5. The corporation of Georgetown shall forever keep in good repair, and at the expense of said corporation, the bridge over Rock creek, at the eastern termination of Bridge street in said Georgetown.
Sec. 6. The corporations of Washington City and Georgetown, jointly or separately, may erect permanent bridges across Rock creek at such sites as may be determined upon. If it should be necessary to obtain private property on which to fix the abutments, and the corporation attempting such bridge cannot agree with the owner for the purchase of said property, the same proceedings, as near as may be, may be had for the condemnation of such private property, as is provided in chapter ten for the condemnation of land for the purposes
of a public road; and to that end, the mayor of such corporation shall proceed as the levy court is therein directed.
Sec. 7. The fire companies of Washington City and Georgetown now formed, and those which hereafter may be formed in said cities, shall severally have power to frame their own constitutions, adopt by-laws for their regulation, and elect their own officers.
Sec. 8. The officers and members of fire companies shall be exempt from the performance of military duty in time of peace, so long as they continue actively as such ; provided, however, that no company possessing an apparatus of the value of five hundred dollars shall exempt more than seventy-five persons; and no company possessing an apparatus of the value of one thousand dollars and upward shall exempt more than one hundred persons.
Sec. 9. No company now or hereafter formed shall be deemed a fire company within the meaning of the sections of this chapter relating to fire companies, unless it shall first obtain a fire apparatus of the value of at least five hundred dollars.
Sec. 10. The corporate authorities of Washington City and Georgetown shall each, annually, appoint an inspector of fire engines, whose duty it shall be to examine into the conditions of the fire apparatus belonging to each fire company in his city, at least once in every month, and to report its state to a fire department, to be composed of the presidents of the fire companies of his city, who are hereby constituted a fire department for that purpose, to sit monthly at the town house of the city to which they belong.
Sec. 11. If the inspector shall report that the fire apparatus of any fire company is so defective, or out of repair, as to be of less value than five hundred dollars, or unfit for service, and the company whose apparatus shall be thus reported to be so depreciated in value, or out of repair, shall permit the same to continue so for one calendar month, said company shall thereupon forfeit all the rights, privileges, and immunities granted by the sections of this chapter relating to fire companies, and it shall be the duty of said inspector to communicate such fact to the assessors of the city to which such company may belong.
Sec. 12. Each fire company shall have power to enforce obedience to its constitution and by-laws by fine and forfeiture, and to collect all such fines by warrant, to be issued by a justice of the peace in the city where such company belongs, in the name of such company.
Sec. 13. The certificate of the president of any fire company, that a member has been fined for disobedience to the constitution or bylaws of the company, attested by the secretary of such company, shall be sufficient evidence upon which the said justice may issue his warrant, Such justice, after having the party so charged before him, and upon the production of the record of the fine, proved by the secretary, shall enter up judgment against such party, and issue execution accordingly.
Sec. 14. If any fire company shall expel any member thereof, such expelled member shall forfeit all the rights, privileges, and immunities of a member of a fire company, and it shall be the duty of the secretary of the company from which he shall be expelled, immediately to inform the assessors within whose limits said expelled member shall reside, that he has been so expelled.
Sec. 15. Every sum of money collected by virtue of sections twelve and thirteen of this chapter, shall be paid over, by the officer or other person collecting the same, to the treasurer of the fire company in the name of which the warrant shall have been issued, or the money collected. If such officer or other person shall fail to pay over the same, said treasurer may recover it, and twenty per cent. damages, before any justice, in his own name, for the use of his fire company.
Sec. 16. Every fire company shall provide a fund for the relief of the indigent members of such company who may receive corporeal hurt, or contract disease at, or in consequence of, any fire, and for the relief of the indigent families of members who may be killed at, or die in consequence of any injury received, or disease contracted at, or in consequence of, any fire. The treasurer of each company shall, after having paid all the expenses which his company shall lawfully have incurred, pay over to said fund the residue of all fines collected by virtue of the foregoing provisions.
Sec. 17. Nothing in the sections of this chapter relating to fire companies, shall be construed to interfere with the right of the corporate authorities of Washington City and Georgetown, severally, to provide for the prevention and extinguishment of fires. Each of the said corporate authorities shall have full power and lawful authority to make all necessary provisions for the prevention and extinguishment of fires; for the preservation of order and protection of prop