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REPORT 



JOINT SPECIAL COMMITTEE 



RULES AND 



JANUARY 13, 1863. 




ROXBURY: 
L. B. & 0. E. WESTON, PRINTERS, GUILD ROW. 

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In Board of Aldermen, January 20, 1862. 

Ordered, That two hundred copies of the "Joint Rules and Orders 

of the City Council," be printed for the use of the City Council. 

Sent down for concurrence. 

JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerh. 



In Common Council, January 20, 1862. 
Concurred. 

JOSHUA SEAVER, ClerJc. 



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In Board of Aldermen, January 13, 1862. 
The Committee on Joint Rules and Orders respectfully report that 
they have attended to the duty assigned them, and would recommend 
the adoption of the following as the Joint Rules and Orders of the City 
Council for the ensuing year. 

For the Committee, 

SAMUEL LITTLE, Chairman. 

Report accepted. Sent down for concurrence. 

JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerk. 



In Common Council, January 13, 1862. 
Concurred. 

JOSHUA SEAVER, Clerk. 



JOINT RULES AND ORDEES OF THE CITY COUNCIL. 



Sect. 1. At the commencement of the Municipal Year, 
the following Joint Standing Committees shall be chosen 
by ballot, viz : — 

A Committee on Finance, to consist of the Mayor, two 
Aldermen, and five members of the Common Council. 

A Committee on Accounts, to consist of two Aldermen, 
and three members of the Common Council. 

A Committee on Sewerage, to consist of the Mayor, two 
Aldermen, and five members of the Common Council. 

And the following Committees shall be appointed, viz. : 

A Committee on Public Property, to consist of three 



members of the Board of Maj'or and Aldermerij and five 
members of the Common CounciL 

A Committee on Public Instruction, to consist of the 
Mayor, two Aldermen, and the President and four mem- 
bers of the Common Council. 

A Committee on the Poor and Almshouse, to consist of 
the Mayor, one Alderman, and three members of the 
Common Council. 

A Commiioee on Fuel, to consist of two members of 
the Boaid of Mayor and Aldermen, and three members 
of the Common Council. 

A Committee on Claims, to consist of three Aldermen, 
and five members of the Common Council, who shall have 
full powei' and authority to investigate all claims against 
the City, and to take any measures for the defence of such 
claims that they may deem expedient, and also under the 
advice of the Mayor, to adjust and settle all claims not 
exceeding the sum of $100. 

A Committee on iSireels, to consist of the Mayor, two 
Aldermen, and five members of the Common Council. 

A Committee on the Fire Department, to consist of 
three members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and 
five members of the Common Council. 

A Committee on Military AJ'airs, to consist of the 
Mayor, two Aldermen, and live members of the Common 
Council. 

A Committee on Burial Grounds, to consist of the 
Mayor, two Aldermen, and five members of the Common 
Council. 

A Committee on Lamps, to consist .of three members 
of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and five members of 
the Common Council. 

A Committee on Printing, to consist of two members 
of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and three members 
of the Common Council. 

A Committee on Parks and Squares, to consist of the 



Mayor, two Aldermen, and five members of the Common 
Council. 

A Committee on Watermg Streets, to consist of two 
members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and three 
members of the Common Council. 

On all Joint Committees wherein it is provided that the 
Mayor shall be a member, in case of the non-election, de- 
cease, inability or absence of that officer, the Chairman of 
the Board of Aldermen shall act ex officio. And the mem- 
bers of the Board of Aldermen and of the Common Coun- 
cil, who shall constitute the Joint Standing Committees, 
shall be chosen or appointed by their respective Boards. 

The member of the Board of Aldermen first named in 
every Joint Committee, of which the Mayor is not a mem- 
ber, shall be its Chairman ; and in case of his resignation 
or inability, the member of the same Board next in order; 
and after him the member of the Common Council first in 
order, shall call meetings of the Committee and act as 
Chairman. 

The Mayor shall be ex officio Chairman of any Joint 
Special Committee of which he is a member. And when- 
ever the Chairman of any such Committee shall have 
omitted to call a meeting of its members for the space of 
one week from the time any subject has been referred to 
it, any two of the members of every such Joint Committee 
shall have power to call meetings thereof. 

Sect. 2. In all cases of disagreement between the two 
Boards, when either Board shall request a conference and 
appoint a Committee for that purpose, the other Board 
shall also appoint a Committee to confer, which Commit- 
tee shall forthwith meet, provided both branches are then 
in session; otherwise, as soon as convenient, and state to 
each other, either verbally or in writing, as either shall 
choose, the reasons of the respective Boards for and against 
the amendment, confer freely thereon, and report to their 
respective branches. 



Sect. 3. When either Board shall not concur in any 
ordinance or other paper sent from the other Board, the 
Board so non-concurring, shall give immediate notice 
thereof to the other branch by written message. 

Sect. 4, All by-laws passed by the City Council, shall 
be termed Ordinances; and the enacting style shall be, — 
" Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of 
Roxhuryy 

Sect. 5. In all votes, when either or both branches of 
the City Council express any thing by way of command, 
the form of expression shall be "Ordered;" and when 
either or both branches qx^yqbs opinions, principles, facts, 
or purposes, the form shall be "Resolved." 

Sect. 6. No Committee shall act by separate consulta- 
tion, and no report shall be received unless agreed to in 
Committee actually assembled. 

Sect. 7. No Chairman of any Committee shall audit or 
approve any bill or account against the City, for any sup- 
plies or services which shall not have been ordered or 
authorized by the Committee. 

Sect. 8. No Committee shall enter into any contract 
with, or purchase, or authorize the purchase of any article 
of any of its members. 

Sect. 9. No member of the City Council shall receive 
compensation for services rendered the City, unless by 
direct vote of the City Council. 

Sect. 10. The reports of all Committees, agreed to 
by a majority of the members, shall be made to the Board 
in which the business referred originated. And all Com- 
mittees may report by ordinance, resolve or otherwise. 

Sect. 11. All reports and other papers submitted to 
the City Council, shall be written in a fair hand, and no 
report of any kind shall be endorsed on the memorials or 
other papers referred to the Committees of either branch ; 
and the Clerks shall make copies of any papers to be re- 
ported by Committees at the request of the respective 
Chairmen thereof. 



Sect. 12. Bach Board shall transmit to the other, all 
papers on which any Ordinance or Joint Eesolutions shall 
be printed; and all papers on their passage between the 
two Boards may be under the signatures of the respective 
clerks, except Ordinances and Joint Resolutions in their 
last stage, which shall be signed by the presiding officers. 

Sect. 13. The titles of all Ordinances and Joint Reso- 
lutions shall be prefixed upon their introduction. 

Sect. 14. Every Ordinance shall have as many read- 
ings in each Board as the rules of each Board require, 
after which the question shall be on passing the same to 
be enrolled ; and when the same shall have passed to be 
enrolled, it shall be sent to the other Board for concur- 
rence ', and when such Ordinance shall have so passed to 
be enrolled in each Board, the same shall be enrolled by 
the Clerk of the Common Council, and examined by a 
Committee of that Board; and on being found by said 
Committee to be truly and correctly enrolled, the same 
shall be reported to the Council, when the question shall 
be on passing the same to be ordained ; and when said 
Ordinance shall have so passed to be ordained, it shall be 
signed by the President of the Common Council, and sent 
to the other Board, when a like examination shall be made 
by a Committee of that Board, and if found correctly 
enrolled, the same shall be reported to the Board, and the 
question shall be on passing the same to be ordained ; and 
when the same shall have passed to be ordained, it shall 
be signed by the Mayor. 

Sect. 15. Every Order and Joint Resolution shall have 
as many readings in each Board as the rules of such Board 
require, after which the question shall be on passing the 
same; and when the same shall have passed, except 
orders for printing, for the use of either branch of the 
City Council, it shall be sent to the other Board for con- 
currence. 

Sect. 16. No enrolled Ordinance shall be amended. 



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Sect. 1 7. It shall be the duty of every Joint Commit- 
tee, (the Committee on Streets excepted,) to whom any 
subject may be specially referred, to report thereon within 
four weeks, or ask further time. 

Sect. 18. Either Board may propose to the other, for 
its concurrence, a time to which both Boards will adjourn. 

Sect. 19. No business shall be transacted by the City 
Council in convention, except such as shall have been pre- 
viously agreed upon. 

Sect. 20. After the annual appropriations shall have 
been passed, no subsequent expenditure shall be authorized 
for any object, unless provision for the same shall be made 
by a specific transfer from some of the appropriations con- 
tained in the annual resolution, or by expressly creating 
therefor a city debt ; but no such debt shall be created, 
unless the resolution authorizing the same, pass by the 
affirmative votes of two-thirds of the whole number of each 
branch of the City Council, voting by yea and nay. 

Sect. 21. No vote, by which an order, resolve or ordi- 
nance has been passed in its final stage, shall be reconsid- 
ered in either Board after the same has been finally acted 
upon in the other Board, unless the motion for reconsider- 
ation be made, or notice given at the same meeting at which 
the vote to be reconsidered passed.