1911 private laws – Ch. 219 Sec. 31

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The board of town commissioners shall have the power to enact ordinances, in such form as they may deem advisable, as follows: For the protection of the waterworks and water supply of the town of Smithfield; to grant to any person, firm or corporation a franchise and right to own, control and operate for a term of years or otherwise, street railways, telephone, telegraph, lighting or heating systems or any other business engaged in public service; to fix tolls of street railways, to contract as to compensation for such franchises, and to control, regulate and tax the same; to prevent vagrancy, and any person not engaged in any lawful occupation and who spends his time in gambling or loafing about the streets, without visible means of support, shall be considered a vagrant; to regulate and conduct all eleetions, to prevent interference with the officers thereof, and to preserve order thereat; to prescribe rules and regulations for the government and duties of police officers; to prohibit all trades, occupations or acts which are nuisances; to define and condemn nuisances and provide for the abatement or removal of same; to regulate and control the character of buildings which shall be constructed or permitted to be and remain in any part of the town of Smithfield, with the right to declare the same nuisance or unsafe; and cause its demolishment or removal; to provide for the leveling, filling in and drainage of all ponds, sunken lots or other places in which water stands and stagnates, and to recover from the owner or occupant the expenses of removing the same, which expenses shall be a lien upon the lots so improved, and enforced as liens for taxes; to prevent dogs, hogs, cattle and other live stock from roaming at large in the town; to prevent the keeping of hog pens within the town limits; to define and establish fire limits and prevent the location of wooden or other buildings within said fire limits and in any part of the town where they may increase the danger of fire; to regulate and describe what character of buildings shall be constructed within the said limits, and provide for the conditions under which buildings may be erected; to establish, regulate and control the markets or market buildings, to fix the location of any market building, prescribe the time and manner and place within the town wherein marketable articles, such as meats, perishable vegetables, fish, game, ete., and all other kinds of perishable food or diet shall be bought or sold: Provided, that nothing therein shall apply to the purchase or sale of meats, grains or flour packed in barrels or boxes, or fodder or hay or oats in the straw; to appoint keepers of the markets and prescribe their duties and fix their compensation; to regulate the license of itinerant merchants or peddlers and of those doing a temporary business; to establish, regulate and control cemeteries, to provide for the manner in which bodies may be interred therein or removed therefrom, and for beautifying, ornamenting and keeping the same in condition; to provide suitable grounds for the enlargement, extension or establishment of new cemeteries, providing separate cemeteries for white and black; to control and regulate the time and manner of burying the dead, to prohibit the burial of any person within the corporate limits of the said town not within said cemeteries, and provide for the punishment of persons violating the rules and regulations concerning the cemetery; to provide for the establishment, organization, equipment and government of fire companies, fire commissioners and fire alarm systems, and to adopt rules for the conduct, regulations and terms of office thereof; to regulate the erection, placing and maintenance of all telephone, telegraph and other electric wires, and, to prohibit the same from being strung overhead in a public street, and to compel the owners and operators of telephone, telegraph or electric wires to put same underground; to prohibit or control the firing of firearms, firecrackers, torpedoes or other explosive materials, and to govern the sale thereof; to control and regulate the speed of all horses or other animals, automobiles, buggies, carriages, wagons or other vehicles on the streets; to regulate the speed of railroad engines and trains or street cars within the corporate limits, or the stopping of engines or cars in the streets or crossings of the town; to specify the manner in which all stovepipes and flues and electric wires shall be put in buildings, and to control and. regulate the arrangement and operation thereof; to control and regulate the manner in which powder and other explosives and inflammable substances may be kept and sold, the manner in which commercial fertilizers are stored; to provide for the sanitary condition and keeping of all lots, cellars, houses, water-closets, privies, lavatories, stables, styes and other places of like character, to provide for the examination and sanitation thereof, and for that purpose ordinances may be passed authorizing sanitary officers or policemen to enter the premises suspected of being in bad or unsanitary condition and have the same cleaned at the expense of the owner, or abating such places as nuisances, and recover of the occupant or owner the expense thereof; to regulate the due observance of Sunday; to prevent the entrance into the town or the spreading thereof of any contagious or infectious disease, and for that purpose may stop, detain and examine every person coming from places believed to be infected with such disease; to establish and maintain quarantines against communities and territories where it is suspected prevails any infectious or contagious disease; to establish and regulate within the town or within three miles thereof; and may cause any person in the town suspected to be infected with such disease, and whose stay in the town may endanger public health, to be removed to the hospital or other place that the mayor may select; to prevent from coming into the town any second-hand clothing, bedding or furniture, to remove from the town or destroy any furniture or other articles which may be suspected to be tainted or infected with contagious or infectious disease or in such condition as may generate and propagate disease; to abate all nuisances which may be injurious to the public health; may vaccinate or otherwise subject to medical treatment all persons having smallpox or other contagious or infectious disease; to recover, by proper action against those who may cause the same, all costs and expenses of removing and treating people having or suspected of having contagious or infectious diseases, shall have power, by force, to remove all persons from the town or to carry them to hospitals or other places selected by the mayor or board of commissioners and detain them therein; to prohibit the carrying on of any disorderly house or house of ill fame or gambling house or house where games of chance are being carried on or where liquors are illegally sold; to provide for the inspection and examination thereof, and for that purpose may enter upon said premises and make arrest of any person or persons violating the ordinances of the town in reference thereto. On behalf of the general welfare of the town of Smithfield, and for the good order and government thereof, the board of commissioners may, in addition to the foregoing powers, pass or ordain any resolution or ordinance, and enforce the same by proper punishment or penalty, which it may consider wise or proper, not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of the State.

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