1939 public local laws – Ch. 366 Sec. 56

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CHAPTER 366 AN ACT TO CONTINUE THE INCORPORATION OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE AND TO CODIFY, AMEND AND COLSOLIDATE THE STATUTES THAT CONSTI- TUTE THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE, AND TO REPEAL CERTAIN ACTS AND PORTIONS OF CERTAIN ACTS CONSTITUTING A PART OF ITS PRESENT CHARTER. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact: Corporation

The Charlotte Carnegie Public Library, a body corporate heretofore created by Chapter sixteen of the Private Laws of nineteen hundred three is hereby continued as such body corporate and may sue and be sued, have a common seal, may acquire, receive or hold real estate in the City of Charlotte or elsewhere by purchase, gift, devise, or otherwise, and may likewise acquire, receive and hold personal property, and may, subject to the provisions herein, contract and be contracted with for the purposes provided in this Act, and may make such rules and regulations and by-laws for its government and the exercise of its powers as may be proper. The said Charlotte Carnegie Public Library shall have full control and supervision over what is now known as the Charlotte Public Library, and any branches which may be operated by said body corporate, and which shall be for the use of the public without any charge whatsoever, except such reasonable penalties prescribed by the regulations of said board in connection with the use of its facilities, and said body shall operate at least one library within said city for the use of the white race and at least one library in said city for the colored race, and the members of the board of trustees of said body corporate shall have the power to select other trustees who shall have the immediate charge of the Charlotte Public Library for colored people under the general supervision of said board. -1 That the said Charlotte Public Library shall consist of a board of eight trustees of which four shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Charlotte, and the other four trustees shall consist of the Mayor of the City of Charlotte, the Superintendent of the Public School System of said city and the Superintendent of the Public School System of Mecklenburg County and the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners of Mecklenburg County. The four trustees selected by said Mayor shall each serve for a term of four years, except that the mayor shall select after the first meeting of the council, subsequent to the municipal election in the year one thousand nine hundred thirty-nine, or as soon thereafter as practicable, two trustees to serve upon said board until the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May, one thousand nine hundred forty-one, or until their successors are appointed and qualified, and in addition, two trustees who shall serve until the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May, one thousand nine hundred fortythree, or until their successors are elected and qualified, and such trustees shall serve without compensation, provided, that the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the Superintendent of the County Public Schools shall not be entitled to membership on said board unless the county contributes to the support of said corporation with funds derived from taxation or otherwise. -2 That one of the four members of said board shall be designated as chairman by the mayor; and the city treasurer shall act as the treasurer of said corporation; that said corporation shall have the power and authority to employ a secretary, librarian and such other employees as may be necessary to carry out the purposes for which said corporation is formed, and the duties and responsibilities of such employees shall be fixed by said board and such employees shall receive such compensation as may be prescribed by said board. -3 That the Treasurer of the Charlotte Carnegie Public Library shall keep a correct and detailed statement of all receipts and disbursements, and shall cause the funds belonging thereto to be deposited in a depository designated by said board, and shall render from time to time such statements of the financial condition of said corporation as may be required, and said treasurer shall assist the members of said corporation in preparing the annual budget for the library system in the City of Charlotte. -4 That the governing body of the City of Charlotte at the time of levying its taxes for the general operation of the city may levy a tax for the maintenance and support of the said Charlotte Carnegie Public Library in an amount that is now or may hereafter be approved by a vote of the people of said city for said purpose, and pay the same monthly to said Charlotte Carnegie Public Library Board as collected by said city. -5 All real property now owned by or the title thereto vested in the Charlotte Carnegie Public Library, shall be henceforth owned by and the title thereto vested in the said corporation; provided, that the same may not be sold or encumbered except with the consent of the governing body of the City of Charlotte. -6 That said board shall have all the powers and authority granted to libraries under the General Statutes of the State of North Carolina as the same may now or hereafter be enacted. Charlotte Airport Commission

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