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Title 24 Appendix : Municipal Charters



(Cite as: 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 235, § 114)
  • § 235-114. Village powers

    Said Village shall have power to make, amend, or repeal bylaws not repugnant to the Constitution or laws of this State or of the United States, for the following purposes:

    (1) To establish and regulate a market.

    (2) To suppress and restrain disorderly and gaming houses, billiard and pool tables, and all descriptions of gaming, and for the destruction of all instruments and devices used for that purpose.

    (3) To regulate the exhibition of common showmen, and of shows every kind not interdicted by law.

    (4) To abate and remove all public and private nuisances.

    (5) To compel the owner or occupant of any unwholesome, noisesome, or offensive house or place, to remove or cleanse the same from time to time, as may be necessary for the health or comfort of the inhabitants of said Village.

    (6) To direct the location and management of all slaughter houses, meat markets, steam mills, blacksmith shops, and sewers.

    (7) To regulate the manufacture and keeping of gun-powder, ashes, and all combustibles and dangerous materials.

    (8) To regulate the making of alterations and repairs of stovepipes, furnaces, fireplaces, and other things from which damage by fire may be apprehended, and also to regulate the use of buildings in crowded localities for hazardous purposes; to provide for the preservation of buildings from fires by precautionary measures and inspections and to establish and regulate a fire department and fire companies.

    (9) To prevent immoderate riding or driving in the streets, and cruelty to animals.

    (10) To regulate the erection of buildings, and to regulate entrances and exits to public halls and theatres until proper exits are provided, to prevent the encumbering of the streets, sidewalks, and public alleys with fire wood, lumber, carriages, boxes, and other things, and provide for the care, preservation, and improvement of public grounds.

    (11) To restrain all cattle, horses, sheep, swine, and fowls from running at large in the streets of said Village.

    (12) To provide a supply of water for the protection of the Village against fire, and for other purposes, and to regulate the use of the same.

    (13) To compel all persons to remove from the sidewalks and gutters adjacent to the premises owned or occupied by them, all snow, ice, dirt, and garbage, and to keep such sidewalks and gutters clean.

    (14) To license inn-keepers, keepers of saloons or victualing houses, peddlers, itinerant venders, and auctioneers, under such regulations and for such sums of money as shall be prescribed therefor.

    (15) To regulate or restrain the use of rockets, squibs, firecrackers, or other fire-works in the streets or commons, and to prevent the practicing therein of amusements having a tendency to injure or annoy persons passing thereon, or to endanger the security of property.

    (16) To regulate the place and manner of selling and weighing hay; packing, inspecting, and branding beef, pork, and produce, and selling and measuring wood, lime, and coal, and to appoint suitable persons to superintend and conduct the same.

    (17) To prescribe the powers and duties of watchmen of said Village.

    (18) To regulate the grade of streets, and the grade and width of sidewalks, and the construction thereof, and protect the same.

    (19) To provide for lighting the Village.

    (20) To prohibit and punish willful injury to trees planted for shade, ornament, convenience, or use, public or private, and to prevent and punish trespasses, or willful injuries to or upon public buildings, squares, commons, cemeteries, or other property.

    (21) To restrain and punish vagrants, mendicants, and common prostitutes, and to suppress houses of ill-fame.

    (22) To establish and maintain a public library and reading room.