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Title 24 Appendix : Municipal Charters


(Cite as: 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 237, § 4)
  • § 237-4. Specific corporate powers

    The generality of the preceding section and the grant of the powers therein made, but as a more specific designation of some of the powers conferred upon said Village, the Village of Lyndonville has authority:

    (a) To levy, assess, and collect taxes, in order to carry out its powers; to appropriate and to borrow money, within the limits prescribed by the general laws; and to levy and collect special assessments for benefits conferred.

    (b) To purchase, hold, and convey real and personal property and to purchase, erect, and keep in repair buildings and other structures for Village purposes; to furnish all local public services; to purchase, hire, construct, own, maintain, and operate, or lease local public utilities, including aqueducts, reservoirs, a water supply system, and an electric light and power system; to acquire, by condemnation or otherwise, within or without the corporate limits, property necessary for any such public utility and other Village purposes, subject to restrictions imposed by the general laws; to purchase common or preferred stock in the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation. Purchase shall not be made unless approved by two-thirds of the voters present and voting at a meeting duly called for that purpose. Where the stock so purchased enjoys voting rights, an agent to vote the stock shall be appointed by the Board of Village Trustees, and where it is known what matters shall be the subject of a given meeting of the stockholders, the Board of Trustees may, in its discretion, vote on those matters, and require the agent to vote the stock in accordance with its vote.

    (c) To make local public improvements and to acquire, by condemnation or otherwise, property within its corporate limits necessary for such improvements; and also to acquire an excess over that needed for any such improvement, and to sell or lease such excess property with restrictions, in order to protect and preserve the improvement.

    (d) To issue and sell bonds as permitted by the laws of this State with or without specific security therefor. The Village of Lyndonville may pledge its credit and issue its bonds to obtain funds for the purchase of stock in the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation. The amount of the bonds issued for such purpose shall not be considered in computing any debt limit applicable to the Village of Lyndonville, and the bonds shall be issued in accordance with 24 V.S.A. §§ 1781-1785.

    (e) To purchase or lease lands within or without the corporate limits of the Village; to lay out, alter, and discontinue streets, highways, lanes, commons, alleys, and walks; to provide places of healthy recreation in summer or in winter such as a skating rink, a swimming pool, a playing field, a public park; to provide for and maintain tourist camp sites, airports, aviation landing fields, a municipal forest reserve, and all other municipal undertakings and services authorized by law.

    (f) To adopt and enforce within its limits building, police, sanitary, zoning, Village planning and other similar regulations and ordinances, not in conflict with the general laws.

    (g) Subject always to the Constitution and the laws of this State and of the United States and to the limitations of section 3, to enact, adopt, repeal, alter, or amend ordinances, bylaws, and other regulations respecting the following matters within the Village limits:

    (1) The sale and measurement of milk and dairy products, meats, fruits, provisions, vegetables, hay, grain, petroleum products of all kinds, wood, coal, fuels, and all other articles of public necessity.

    (2) The construction, establishment, location, use, operation, and the licensing of hay scales; markets dealing in meat, fish, and food stuffs of all kinds; slaughter houses; groceries; restaurants, taverns, cafes, and other eating establishments; inns and hotels; manufacturing establishments; junk businesses; advertising bill boards; overhanging signs, street awnings; lunch carts; billiard and pool rooms; all places where beverages of any kind are sold or disposed of, either at wholesale or retail; public halls, theatres; dance halls; bowling alleys; moving picture houses; all places where tobacco, cigars, and cigarettes are sold or disposed of; blacksmith shops; trucking depots, stands, and other trucking establishments; public garages; repair shops; brick yards; stone sheds; cattle pens; hog pens; hen yards, poultry houses; coal sheds: dairies; laundries; dyeing establishments; garbage plants; gas works; wells, stables, gasoline, and oil storage tanks; gasoline filling stations; cess pools; skating rinks; privies; private drains; sewers; and public dumps.

    (3) The suppression of nuisances, bawdy houses, gaming houses, all descriptions of gaming, gambling instruments, and devices of all kinds, noisome and offensive places and occupations; loafing, obscenity and ribaldry in public places; vagrancy, riots, disorderly assemblages, disturbances, noises, and breaches of the peace.

    (4) The manufacture, keeping, and storage of gunpowder, dynamite, and explosives of all kinds, ashes, lime, matches, hay, fire works, and other combustible materials; the employment of buildings in thickly settled places for hazardous purposes; the protection of buildings against fire by precautionary measures and inspection; the maintenance, repair, and replacement of stovepipes, furnaces, fire places, chimneys, electric wires, electrical apparatus, and all other instrumentalities capable of causing damage by fire; the erection of buildings and fences; the use of fire proof materials and methods of construction in the erection of buildings within certain fire limits as designated and prescribed by the Village ordinances.

    (5) The taxing, licensing, and regulation of circuses, carnivals, concessions, parades, traveling show men, plays, exhibitions, motion pictures, entertainments, shows, theatres, billiard and pool rooms, bowling alleys, dancing, skating, boxing and wrestling matches, professional and amateur sports, pinball machines, slot machines, games of chance and machines operated for sport or amusement, games open to the public for participation in which a fee or other consideration is charged, pools, lotteries, and any and all forms of public amusements.

    (6) Vagrants, mendicants, clairvoyants, fortune tellers, spiritualists, mediums, peddlers, itinerant vendors, pawn brokers, transient business establishments, transient auctioneers, transient showman, musicians, and fakirs.

    (7) The fast driving of horses, mules, and other animals; cruelty to animals; the blanketing and covering of horses and other domestic animals exposed to severe weather; the use of sick, lame, or otherwise disabled domestic animals; the running at large of animals and the keeping of bees.

    (8) The construction of public drains under such inspection, ordinances, and regulations as the trustees of the Village may adopt.

    (9) The operation, use, and management of the water supply system and the electric light and power systems of said Village.

    (10) The erection of poles and the placing of wires, cables, pipes, and electrical conduits, and the use of the same; the suspension, putting up, or removal of any sign or awning in or over any street, alley, highway, walk, park, common, or other public place; the clearing, repairing and improvement of streets, alleys, highways, parks, commons and other public places, and the use of the same; the planting, preservation, maintenance, and removal of shade and other trees; and the prohibiting and punishing of damage or injury to the same; the use of rockets, squibs, firecrackers, and all other fireworks in public places; preventing the practice of any amusement in any public place tending to injure or annoy any person therein or to endanger the security of property; coasting or skiing on all public places; the removal of snow, ice, garbage, refuse, and dirt from sidewalks and gutters by the owners or occupants of the premises upon which such sidewalks and gutters abut; and the cutting and removal of grass, thistles, or weeds growing or being on such sidewalks and gutters by such owners and occupants. The regulation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, parking, the erection and maintenance of guide posts, street signs, street safety devices; the regulation of taxi cabs, other vehicles, and animals used in the transportation or conveyance of persons or goods for hire.