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constitute a board of canvassers of all city and ward elections. A majority of the members of said boards shall constitute a quorum, and the mayor shall be the presiding officer, or in his absence a presiding officer shall be chosen by the board. Said board shall meet together within two days after any such election, and compare all the returns of votes, and ascertain what officers, whether city or ward, are duly elected, and shall furnish to each and every person so found to be duly elected to any office, a certificate of his election, certified by the clerk of said city. The mayor, or other presiding officer of the said board of canvassers, shall thereupon, upon the order of said board, issue to the public his proclamation of the election of such persons.

In case said board shall find that no person has been duly elected to any or either of said offices, whether ward or city, the mayor, or other presiding officer of the said board of canvassers, shall make public proclamation thereof, and shall issue his warrant for a special election in each of said wards, or either, or so many of said wards as may be necessary to fill such vacancy or vacancies so found, on the Tuesday next succeeding such last city or ward meeting. At any special city or ward meeting the same rules and proceedings, in all respects, shall be observed as are provided for annual city or ward meetings. The court of common council shall by concurrent resolu- April 25, 1900. tion fill all vacancies in any office that may become vacant by a failure to qualify, or resignation, or death of the incumbent of any town or city office.

§ 10. Certain duties of city clerk. The city clerk shall be the clerk of all joint conventions of the court of common council, and also of the board of canvassers, and in his absence a clerk pro tempore shall be chosen. The city clerk shall have the custody and care of all the records and papers of the common council board, after final action thereon has been taken by said board; and it shall be the duty of the clerk of said board to deliver the same to said city clerk, who shall give true and attested copies thereof whenever required so to do.

Rev. 1898. Chap. I, $14.

Rev. 1898. Chap. I, $15.

§ 11. City meetings, how called. The mayor, or, in case of his absence or disability, the acting president of the board of aldermen, or in the absence of the mayor and of said president, the senior alderman present in the city may, at any time, and when thereunto instructed by order of the court of common council, shall call a city meeting; and may, at any time, and upon the request in writing of any two members of the board of aldermen, and four members of the common council board, shall, without unreasonable delay, call a meeting of the court of common council, by issuing a warrant to the marshal or any deputy marshal of the city, requiring him to notify the electors of the city, or the members of the court of common council, as the case may be, that such meeting will be holden at the time and place in such warrant designated, which warrant, in the case of a city meeting, shall specify the objects thereof, and shall be issued and served at least two days before the day when such meeting is to be holden. Service of said warrant shall be made by causing a true and attested copy

thereof to be published in one and only one of the daily mornOctober 23, 1900. ing newspapers published in said city, and in one and only May 14, 1907.

one of the daily evening papers published in said city in accordance with the ordinance relating to city advertising, and by fixing a true and attested copy thereof on the public sign-post in said city. The court of common council, whenever, in its judgment, an emergency requires a city meeting to be called on shorter notice, may, by a suitable vote, prescribe the manner of warning the same. Warrants for city meetings shall be returned before the meeting to the city clerk, with a suitable endorsement of service. All warrants for meetings of the court of common council shall be served by leaving a copy thereof with each member of said court, or at his usual place of abode, and shall be returned with a proper endorsement of service, before said meeting, to the clerk of the board of aldermen; and a certified copy thereof, and of said endorsement, shall, before said meeting, be left with the clerk of the common council board.

CHAPTER II.

ELECTION AND DUTIES OF CERTAIN CITY AND

TOWN OFFICERS.

Rev. 1898. Chap. II, $1.

§ 12. Joint convention of Common Council for choice of certain officers. A meeting of the entire court of common council shall be holden yearly upon the second Monday after the annual city election, for the choice of such officers as are to be chosen by said court in joint convention. If any vacancy shall occur in any of the offices filled by said court in joint convention, said vacancy may be filled at a meeting of the same especially warned for that purpose. The person chosen to fill such vacancy, when qualified according to law, shall be vested with all the powers and functions pertaining to such office for the full unexpired portion of the term in which the vacancy shall have occurred, and shall be entitled to such part of the salary and emoluments of his office as shall be justly proportioned to the time for which he shall hold the same, and he shall hold his office until the next annual meeting of said board, and until another be chosen and qualified in his place.

§ 13. Meeting for choice of other officers. A meeting chap: 11, 82. of the court of common council shall be holden annually within fifteen days after the annual city election, for the choice of such other officers as may be required, to be chosen annually by the court of common council, all of whom shall hold their office for one year, and until successors shall be respectively chosen and qualified. If any vacancy shall occur in any of the offices so filled, said vacancy may be filled at a meeting of the court of common council especially warned for that purpose, and the person chosen to fill a vacancy in any office under the charter or ordinances of the city shall, when qualified according to law, be vested with all the powers and functions pertaining thereto, for the full unexpired portion of the term in which the vacancy

Rev. 1898. Chap. II, $3.

shall have occurred, and shall be entitled to such part of the salary and emoluments of his office as shall be justly proportioned to the time for which he shall hold the same.

§ 14. Officers of the Common Council board. There shall be chosen, annually, at the first separate meeting of the common council board after the annual city meeting, a president, vice-president, clerk, and messenger, who shall hold office until their successors are respectively chosen and qualified. The president and vice-president shall be members of said board. The presiding officer of said board shall not vote in any meeting, except when the action of said board shall result in a tie, or when by voting in the negative, his vote shall make a tie, in which latter case such question shall be lost.

§ 15. Duties of clerks. The clerk of each board shall attend the meetings thereof, and duly record the orders and proceedings thereof, and deliver true and attested copies of his records as often as required. The clerk of each board shall note on every vote, resolution, or ordinance of such board, a brief statement of the action of such board thereon; and whenever such proceedings are had thereon as make the action of the other board proper, he shall cause the same to be transmitted as soon as may be to said other board; and whenever the board of which he is clerk, shall have concurred with the other branch of the Court of Common Council in passing any vote, ordinance, or resolution, he shall cause the same to be transmitted as soon as may be to the mayor for his approval.

Rev. 1898. Chap. II, $4.

Rev. 1898. Chap. II, 85.

§ 16. Journals. The clerks of each board of the court of common council of said city shall keep a journal of the doings and proceedings thereof, and after each meeting shall cause the same to be printed in sufficient numbers, and distributed to each member of said court of common council, and to such other officers of said city as they judge best, and within four

weeks after the last meeting of said court of common council April 18, 1899. for the year, they shall cause not more than one hundred and

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thirty-five copies of such journal, properly indexed, to be printed and distributed, one to each member of the court of common council for the year during which said journal was kept, and one to each of such other officers, and shall deposit the remainder in the office of the city clerk of said city. Said clerk shallcertify under his hand one of said copies to be a true record of the doings and proceedings of said court of common council, and the same shall be the official journal thereof.

Chap. II, $6.

§ 17. City clerk, custodian of council records. The Rev. 1898. city clerk shall be the stated custodian of all votes, resolutions, and ordinances which shall have been made or passed by the court of common council, and shall keep all bills, claims, and vouchers which shall have been allowed by said court, until the same shall have been delivered to the controller; and shall take prompt possession of all documents and vouchers, as soon as the same shall have been finally acted upon by said court. He shall immediately make an orderly arrangement of all city papers, which are to be kept on file in his office. He shall keep an office at such place as he may select, with the approval of the mayor and auditing committee, or at such place as the court of common council shall provide. He may employ a messenger at a salary not exceeding sixty dollars a year.

$ 18. Collector. Office hours. The collector of the Sept. 2, 1905. city of Hartford shall keep his office open between the hours of nine (9) o'clock in the forenoon and four (4) o'clock in the afternoon on all ordinary business days, and he shall be there in attendance for the transaction of all business connected with his office at all reasonable times during said hours. He shall devote his entire time to the service of the city during such hours.

§ 19. Collection of school taxes. The collector is hereby Sept. 27, 1905. authorized to collect and receive the taxes of any school district in the city of Hartford when such district shall have elected the person holding the office of collector of the city of Hartford as collector of taxes for said school district.

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