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now inhabiting, and those who shall hereinafter inhabit the district of country herein described, shall be a municipal corporation, by the name of the city of West Saint Paul, and shall have the general powers possessed by municipal corporations at the common law, and the authorities thereof shall have perpetual succession, shall be capable of contracting and being contracted with, of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded in all courts of law and equity; and have a common seal and may change and alter the same at pleasure.
Sec. 2. The limits of said city shall be all that district of country on the west side of the Mississippi river, commencing at a point where the section line between section sixteen (16) and section nine (9), town twenty-eight (28), range twenty-two (22) in. tersect the Mississippi river on the west side, thence running due west along said line, until said line intersects the Mississippi river, thence along down the channel of said river to point of beginning. The said city of West Saint Paul shall be divided int) two (2) wards as follows: The first ward shall comprise all that territory east of the centre of Main street beginning at the Mississippi river between Brazille [Bazille] and Robert['s] addition and Marshall['s] addition, running thence south by way of Eaton street in Morrison's and Eaton's addition, to Washington avenue in West Saint Paul proper, thence south on the line of said avenue to the south boundary of said city. All territory west of the lines above described shall be the second ward. Each ward shall be an election precinct.
Sec. 3. There shall be an annual election of elective officers hereinafter provided for, to consist of a mayor, four (4) aldermen (two from each ward), one (1) clerk, one (1) treasurer, one (1) assessor, one (1) justice of the peace, and one (1) constable, on the third Tuesday in March in each and every year, and the polls of said election shall be opened and kept open from nine o'clock in the morning to four o'clock in the afternoon, and the city clerk shall give at least ten days' notice of the time and place of holding the same, together with a list of the officers to be elected, by pub. lishing the same in a newspaper printed in the city, or by posting a printed or written notice in three of the most public places in said city. Like notice shall also be given by the city clerk of any special election. Special elections may be called by a majority of the city council, to fill any vacancy that may arise under this act, or to transact any other lawful business, every notice of which shall specify the object of said election, and no other business shall be transacted at such meeting or election than such as is specified in such notice. All special elections shail he conducted in a similar manner as near as may be, as general elections are by law conducted. The city council shall determine in what manner the judges and clerk: duties of their office, shall take and subscribe ap oath that they will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the state of Minnesota, and that they will well and truly perform the duties of their office to the best of their abilities.
Seo. 7. No person shall be eligible to any office under said corporation unless he is a legal voter in said city, and has resided therein six months next preceding the day of election.
SEC. 8. The city council shall be the judge of the election returns of their own members offices (and officers] of the city, and determine all contested elections.
Sec. 9. A majority of the city council shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day and compel ibe attendance of absent members, under such penalties as may be prescribed by ordinance. .
SEC. 10. The city council shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and the ayes and pays shall, on the demand of any member, be entered in the journal.
SEQ. 11. No alder man sball be appointed to any office under the authority of the city, which shall have been created, or the emoluments of which shall have been increased during the time for which he shall have been elected, or for six months after such alderman's term of service shall have ceased.
SEQ. 12. Whenever there shall be a tie in an election, there shall be a new election ordered in such manner as shall be provided for by ordinance.
SEO. 13. There shall be twelve stated meetings of the city council each year, at such times and places as may be prescribed by ordinance.
SEQ. 14. To the mayor shall belong the executive powers and authority granted by this act to said corporation, except such of said powers and authority as are specially vested in, or must from their nature, necessarily pertain to the other executive officers of said corporation. He shall sign all commissions, licenses and permits which may be granted by the city council, and all orders upon the treasurer. He shall maintain peace and good order, and see that the ordinances of the city are observed and executed. He shall have power, and it shall be his duty, to call out and use in such manner as may seem most proper, all the constabulary or police force of said corporation when he may deem it necessary to quell or prevent riot. He shall have power to call a meeting of the city council by giving notice thereof, as may have been provided by ordinance, or in detault of such provision, in such manner as he may deem meet and proper. At any legal meeting, in all cases when the votes of the members upon any question are equal, the presiding officer shall have the casting vote. The mayor shall be