Early Springfield Ordinances
From Directory of the City of Springfield
John W. Kees & Co., Springfield. 1852
For the protection and regulation of the city hall.
Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the city council of Springfield, That if any person or persons shall cut, mar, injure, deface or destroy any stand, desk, table, seat, chair, bench or other fixture in the said city hall, or shall stand or place their feet upon any seat or chair, or shall sit upon the back of any seat in said hall, shall for every such offense, on conviction thereof before the mayor, pay a fine not exceeding five dollars and costs of suit.
Sec. 2. That it shall be the duty of the city marshal, with or without process, to apprehend every person found offending against any of the provisions contained in the first section of this ordinance, and such person or persons forthwith take before the mayor, to be dealt with according to law.
Sec. 3. That it shall be the duty of the city marshal, or such other person as the city council shall from time to time appoint, to let or hire the use of said hall to such person or persons and for such purpose as he shall think best, provided the same is not for any indecent or immoral purpose, for such time and upon such terms as said city council shall from time to time determine by resolution, paying over and accounting to the city treasurer every three months, the proceeds and avails of said rents, and report quarterly to the said city council the purposes for which the hall has been rented, and the rents received for the use of the same.
Sec. 4. That it shall be the duty of the city marshal or his deputy to take charge of said city hall, to be present at all meetings, concerts and exhibitions held in said city hall, and during the time thereof preserve the public peace and enforce the provisions of this ordinance.
Sec. 5. This ordinance to be in force from and after its publication.
JAMES M. HUNT
Mayor of the city of Springfield
Passed March 30, 1852.
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