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that for all contracts exceeding one thousand dollars in amount the approval
of the common council shall be first obtained. No commissioner or other
officer of the board shall be interested in the profits of any contract, and
no officer or employe shall have power to incur any liability on account of
said board, unless expressly authorized to do so at the meeting of the board.
At least ten days' notice shall be given, in some newspaper of general
circulation in such cities of the first class, of the reception of proposals for
the performance of any contract exceeding one thousand dollars in amount*
and the said contract shall be awarded to the best and lowest bidder who
shall furnish satisfactory security for the performance of the same ; and all
contracts exceeding one thousand dollars in amount shall be subject to the
approval of the common council, as aforesaid.

Sec. 5. The said board shall annually certify to the city auditor, at the
time prescribed by law, the amount necessary to be levied on the grand
duplicate for the support of the department for the ensuing year, and so
much thereof as may be allowed by the finance committee of the common
council of such cities shall form a part of the levy, and be used exclusively
for the use of the board of fire commissioners, and shall be certified to the
treasurer of such cities by the auditor thereof as the fire commissioners*
fund, and shall be held by such treasurer as other city funds, subject onlv
to the order of the board of fire commissioners, as herein provided. And
any interest received from the deposit of said fund shall be credited ^ said



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fundf and from the date of the taking effect of this act until such tax
shall be collected the officers and members herein named, and all other
necessary expenses in any wise arising out of the passage of this act,
shall be paid out of the fund that otherwise would be used in such cities
for fire department purposes : Provided^ hotvcver^ that the -amount of
levy as above authorized to the city auditor by the said board of lire
commissioners shall in no case exceed the sum of two hundred and twenty-
five thousand dollars in any one year. The said board shall have no power
to incur any liability on behalf of said cities of the first class beyond llio
amount so levied or appropriated to their order by the common council ;
and the purchase of any additional ground, building of any new house or
apparatus, or the establishment of any new company, shall be made by the
common council only upon the recommendation of said board. They shall
have power to locate and build such fire cisterns and plugs as they may
deem necessary for the better protection of the property of the city. All
payments from the fire department funds shall be ordered at a meeting of
the board, and shall be made by the treasurer of such city upon the warrant
of the city auditor, which shall be drawn in accordance with the order of
the board, and certified to in such manner as they may prescribe.

Sec. 6. In such cities of the first class, as aforesaid, where there now is'
or may hereafter be established a fire-alarm telegraph, attached to said fire
department, the same shall be under the control and subject to the regula-
tions of the said board of fire commissioners, and the fire marshal afore-
said shall, by virtue of his office, be the superintendent thereof. Such
number of operators and other employes may be appointed by the said
board as may be necessary for the management of said telegraph.

Sec. 7. The said fire marshals and assistants shall act as fire wardens
under directions of the board, and shall have power to enter and examine
any building in which fire is used, and may condemn the same, or order it
rebuilt or repaired, if it be considered dangerous to the public safety. When-
ever complaint is made of the dangerous condition of any building or part
thereof, it shall be their duty to immediately examine the same and cause the
proper measures to be taken to put it in a safe condition. They shall make
•prompt examination into the cause of every fire occurring within the city
limits, and for this purpose are hereby authorized to issue process for and
compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books and papers,
and administer oaths and take testimony, the material points of which shall
be carefully entered in a record to be kept for that purpose. They shall also
examine into the condition of any building reported unsafe, or being erected
in violation of law, and shall notify the owners thereof, if found unsafe, to
rebuild the same, in default of which they may bring suit against the owners
in any court having competent jurisdiction.

Sec. 8. That section sixty-one, as amended April 20, 1871 (O. L., v. 68,
p. 79), of an act entitled "An act to provide for the organization and gov.
ernment of municipal corporations," passed May 7, 1869 (O. L., v. 66, p. 140),
is hereby declared not to aflfect cities to which this act is applicable ; that
section fourteen of the act relating to the regulation of the police force in
certain cities of the first class, passed March 17, 1877 (O. L., v. 74, p. 55), be



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a.id the same is hereby repealed, and the board of police commissioners arr
hereby relieved from the performance of the duties therein conferred ; and
all offices created or existing thereunder are hereby abolished ; and all other
acts and parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act be and the
same are hereby repe-iled.

Sec. 9. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
passage.

JAMES E. NEAL,

Speaker of the House of Represemtatives.

JABEZ W. FITCH,

President of the Senate.
Passed Febniary 14, 1878.



Section 2436 of an Act Supplementary to and Amendatory
OF Title 12 of the Revised Statutes of Ohio.

Sec. 2436. In cities of the first grade of the first class the management
and control of the fire department shall be vested in a Board of Fire Trustees,
composed of four members, who shall be electors of such cities, well known
for their intelligence and integrity, to be appointed by the Mayor. At the first
appointment of such trustees they shall be designated to serve one, two, three,
and four years respectively from the date of their appointments. At the
expiration of each of said terms the appointment of successors shall be for m
term of four years. All vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only.
Not more than two of such trustees shall at any time be of the same political
psurty. They shall receive a compensation of one thousand dollars per annum.
Said trustees shall have all the powers and perform all the duties which were
heretofore vested in and required of the Board of Fire Commissioners of such
cities, which board, upon the appointment and qualification of the Board
of Fire Trustees, is hereby abolished, and said Board of Fire Trustees shall
in all respects be held and taken to be the successors of said Board of Fire
Commissioners.

Passed March 26, 1 891.



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A BILL

To Amend Section Two Thousand Four Hundred and Thirty.

NINE AND Two THOUSAND FoUR HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE OF

THE Revised Statutes.*



Section i. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of OkiOy
that sections twentj-four hundred and thirty-nine (2439) and ^wenty-four
hundred and forty -five (2445) of the Revised Statutes be and they are hereby
ancnded so as to read as follows :

Sec. 2439. The board may make, from time to time, such rules and regu-
lations for the government of the department as may be found necessary,
which shall have the force and effect of ordinances when approved by the
common council. All officers and firemen shall be alternately relieved from
duty for the space of twenty-four hours in each week, without loss of pay,
U4ider such rules and regulations, and subject to such restrictions, as the board
of fire commissioners may find necessary to maintain at all times the efficiency
of the department.

Sec. 2445. Any interest received from the deposit of said funds shall be
credited to the fund, and until such tax is collected, the salaries of officers and
incmbers and other necessary expenses shall be paid out of the fund that
otherwise would be used for fire department purposes : Provided^ that the
levy as above authorized to be certified to the auditor by the board shall in
no case exceed the sum of three hundred thousand dollars in any year. And
the common council of such city is hereby authorized and required, upon
the passage hereof, to transfer from the general fund to the fire department
fund of said city the sum of twenty thousand dollars, to be expended by the
board of fire commissioners in the employment of additional firemen.

Sec. 2. That original sections twenty-four hundred and thirty-nine (2439)
and twenty-four hundred and forty-five (2445) of the Revised Statutes be and
the same are hereby repealed ; and this act shall take effect and be in force

from and after its passage.

A. D. MARSH,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JOHN G. WARWICK,

President of the Senate*
Passed April 14, 1884.



♦Sections 3 and 5 of the original law, passed February 14, 1878.



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AN ACT

To Provide for Leave of Absence for Officers and Members
OF THE Fire Department in Cities of the First Grade of
THE First Class.



Section i. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio,
That in cities of the first grade of the first class all officers and members
of the fire department shall be alternately relieved from duty for the space
of twenty-four hours once in every eight days, without loss of pay ; and shall
be further allowed a leave of absence for twelve consecutive days in each
year without loss of pay, under such rules and regulations and subject to
such restrictions as the board of fire trustees may find necessary at all times
to maintain the efficiency of the department.

Sec. 2. That to provide a fund to meet any deficiency in the appropria-
tions for the fire department which may be caused in any city by the passage
of this act, upon the filing of a certificate by the board of fire trustees
setting forth the amount of such deficiency, the board of administration
or its successors shall recommend to the board of legislation, and the board
of legislation shall appropriate from the contingent fund of such city, such
sum, not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) in any one year, as may
be necessary to supply such deficiency.

Sec. 3. That all acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith be and the
same are hereby repealed, so far as the same are applicable to the cities
of the first grade of the first class.

Sec. 4. That this act shall take effect and be in force from and after
its passage.

HARRY C. MASON,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THADDEUS E. CROMLEY,

President pro tern, of the Senate.
Passed March 22, 1898.



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AN ACT

To Amend Section 2440 of the Revised Statutes.



Section i. Be it efiacted by the General Assembly of the State o/Ohio,
That Section 2440 of the Revised Statutes be so amended as to read as
follows :

Section 2440. The board shall have power to- appoint a fire marshal,
who shall be the executive officer of the board, and have the active manage-
ment of the fire department when in service, and such number of assistant fire
marshals as may, in the judgment of the board, be required for an effective
management of the department, whose terms of office shall be three years,
and until their successors are elected and qualified. And the board' shall
appoint such other officers and employees as may be necessary for the efficient
management of the department, who shall hold their positions until removed
by death, resignation, or for incompetency, inefficiency, permanent disability,
insubordination, or violation of a rule or regulation of the department. No
member or officer shall be appointed or removed on account of his religious
or political opinion, nor shall any officer or member participate in political
conventions or primary convocations of any political party whatever. The
board shall fix the salaries and prescribe the duties of the fire marshal,
assistants, and of all officers and members of the department; provided,
however, that as to the following officers and members of the department
the annual salaries shall be fixed within the following prescribed limits,
viz.: Fire marshal, not less than $3,000 nor more than $3,500; first assistant
Hre marshal, not less than $2,000 nor more than $2,500; other assistant fire
marshals, not less than $1,800 nor more than $2,200; secretary, not less than
$1,800 nor more than $2,200; assistant secretary, not less than $1,080 nor
more than $1,150; captains, not less than $1,260 nor more than $1,400;
lieutenants, not less than $1,116 nor more than $1,200; engineers, not less
than $1,200 nor more than $1,350; stokers or assistant engineers, not less
than $1,080 nor more than $1,150; pipemen, truckmen, linemen or repairers,
drivers, and plugmen, not less than $1,080 nor more than $1,150; assistant
superintendent of fire-alarm telegraph, not less than $1,600 nor more than
$1,800; operators, not less than $1,140 nor more than $1,200; assistant
operators, not less than $600 nor more than $900; and the said annual
salaries shall be paid semi-monthly.

Section 2. That original Section 2440 of the Revised Statutes be and
the same is hereby repealed.

Section 3. This act shall be in force and take effect from and after its

^*"^^^' HARRY C. MASON,

Speaker of the House of Representatwes,

ASAHEL W. JONES,

President of the Senate,
Passed April 25, 1898.



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AN ORDINANCE

To Protect the Hose belonging to the Fire Department

DURING Fires.



Section i. Be it ordained by the Common Council of the City of Cin-
ciunatiy that if any loaded wagon, cart, street-rail car, or other vehicle be
driven over the hose belonging to the fire department of the city of Cin-
cinnati, laid in the streets at the occurrence of any fire in the city, or at any
alarm of fire, the driver or owner or owners of such vehicles shall be subject
to prosecution before the Police Court of said city, and upon conviction
shall be fined in any sum not exceeding ten dollars for the first offense; and
upon any subsequent conviction for the same offense shall be subjected to a
fine of not more than fifty dollars, at the discretion of the court, witli cost
of prosecution.

Sec. 2. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

Done at the Council Chamber, in 'the city of Cincinnati, this fourth day
of January, i860.

BENJAMIN EGGLESTON, President

Attest : Samuel L. Corwine. City Clerk.



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AN ORDINANCE

To Better Provide for the Protection against Fire on
Steamboats and other Property, while out of Commission,
Laid Up, or Moored within the Limits of the City of
Cincinnati.



Section i. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Cin'
rinnatiy that from and after the 30th day of August, one thousand eight
hundred and sixty-one, all steamboats or other craft, which, for the time
being, may be out of commission, moored, or laid up within the limits of the
city of Cincinnati, shall be so moored or stationed that no more than two
of said boats or craft shall be in contact with or adjacent to one another ;
and that no two boats or craft thus moored or stationed shall be moored or
stationed within two hundred and fifty feet of any other boat or craft at the
nearest point of contact.

Sec. 2. That if the owner or owners of any such boat or craft, as referred
to in Section i, shall be guilty of any violation of this ordinance, the same
shall, upon conviction before the Police Court, forfeit and pay a fine not
exceeding the sum of ten dollars for each offense, together with the cost of
prosecution ; and every day's continuance of the violation of this ordinance
shall be considered a separate offense.

Sf-c. 3. That if any owner, agent, or trustee, having authority over any
such boat or craft, shall fail, refuse, or neglect to moor or station his or her
boat or craft according to the regulations heretofore provided, then the mayor
or chief of police may cause the removal of said boat, boats, or craft, and
cause them to be moored in conformity with the requirements of this
ordinance, and all penalties incurred, together with expenses incidental on
said removal, shall be chargeable to and be a just and legal claim against
said boat, boats, or craft, and the owners thereof.

Done at the Council Chamber, in the city of Cincinnati, this twenty-
eighth day of August, A. D. 1861.

J. B. WARREN,

President fro tern.

Attest : George M. Casey, City Clerh.



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AN ORDINANCE ,

To Regulate the Storage of Crude Petroleum, Earth, or
Rock Oil, or any of its Products, except Lubricating
Oil.



Section i. Be it ordained by the Common Council of the City of Cin^
cinnati^ that it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to have, keep for
sale, or store in any place or building within the corporate limits of the city,
any crude petroleum, earth, or rock oil, or any of its products, except lubri-
cating oils, exceeding five barrels, or 240 gallons, except the same shall be
stored in a properly ventilated building, which shall be detached at least
fifty feet from any other building ; and the outer walls of said building shall
be of stone, brick, and mortar or iron, and so constructed as to prevent the
overflow of its contents beyond the premises where it may be stored ; said
oil not to be stored above the first floor of any such building, and no fire,
heat, or light shall be permitted upon such premises.

Sec. 2. Any person ofl!ending against any of the provisions of this
ordinance shall, on conviction, be fined fifty dollars for each offense, and fifty
dollars for each day*s continuance of the same, and costs of prosecution.
This ordinance to be in force from and after the first day of September, 1873.

Sec. 3. That the ordinance passed November 17, 18S5, entitled "An
ordinance to regulate and restrict the storage of petroleum and other inflam-
mable oils," be and the same is hereby repealed.

Passed September 19, A. D. 1873.

I. J. MILLER,
President Board of Councilmen

W.T. BISHOP,
President Board of Aldermen,
Attest : J. F. Blackbi rn. City Clerh.



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AN ORDINANCE, NO. 491.

Authorizing the Board of Fire Trustees to cx>ntract with
THE City and Suburban Telegraph Association for the
USE OF Telephone Switchboard and its Equipments, and

FOR THE rental OF ALL TELEPHONES, TRANSMITTERS, MaG-

NET Bells and Battery Boxes, and Exchange Service,

FOR the use of the CINCINNATI FiRE DEPARTMENT FOR

THE Term of Ten Years.



Section i. Be it ordained by the Board of Legislation of the City of
Cincinnati^ that the Board of Fire Trustees be and they are hereby authorized
to enter into a contract with the City and Suburban Telegraph Association of the
city of Cincinnati for the use of one switchboard of the latest improved type,
with full equipment for sixty metallic circuit lines, with one long-distance trans-
mitter and one head telephone, all complete, for the use of the Fire Department
for the term of ten years ; and for the rental of all the telephones, transmitters,
magnet bells, and battery boxes, with backboards complete, and exchange service
necessary to equip all engine-houses, offices, and residences of officers and trustees
of the Cincinnati Fire Department for said term of ten years.

Sec. 2. The rental of the switchboard and all telephones, transmitters, and
necessary equipment shall not exceed seven hundred and fifty dollars per year.

Sec. 3. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after the
earliest period allowed by law.

Passed March 31, A. D. 1893, ^EO. W. DRAPER,

President Board of Legislation.

Attest: EDWIN HENDERSON, City Clerk.



AN ORDINANCE ** authorizing the Board of Fire Trustees to con-
tract with the City and Suburban Telegraph Association for the use
of telephone switchboard and its equipments, and for the rental of all
telephones, transmitters, magnet bells and battery boxes, and exchange
service, for the use of the Cincinnati Fire Department for the term of
ten years," was received, read, and ordered filed.

In accordance with the ordinance above referred to (No. 491 ) the following
contracts were submitted by Mr. Faran, of the committee to whom the matter



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had been referred, with the recommendation that they be accepted, and report-
ing that the committee had been unable to secure better terms from the City and
Suburban Telegraph Association.

This is to witness: That pursuant to the provisions of Ordinance No. 491
of the city of Cincinnati, passed March 31, 1893, *^"^ approved April I, 1893,
it is hereby agreed by and between the city of Cincinnati and the City and
Suburban Telegraph Association, a corporation organized under the laws of
Ohio, party of the second part, that for and in consideration of the sum
of forty-seven dollars and fifty cents ($47.50) per year, payable annually, the
said City and Suburban Telegraph Association will furnish, deliver, and rent to
the city of Cincinnati, for the exclusive use of' the Cincinnati Fire Department,
for the period of ten years from and after the first day of July, 1893, one
switchboard of the latest improved type, equipped for sixty metallic circuits,
with one long-distance transmitter and one head telephone, the same to be
located and used only in the fire tower telephone exchange in Engine-house
No. 3, on the south side of Sixth street, between Vine and Race streets, in
connection only with telephones and transmitters owned and controlled by the
American Bell Telephone Company, of Boston, Mass.; and also construct ami
maintain during the period of this contract one trunk line from each of the
telephone exchanges of said City and Suburban Telegraph Association, located
in the Cincinnati Telephone Exchange District, and connect to said switchboard,
for the use of the officers and members of the Cincinnati Fire Department, and
none others, for communicating with the police and patrol exchange, all city
departments, railroad stations, hotels, telegraph offices, and other telephone sub-
scribers of said company within the Cincinnati Telephone Exchange District,
and for the use of all said companies, telephone subscribers, and citizens
generally in reporting the exact location of fires to the fire tower exchange ;
said switchboard, all telephone instruments, trunk lines, fixtures, and appliances
furnished under this contract to be and remain the property of the party of the
second part, with full right and authority to the party of the second part to
remove the same at the expiration of this contract ; said party of the second part
binding itself to maintain said switchboard, instruments, trunk lines, fixtures,
and appliances furnished hereunder in good order and condition for and during
the whole of said period of ten years.

2. The party of the first part, in consideration of the undertakings of the
parly of the second part, agrees to pay to the party of the second part the sum
of forty-seven dollars and fifty cents ($47.50) per year for each and every year
during said period of ten years, the first annual payment hereunder to become
due and payable on the first day of July, 1894 ; and the said party of the first
part hereby further agrees and binds itself to use said switchboard and its
equipments, and the lines, fixtures, and appliances which are the subject of this
contract, only in connection with telephones and transmitters owned and con-
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IVbcreaSt The City and Suburban Telegraph Association has furnished all
the telephones, transmitters, and magnet bells, and other telephone supplies
used by the Cincinnati Fire Department, free of charge ever since the telephone
came into use in this city, covering a period of about fifteen years; and

Whereasy New and improved switchboards, long-distance transmitters, and
!)ridging magnet bells have been invented and patented, the exclusive use of



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