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Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the City of St.
Louis ^ as folloivs:

Section 1. There is hereby created and established the office
of Commissioner of Supplies, who shall hold his office for the



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term of two years, by virtue of his first appointment under this
ordinance, and for four years by virtue of subsequent appoint-
ments thereafter and until his successor is duly appointed and
qualified. The Commissioner of Supplies shall be appointed by
the Mayor with the approval of the Council ; he shall be a citizen
of the United States ; he shall have been a resident of the City
of St. Louis at least three years next preceding his appointment ;
he shall receive a salary of thirty -five hundred dollars a year,
payable monthly, and shall give a bond of fifty thousand dollars,
with not less than three good securities who shall be holders of
unincumbered real estate within the City of St. Louis ; said bond
to be approved by the Mayor and Council. The condition of said
bond shall be that said Commissioner shall honestly and faithfully
execute and perform the duties of his office as prescribed by law
and ordinances; that he will not, directly or indirectly, be in
an}'^ manner interested in the sale of any article to the City of St.
Louis ; that he will not directly or indirectly, receive any bribe,
gift or consideration of any kind from any person or persons who
have been, are now, or likely to be, engaged through his depart-
ment in furnishing any supplies or selling any article to the City
of St. Louis.

Sec. 2. The Commissioner of Supplies shall purchase all arti-
cles needed by the city in its several departments, in such manner
and under such regulations as may be provided by ordinance. He
shall purchase all articles, so far as practicable, by advertising for
proposals. All i)urchases made by him without advertising for
proposals shall be approved by the Comptroller before the same
shall become binding on the city. In advertising for proposals to
furnish supplies, quantity and quality of all articles shall be fully
stated, and any bidder may bid for any one article named. The
award for each article shall in all cases be made to the lowest
bidder therefor. The Commissioner of Supplies shall furnish to
the bidders printed blanks, which shall be filled up by the bidders
with the price of the article to be furnished, and shall, in specify-
ing the quantity and quality of any article, recite the advertise-
ment. AH bids shall be sealed and opened at an hour and place
to be stated in the advertisement for proposals, in the presence of
as many of the bidders as may desire to be present, and shall
be subject to the inspection of bidders. All bids having any
alteration or erasure upon them shall be rejected. The Commis-
sioner of Supplies shall reserve the right to reject any and all
bids. All contracts shall be approved by the Mayo? before they
shall become binding on the city.

Sec. 3. The Commissioner of Supplies shall, in the month of
June of each year, advertise for proposals and enter into contract
on the part of the City of St. Louis, for furnishing, for Che period



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of oue year, all fuel, milk and ice that may be required for the
use of the City Hospital, Insane Asylum, Poor House, Female
Hospital, Workl^use, Jail, House of Refuge, City Hall, Court
House, Fire Engine Houses and other city offices ; the articles to
be delivered as required, from time to time, at the different insti-
tutions and departments of the city, and he shall require a good
and sufficient bond for the faithful performance of said contracts,
which shall be approved by the Mayor.

Sec. 4. The Commissioner of Supples shall, in the month of
June of each 3^ear and every three months thereafter, advertise
for proposals and enter into contract on the part of the City of
St. Louis for furnishing for the period of three months all meat,
butter, lard, fish, eggs, poultry, bread, gasoline, flour, corn meal,
hay, corn, oats and ground feed required for the use of the Health
Department, Workhouse, House of Refuge, Jail, Fire Depart-
ment, and all other departments ; the articles to be delivered as
required from time to time at the different institutions and depart-
ments of the city, and he shall require a good and sufficient bond
for the faithful performance of said contracts subject to the
approval of the Mayor.

Sec. 5. All perishable articles, such as fruit and vegetables,
that may be required for the use of the Hospitals, Insane
Asylum, Poor House, Workhouse, and House of Refuge, shall
be purchased by the Commissioner of Supplies at the best possible
rates on the requisition signed by the proper officer in charge of
the above named city departments ; all of which purchases shall
be approved by the Comptroller before they shall be binding on
the city.

Sec. 6. Whenever any institution or department of the city
through the officer in charge thereof shall make a requisition on
the (Commissioner of Supplies for any bedding, household goods,
furniture, dry goods, clothing, tinware, hardware, harness, ma-
chinery, tools, stoves, carpets, building material, surgical instru-
ments, surveying instruments, stationery and books ; when the
amount to be purchased will exceed the sum of one hundred
dollars for any one article, the Commissioner of Supplies will
advertise for proposals and enter into contract on the part of the
City of St. Louis for the furnishing of such articles ; but other-
wise the Commissioner of Supplies shall purchase such articles at
the best possible market rates, on the requisition signed by the
officer in charge of the department where such articles are needed.

Sec. 7. In the months of January, ApriH July and October
the Commissioner of Supplies shall give public notice in the news-
papers doing the city printing, that on the fifth day from the date
of the notice he will receive proposals for furnishing the City
Hospital, Female Hospital, Insane Asylum, Small-Pox Hospital,



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Poor House, Workhouse, House of Refuge and Jail with such
groceries and drugs, not otherwise contracted for, as may be
needed for the use of said institutions duringfcthe next three
months ; and for the information of bidders he shall have prepared
printed lists of the articles, and quantity required for each insti-
tution. The requisitions for groceries and drugs for each institu-
tion shall each be separate. ^

Sec. 8. The Commissioner of Supplies shall purchase the
engines and other apparatus for the suppression or extinguishment
of fire and protection of life and property, that may be needed by
the Fire Department, when the purchase of such articles are
recommended by the Chief of the Fire Department and approved
by the Mayor ; Pi^ovided, however, that the Municipal Assembly
shall have by ordinance provided for and appropriated the funds
to meet said purchase.

Sec. 9. The Commissioner of Supplies shall purchase all
horses, mules, wagons, carts, ambulances and buggies, that mixj
be needed for the several Institutions on Departments Of the city ;
Provided i that before making said purchases, that the requisitions
for same shall be signed by the officer in charge of the depart-
ment where such articles are needed, and approved by the Mayor.

Sec. 10. It shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Supplies
to personally examine the articles that have been purchas d. by
him and delivered to the several Institutions or Departments of
the city, and see if the said articles are of the standard kind and
quality as required by the terms of sale ; where he shall find in-
ferior articles have been delivered he shall at once reject all such
articles, and shall not certify the bill for the same for payment,
and report all the facts to the Mayor. It shall be the duty of the
Commissioner of Supplies, whenever supplies of an^^ sort are
furnished to any Institution or Department of the City Govern-
ment to send with such supplies a memorandum stating the quan
tity, quality, weight or measure and price of each article sent,
which memorandum shall be returned to the Commissioner of
Supplies with the indorsement thereon of the Superintendent or
other person in charge of the Department or Institution as to its
correctness, ex(;ept in respect to the price thereof. The Com-
missioner of Supplies shall keep all such memorandums or re-
ceipts as vouchers for any payments he may make, either for
goods purchased in the open market or under advertisement.

Sec. 11. It shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Supplies
to approve, if corrgct, all bills for supplies furnished the city,
whether purchased under any contract with the city or otherwise.
If a bill is made under any contract, the Commissioner of Sup-
plies shall state on the bill the date of the contract and the date
of the approval by the Mayor. If the bill is not made under



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any contract it shall be approved by the Comptroller and a certi-
fied copy of the requisition for the articles mentioned in said bill
shall be attached to the same. The Auditor shall not audit and
allow any bills for supplies unless the foregoing provisions are
complied with.

^EC. 12. The Commissioner of supplies, by and with the con-
sent and approval of the Mayor, shall employ such clerks and
assistants that may be needed for the proper management of his
department.

Sec. 13. The Commissioner of Supplies shall require all par-
ties contracting through his department to give good and suffi-
cient bond for the faithful performance of said contracts, to be
approved by the Mayor, and all contracts shall contain a clause
that the articles to be furnished are to be delivered to the various
city institutions or departments free of charge for transportation,
and that the city shall allow no charge for packages.

Sec. 14. When the Commissioner of Supplies tinds any party
engaged in selling or delivering any article to the city, who has
failed or refuses to comply with the terras of his contract or
agreement, or when a party fails to make restitution to the City
of St. Louis for any loss the city has met by failure or neglect on
his part to comply with the terms of this agreement, then the
Commissioner of Supplies, with the consent and approval of the
Mayor, shall decline to receive any further bids from said party
for any articles to be furnished to the city.

Sec. 15. The Commissioner of Supplies shall, every three
months, or oftener, if deemed necessary, advertise in the news-
papers doing the city printing, for at least three days, for pro-
posals for the purchase of all surplus, condemned or other refuse
property under his control. Said advertisement shall state speci-
fically the character and quality of the article or articles to be
disposed of, the time and place, when and where the bids shall be
opened, with the right reserved to the Commissioner to reject any
or all bids ; Provided, that any rejection or award of bids be done
by and with the consent and approval of the Mayor.

Sec. 16. The money received from the sale of all surplus,
condemned or other refuse property, shall, within one week from
the day of sale, be paid by the Commissioner into the City Treas-
ury, taking the Treasurer's receipt in triplicate therefor, and filing
one of those receipts with the Comptroller and one with the Audi-
tor.

Sec. 17. The Commissioner of Supplies shall have his office
in the City Hall, or some building belonging to thje city, to be
designated by the Mayor, and devote his entire time to the duties
of his office during business hours.



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Sec. 18. As soon as the Commissioner of Supplies shall be
appointed and qualified, the Register shall turn over to said Com-
missioner all goods, stationery and property in his possession and
belonging to the city, which in contemplation of law is to be in
custody of said Commissioner, and take his receipt therefor.

Approved June 14, 1877.

[10,934.]

AN ORDINANCE establishing and regulating the office of Com-
missioners on Charitable Institutions and defining the powers and
duties thereof.

JSe it ordained by the Munioipal Assembly of the City of /St. Louis ^
as follows:

Section 1. Within thirty days after the first Tuesday in
April, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, the Mayor shall ap-
point five Commissioners on Charitable Institutions, subject to
confirmation by the Council. They shall hold the office for a
term of four years, and until their successors are duly appointed
and qualified. On the first Tuesday of April, eighteen hundred
and eighty-three, and every four years thereafter, the Mayor sl^all
make appointments as herein provided. The Commissioners shall
possess the qualifications required by section 10, article 4, of the
Charter, and the appointments shall be made in such a manner
that, as far as practicable, there shall not be a majority belonging
to any one relijrious'sect or i)olitical party.

Sec. 2. Before entering upon their duties, the said Commis-
sioners shall respectively take and subscribe to an oath before
some Judge or Justice of the Peace or the Register, that he pos-
sesses all the qualifications prescribed for his office by the Charter,
that he will support the Constitution of the United States and of
the State of Missouri, and the Charter and ordinances of the Cit}^
of St. Louis, and that he will faithfully demean himself in office.

Sec. 3. The Mayor shall assign a suitable room in the City
Hall for the use of the Commissioners, in which they shall hold a
meeting at least once in each month. They shall elect from their
number a President, who shall hold his office during the time for
which the Commissioners are appointed and until his successor is
elected and qualified. They may make such rules and regulations
for the transaction of their business as they may deem expedient,
not inconsistent with the Charter and ordinances of the city.
The Assistant •Secretary of the Council shall act as Secretary of
the Commissioners, and shall perform all clerical duties necessary
for the transaction of their business.



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Sec. 4. The Commissioners on Charitable Institutions shall
have a general visitatorial supervision over all penal and charit-
able institutions, supported wholly or in part b}^ the city, and
shall have full authority at all times to inspect and examine the
condition of such institutions, financially and otherwise ; to inquire
and examine into their methods of instruction and the ofovern-
meut, treatment and management of their inmates ; the official
conduct of managers, superintendents and all other officers and
employes of the same ; the receipts and expenditures of money ;
the condition of the buildings, grounds and other property
comiected therewith, and into all other matters pertaining to
their usefulness 'and good management; and for these pur-
])()ses they shall have free access to the grounds, buildings and
all books and papers relating to said institutions, and all per-
sons, now or hereafter in any manner connected with the same,
are hereby directed and required to give snch information and
afford such facilities for inspection as the said Commissioners may
require, and any neglect or refusal on the part of any officer or
])ersoii connected with such institution to comply with the require-
ments of this section, shall be deemed a misdemeanor, and npon
conviction thereof, before either of the Police Justices of the City
of St. Louis, shall subject the offender to a penalty for each and
cvely refusal, of a sum equal to one-tenth of the amount annnally
paid such person as wages or salary. They shall have power, by
a unanimous vote, to remove any appointed officer or employe of
such iistitutions, and shall in case of such removal notify the
Mayor and request him to fill the vacancy ; but he shall have no
power to reappoint any person so removed by the Commissioners.
Prcvlded^ however, that before any such removal shall be made
the person accused shall have a full, open and impartial hearing
l)efore the Commissioners.

Sec. 5. The said Commissioners are hereby authorized and
required at least once in each month, and as much oftener as they
may deem necessary, to visit all the charitable, penal, reformatory
and correctional institutions supported wholly or in part by the
city, and ascertain whether the moneys appropriated for their use
are, or have been, judiciously and economically expended;
whether the objects of the several institutions are being accom-
plished and the inmates humanely and properly treated, whether
the laws and ordinances in relation to them are fully complied
with, and the various other matters referred to in the fourth
section of this ordinance. Such visitations shall be made at
irregular intervals and without previous notice or information
to any of the officials or employes of the institutions visited.
They shall report in writing through the Mayor to the Municipal
Assembly at the opening of each annual session of the same, or



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oftener if they deem it necessary, the result of their investiga-
tions, together with such other information and recommendations
as they may deem proper, and they shall recommend to the As-
sembly such ordinances as they may deem necessary for the wel-
fiire of the persons under their supervision and in the interest of
the city.

Sec. 6. Until an appropriation is made for this purpose the
Comptroller shall furnish to the said Commissioners necessary ac-
count books, blanks and stationery.

Sec. 7. The said Commissioners or any one of them shall
appear before any committee of either House of the Municipal
Assembly that may require their attendance.

Sec. 8. Whenever any of the institutions under the super-
vision of the Commissioners desire an appropriation for any
purpose, other than their usual expenses, they shall inquire care-
fully and fully into the ground of such want, the purpose or pur-
poses for which it proposes to use the same, the amount which
will be required to accomplish the desired object, and into any
other matters conne<!ted therewith, and shall report to the Mu-
nicipal Assembly the result of such inquiries together with their
own opinions and conclusions relating to the whole subject.

Sec. 9. No one of said Commissioners shall be directly or
indirectly interested in any contract for building, repairing or
furnishing any of the institutions under their supervision, nor
shall any officers of such institutions be eligible to the office of
Commissioner herein created. No money shall be paid by any
city officer, nor shall the city be in any manner liable upon any
contract made in violation of this section, or in which either of
said Commissioners shall after the inaking thereof become directly
or indirectly interested, and any Commissioner violating the pro-
visions of this section shall thereby vacate his office.

Sec. 10. The failure on the part of any Commissioner ap-
pointed under this ordinance to attend any three successive regular
meetings during any calendar year, except in case of sickness or
absence from the city, may be treated by the Mayor as a resigna-
tion of such non-attending Commissioner, and the vacancy be filled.
The annual reports of the Commissioners shall give the names
of each Commissioner present at each of the regular meetings.

Sec. 11. The Commissioners shall receive no compensation
for their time or services, but the actual expenses of each while
engaged in the performance of the duties of their office, and any
actual outlay required in examinations or investigations, on being
made out and certified to by a majority of the Commissioners at a
regular meeting, if approved by the Mayor, shall be paid out of a
fund appropriated for that purpose.

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[10,390.]

AN ORDINANCE to prohibit the opening and working of stoiie
quarries, location and operation of brick kilns, and the erection
and carrying on of soap factories, slaughter-houses, bone or
rendering factories and establishments where articles are pro-
duced and manufactured, the manufacturing of which is injurious
to the public health, or which emit offensive odors to the extent
of creating a nuisance to the surrounding inhabitants, within three
hundred feet of any dwelling-house, built and inhabited before
such opening, location or erection, without the consent in writing
of the owner and of the occupant of every such house.

Be it ordained by the Municipal Assembly of the City of St. Louis,
as follows:

Section 1. Hereafter no stone quarry shall be opened, or
brick kiln located, or soap factory, slaughter-house, bone or ren-
dering factory, erected within the distance of three hundred
feet of any dwelling-house, built and inhabited, before such
opening, location or erection, without the consent in writing
of the owner and of the occupant of every such house. Any per-
son, company of persons, firm or corporation violating any or
either of the provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty
of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, be fined not less
than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars.

Sec. 2. It shall not be lawful for any person, company of per-
sons, firm or corporation, to work a stone quarry or operate a
brick kiln, or carry on a soap factory, slaughter-house, bone or
rendering factory, opened, located or erected after the passage of
this ordinance, within the distance of three hundred feet of any
dwelling house, built and inhabited before such opening, location
or erection, without the consent in writing of the owner and oc-
cupant or occupants of every such house. Any person, company
of persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of
this section, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon
conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars
for each and every day such stone quarry, brick kiln, soap factory,
slaughter-house, bone or rendering factory is worked, operated or
carried on without such consent.

Sec. 3. It shall not be lawful for any person, corporation or
firm to erect any building for the purpose of manufacturing or
producing any article, or to manufacture or produce any article,
the manufacturing of which is injurious to the public health, or
which in the manufacture thereof emits an ofiensive odor to the
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out first having obtained the consent of all the owners and resi-
dents within the distance of three hundred feet from such contem
plated building.

Approved October 20, 1877.



PORTIONS OF THE CHARTER APPLICABLE TO THE
HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

CLAUSE 6, SECTION 26 OF ARTICLE 3 OF THE CHARTER DEFINING
POWERS OF MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY.

Sixth — To establish and enfoi'ce quarantine laws and regula-
tions ; to prevent the introduction and spread of contagious dis-
eases ; to establish and regulate hospitals, and to secure the
general health of the inhabitants by any measure necessary ; to
regulate stone quarries and quarrying of stone, and the slaughter-
ing of animals ; provide for the erection, management and regu-
lation of slaughter-houses ; prevent the driving of stock through
the city : prohilut the erection of soap factories, stock yards, and
slaughter-houses, pig pens, cow stables and dairies, coal oil and
vitrol factories within prescribed limits, and to remove and regu-
late the same ; and to regulate or prevent the carrying on of any
business which may be dangerous or detrimental to the public
health, or the mamifactiire or vending of articles obnoxious to the
health of the inhabitants ; and to declare, prevent and abate nuis-
ances on public or private property and the causes thereof; and
the Mayor, whenever in his opinion a nuisance exists, on public
or private property, or whenever a nuisance has been so declared
by ordinance or resolution of the Board of Health, is authorized
to abate and remove such nuisances, and the cause thereof in a
summary manner, at the cost of the o\Vner or occupant of the
premises where the nuisance, or the cause thereof may be, and
for that purpose may enter upon and take possession of any
premises or property where such nuisance may exist or be
produced.

SECTION 44, ARTICLE 4 OF THE CHARTER.

Sec. 44. All questions of difference between the officers of
the city att'ecting their relative powers and duties may be referred
by either of them to the Mayor, who shall examine and determine


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