A residential street in Pittsburg
An Act to Incorporate the town of Pittsburg, in Upshur County.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the citizens of the town of Pittsburg, in Upshur county, be and they are hereby declared a body politic and corporate, under the name and style of the corporation of the town of Pittsburg, and by that name shall have power to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, and to hold and dispose of property, real and personal; provided, such real property is situated within the limits of said corporation.
Sec. 2. That it shall be the duty of the citizens of said corporation to elect a mayor, five aldermen, and a constable, who shall also be exofficio, assessor and collector of taxes; and a treasurer and secretary shall be elected by said mayor and aldermen. The treasurer and assessor and collector of taxes shall be required to give bond, with security to be approved by the presiding officer, for the faithful performance of their duties, and to make reports, when required by the mayor or board of aldermen; and the mayor shall have power, when necessary, to suppress riots and disturbances, and to call out the citizens of said corporation for the purpose of restoring order.
Sec. 3. The mayor, aldermen and constable shall, for the present time, be appointed as provided for in an act entitled "An act to authorize the Governor to appoint certain officers to fill vacancies," and upon the expiration of their term of office, there shall be an election held, under the direction of the mayor, who shall give at least ten days notice of such election before his term of office shall expire, and said elections for the offices as aforesaid, shall be held every two years thereafter; and all male inhabitants of said town, who have resided within its limits for the space of four months preceding any election, and who are qualified voters under the Constitution and laws of this State shall be deemed qualified electors of said corporation.
Sec. 4. That the mayor and board of aldermen of said corporation shall have power to pass such rules, regulations and ordinances as may be necessary for the regulation of the police, and the preservation of order within the corporate limits; for the levying of taxes; for the removal of nuisances, and keeping the streets in good order; and for any and all purposes tending to promote good order and government; and they shall have power to prescribe and enforce the collection of .penalties for the violation of the ordinances of the corporation; provided, no tax shall ever be levied exceeding one half the State tax allowed by law; and provided fur ther, that they shall in no case prescribe penalties to exceed one hundred dollars, or imprisonment for more than twenty-four h ours.
Sec. 5. That the limits of said corporation shall extend one half mile in every direction from the Pittsburg Institute, in said town of Pittsburg.
Sec. 6. That the mayor, with a majority of the board of aldermen, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and in the absence of the mayor, the boards of aldermen shall elect one of their own number, mayor pro tempore.
Sec. 7. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved October 13, 1871. 9-VOL. VII. ( 129)
Source: Gammel's The Laws of Texas