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Laws of Massachusetts
IN RELATION TO THE
POWERS, DUTIES AND LIABILITIES
WITH THE NECESSARY FORMS.
BY BENJAMIN F. THOMAS,
COUNSELLOR AT LAW.
NEW EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED.
Entered according to the act of Congress, in the year 1849, by
PRINTED BY HENRY J. HOWLAND, WORCESTER.
THE TOWN OFFICER. .
POWERS OF TOWNS.
1. Towns to be bodies corporate as heretofore.
2. Towns may sue and be sued.
3. Towns may hold property, make contracts, &c.
4. Towns may grant money for town schools, the poor, and other necessary charges.
5. The Statute not an enumeration of objects for which towns may raise money.
6. Rule to determine what are necessary charges.
7. Enumeration of necessary charges.
8. Towns not bound, even by express votes, for contracts not within the scope of corporate objects.
9. Illustration of the rule.
10. How towns may be restrained from raising, borrowing or expending money for illegal purposes.
11. Towns may make by-laws.
12. To be approved by Court of Common Pleas.
13. If not reasonable, void.
14. Binding on all persons coming within the town. 15. To be published.
16. Authority of cities to make by-laws.
17. Towns may make by-laws respecting the keeping of dogs.
18. Towns may suspend the operation of certain laws relative to the killing of birds.
19. Other powers of towns.
1. The inhabitants of every town shall continue to be a body corporate, with all the powers heretofore exercised by towns, and subject to all the duties to which they have heretofore been liable. R. S. c. 15, S 8.
2. The inhabitants of towns, in their corporate capacity, may sue and be sued in the manner prescribed by law, and may appoint all necessary agents and attornies in that behalf. Ib. 10.
3. Towns shall have power to hold real estate, for the public uses of the inhabitants, and to convey the same, either by vote of the inhabitants, or by a deed of their committee or agents; to hold personal estate, for the public uses of the inhabitants, and to alienate and dispose of