Article III – Municipal Authority Generally
SECTION 1. General Powers. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen may make all ordinances necessary and proper for executing the powers, rights and privileges specified in this Act, and make all ordinances that they deem necessary for the good order, health, good government and general welfare of the Town of Petersburg, and also for the protection and preservation of any property of the town, and enforce such ordinances by proper fine or other penalties.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen shall manage and control the finances and all property of the corporation, real, personal and mixed, and may:
(a) Levy and collect taxes upon all property within the corporate limits taxable by law.
(b) License and regulate all persons and firms, corporations, companies and associations engaged in any business, occupation, calling, profession, or trade so long as such licensure or regulation is not forbidden by general law.
(c) Appropriate money and provide for the payment of the debts and expenses of the corporation.
(d) Open, alter, abolish, widen, extend, establish, grade,
pave or otherwise improve and keep in repair the streets, alleys, sidewalks, drains and sewers within the corporate limits, and to regulate the same.
(e) Regulate and provide for the construction or repair of sidewalks and foot pavements, and to compel the owners of property upon the public square or any street or alley within the corporate limits to grade and pave the sidewalks and pavements to the whole extent of and along the front or their property, the same to be done in accordance with and pursuant to the provisions of the ordinances so directing, and if the owner or owners of any lot or lots shall fail to comply with the provisions of such ordinance, or ordinances, within such time as may be prescribed thereby, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may contract for the construction and repair of such sidewalks or pavements, and the town shall pay for the same, and the amount so paid shall be a lien upon said lot or lots, and may be enforced by attachment and sale of said lot or lots in any court of law or equity, or the amount may be recovered against said owner by suit before any court of competent jurisdiction; should said lien be enforced by attachment proceedings, the affidavit of the Mayor, Chief of Police, or any policeman of said town that said work has been done at the expense of the town and payment for same by town, and stating the amount so paid, and that the same remains unpaid by the owner of the property, shall be sufficient grounds for the issuance of such attachment and enforcing sale of said lot in said attachment proceedings, but the owner or owners of said lot or lots shall, if resident of the State, be served with personal process or notice of said attachment suit, and if non-residents shall be served by publication duly made as required by law in suits by attachment.
(f) Provide for lighting by electricity or otherwise the streets or other public places in the town, and to compel owners of buildings to erect fire escapes, when deemed necessary for the safety of occupants of any building.
(g) Regulate the storage of illuminating oils, gunpowder or other explosive or combustible material, and to regulate or prohibit the use of firearms or fireworks, in accordance with general law.
(h) Prevent the dangerous construction and condition of chimneys fireplaces, hearths, stoves, stove pipes, ovens, boilers and apparatus, and cause the same to be repaired, removed or placed in a secure and safe condition or position.
(i) Establish and designate fire limits.
(j) Prevent and restrain breaches of the peace, fighting, drunkenness or disorderly conduct, and to prevent and punish all disturbances, disorderly assemblages in any streets, house or place in the town, and to arrest and cause the arrest of all vagrants and persons disorderly or drunk, or violators of any ordinance, and punish the offender or offenders by fine, and labor within or without the county jail.
(k) Remove all obstruction from the streets, alleys and sidewalks and curbstones within the corporation, or have the same done, and to prevent and remove all obstructions and encroachments into or upon all or any streets, pavements, alleys or sidewalks within the corporate limits.
(l) Erect and maintain a work house or jail, and to provide for the regulation and government thereof.
(m) Punish or prohibit the abuse of animals.
(n) Erect hydrants and pumps, to construct cisterns and reservoirs; to lay pipes for the conducting and distributing of water over the town; to keep the same in repair; to lay pipes and conduits for the purpose of bringing water from streams and reservoirs into the town for the use of the inhabitants thereof in such manner and way as shall be deemed to the best interest of the town, and to regulate and fix the price to be charged private consumers of water.
(o) Prevent the introduction and spreading of contagious diseases, and to secure and promote the health of the inhabitants of the town by any means necessary; to regulate or prevent the carrying on of any business or occupation within the corporation which may be dangerous or detrimental to the public health, and to declare, prevent or abate nuisances on public or private property, and the cause thereof.
(p) Lease or sell any of the public utilities, which the Town of Petersburg may at any time own.
(q) Grant franchises or privileges granted to corporations or individuals that shall be limited to twenty-nine years and shall plainly specify in what part or parts of the town the same shall apply. No franchises or privileges shall be granted in general terms or apply to the town generally.
(r) Prohibit by ordinance any act, thing or offense now, or that may hereafter be declared a misdemeanor under state law as authorized under Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 16-18-302(a)(2) and to provide for the punishment of the same.
(s) Take property for the public purpose. When no agreement can be made with the property owners, the town shall
make just compensation to the person or persons whose property is so taken, the amount of such compensation to be ascertained in the manner prescribed by the general law.
(t) Regulate the location, bulk, occupancy, area, lot, location, height, construction and materials of all buildings and structures, and inspect all buildings, lands and places as to their condition for health, cleanliness and safety, and when necessary, prevent their use and require any alteration or changes necessary to make them healthful, clean or safe.
(u) Do all other things necessary or proper for the health,
safety, welfare and good order of the town.