Early Ordinances

The first ordinance enacted established a pound where stray horses, swine, cows or other domestic animals running at large could be driven and kept until claimed by the owner.  Twenty-five cents a day was charged for the keep of the animal.  If not claimed within five days, the animal could be sold following the posting of a notice for two days in three public places.  William Bingham was the first pound master.

The second ordinance prohibited anyone from riding or driving a horse on a sidewalk or otherwise obstructing it.  The penalty was a fine of a $1.00.

The third ordinance placed a fine of fifty cents on the owner each and every time his cattle, horses, sheep or swine were found in the streets.

Another early ordinance imposed a fine of $1.00 for cutting, barking or otherwise injuring any shade trees within a street or within the court house park or for hitching any animal so near to any shade trees as to endanger the same.

From  Quasquicentennial, 1968.