One Hundred Years Ago at the Village Board, July and August, 1919

[Check out all the Ordinances passed in August!]

July 7, 1919
Village Clerk to inform property owners of sidewalks reported dangerous to get them fixed.
Joseph D. Dutcher appointed police officer.
Petition from L. S. Beebe to construct 30 feet sanitary sewer in Washington Rd. Approved with: no cost to village; after completion submit a certificate of cost and have it inspected by Superintendent of Sewers.
Resolution to amend water rates outside the corporate limits: As of Sept. 1, first 1000 cubic feet at 59 cents, after that 12 cents per 100 cubic feet. Also new charges for meters.
Payroll and bills approved.

July 14, 1919
Petition to New York State relating to special paving requirements in Sacandage Rd.

July 21, 1919
Street Committee to protect Village screening plant from the weather; not to exceed $50.
Clerk to purchase parts for the furnace at Village Hall.
Street fund financial matters.
Water Committee to purchase repair parts for fire hydrants; not to exceed $50.
Clerk to purchase 3500 2-cent stamped envelopes for Water Department; not to exceed $76.02.
Granted 2 weeks vacation: Superintendent of Water and Sewers F. F. Lamboy, Asst. Supt. of Water and Sewers C. W. Mathews, Village Clerk E. Crosby Hoyt.
Light Committee to install a 40 candlepower streetlight at Cuthbert & Wilmarth.
Payroll and bills approved.

August 4, 1919
Clerk to purchase filing unit and other equipment for Mr. L. A. Bard, Village Probation Officer; not to exceed $10.48
Street Committee to purchase scoop scraper for gravel screening at $9.
George Keefer granted 2 weeks vacation, to be taken at the convenience of the Street Commissioner.
Street Committee to have one manhole and 3 catch basins added to the Sacandaga Rd. surface sewer as requested by the State Highway Dept.
William Peck, Village Street Commissioner, granted 2 weeks vacation, to be taken at the convenience of the Street Committee.
Granted a petition for the extension of the time to finish the Fourth St. sidewalk to Sept. 1.
Sewer fund financial matters.
Payroll approved.
Several Ordinances enacted:
1. An Ordinance relative to cutting into and opening the pavement of the public streets of the Village of Scotia.
It shall be unlawful to dig up or into, or tunnel under or undermine or cut, or in any way destroy the pavement of any public street. To do so requires permission of the Street Commissioner and the payment of fees; punishments are also outlined. Any person or persons violating the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be liable to a penalty of $10-25 for each offense, and in addition to said penalty, said violation shall constitute disorderly conduct and the person violating same shall be a disorderly person. [All ordinances listed below use essentially the above wording; I’ve edited for quicker reading.]
2. An Ordinance relating to peace and good order generally, in the Village of Scotia
Any Person who disturbs the public peace and good order in the Village; or loiters on streets, street corners or other public places in the Village; or is guilty of noisy, riotous or tumultuous conduct within the Village, shall be liable to
Penalty of not more than $50 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
3. An Ordinance prohibiting malicious mischief in the Village of Scotia
Any person who shall willfully and maliciously break, mar, injure, remove or deface any building, fence, awning, sign, sign board, tree, shrubbery, or other ornamental thing in the Village; or who shall mutilate, deface or tear down any notice or hand bill lawfully posted in the Village, shall be liable to a
Penalty of not more than $50 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
4. An Ordinance prohibiting the misuse of sidewalks in the Vilage of Scotia
The riding, driving or leading of any cow, horse, or team upon any of the sidewalks within the corporation (except to cross the same) and the stopping of any team or vehicle upon or over any of the sidewalks or crosswalks is hereby prohibited and any person violating the provisions of this section shall be liable to a
Penalty of not more than $10 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
5. An Ordinance prohibiting the accumulation of snow, ice, dirt and other obstructions upon sidewalks in the Village of Scotia
It shall be unlawful for any occupant of any house or building and the owner of any vacant lot or building in the Village of Scotia to permit the sidewalks or gutters in front of the premisesowned or occupied by him, her, or it, to become in any manner obstructed by the accumulation of snow, ice and dirt thereon, and such occupant or owner shall remove the snow and ice from such sidewalk for the whole width thereof, and from the gutters for the space of twenty inches from the curb line [time and depth limits explained] and in case the snow and ice becomes so congealed that the same cannot be removed without injury to the pavement, to cause such snow and ice to be sprinkled with fineashes or sand, and also at all other times to keep such sidewalks free and clear from all dirt, filth or other obstructions and incumbrances, in order to allow and permit all persons to have the free and uninterrupted use of the same.
Street Commissioner to see to compliance and if owner does not will be reported to President of Village for action.
Penalty of not more than $25 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
Section 14 of the Village Ordinances relative to the throwing of snow and ice from the roofs of buildings in said Village and the keeping of sidewalks clear from the accumulation of snow and ice thereon is hereby repealed.
6. An Ordinance prohibiting the leaving of horses, cows or other cattle unattended in the public streets of the Village
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to leave on the public street or public places of this Village, untied, unweighted or unattended, any horse, cow or other cattle.
Penalty of not more than $25 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
7. An Ordinance relative to the protection and preservation of shade trees in the streets and public places of the Village of Scotia
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to remove, mutilate, cut the bark of, or in any manner injure any shade tree occupying any of the public streets, thoroughfares and public places in the Village of Scotia or to hitch a horse to such trees.
Penalty of not more than $25 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
8. An Ordinance prohibiting the making of bonfires in the public streets of the Village of Scotia
The kindling or assisting at the building or making or having of any bonfires or any other fire in any of the streets, roads, avenues, lanes or public places of this village is hereby prohibited.
Penalty of not more than $25 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
9. An Ordinance prohibiting the throwing of any foul water or other offensive matter in any of the public streets, alleys or public places in the Village of Scotia
Any person who shall deposit or throw any foul water or other offensive matter or matters that may become offensive in any of the public streets, alleys or other public places shall be liable to a
Penalty of $5 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
10. An Ordinance relative to coasting on the public streets in the Village of Scotia
It is hereby made unlawful for any person or persons to ride, slide or coast with any vehicle on runners, commonly called a sled or sleigh, in and upon any of the sidewalks, in the Village of Scotia, or in and upon any street, avenue or highway, which intersects or leads into any street, avenue or highway, in said Village, upon and along which an Electric Street Railroad is operated.
Penalty $1-$3 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
Bills approved to be paid.

August 18, 1919
Street fund financial matters.
An Ordinance prohibiting riding on public sidewalks with motorcycles, bicycles, or similar vehicles.
All persons are forbidden to ride a motorcycle, bicycle, tricycle, or similar vehicle on any of the public sidewalks of the Village.
Every person riding same between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise must have a light that can be seen for 200 feet, and shall give an alarm by bell, whistle, or otherwise which can be heard for 100 feet to warn pedestrians or other vehicles. They are forbidden to coast or proceed by inertia or momentum with the feet off the pedals or to carry children under 5 years of age and must observe all rules of the road in the highway law.
These rules do not apply to children under 10 or to persons unable to walk.
Penalty $5 and…the person shall be a disorderly person.
A new manhole to go in on Glen Ave. (west of Reynolds) where the road is currently open to remove roots from the sanitary sewer.
John S. Smith petitioned to construct 200 feet of sanitary sewer extending the present line in Washington Rd. Approved with: no cost to village; after completion submit a certificate of cost and have it inspected by Superintendent of Sewers.
Water Committee authorized to have the water main in Fourth St. lowered where necessary; not to exceed $100.
Payroll and bills approved.