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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:31 pm 
Silver City is the only New Mexico community still operating under its original territorial charter. Come celebrate the anniversary of this historic 1878 document on February 17, 2018. Local events will be posted to https://www.facebook.com/SCTerritorialCharter/. Please check back for updates.

Scheduled events and highlights:

8:30 - 10:30 am, hike Boston Hill, Contact Sylveen at Royal Scepter, 538-9001 for meeting location

9 am – 4 pm Tours at Historic Ft. Bayard and people in period dress

9 am Urban Challenge Run, sign up at the Visitor Center

11 am Children’s Run in the Big Ditch below 6th St.

11 am to 1 pm
Penny Play House
Introductions by Raul Turrieta
Square Dancers
Silver City Stompers
Marshall (Tommy Ryan)

1 pm History of mining in Grant County, talk by Virginia McLemore, Senior Economic Geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, at the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce & Conference Center

2 pm Re-enactment at the Silver City Museum Annex featuring current and former officials in period garb followed by traditional guitar performance by Danny Cordova and performance of New Mexico song by Kenn Kepler.

All Day:
Deals from local merchants

Sign-up for volunteer days of service

Also look out for February 15 special edition of The Independent

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Carmen Vendelin, Museum Director
312 W. Broadway
Silver City, NM 88061

 Author: Bruce
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:50 pm 
Another way to celebrate the Territorial Charter is to read it at:

https://library.municode.com/nm/silver_ ... TICHTOSIAM

It's not long, and the language is interesting. The charter is where we are first called "the Town of Silver". Are we a Town that calls itself a City or a City that calls itself a Town?

The most famous part, often quoted, is that the marshal shall "have power to require every male inhabitant between the age of eighteen and fifty years, to labor on said streets, lanes, avenues, alleys and roads not to exceed three days in each and every year, and every person failing to perform such labor when duly notified by the supervisor, shall forfeit and pay the sum of one dollar and fifty cents per day for each and every day so neglected and refused."

This amusing detail is unenforceable because we don't have a Town Marshall (other than Assistant Town Manager James Marshall).

A more important detail is that the mayor doesn't vote on the council except in case of a tie. The unexpected result of this is that if a council member is absent (due to illness, recusal, or any other reason), the minority rules. The charter says it takes a majority of all the members of the governing body (three including the mayor) to pass an ordinance or resolution. That means that if one council is absent and one is against, the one wins. You might expect that the mayor would vote in this case and the ordinance would pass 3 to 1 or fail 2 to 2. But since there is no tie, the mayor doesn't vote and measure can only pass with a 3-0 margin.

Instead of celebrating our history, perhaps we should consider fixing this flaw. We have the right to amend the charter by Town vote, and it has been done in 1889, 1907, 1996, and 2001. For example, we might get better councilors if we paid them a part-time salary, which the charter currently forbids.

But if we prefer local color to real fixes, we can note that the council has the power "to tax, regulate and restrain, prohibit and suppress tippling houses, dram shops, gambling, dance, bawdy and disorderly houses to the distance of one mile from the corporate limits of the town." It can also "prevent and punish for the firing of firearms, the galloping or furious driving of horses and mules, fighting, quarreling, Sabbath breaking, drunkenness, indecent and profane language, and all offenses against public decency and good order, within the corporate limits of the town."

In any case, happy Charter Day. And no galloping or furious driving of horses and mules.


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