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On March 2, 1869, an act to incorporate the Town of Georgetown was passed. The original town council composed of an alderman, five commissioners, an assessor, and a treasurer, chose from among their number a president and a secretary who continued to serve as such during their terms of office. The Secretary kept a record of all proceedings of the council and maintained and preserved all papers relative to the town and delivered them to the succeeding secretary.1

In 1941, by town ordinance, the alderman, the assessor, and the treasurer became appointees of the town council (then composed of four elected members, serving two-year terms) as did the tax collector, the secretary, two auditors, the acting alderman, the town solicitor, the board of health, the police force, and any other necessary officers.2 Since 1985 the mayor has served as the president of the council, presiding at all meetings, appointing all committees, and receiving complaints. The 1985 law also authorized the council to elect a vice-mayor to serve for one year or until a successor could be elected.3

The annual municipal election is held on the second Saturday in June from one to five o'clock in the afternoon at a location within the corporation limits of the town designated by the council. The election is conducted by a board of elections which consisting of an inspector and two judges appointed by the mayor of the town with the concurrence of a majority of the members of the town council. In the event of a tie, the board of elections determines the outcome by secret ballot.4

The council has the responsibility for all roads, streets, lanes, alleys, and gutters that are open or to be opened and has the authority to have the same repaired, supported, regulated, removed, and amended. The council also makes regulations and ordinances for the government of the town, provides sanitary measures for the health of the citizens, and has authority to appoint a town bailiff and any number of constables.5 Additionally, the council has the power to acquire and dispose of land.

Annually in the month of April, the council prepares a budget containing the financial plan for conducting the affairs of the town for the ensuing fiscal year.6

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1 13 DL, ch. 472.

2 43 DL, ch. 166.

3 65 DL, ch. 276.

4 65 DL, ch. 276.

5 19 DL, ch. 240.

6 51 DL, ch. 254.

clm; December 22, 1988; February 9, 1989; February 21, 1990