Circleville (Utah) Ordinances
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
According to Utah law, the governing body of each municipality shall exercise its legislative powers through ordinances. (Utah Code Unannotated, 1991, 10-3-707). In August 1921, shortly after incorporation, the Circleville town board approved and adopted codified ordinances to provide a legal foundation for all aspects of municipal government. These ordinances defined the responsibilities of various town officers, set their salaries, defined their responsibilities, and provided for their election or appointment. Ordinances in the code defined Circleville boundaries and named the city streets. The ordinances defined nuisances and offenses and established punishments. They provided for the licensing of business, established a means of general revenue, and set regulations for such things as the water system, keeping animals (dogs), and telephone service. Ordinances also addressed excavations, stock yards, explosives, curfews, and the sale of tobacco and liquor.
The Circleville town board revised codified ordinances in 1926. In addition to these two sets of codified ordinances, the Circleville ordinance book contains a variety of individual ordinances passed by the town board. These include many ordinances relating to the water system, and to establishing and revising water rates. Other included ordinances licensed the operation of a pool hall and theater, regulated the sale of beer, revised the responsibilities of various town officers, imposed taxes on or otherwise regulated dogs, regulated traffic, and validated the sale of bonds for building the water works, town hall, and a fire house.
Circleville ordinances begin with codified ordinances adopted in 1921, and thereafter have no clear arrangement.
In addition to lack of order, Circleville ordinances are confusing because the book contains duplicate copies of several documents.
Council minutes from Circleville (Utah), Series 23925, document the activities of the town board which was responsible for passing Circleville ordinances. A few additional ordinances are also filed therein.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Gaps in Series
According to Circleville council minutes, revised codified ordinances took effect in January 1960. This series contains no codified ordinances for 1960 and no individual ordinances after 1957 except a 1974 subdivision ordinance.
Circleville ordinances were microfilmed at Southern Utah University under the direction of Utah State Archives in December 2001 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in February 2002. Although filmed in no particular order, records analysts felt that the agency would be happier if no order was imposed on their records.
- Ordinances, Municipal--Circleville (Utah).
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- Circleville (Utah)--Municipal government publications.
- Circleville (Utah)--City planning.
- Circleville (Utah)--Politics and government.
Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.