412.221 SPECIFIC POWERS OF COUNCIL.
Subdivision 1. Books; stationery; printing.
The council shall have power to procure the
books to be kept by the officers, and such furniture, property, stationery, printing, and office
supplies as are necessary for city purposes.
Subd. 2. Contracts.
The council shall have power to make such contracts as may be deemed
necessary or desirable to make effective any power possessed by the council. The city may
purchase personal property through a conditional sales contract and real property through a
contract for deed under which contracts the seller is confined to the remedy of recovery of the
property in case of nonpayment of all or part of the purchase price, which shall be payable over a
period of not to exceed five years. When the contract price of property to be purchased by contract
for deed or conditional sales contract exceeds 0.24177 percent of the market value of the city,
the city may not enter into such a contract for at least ten days after publication in the official
newspaper of a council resolution determining to purchase property by such a contract; and, if
before the end of that time a petition asking for an election on the proposition signed by voters
equal to ten percent of the number of voters at the last regular city election is filed with the clerk,
the city may not enter into such a contract until the proposition has been approved by a majority
of the votes cast on the question at a regular or special election.
Subd. 3. Buildings.
The council shall have power to construct or acquire structures needed
for city purposes, to control, protect, and insure the public buildings, property, and records.
Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1963 c 798 s 16
Subd. 5. Actions at law.
The council shall have power to provide for the prosecution or
defense of actions or proceedings at law in which the city may be interested and it may employ
counsel for the purpose.
Subd. 6. Streets; sewers; sidewalks; public grounds.
The council shall have power to lay
out, open, change, widen or extend streets, alleys, parks, squares, and other public ways and
grounds and to grade, pave, repair, control, and maintain the same; to establish and maintain
drains, canals, and sewers; to alter, widen or straighten water courses; to lay, repair, or otherwise
improve or discontinue sidewalks, paths, and crosswalks. It shall have power by ordinance to
regulate the use of streets and other public grounds, to prevent encumbrances or obstructions,
and to require the owners or occupants of buildings and the owners of vacant lots to remove any
snow, ice, dirt, or rubbish from the sidewalks adjacent thereto and in default thereof to cause such
encumbrances, obstructions, or substances to be removed and the cost to be assessed against
the property as a special assessment.
Subd. 7. Lighting streets.
The council shall have power to provide for lighting the streets,
buildings, or grounds by gas, electricity or other means, and to contract with anyone engaged in
the business of furnishing gas or electric service for the supply of such service to the city and
Subd. 8. Parks, trees.
The council shall have power to provide for, and by ordinance
regulate, the setting out and protection of trees, shrubs, and flowers in the city or upon its property.
Subd. 9. Cemeteries.
The council shall have power to acquire by purchase, gift, devise,
condemnation or otherwise, hold and manage cemetery grounds, to enclose, lay out and ornament
such grounds and sell and convey lots therein. It may by ordinance regulate cemeteries and
the disposal of dead bodies.
Subd. 10. Markets.
The council shall have power to establish markets, provide public
scales, and appoint a weighmaster. It may by ordinance regulate markets and the use of scales
and restrain sales in streets.
Subd. 11. Waterworks.
The council shall have power to provide and by ordinance regulate
the use of wells, cisterns, reservoirs, waterworks, and other means of water supply.
Subd. 12. Harbors, docks.
The council shall have power to establish harbor and dock limits
and by ordinance regulate the location, construction and use of piers, docks, wharves, and boat
houses on navigable waters and fix rates of wharfage. The council may construct and maintain
public docks and warehouses and by ordinance regulate their use.
Subd. 13. Ferries.
The council shall have power to acquire and operate ferries across any
river flowing through or by the city.
Subd. 14. Tourist camps; parking facilities.
The council shall have power to acquire,
improve and operate, and by ordinance regulate tourist camps and automobile parking facilities.
Subd. 15. Music.
The council shall have power to provide free musical entertainment.
Subd. 16. Hospitals.
The council shall have power to provide hospitals. The council of any
city operating a municipal hospital may by ordinance establish a hospital board with such powers
and duties of hospital management and operation as the council confers upon it; and the council
may, by vote of all five members, abolish any board so established. The board shall consist of five
members, each appointed by the mayor with the consent of the council for a term of five years.
Terms of the first members shall be so arranged that the term of one member expires each year.
Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term in which it occurs. Any member
may be removed by the mayor with the consent of the council for cause after a hearing.
The council may by ordinance authorize the hospital board to establish a separate fund in
the city treasury into which all of its revenues shall be deposited. The hospital board shall, in the
same manner as the council under section
412.271, subdivision 1
, and to the same extent, audit
claims to be paid from the fund. The secretary of the board shall draw an order upon the treasurer
for the proper amount allowed by the board. Upon counter signature by the president of the board
and presentation, orders shall be paid by the treasurer.
Subd. 17. Fire prevention.
The council shall have power to establish a fire department,
appoint its officers and members and prescribe their duties, and provide fire apparatus. It shall
have power to adopt such ordinances as are reasonable and expedient to prevent, control, or
Subd. 18. Street names, numbers.
The council shall have power by ordinance to name or
rename the streets and public places of the city and to number or renumber the lots and blocks of
the city, or any part thereof. It may make and record a consolidated plat of the city.
Subd. 19. Transient commerce.
The council shall have power by ordinance to restrain or
license and regulate auctioneers, transient merchants and dealers, hawkers, peddlers, solicitors,
Subd. 20. Taxis, haulers, car renters.
The council shall have power by ordinance to license
and regulate baggage wagons, dray drivers, taxicabs, and automobile rental agencies and liveries.
At a minimum, an ordinance to license or regulate taxicabs or small vehicle passenger service
must provide for driver qualifications, insurance, vehicle safety, and periodic vehicle inspections.
Subd. 21. Animals.
The council shall have power by ordinance to regulate the keeping of
animals, to restrain their running at large, to authorize their impounding and sale or summary
destruction, and to establish pounds, and to license and regulate riding academies.
Subd. 22. Health.
(a) The council shall have power by ordinance:
(1) to prohibit or regulate slaughterhouses;
(2) to prevent the bringing, depositing, or leaving within the city of any unwholesome
substance or deposit of solid waste within the city not otherwise authorized by law, to require
the owners or occupants of lands to remove unwholesome substances or the unauthorized
deposit of solid waste and if it is not removed to provide for its removal at the expense of the
owner or occupant, which expense shall be a lien upon the property and may be collected as a
(3) to provide for or regulate the disposal of sewage, garbage, and other refuse; and
(4) to provide for the cleaning of, and removal of obstructions from, any waters in the city
and to prevent their obstruction or pollution.
(b) The council may also seek civil penalties and damages from persons responsible for
unauthorized deposit of solid waste under section
, which, if unpaid, may be imposed as a
lien on property owned by the responsible persons and collected as a special assessment.
(c) The council may establish a board of health as defined in section
, with all the powers of such boards under the general laws.
Subd. 23. Nuisances.
The council shall have power by ordinance to define nuisances and
provide for their prevention or abatement.
Subd. 24. Noise and disorder.
The council shall have power by ordinance to regulate and
prevent noise or other disorder.
Subd. 25. Amusements.
The council shall have power by ordinance to prevent or license
and regulate the exhibition of circuses, theatrical performances, amusements, or shows of any
kind, and the keeping of billiard tables and bowling alleys, to prohibit gambling and gambling
devices, and to license, regulate or prohibit devices commonly used for gambling purposes.
Subd. 26. Vice.
The council shall have power by ordinance to restrain and punish vagrants,
prostitutes, and persons guilty of lewd conduct.
Subd. 27. Dances.
The council shall have power by ordinance to license and regulate the
operation of public dance halls and the conduct of public dances.
Subd. 28. Regulation of buildings.
The council shall have power by ordinance to regulate
the construction of buildings.
Subd. 29.[Repealed, 1965 c 670 s 14
Subd. 30. Restaurants.
The council shall have power by ordinance to license and regulate
restaurants and public eating houses, except that a restaurant or delicatessen in a grocery store is
subject only to regulation under chapter 28A.
Subd. 31. Sewer and water connections.
The council shall have power by ordinance to
require the owner of any property abutting on or adjacent to any street in which sewer and water
mains have been laid to install a toilet in any dwelling or commercial establishment upon such
property and connect it with the sewer and water mains and in default thereof to provide for the
installation of such toilet and charging the cost against the property as a special assessment.
Subd. 32. General welfare.
The council shall have power to provide for the government
and good order of the city, the suppression of vice and immorality, the prevention of crime, the
protection of public and private property, the benefit of residence, trade, and commerce, and the
promotion of health, safety, order, convenience, and the general welfare by such ordinances not
inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States or of this state as it shall deem
Subd. 33. Advisory elections in certain cases.
When the council has sole authority to
decide whether the city should join a special district or similar independent governmental body
having taxing powers within the city, the council shall have authority to submit to the voters at
a regular or special election the question of whether the municipality should join such a body.
The results of the election on the question so submitted shall be advisory to the council only and
shall have no binding effect upon its decision to join or withdraw from the special district or
similar independent body.
Subd. 34. Decorations.
The council shall have the power to provide decorations, signs,
plaques, and attached accessories for public streets, buildings, and parks.
History: 1949 c 119 s 29; 1955 c 270 s 1; 1961 c 230 s 2, 3; 1967 c 289 s 7; 1973 c 35 s 69;
1973 c 123 art 2 s 1 subd 2; 1975 c 30 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 309 s 24; 1988 c 719 art 5 s 84;
1989 c 329 art 13 s 20; 1Sp1989 c 1 art 20 s 26; 1990 c 480 art 9 s 17; 1990 c 493 s 1; 1991 c
52 s 5; 1994 c 412 s 5; 1999 c 238 art 2 s 74