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City of Chatham fonds
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84 m of textual records Cemetery registers, pre 1925 are in poor condition.
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The Town of Chatham, Kent County, Ontario was incorporated under the terms of the Baldwin Act, Chapter 81, Canada Statutes, 1849. As an incorporated city, single tier municipality, Chatham had an elected Mayor and Councillors depending on population. It responsibilites related largely to upkeep of streets and roads and the delivery of services such as policing, water and sewage. It had a wide range of powers relating to the regulation of land and local administration through By-laws. It had the power to raise money through direct taxation on land and through the issue of debentures. Under the terms of Bill 26, the Savings and Restructuring Act, 1996, Chatham was amalgamated with Kent County into the new Municipality of Chatham-Kent, effective January 1, 1998.
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Fonds consists of the following series: Council Minutes, 1855-1997 By-laws, 1855-1997 Tax Records, 1962-1997 Assessment Rolls, 1947-1997 Tax Collectors Rolls, 1948-1997 Cemetery Registers Local Impovement Registers Cash Books Ledgers
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Records were transferred from the City of Chatham office on January 1, 1998.
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Photocopy fees as per the corporate policy of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent are applicable.
Categorized By-law Index Detailed list of records held by Archives of Ontario
No further accruals are expected.
Records were transferred to Archives of Ontario by a resolution of Chatham City Council in 1980.