Montana Code Annotated 2015

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     7-1-4124. Powers. A municipality with general powers has the power, subject to the provisions of state law, to:
     (1) enact ordinances and resolutions;
     (2) sue and be sued;
     (3) buy, sell, mortgage, rent, lease, hold, manage, or dispose of any interest in real or personal property;
     (4) contract with persons, corporations, or any other governmental entity;
     (5) pay debts and expenses;
     (6) borrow money;
     (7) solicit and accept bequests, donations, or grants of money, property, services, or other advantages and comply with any condition that is not contrary to the public interest;
     (8) execute documents necessary to receive money, property, services, or other advantages from the state government, the federal government, or any other source;
     (9) make grants and loans of money, property, and services for public purposes;
     (10) require the attendance of witnesses and production of documents relevant to matters being considered by the governing body;
     (11) hire, direct, and discharge employees and appoint and remove members of boards;
     (12) ratify any action of the municipality or its officers or employees that could have been approved in advance;
     (13) have a corporate seal and flag;
     (14) acquire by eminent domain, as provided in Title 70, chapter 30, any interest in property for a public use authorized by law;
     (15) initiate a civil action to restrain or enjoin violation of an ordinance;
     (16) enter private property, obtaining warrants when necessary, for the purpose of enforcing ordinances that affect the general welfare and public safety;
     (17) conduct a census;
     (18) conduct inventories of public property and preparatory studies;
     (19) condemn and demolish hazardous structures;
     (20) purchase insurance and establish self-insurance plans;
     (21) impound animals and other private property creating a nuisance or obstructing a street or highway;
     (22) establish quarantines;
     (23) classify all violations of city ordinances as civil infractions, with civil penalties, as provided in 7-1-4150; and
     (24) exercise powers not inconsistent with law necessary for effective administration of authorized services and functions.

     History: En. Sec. 25, Ch. 455, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 249, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 125, L. 2001.

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