SECTION 3  POWERS.
   All powers of the City, except as otherwise provided by this Charter or by the Constitution of the State, are hereby vested in a Council to consist of not less than 7 members, 1 of whom shall be elected from each ward, and 2 of whom shall be elected at large; and, except as otherwise prescribed by this Charter or by the Constitution of the State, the Council may by ordinance or resolution prescribe the manner in which any power of the City shall be exercised. In the absence of such provision as to any power, such power shall be exercised in the manner now or hereafter prescribed by the general laws of the State applicable to municipalities.
   Council shall subdivide the City into 5 wards of adjacent and compact territory with as well defined boundaries and as nearly equal population as practicable, and after each recurring Federal Census Council shall subdivide said 5 wards to the extent and in the manner prescribed by general law for increasing the number of wards upon the basis of population.  (Amended 5-7-46)