CHARTER
OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
ASHTABULA, OHIO
TABLE OF CONTENTS
   EDITOR'S NOTE:  The Ashtabula, Ohio Charter was approved by the voters on November 3, 1914.  Dates appearing in parentheses following section headings indicate those sections were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.
Corporate Powers, Rights, and Privileges
Section 1   Name and Powers.
Section 2   Enumerated Powers not Exclusive.
 
Council
Section 3   Powers.  (5-7-46)
Section 4   Term of Office.  (5-3-94)
Section 5   Qualifications of Members.  (5-2-95)
Section 6   Vacancies.  (11-4-58)
Section 7   Salary.  (5-2-95)
Section 8   President.  (11-2-48)
Section 9   Appointees.  (5-7-13)
Section 10   Time of Meetings; Rules; Journal.  (11-7-17)
Section 11   Penalty for Absence.  (11-2-04)
Section 12   Legislative Procedure.  (11-7-17)
Section 13   Ordinance Enactment.  (3-19-96)
Section 14   Emergency Measures. (3-19-96)
Section 15   Record and Publication.  (11-7-17)
Section 16   Times of Publication.
Section 17   Price and Mode of Publication.  (5-19-80)
Section 18   Salaries and Bonds.
Section 19   General Disqualifications.
 
Initiative and Referendum
Section 20   The Initiative.
 
City Manager
Section 27   Election; General Powers; Bond.  (11-2-48; 5-3-94)
Section 28   Powers and Duties.
Section 29   Head of Departments.  (5-7-46)
Section 30   Platting Commissioner.
Section 31   Salary.
 
Administrative Officers and Departments
Section 32   City Solicitor.  (5-3-94)
Section 33   City Director of Finance. (5-7-13)
Section 34   City Treasurer. (Repealed) (5-7-13)
Section 35   Purchasing Agent.
Section 36   Trustees of the Sinking Fund. (11-7-17)
Section 37   Other Boards and Departments.
Section 38   Political Activity.
Section 39   Penalties.
 
Civil Service
Section 40   The Civil Service Commission.  (5-7-46)
Section 41   Appointments and Removals.
Section 41.1   Civil Service Commission; Qualifications; Organization; Funding.  (6-8-82)
 
Elections
Section 42   Nomination of Candidates.  (5-2-95)
Section 44   Ballots.  (11-4-58)
Section 45   Time of Election.  (11-2-10)
Section 46   Election.  (11-4-58)
Section 47   General Laws to Apply.  (11-4-58)
Section 47.1   Removal From Office by Recall Petition. (3-6-12)
 
Appropriations
Section 48   The Estimate.
Section 49   Appropriation Ordinance.
Section 50   Transfer of Funds.
Section 51   Unencumbered Balances.
 
Payments - Reports
Section 52   Payment of Claims.
Section 53   Certification of Funds.
Section 54   Money in the Fund.
Section 55   Financial Reports.
 
Improvements - Contracts
Section 56   Limitation of Assessments.
Section 57   Improvements by Direct Labor.
Section 58   Sewer, Water, and Gas Connections.
Section 59   Street Sprinkling.
Section 60   Assessment for Removal of Snow, Weeds, Etc.
Section 61   Expenditures in Excess of $10,000.00.  (3-19-96)
Section 62   Time of Making Contracts.
Section 63   Modification of Contracts.
Section 64   Bids in Excess of Estimate.
Section 65   Contracts - When Void.
 
Franchises
Section 66   Grants Limited.
Section 67   Period of Grants.
Section 68   Strict Construction.
Section 69   Free Carriage of Policemen and Firemen.  (11-7-17)
Section 70   Assignment.
Section 71   Right of Purchase.
Section 72   Extension by Annexation.
Section 73   Consents.
Section 74   Right of Regulation.
Section 75   Forfeitures.
Section 76   Paving and Sprinkling.
Section 77   Accounts and Reports.
Section 78   Grants not Included.
Section 79   General Provision.
 
Miscellaneous Provisions
Section 80   General Laws to Apply.
Section 81   Ordinances Continued in Force.
Section 82   Continuance of Present Officers.
Section 83   Continuance of Contracts and Vested Rights.
Section 84   Investigation.  (5-7-46)
Section 85   Oath of Office.
Section 86   Hours of Labor.
Section 87   Amendment of Charter.  (11-2-71)
Section 87.1   Charter Review.  (6-8-82)
Section 88   Saving Clause.
Section 89   When Charter Takes Effect.
 
Taxation
Section 90   Annual Levy.  (8-15-83)
Section 91   Excess Levies.  (5-7-46)
Section 91.1   Elector Approval of Income Tax.  (3-4-08)
 
Time
Section 92   Standard of Time.  (3-4-08)
 
Traffic
Section 93   Use of Photo-Monitoring Devices to Detect Certain Traffic Law Violations.  (11-8-11)
CHARTER
OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
ASHTABULA, OHIO
PREAMBLE
   We, the people of the City of Ashtabula, Ohio, in order to obtain the benefits of local self-government, to encourage more direct and business-like methods in the transaction of our municipal affairs, and otherwise to promote our common welfare, do adopt the following Charter of our City.
CORPORATE POWERS, RIGHTS, AND PRIVILEGES