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CHARTER OF THE CITY OF BARBERTON, OHIO
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Charter of the City of Barberton was approved by the voters on November 6, 1973. Dates appearing in parentheses, if any, indicate that the section or subsection was enacted, amended or repealed on the date given.
We, the people of the City of Barberton, in the County of Summit and State of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for the freedoms we enjoy, in order to secure for ourselves the benefits of municipal home rule and exercise all the powers of local self government under the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio, do adopt this Charter for our Municipality.
INTERPRETATION OF CHARTER
The article and section headings herein have been inserted for convenient reference and are not intended to define or limit the scope of, or otherwise affect, any provision of this Charter.
The municipal corporation now existing in the County of Summit and Stat of Ohio and known as the City of Barberton, shall continue to be a body politic and corporate in perpetuity under the name of the City of Barberton.
The City shall have the same boundaries that exist on the effective date of this Charter with power and authority to change its boundaries and annex other territory in the same manner authorized by the laws of Ohio. Territories that may be annexed shall immediately become subject to the provisions of this Charter.
The Municipality shall be governed and administered under this Charter by the municipal Mayor-Council form of government. All powers of the Municipality, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of the State of Ohio and this Charter, shall be vested in an elected Mayor-Council who shall execute the laws and administer the government of the Municipality.
Unless otherwise provided by ordinance, the Mayor shall execute on behalf of the City all contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness, and all other instruments to which the City is a party. He shall have custody of the seal of the City and may affix it to all of said instruments, but the absence of the seal shall not affect the validity of any such instrument.
The Mayor shall serve as Chairman of the Board of Control as established by this Charter in Section 4.01 and he shall be recognized as the official and ceremonial head of the City government by the Governor for military purposes and by the courts for the purpose of serving civil processes.
He shall recommend to Council such measures as he deems necessary or expedient for the welfare of the City and shall keep Council advised of the condition and future of the City.
(b) Legislative Powers. The Mayor shall attend Council meetings but shall have no vote therein. He shall have the right to recommend and introduce legislation and to take part in the discussion of all matters coming before Council.
Every ordinance or resolution adopted by Council shall be signed by the President of Council or other presiding officer, attested by the Clerk of Council, and presented promptly to the Mayor for consideration before it goes into effect. If the Mayor approves such ordinance or resolution, he shall sign and return it to the Clerk of Council within ten (10) days after its adoption by Council, but if he does not approve it, he shall return it to Council within said ten (10) days with his written objections, by delivery to the Clerk of Council, which objections shall be entered in full on the journal of the Council. The Mayor may approve or disapprove the whole or any item of an ordinance or resolution appropriating money, but otherwise his approval or disapproval shall be addressed to the entire ordinance or resolution. If he does not return an ordinance or resolution within said ten day period, it shall take effect in the same manner as if he had signed it. When the Mayor has disapproved an ordinance or resolution, or a part or item thereof as herein provided, the Council shall, not later than its next regular meeting, proceed to reconsider it, and if upon reconsideration the ordinance or resolution or part or item thereof be approved by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Council, it shall then take effect as if it had received the approval of the Mayor.
(c) Judicial Powers. The Mayor shall have all the judicial powers granted by this Charter, the ordinances of the City, and the general laws of the State of Ohio.