The Council may, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members elected thereto, pass emergency measures to take effect at the time provided in Item 7 hereof.  An emergency measure is an ordinance or resolution necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, property, health, safety, or welfare, or providing for the usual daily operation of a municipal department.  Ordinances appropriating money may be passed as emergency measures, but no measures (a) which change the amount of salary or compensation for any elected officers of the City, (b) which pertain to zoning matters or building matters, (c) which make a grant, renewal or extension of a franchise or other special privilege, or (d) which regulate the rate to be charged for its service by any public utility, whether privately or publicly owned or operated, shall ever be so passed.  Each emergency measure shall contain a statement explaining with particularized specification the necessity for such emergency action.
(Amended 11-6-01)