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(A) Biennial system adopted. The purpose for this section is to establish uniformly the election of Council members in the city for four-year periods, two elected in even years every two years, and providing for the election of the mayor every two years in even-numbered years, pursuant to M.S. §§ 412.015 et seq., as they may be amended from time to time.
(B) Transition period.
(1) The term of office of the Mayor of the city which presently encompasses the years 1974 and 1975 is hereby extended an additional one year to include the calendar year 1976.
(2) The term of office of the Council members whose present term encompasses the calendar years 1973, 1974, and 1975 is hereby extended an additional one year to include the calendar year 1976.
(3) Of the candidates for the terms of the three Council members whose terms expire in the year 1976, including the term referred to in division (B)(2) above, the two receiving the highest vote shall be deemed elected for terms of four years each, and the person receiving the third highest number of votes shall be deemed to have been elected for a term of two years.
(C) Terms of Council members and Mayor. Hereafter, pursuant to the Laws of Minnesota, 1973, Chapter 123, and except during the aforestated transition period, the duration of the term of office of all Council members shall be the period of four years, the duration of the term of office of the Mayor shall continue to be two years, and the Mayor and Council members shall be elected in even-numbered years.
(D) Appointment of Council members. In the event of a vacancy by death, resignation, non-residency, or another reason in the office of Council member or Mayor, vacancy or vacancies shall be filled by appointment(s) made by the remaining Council members and the appointee(s) shall serve for the remaining term of the position filled, all in accordance with the laws of the state appertaining.
(Prior Code Ch. 16, § 7)