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All legislative power of the Municipality shall be vested in the Council except as otherwise provided by this Charter and the Constitution of the State of Ohio. Without limitation of the foregoing, the Council shall have and possess the following powers:
(a) The power to levy taxes and incur debts subject to the limitations imposed thereon by this Charter and the Constitution of the State of Ohio.
(b) The power to adopt and to provide for the enforcement of local public safety, public services, and other similar regulations.
(c) The power to provide for the exercise of all powers of local self-government granted to the Municipality by the Constitution of the State of Ohio in a manner not inconsistent with this Charter or the Constitution of the State of Ohio.
(d) The power to fix the number of employees in the various offices, departments, divisions, bureaus, boards and commissions of the Municipality and to fix the rate of their compensation, hours of work, and to provide such fringe benefits as deemed proper by the Council.
(e) The power to require such bonds as in the opinion of the Council are necessary for the faithful discharge of the duties of the officers and employees of the Municipality. The premium for said bonds shall be paid by the Municipality.
(f) The power to create other offices, departments, divisions, bureaus, boards and commissions; and the power to combine, change and abolish any office, department, division, bureau, board or commission. The power hereinabove expressed in this subsection shall be exercised by ordinance. The Council shall not abolish the office of Manager, Clerk of Council, Council members, Finance Director, Civil Service Commission members and Law Director. The Manager may hold such other offices and positions with the Municipality as provided by this Charter or as the Council may authorize by a vote of a majority of its members. The Council may authorize the Finance Director to hold the position of Clerk of Council by a vote of a majority of its members.
(g) The power to adopt and provide for the enforcement of zoning classifications, districts, uses and regulations by ordinance; to adopt and provide for the enforcement of ordinances regulating the subdivision and platting of land within the Municipality; to adopt and provide for the enforcement of ordinances requiring actual construction or assurance of construction of streets, utility lines and facilities, sidewalks, curbs and gutters and other improvements or facilities as a condition precedent to the approval of a plat of a subdivision; to adopt and provide for the enforcement of ordinances regulating the construction, reconstruction, alteration, enlargement, repair or demolition of buildings and other structures within the Municipality; to adopt and to provide for the enforcement of housing codes or ordinances, regulating the use and occupancy of any land, building or structure within the Municipality.
(h) The power to establish, by ordinance, the rate of charges made to consumers of all municipal utilities and services.
(i) The Council, in addition to all other rights and powers granted to it under the general laws, may, by ordinance, grant permission to any person, firm, or corporation to construct and operate a public utility on, across, under or above any public street or ground within the Municipality. It may prescribe in the ordinance the kind and quality of service or product to be furnished, the rate or rates to be charged therefor, and any other terms conducive to the public interest, provided that such grant of permission shall not extend beyond twenty-five (25) years, however, such grant may be amended or renewed in the manner and subject to the provisions established by this Charter for original grants. No consent of the owners of property abutting on any public street or ground shall be necessary to the effectiveness of any such grant, amendment or renewal. All such grants, amendments or renewals shall be made subject to the continuing right of the Council to provide reasonable regulations for adequacy of service and maintenance and the operations of such utilities with reference to such streets and public grounds, including the right to require reconstruction, relocation or discontinuance of appliances, plant or equipment used in such streets or public grounds as shall, in the opinion of Council, be necessary in the public interest.
(j) The power to acquire title to or interests in real property shall be vested in the Council, whether such property is acquired by: the exercise of the power of eminent domain, purchase, gift, lease, lease with option to purchase, devise, bequest, in trust, or otherwise. The power to sell or otherwise convey, lease, lease with option to purchase, or grant interests in real property shall be vested in the manner as provided by the ordinance authorizing the sale, conveyance, lease or grant. Title to all real property shall be taken in the name of the Municipality.
(k) The power to adopt the annual budget and appropriation measures of the Municipality.
(l) The power to appoint the members of all boards and commissions created by the Charter or by enactments of the Council, except as may be otherwise provided by this Charter.
(m) The power to accept gift and grants to and on behalf of the Municipality.
(n) The power to inquire into the conduct of any officer, employee, agent, or independent contractor in the exercise of their powers, duties, or functions, or in their performance of work or service or supplying of equipment, materials or supplies to or on the behalf of the Municipality; and to inquire into and investigate any and all municipal affairs. In the exercise of this power the Council shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and require the production of records and other evidence in the manner provided in the rules, regulations or bylaws of the Council, and in the absence of such provisions, the President of Council shall have the power to issue subpoenas for witnesses and the production of records and other evidence.
(o) The powers relating to the annexation of any territory, land, or real estate owned by any person, firm, corporation, municipality, or any public authority shall remain with and are hereby reserved to the electors of the Municipality of Chardon, Ohio. All petitions, resolutions, orders, or declarations submitted to the Municipality to annex any territory, land or real estate shall be submitted to the electors of the Municipality of Chardon, Ohio; and the Council shall forthwith submit such proposed issue of annexation to the electors in accordance, in each instance, with the provisions of the Constitution of Ohio. If any proposed issue of annexation shall be approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon, the annexation shall proceed in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio.
(p) The power to exercise all other powers granted to legislative authorities of municipalities by the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio, and to exercise all other powers granted to the Council by and under this Charter.
(Amended 11-10-87; 11-6-18)