Section 2.16  COUNCIL - POWERS AND LIMITATIONS
   a.   Except where authorized by this Charter, no elected official shall hold any other office or City employment during the term for which elected.
   b.   Upon majority vote of the entire Council, the Council may require the City Manager to suspend or discharge any City official or employee whom the City Manager or his subordinates are empowered to appoint or hire.  The Council may offer its opinions and freely discuss with the City Manager anything pertaining to the appointment, suspension, removal or disciplining of any such officials or employees.
   c.   The Council and its members shall deal solely through the City Manager with officials and employees subject to the direction and supervision of the City Manager.  Neither the City Council nor its members, individually, shall give orders to any such officials or employees, either publicly or privately.
   d.   The Mayor, as President of the Council, may be delegated by the Council to convey to the City Manager its concerns or its orders with the respect to the conduct of officials or employees subject to the direction and supervision of the City Manager, but otherwise the Mayor is bound by the same restrictions as apply to the Council and its members under “sub section c”, immediately preceding.
   e.   All Council members, City officials and employees, when engaging in City business, shall be guided by the conflict of interest laws of the State.
   f.   The Council shall not have the power to sell, divide, lease, partition, plat, subdivide, or dispose of any City park or cemetery, or any part thereof, unless specifically approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon at any general or special election, except as provided for in “sub section h” of this section.  'City park' shall include any property designated as a City park by official action of Council as a 'City park'.  Once property is designated as a City park, the designation of property as a City park shall not be removed or changed unless specifically approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon at any general or special election.
ANNOTATION: AS AMENDED BY VOTE OF ELECTORS NOVEMBER 7, 2017.
   g.   The Council shall not have the power to sell, divide, lease, partition, plat, subdivide, or dispose of any City owned interest in real property which lies within one hundred (100) feet of the water's edge of Lake Michigan, Round Lake, or Lake Charlevoix, or the connecting waterways, unless specifically approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon at any general or special election, except as provided for in “sub section h” of this section.  This sub section does not apply to the normal operation of a cemetery.
   h.   The Council may, by a majority vote of the entire Council, when it deems it in the best public interest, lease for a period of not more than five (5) years those facilities used in connection with the operation of public parks and/or beaches, City owned docks with freight storage facilities, and buildings used in connection with the operation of the City owned airport. The Council has the power to sell lots and/or plots in any City owned cemetery.