CHARTER
OF THE
MUNICIPALITY OF CORTLAND
TABLE OF CONTENTS
   EDITOR'S NOTE: The Charter of the City of Cortland, Ohio, was adopted by the voters on November 4, 1980. Dates appearing in parenthesis following section headings indicate those sections were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.
Art. I   NAME AND BOUNDARIES
Sec. 1.01   NAME.
Sec. 1.02   BOUNDARIES.
Art. II   MUNICIPAL POWERS
Sec. 2.01   POWERS.
Art. III   COUNCIL
Sec. 3.01     LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY.
Sec. 3.02     COMPOSITION AND TERM. (11-8-11)
Sec. 3.03     QUALIFICATIONS.
Sec. 3.04     PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL. (11-2-10)
Sec. 3.05     CLERK OF COUNCIL. (11-8-11)
Sec. 3.06     RULES AND JOURNAL OF COUNCIL.
Sec. 3.07     OPENING PLEDGE TO THE FLAG AND PRAYERS AT MEETINGS.
Sec. 3.08     REGULAR MEETINGS. (11-06-90; 11-2-10)
Sec. 3.09     SPECIAL MEETINGS.
Sec. 3.10     QUORUM.
Sec. 3.11     LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE.
Sec. 3.12     PUBLIC NOTICE.
Sec. 3.13     EFFECTIVE DATE OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES.
Sec. 3.14     COMPENSATION AND BONDS.
Sec. 3.15     VACANCIES.
Sec. 3.16     REMOVAL OF ELECTIVE OFFICERS. (11-2-10)
Sec. 3.17     DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, AND COMMISSIONS.
Sec. 3.18     RIGHTS IN COUNCIL OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS.
Sec. 3.19     ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE.
Art. IV   MAYOR
Sec. 4.01     ELECTION AND TERM. (11-2-10)
Sec. 4.02     QUALIFICATIONS.
Sec. 4.03     JUDICIAL POWERS.
Sec. 4.04     EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE POWERS.
Sec. 4.05     LEGISLATIVE POWERS.
Sec. 4.06     VETO POWERS.
Sec. 4.07     ABSENCE AND VACANCY. (11-2-10)
Art. V   DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Sec. 5.01     ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE.
Sec. 5.02     DIRECTOR OF FINANCE. (11-8-11)
Sec. 5.03     QUALIFICATIONS OF DIRECTOR OF FINANCE.
Sec. 5.04     GENERAL DUTIES OF DIRECTOR OF FINANCE.
Sec. 5.05     ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES AND BUDGETARY CONTROL .
Sec. 5.06     CUSTODY OF FUNDS.
Sec. 5.07     DISBURSEMENTS.
Sec. 5.08     REMOVAL OF DIRECTOR OF FINANCE.
Art. VI   PLANNING, ZONING, AND BUILDING COMMISSION
Sec. 6.01     COMPOSITION AND TERM. (11-6-90; 11-8-11)
Sec. 6.02     ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMISSION. (11-6-90)
Sec. 6.03     POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION. (11-6-90; 11-2-10))
Sec. 6.04     MANDATORY REFERRAL TO PLANNING, ZONING, AND BUILDING COMMISSION.
Sec. 6.05     PUBLIC HEARING BY COUNCIL. (11-2-10)
Sec. 6.06     ACTION BY COUNCIL.
Art. VII   BOARD OF ZONING AND BUILDING APPEALS
Sec. 7.01     COMPOSITION AND TERM. (11-8-11)
Sec. 7.02     ORGANIZATION.
Sec. 7.03     JURISDICTION. (11-6-90)
Sec. 7.04     MEETINGS AND PROCEDURE. (11-2-10)
Art. VIII   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Sec. 8.01     ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
Sec. 8.02     APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
Sec. 8.03     QUALIFICATIONS OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
Sec. 8.04     GENERAL DUTIES OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
Sec. 8.05     PURCHASING FUNCTION.
Sec. 8.06     EMPLOYEES AND ASSISTANTS.
Sec. 8.07     REMOVAL.
Art. IX   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Sec. 9.01     ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY .
Sec. 9.02     APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
Sec. 9.03     QUALIFICATIONS OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY .
Sec. 9.04     GENERAL DUTIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
Sec. 9.05     POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Sec. 9.06     FIRE DEPARTMENT. (11-8-11)
Sec. 9.07     RULES FOR GOVERNMENT OF POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
Sec. 9.08     REMOVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
Art. X   DEPARTMENT OF LAW
Sec. 10.01     APPOINTMENT OF THE LAW DIRECTOR.
Sec. 10.02     QUALIFICATIONS FOR LAW DIRECTOR.
Sec. 10.03     GENERAL DUTIES OF LAW DIRECTOR.
Sec. 10.04     REMOVAL OF LAW DIRECTOR.
Art. XI   CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
Sec. 11.01     ESTABLISHMENT OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION.
Art. XII   PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD
Sec. 12.01     COMPOSITION AND TERM. (11-6-90; 11-8-11)
Sec. 12.02     ORGANIZATION. (11-6-90; 11-8-11)
Sec. 12.03     POWERS AND DUTIES. (11-6-90; 11-8-11)
Art. XIII   NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Sec. 13.01   NOMINATIONS.
Sec. 13.02   ELECTIONS.
Sec. 13.03   OTHER PROVISIONS.
Art. XIV   INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, AND RECALL
Sec. 14.01   INITIATIVE.
Sec. 14.02   REFERENDUM.
Sec. 14.03   RECALL.
Art. XV   AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER
Sec. 15.01   SUBMISSION TO ELECTORS.
Sec. 15.02   ADOPTION.
Sec. 15.03   CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION. (11-6-90)
Sec. 15.04   DUTIES. (11-6-90; 11-2-10))
Sec. 15.05   REQUIRED CONSIDERATION BY COUNCIL. (11-2-10)
Art. XVI   GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 16.01   SUBMISSION TO THE ELECTORATE.
Sec. 16.02   EFFECTIVE DATE OF CHARTER.
Sec. 16.03   EFFECT OF PARTIAL INVALIDITY.
Sec. 16.04   EFFECT OF THE CHARTER UPON EXISTING LAWS AND RIGHTS.
Sec. 16.05   INTERPRETATION OF THE CHARTER. (11-2-10)
CHARTER
OF THE
MUNICIPALITY
OF
CORTLAND, OHIO
PREAMBLE
   We, the people of the Municipality of Cortland, Ohio, in order to secure home rule and preserve the present character of the community, do adopt the following Charter for the government of the community.