CHARTER
Editor's note: The Charter of the City of Fairlawn was approved by the voters on July 13, 1971, and became effective on January 1, 1972. Dates appearing in parentheses indicate that the section was amended or enacted on the date given.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE I   NAME AND BOUNDARIES
   Section 1.01.   Name
   Section 1.02.   Boundaries.
ARTICLE II   POWERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY
   Section 2.01.   Powers.
   Section 2.02.   Manner of Exercise.
ARTICLE III   THE MAYOR
   Section 3.01.   Term of Election. (Nov. 4, 1986)
   Section 3.02.   Qualifications.
   Section 3.03.   Disqualification from Office.
   Section 3.04.   Vacancy in the Office of Mayor. (Nov. 3, 1987)
   Section 3.05.   Powers of the Mayor. (Nov. 2, 1982; Nov. 5, 1985)
ARTICLE IV   COUNCIL
   Section 4.01.   Composition and term. (Nov. 7, 1978; Nov. 3, 1998)
   Section 4.02.   Qualifications.
   Section 4.03.   Removal.
   Section 4.04.   Vacancies. (Nov. 5, 1985)
   Section 4.05.   Legislative Authority.
   Section 4.06.   Procedure of Council. (May 2, 1972)
   Section 4.07.   Emergency Measures.
   Section 4.08.   Record and Publication of Ordinances and Other Matters. (May 2, 1972; Nov. 3, 2020)
   Section 4.09.   Limitation on Appropriations.
   Section 4.10.   Organization and Quorum.
   Section 4.11.   President and Vice President of Council.
   Section 4.12.   Clerk of Council.  (Repealed.)(Nov. 6, 2001)
   Section 4.13.   Meetings of Council.
   Section 4.14.   Compensation and Bonds. (Nov. 7, 1995; Nov. 7, 2000; Nov. 7, 2017)
   Section 4.15.   Franchises.
   Section 4.16.   Notice of Utility Rate Increase. (Nov. 3, 2020)
   Section 4.17   Executive Sessions. (Nov. 6, 2001)
ARTICLE V   CREATION OF NEW ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS, DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
   Section 5.01.   General Provisions.
ARTICLE VI   DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
   Section 6.01.   Election and Term. (Nov. 4, 1986)
   Section 6.02.   Qualifications.
   Section 6.03.   Duties. (Nov. 2, 2004)
   Section 6.04.   Tax Administrator.
   Section 6.05.   Succession to the Office of Director of Finance. (Nov. 3, 1987)
ARTICLE VII   DIRECTOR OF LAW
   Section 7.01.   General Provisions.
ARTICLE VIII   DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY
   Section 8.01.   General Provisions.
   Section 8.02.   Duties in General.
   Section 8.03.   Police Division.
   Section 8.04.   Division of Fire and Emergency Rescue Services.
ARTICLE IX   DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE
   Section 9.01.   General Provisions.
   Section 9.02.   Duties in General.
   Section 9.03.   Municipal Engineer.
   Section 9.04.   Street Commissioner.
ARTICLE X   PLANNING COMMISSION AND ZONING PROCEDURE
   Section 10.01.   Composition and Term. (Nov. 6, 1990; Nov. 2, 2010)
   Section 10.02.   Organization. (Nov. 6, 1990; Nov. 2, 2010)
   Section 10.03.   Powers and Duties. (Nov. 2, 2004)
   Section 10.04.   Public Hearings by Council.
   Section 10.05.   Action by Council on Matters Proposed by Planning Commission.
   Section 10.06.   Enforcement.
ARTICLE XI   BOARD OF ZONING AND BUILDING APPEALS
   Section 11.01.   Composition and Term.  (Nov. 2, 2010)
   Section 11.02.   Organization.
   Section 11.03.   Jurisdiction.
   Section 11.04.   Meetings and Procedure.  (Nov. 2, 2010)
   Section 11.05.   Appeals to the Board.
ARTICLE XII   PARK AND RECREATION BOARD
   Section 12.01.   Organization.  (Nov. 4, 2014)
   Section 12.02.   Operating Procedures.  (Nov. 4, 2014)
   Section 12.03.   Powers and Duties. (Nov. 6, 1990)
   Section 12.04.   Director of Parks and Recreation. (Nov. 6, 1990)
ARTICLE XIII   CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
   Section 13.01.   Organization.
   Section 13.02.   Classification of Service.
   Section 13.03.   Application of Civil Service Regulations.
   Section 13.04.   Operating Procedures.
ARTICLE XIV   NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
   Section 14.01.   Time of Holding Elections.
   Section 14.02.   Nominations and Procedures.
ARTICLE XV   INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
   Section 15.01.   Initiative and Referendum.
   Section 15.02.   Recall.
   Section 15.03.   Petitions.
ARTICLE XVI   LIMITATION ON RATE OF TAXATION
   Section 16.01.   Provisions.
ARTICLE XVII   GENERAL PROVISIONS
   Section 17.01.   Effective Date of Charter.
   Section 17.02.   Effect of the Charter Upon Existing Laws and Rights.
   Section 17.03.   Saving Clause.
   Section 17.04.   Interpretation of the Charter.
   Section 17.05.   Oath of Office.
   Section 17.06.   Communications.
   Section 17.07.   Continuance of Present Employees.
   Section 17.08.   Personal Interest. (Nov. 5, 1985)
ARTICLE XVIII   AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER
   Section 18.01.   Amendments to Charter.
ARTICLE XIX   CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION
   Section 19.01.   Charter Review Commission.
ARTICLE XX   ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES COMMISSION
   Section 20.01.   Composition and Term.
   Section 20.02.   Organization.
   Section 20.03.   Powers and Duties.
ARTICLE XXI    CLERK OF COUNCIL
   Section 21.01.   General Provisions. (Nov. 3, 1992; (Nov. 6, 2001))