The determination of all matters of policy and the exercise of all powers of local self-government shall be vested in the City Council. By way of illustration, but not limitation, the following enumerated powers are among these powers that may be exercised by the City Council:
   (a)   Power to remove from office in City Government, any officer or member of any board or commission but shall not have the authority to remove any employee from the employment of the City Government, except the City Manager;
   (b)   Power to establish, consolidate, or abolish administrative department, but shall not distribute the work of divisions;
   (c)   Adopt the budget of the City;
   (d)   Authorize the issuance of bonds by a bond ordinance in accordance with the general laws of the State of Texas;
   (e)   Inquire into the conduct of any office, department or agency of the City and make investigations as to municipal affairs;
   (f)   Provide for such additional boards and commissions, not otherwise provided for in this Charter, as may be deemed necessary, and appoint the members of all such boards and commissions. Such boards and commissions shall have all powers and duties now or hereafter conferred and created by this Charter, by City ordinance or by law;
   (g)   Adopt and modify the zoning plan and the building code of the City;
   (h)   Adopt and modify the official maps of the City;
   (i)   Adopt, modify and carry out plans proposed by the Planning Commission for the clearance of slum districts and rehabilitation of blighted areas;
   (j)   Adopt, modify and carry out plans proposed by the Planning Commission for the replanning, improvement and redevelopment of any area or district which may have been destroyed in whole or in part by disaster;
   (k)   Grant franchises, regulate, license and fix the charges or fares made by any person, firm or corporation owning, operating or controlling any vehicle of any character used for the carrying of passengers for hire, or the transportation of freight for hire, on the public streets and alleys of the City;
   (l)   Provide for the establishment and designation of fire limits and prescribe the kind and character of buildings or structures or improvements to be erected therein, and provide for the erection of fireproof buildings within said limits, and provide for the condemnation of dangerous structures or buildings or dilapidated buildings, or buildings calculated to increase the fire hazard and prescribe the manner of their removal or destruction within said limits;
   (m)   Fix the salaries and compensation of the employees of the City and of all officers of the City other than that of the Mayor and other members of the City Council;
   (n)   Provide for a sanitary sewer and water system and require property owners to connect their premises with sewer system, and provide for penalties for failure to make sanitary sewer connections;
   (o)   Provide for sanitary garbage disposal, and set fees and charges therefor, and provide penalties for failure to pay such fees and charges;
   (p)   Exercise exclusive dominion, control and jurisdiction, including the right to close and abandon streets and alleys in, upon, over and under the public streets, avenues, sidewalks, alleys, highways, boulevards and public grounds of the City and provide for the improvement of same as provided in Article 1105b, Chapter 9, Title 28, of the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas of 1925, as now or hereafter amended;
   (q)   Exercise those powers enumerated in Acts of the 43rd Legislature of the State of Texas, 1933, p. 774, Chapter 231, commonly known as Article 1187a, Revised Civil Statutes of Texas, 1925, as the same exist or may be hereafter amended;
   (r)   Provide for and establish hospitalization insurance for employees;
   (s)   Participate in National or State Social Security programs;
   (t)   Compromise and settle any and all claims and lawsuits of every kind and character in favor of or against the City of Freeport;
   (u)   And such other and further powers as have been or may from time to time hereafter be delegated to Home Rule cities by the Legislature of the State of Texas, including the powers incident to the exercise thereof.
(Res. No. 1129, Props 2, 3, 4-7-79; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-12-12)