CHARTER
OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
GATES MILLS, OHIO
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gates Mills Charter was approved by the voters on November 7, 1972. Dates appearing in parentheses following section headings in the Table of Contents, and following sections in the text, indicate that such sections were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.
ARTICLE I      THE MUNICIPALITY
   Section 1      Name.
   Section 2       Boundaries.
ARTICLE II      POWERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY
   Section 1      General Powers.
   Section 2      Manner of Exercise.
   Section 3      Interpretation.
ARTICLE III      COUNCIL
   Section 1      Number and Term.
   Section 2       Qualifications.
   Section 3       Organization.
   Section 4       President of Council and President Pro Tem.
   Section 5       Removal.
   Section 6      Vacancies.
   Section 7       Council Meetings. (11-7-89)
   Section 8       Powers and Duties. (5-2-95)
   Section 9      Effective Date of Ordinances and Resolutions; Emergency Legislation. (5-2-95; 11-3-15)
   Section 10    Employees of Council.
   Section 11    Salaries, Compensation and Bonds.
ARTICLE IV      MAYOR
   Section 1       Term.
   Section 2       Qualifications.
   Section 3      Removal.
   Section 4       Absence and Vacancy.
   Section 5       Duties and Powers.
ARTICLE V      CLERK
   Section 1       Term.
   Section 2       Qualifications.
   Section 3       Removal.
   Section 4      Vacancy.
   Section 5       Duties.
ARTICLE VI      TREASURER
   Section 1       Term.
   Section 2       Qualifications.
   Section 3       Removal.
   Section 4       Vacancy.
   Section 5       Duties.
ARTICLE VII   ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
   Section 1       General Provisions.
   Section 2       Department of Public Service.
   Section 3      Police Department.
   Section 4      Fire Department.  (11-8-05)
   Section 5       Law Department.
   Section 6       Park Commission.
   Section 7       Architectural Board.
   Section 8       Planning and Zoning Commission. (11-3-81)
   Section 9       Board of Zoning Appeals.
   Section 10    Board of Cemetery Trustees.
   Section 11    Civil Service Commission.
ARTICLE VIII   FINANCES AND TAXATION
   Section 1      General. (11-5-91)
   Section 2      Limitation on Rate of Taxation. (11-5-91)
   Section 3       Submission of Extra Levy to Vote.  (11-5-91)
   Section 4      Other Taxes (11-5-91)
   Section 5       Levy for Land Conservation and Open Space    Fund.  (11-5-91; 11-5-96; 11-6-01; 11-8-11; 11-8-16)
ARTICLE IX      NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
   Section 1       Time of Holding Elections.
   Section 2       Nominations and Procedures.
ARTICLE X      INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM; RECALL
   Section 1       Initiative and Referendum.
   Section 2      Recall.
   Section 3       Petitions.
ARTICLE XI      FRANCHISES
ARTICLE XII    AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER
   Section 1       Procedure.
ARTICLE XIII   GENERAL PROVISIONS
   Section 1       Effective Date of Charter and Transition Provisions.
   Section 2       Continuance of Present Officials.
   Section 3       Continuance of Present Employees.
   Section 4       Effect of Charter on Existing Laws and Rights.
   Section 5       Conflict of Interest.
   Section 6       Effect of Partial Invalidity.
   Section 7       Interpretation; Residency.
                                                                                                 
CHARTER
OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
GATES MILLS, OHIO
PREAMBLE
   We, the people of Gates Mills, Ohio, in order to secure for ourselves the fullest measure of municipal home rule and local self-government under the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio, and to preserve and perpetuate the unique character of our fine community, do hereby adopt this Charter.