CHARTER
OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
GERMANTOWN, OHIO
TABLE OF CONTENTS
   EDITOR’S NOTE: The Germantown Charter was initially approved by voters at a special election on June 8, 1976.  Dates appearing in parentheses following sections headings indicate those section were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.  The entire Charter was revised by the voters on November 3, 1992.
   ARTICLE I      NAME, BOUNDARIES, AND FORM OF GOVERNMENT
      Sec. 1.01   Name.
      Sec. 1.02     Boundaries.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 1.03     Form of Government.
      Sec. 1.04    Powers of the Municipality.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 1.05   Construction.
      Sec. 1.06     Intergovernmental Relations.
   ARTICLE II      MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
      Sec. 2.01     Mayor.  (11-6-01; 11-7-06; 11-6-12; 11-8-16)
      Sec. 2.02     Council.  (11-6-01; 11-7-06; 11-6-12; 11-8-16)
      Sec. 2.03     Action Requiring an Ordinance.  (11-6-01; 11-7-06)
      Sec. 2.04     Ordinances and Resolutions in General. (11-6-01)
      Sec. 2.05    Emergency Ordinances and Resolutions.  (11-6-01; 11-6-12)
      Sec. 2.06    Codes of Technical Regulations.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 2.07    Authentication and Recording; Codification; Printing.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 2.08    Referral of Ordinance or Resolution to the Electors by Council.
   ARTICLE III      LAW DIRECTOR
      Sec. 3.01     Appointment; Qualifications; Compensation.
   ARTICLE IV     MANAGER
      Sec. 4.01     Appointment; Qualifications; Compensation. (11-8-16)
      Sec. 4.02     Removal.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 4.03    Acting Manager. (11-7-06; 11-6-12)
      Sec. 4.04    Unavailability of the Municipal Manager.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 4.05   Powers and Duties.  (11-6-01; 11-6-12)
   ARTICLE V     ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
      Sec. 5.01    Creation of Departments. (11-6-12)
      Sec. 5.02     Police and Fire Protection.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 5.03     Department Heads.  (11-6-01; 11-7-06; 11-6-12)
      Sec. 5.04     Duties of Finance Director.  (11-8-16)
   ARTICLE VI    MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
      Sec. 6.01    Merit System. (11-7-06; 11-6-12)
      Sec. 6.02     Probation Period. (11-6-12)
   ARTICLE VII     BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
      Sec. 7.01    Council  Power to Create Boards and Commissions.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 7.02     Removal of Members.
      Sec. 7.03     Meetings.
      Sec. 7.04     Organization.
      Sec. 7.05     Quorum.
      Sec. 7.06    Personnel Board.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 7.07    Powers and Duties of Personnel Board.
      Sec. 7.08    Planning Commission.  (11-6-01; 11-8-16)
      Sec. 7.09    Powers and Duties of Planning Commission.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 7.10    Board of Zoning Appeals. (11-7-06; 11-8-16)
      Sec. 7.11    Powers and Duties of Board of Zoning Appeals.
      Sec. 7.12     Park and Recreation Board.  (11-7-06; 11-8-16)
      Sec. 7.13    Powers and Duties of Park and Recreation Board.  (11-6-01)
   ARTICLE VIII     FINANCIAL PROCEDURES
      Sec. 8.01    General.
      Sec. 8.02     Fiscal Year.
      Sec. 8.03     Submission of Budget and Budget Message.
      Sec. 8.04     Budget Message.
      Sec. 8.05    Budget.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 8.06    Council Action on Budget.  (11-6-01; 11-6-12)
      Sec. 8.07    Capital Program.
      Sec. 8.08     Council Action on Capital Program.
      Sec. 8.09     Public Records.
      Sec. 8.10   Council Action on Appropriations.  (11-6-01)
      Sec. 8.11     Lapse of Appropriations.
      Sec. 8.12     Administration of Budget.
   ARTICLE IX    NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS.
      Sec. 9.01     Nominations.
      Sec. 9.02    Regular Municipal Elections.
      Sec. 9.03     Special Elections.
      Sec. 9.04     Conduct of Elections.
   ARTICLE X      INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
      Sec.  10.01   General Authority. (11-7-06)
      Sec.  10.02   Commencement of Proceedings; Petitioners’ Committee; Affidavit.
      Sec.  10.03   Initiative and Referendum Petitions. (11-7-06; 11-8-16)
      Sec.  10.04    Procedure After Filing. (11-7-06)
      Sec.  10.05    Referendum Petitions; Suspension of Effect of Ordinance or Resolution.
      Sec.  10.06   Action on Initiative and Referendum Petitions. (11-8-16)
      Sec.  10.07   Results of Election.
      Sec. 10.08   Conduct of Elections - Initiative, Referendum and Recall.
   ARTICLE XI   GENERAL PROVISIONS
      Sec.  11.01   Oath of Office.
      Sec.  11.02   Personal Financial Interest.  (11-6-01)
      Sec.  11.03   Official Bonds.
      Sec.  11.04   Amendments to the Charter.
      Sec.  11.05   Separability.
      Sec.  11.06   Charter Review Commission.
      Sec.  11.07   Municipal Powers Specifically as to Purchasing and Contracting. (11-7-06)
   ARTICLE XII   TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
      Sec. 12.01   Effective Date of Charter.
      Sec.  12.02   Succession.
      Sec.  12.03   Continuation of Ordinances.
      Sec.  12.04   Continuation of Officers.
      Sec. 12.05   Continuation of Employees.
      Sec. 12.06   Transfer of Records and Property.
      Sec.  12.07   Continuation of Contracts and Improvements.
      Sec. 12.08   Pending Actions and Proceedings.
      Sec. 12.09   Effect of Amended Charter. (11-7-06)
CHARTER
OF THE
MUNICIPALITY OF GERMANTOWN, OHIO