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115.08 MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
(a) Procedure in Absence of Rule. In the absence of a rule to govern a point of procedure, reference shall be had to Robert's Rules of Order, newly revised edition.
(b) Effective Date of Ordinances and Resolutions. Each ordinance or resolution providing for the appropriation of money, an annual tax levy, improvements petitioned for by the owners of a majority of the foot frontage of the property benefitted and to be specially assessed therefor and any emergency ordinance or resolution necessary for the immediate preservation for the public peace, health or safety, shall take effect, unless a later time be specified therein, upon its signature by the Mayor, or upon the expiration of the time within which it may be disapproved by the Mayor, or upon its passage after disapproval by the Mayor as the case may be. All other ordinances and resolutions shall take effect and be operative in the manner provided by the general laws of the State of Ohio.
(c) Rules on Readings and Suspension of Rules. No ordinance or resolution of a general or permanent nature, or granting a franchise, creating a right, involving the expenditure of money or levying of a tax other than a resolution providing for an election on the question of issuing bonds or levying a tax, or for the purchase, lease, sale or transfer of property, shall be passed unless it has been read in full (or by title) on three different days, unless the requirement for such three readings is dispensed with by the affirmative vote of five of the members of Council.
(d) Emergency Measures. All emergency measures shall require three readings, unless the rule requiring such readings is suspended. In order to pass as an emergency measure, the affirmative vote of five of the members of Council is required. Each emergency measure shall contain a statement of the necessity for such emergency action, a precise statement describing the emergency, and shall require the affirmative vote of five of the members of Council for its enactment. No ordinance or resolution:
(1) Relating to any changes in the boundaries or the Zoning Ordinance of the Municipality;
(2) Providing for the surrender or joint exercise of any of its powers;
(3) Granting a franchise; or
(4) Contracting for the supply to the Municipality or its inhabitants or the product or service of any utility, whether municipally owned or not, shall be enacted as an emergency measure.
(e) Majority Defined. Whenever the term "majority" is used herein, unless otherwise expressly indicated, it shall be held to mean four members of Council.
(f) Amending Rules. A majority vote is required to alter, amend, rescind or supplement these rules. Any proposed alterations or amendments or supplements shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and placed on the calendar for the next regular meeting under the order of new business. By unanimous recorded vote of all members elected to Council, such proposed alterations, amendments or supplements may be adopted at the meeting at which the same are submitted.
(g) Quorum. A simple majority of all members elected to Council.
(h) Two-Thirds Majority. Whenever a two-thirds vote is required herein it shall mean five members elected to Council.
(i) Law Director. The Law Director shall, when requested by the Mayor or by a member of Council, give a verbal opinion on any question of law concerning Municipal affairs, in open Council, but he may, if he deems the matter of importance, take a reasonable time to submit his opinion in writing. The Law Director shall also, when requested by the Mayor or a member of Council, render an interpretation as to any rule contained herein. The Mayor or any member of Council may propose and introduce legislation and the Law Director shall prepare such proposed legislation in ordinance or resolution form.
(j) Fiscal Reports. The Finance Director shall, within fifteen days of the close of each calendar quarter, prepare and submit to the Mayor and to all members of Council a report of income and expenditures for such calendar quarter. (Ord. 52-1983. Passed 11-29-83.)
(k) (EDITOR'S NOTE: This subsection was repealed by Ordinance 19-1994, passed May 24, 1994.)