The Council shall have and possess, and the Council and its member shall exercise all executive, legislative and judicial powers conferred upon cities, towns and villages by the general law of the state and by this Act.
   The executive and administrative powers, authority and duties in said City shall be distributed into and among four departments as follows:
   1.   Department of public affairs and public safety.
   2.   Department of accounts and finance.
   3.   Department of streets, alleys, parks, public improvements and public property.
   4.   Department of water works and sewers.
   The council shall determine the powers and duties to be performed by, and assign them to the appropriate department; shall prescribe the powers and duties of officers and employees, may assign particular officers and employees to one or more of the departments; may require an officer or employee to perform duties in two or more departments; and may make such other rules and regulations as may be necessary or proper for the effluent and economical conduct of the business of the city.
   The council shall have power from time to time to create and discontinue offices and employments other than herein prescribed, according to their judgment of the needs of the city, and may, by resolution or otherwise, prescribe, limit or change the compensation of such officers or employees.
   The mayor and councilmen, and every other officer or assistant, shall receive such salary or compensation as the council shall by ordinance provide, payable in equal quarterly installments.  The salary or compensation of all other employees of said city shall be fixed by the council and shall be payable at such periods as the council may determine.