CHARTER
OF THE
CITY OF LIMA, OHIO
EDITOR'S NOTE: The original Charter became effective November 8, 1932. Dates appearing in parentheses indicate that the section was amended or enacted on the date given.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CORPORATE POWERS, RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
SECTION 1.   NAME, BOUNDARIES AND POWERS
SECTION 1.5.   LIMITATION ON THE RATE OF TAXATION
SECTION 2.   ENUMERATED POWERS NOT EXCLUSIVE
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
SECTION 3.   WHEN REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS HELD; OTHER ELECTIONS
SECTION 4.   NOMINATIONS
SECTION 5.   NOMINATING PETITIONS - SIGNATURES REQUIRED
SECTION 6.   SAME - METHOD OF SIGNING
SECTION 7.   SAME - FORM
SECTION 8.   SAME - FILING AND VERIFICATION
SECTION 9.   ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATION
SECTION 10.   SELECTION OF CANDIDATES
SECTION 11.   BALLOTS
SECTION 12.   ROTATION OF NAMES
SECTION 13.   WRITE-IN CANDIDATES ON BALLOTS
SECTION 14.   RULES FOR COUNTING BALLOTS
SECTION 15.   GENERAL LAWS TO APPLY
SECTION 16.   RECALL PETITION PAPERS
SECTION 17.   FILING RECALL PETITION
SECTION 18.   RECALL ELECTION ORDERED
SECTION 19.   WHEN SEPARATE PETITIONS AND BALLOTS REQUIRED IN RECALL ELECTIONS
SECTION 20.   BALLOTS IN RECALL ELECTIONS
SECTION 21.   RESULT OF RECALL ELECTION
SECTION 22.   APPOINTMENT WHEN MEMBER RESIGNS
SECTION 23.   LIMITATIONS ON RECALL PETITIONS
THE COUNCIL
SECTION 24.   POWERS, TERMS, VACANCIES
SECTION 25.   REDIVIDING CITY INTO WARDS
SECTION 26.   QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL
SECTION 27.   SALARY AND ATTENDANCE OF MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL
SECTION 28.   MEETINGS OF COUNCIL
SECTION 29.   RULES OF THE COUNCIL
SECTION 30.   PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL PRO TEMPORE
SECTION 31.   CLERK AND OTHER OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
SECTION 32.   LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE
SECTION 33.   ORDINANCE AND RESOLUTION ENACTMENT
SECTION 34.   REVISION AND CODIFICATION OF ORDINANCES
SECTION 35.   AMENDING CODIFIED ORDINANCES
SECTION 36.   EMERGENCY MEASURES
SECTION 37.   MAYOR’S VETO
SECTION 38.   MAYOR’S ESTIMATE
SECTION 39.   PRELIMINARY AND ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCES
SECTION 40.   PRELIMINARY APPROPRIATIONS
SECTION 41.   TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATIONS
SECTION 42.   CURRENT REVENUE
SECTION 43.   LIMITATION OF APPROPRIATIONS
SECTION 44.   USE OF MONEYS APPROPRIATED; SUPERVISION OF DEPARTMENTAL EXPENDITURES
SECTION 44.5.   CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND
SECTION 45.   INVESTIGATIONS BY COUNCIL OR MAYOR
SECTION 46.   ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND NOTICES - FILING AND PUBLICATION
INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
SECTION 47.   THE INITIATIVE GENERALLY - WHEN PROPOSED ORDINANCE MAY BE SUBMITTED; REQUIREMENTS AS TO PETITIONS
SECTION 48.   SAME - SIGNATURES ON PETITIONS
SECTION 49.   SAME - FILING AND VERIFICATION OF PETITIONS BY CLERK
SECTION 50.   SAME - AMENDMENT OF PETITIONS IN CASE OF INSUFFICIENCY
SECTION 51.   SAME - EXAMINATION OF AMENDED PETITIONS
SECTION 52.   SAME - PROCEDURE WHEN PETITION FOUND SUFFICIENT
SECTION 53.   SAME - CONSIDERATION OF PETITION BY COUNCIL; RIGHT OF PETITIONERS TO REQUIRE SUBMISSION TO VOTE OF ELECTORS
SECTION 54.   SAME - CERTIFICATION OF INITIATIVE ORDINANCE TO CLERK BY PETITIONERS
SECTION 55.   SAME - SUBMISSION OF INITIATIVE ORDINANCES TO ELECTORS
SECTION 56.   SAME - PROPOSED ORDINANCES FOR REPEALING EXISTING ORDINANCES; PUBLICATION, AMENDMENT AND REPEAL OF INITIATED ORDINANCES
SECTION 57.   THE REFERENDUM GENERALLY - WHEN OPERATIVE; PREPARATION AND FILING PETITION
SECTION 58.   SAME - SUFFICIENCY OF PETITION; VERIFICATION OF SUFFICIENCY OF PETITION; RECONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCE BY COUNCIL; SUBMISSION TO VOTERS IN CASE OF FAILURE TO REPEAL
SECTION 59.   SAME - FORM; NEED NOT CONTAIN TEXT OF ORDINANCE
SECTION 60.   SAME - INITIATIVE ORDINANCES SUBJECT TO REFERENDUM
SECTION 61.   PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO BOTH INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM - CONFLICTING ORDINANCES
SECTION 62.   SAME - REFERENDUM AND EMERGENCY MEASURES
SECTION 63.   SAME - PRELIMINARY ACTION
SECTION 64.   SAME - FORM OF BALLOTS, ETC.; ELECTION RESULTS
THE EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS GENERALLY - THE MAYOR
SECTION 65.   EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE POWERS
SECTION 66.   TERM AND QUALIFICATIONS OF MAYOR
SECTION 67.   SALARY OF MAYOR
SECTION 68.   MAYOR’S APPOINTING POWER; APPOINTING AUTHORITY DEFINED
SECTION 69.   GENERAL POWER AND DUTIES OF MAYOR
SECTION 70.   MAYOR’S RIGHT IN COUNCIL
SECTION 71.   VACANCY IN OFFICE OF MAYOR; ACTING MAYOR
SECTION 72.   QUALIFICATIONS OF EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS
DEPARTMENT OF LAW
SECTION 73.   CITY LAW DIRECTOR - QUALIFICATIONS AND GENERAL DUTIES
SECTION 74.   SAME - ELECTION; TERM
SECTION 75.   SAME - SALARY
SECTION 76.   SAME - ASSISTANT CITY LAW DIRECTOR; APPOINTMENT; QUALIFICATIONS; TERM; SALARY; DUTIES
SECTION 77.   SAME - MISCELLANEOUS DUTIES
SECTION 77.5.   TITLE OF CITY SOLICITOR CHANGED TO DIRECTOR OF LAW
AUDITING DEPARTMENT
SECTION 78.   CITY AUDITOR - APPOINTMENT; TERM; SALARY AND DUTIES
SECTION 79.   CITY TREASURER - APPOINTMENT; TERM; SALARY; DUTIES GENERALLY
SECTION 80.   SAME - PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENT TO COUNCIL
SECTION 81.   CITY CONTRACTS - PURCHASES OR SALES
MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
SECTION 82.   TRUSTEES OF THE SINKING FUND
SECTION 83.   OTHER BOARDS AND DEPARTMENTS
SECTION 84.   SALARIES AND BONDS
SECTION 85.   ETHICS
SECTION 86.   SAME - PRECEDING SECTION NOT EXCLUSIVE; PENALTIES
CIVIL SERVICE
SECTION 87.   CIVIL SERVICE BOARD GENERALLY
SECTION 88.   OFFICERS OF THE BOARD; ANNUAL REPORT
SECTION 89.   CLASSIFICATION
SECTION 90.   RULES GENERALLY
SECTION 90.1.   PAYROLL PERIOD FOR EMPLOYEES; RULES IMPLEMENTING REQUIREMENTS
SECTION 91.   PAYROLL
SECTION 92.   INVESTIGATIONS; POWERS OF BOARD
SECTION 92.1.   LAYOFFS
SECTION 93.   POLITICAL TESTS AND POLITICAL PATRONAGE PROHIBITED IN CLASSIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL DECISIONS
SECTION 94.   PROHIBITED POLITICAL ACTIVITY INVOLVING THE CLASSIFIED SERVICE
SECTION 95.   SALARIES OF MEMBERS OF BOARD
SECTION 96.   PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF CIVIL SERVICE PROVISIONS
SECTION 97.   EFFECTIVE DATE; PRESENT CIVIL SERVICE CHARTER PROVISIONS
SECTION 98.   DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED
SECTION 99.   PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF CIVIL SERVICE PROVISIONS
SECTION 100.   POWER OF REMOVAL AND SUSPENSION; NOTICE, HEARING, ETC.
SOCIAL SERVICE
SECTION 101.   ORGANIZATION
SECTION 102.   POWERS AND DUTIES OF DIRECTOR
PAYMENTS - REPORTS
SECTION 103.   PAYMENT OF CLAIMS
SECTION 104.   CERTIFICATION OF AND MONEY IN THE FUNDS
SECTION 105.   MONEY IN THE FUND
GRANTS AND FRANCHISES
SECTION 106.   GRANTS, RENEWALS AND EXTENSIONS
SECTION 107.   GRANT NOT TO BE DEEMED EXCLUSIVE
SECTION 108.   LIMITATION OF FRANCHISE
SECTION 109.   CONSENT OF PROPERTY OWNERS
SECTION 110.   TERMINATION OF ORIGINAL GRANTS
SECTION 111.   PURCHASE OR LEASE BY CITY
SECTION 112.   CONDEMNATION PROCEEDINGS
SECTION 113.   REVISION OF RATES
SECTION 114.   PRICE TO EXCLUDE FRANCHISE VALUE
SECTION 115.   GRANTS NOT INCLUDED
SECTION 116.   FRANCHISE TERMS
SECTION 117.   REGULATIONS
SECTION 118.   FORFEITURE
SECTION 119.   STRICT CONSTRUCTION
SECTION 120.   FREE CARRIAGE OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT INSPECTORS
SECTION 121.   ASSIGNMENT
SECTION 122.   GENERAL PROVISIONS
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
SECTION 123.   GENERAL LAWS TO APPLY
SECTION 124.   ORDINANCES CONTINUED IN FORCE
SECTION 125.   CONTINUANCE OF PRESENT OFFICERS
SECTION 126.   MUNICIPAL COURT, BOARD OF EDUCATION AND BOARD OF HEALTH
SECTION 127.   CONTINUANCE OF CONTRACTS AND VESTED RIGHTS
SECTION 128.   OATH OF OFFICE
AMENDMENTS
SECTION 129.   PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSION TO ELECTORS OF PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENTS
SECTION 130.   SAVING CLAUSE
WHEN CHARTER TAKES EFFECT
SECTION 131.   EFFECTIVE DATE
SECTION 132.   CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION