OFFICIALS
CURRENT OFFICIALS
of the
CITY OF
MASON, MICHIGAN
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Russell W. Whipple
Mayor
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Marlon I. Brown
, Mayor Pro Tem
Jon Droscha
Elaine J. Ferris
Angela Madden
Jerry Schaffer
Rita Vogel
City Council
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Deborah S. Stuart
City Manager
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Thomas M. Hitch
City Attorney
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Sarah J. Jarvis
City Clerk
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PREFACE
This Code constitutes a codification of the general and permanent ordinances of the City of Mason, Michigan.
Source materials used in the preparation of the Code were the ordinances adopted by the city council. The source of each section is included in the history note appearing in parentheses at the end thereof. The absence of such a note indicates that the section is new and was adopted for the first time with the adoption of the Code. By use of the comparative tables appearing in the back of this Code, the reader can locate any section of any ordinance included herein.
The chapters of the Code have been conveniently arranged in alphabetical order, and the various sections within each chapter have been catchlined to facilitate usage. Notes which tie related sections of the Code together and which refer to relevant state law have been included. A table listing the state law citations and setting forth their location within the Code is included at the back of this Code.
Chapter and Section Numbering System
The chapter and section numbering system used in this Code is the same system used in many state and local government codes. Each section number consists of two parts separated by a dash. The figure before the dash refers to the chapter number, and the figure after the dash refers to the position of the section within the chapter. Thus, the second section of chapter 1 is numbered 1-2, and the first section of chapter 6 is 6-1. Under this system, each section is identified with its chapter, and at the same time new sections can be inserted in their proper place by using the decimal system for amendments. For example, if new material consisting of one section that would logically come between sections 6-1 and 6-2 is desired to be added, such new section would be numbered 6-1.5. New articles and new divisions may be included in the same way or, in the case of articles, may be placed at the end of the chapter embracing the subject, and, in the case of divisions, may be placed at the end of the article embracing the subject. The next successive number shall be assigned to the new article or division. New chapters may be included by using one of the reserved chapter numbers. Care should be taken that the alphabetical arrangement of chapters is maintained when including new chapters.
Page Numbering System
The page numbering system used in this Code is a prefix system. The letters to the left of the colon are an abbreviation which represents a certain portion of the volume. The number to the right of the colon represents the number of the page in that portion. In the case of a chapter of the Code, the number to the left of the colon indicates the number of the chapter. In the case of an appendix to the Code, the letter immediately to the left of the colon indicates the letter of the appendix. The following are typical parts of codes of ordinances, which may or may not appear in this Code at this time, and their corresponding prefixes:
 
CODE
CD1:1
CODE APPENDIX
CDA:1
CODE COMPARATIVE TABLE
CCT:1
STATE LAW REFERENCE TABLES
SLT:1
CODE INDEX
CDi:1
 
Index
The index has been prepared with the greatest of care. Each particular item has been placed under several headings, some of which are couched in lay phraseology, others in legal terminology, and still others in language generally used by local government officials and employees. There are numerous cross references within the index itself which stand as guideposts to direct the user to the particular item in which the user is interested.
Looseleaf Supplements
A special feature of this publication is the looseleaf system of binding and supplemental servicing of the publication. With this system, the publication will be kept up-to-date. Subsequent amendatory legislation will be properly edited, and the affected page or pages will be reprinted. These new pages will be distributed to holders of copies of the publication, with instructions for the manner of inserting the new pages and deleting the obsolete pages.
Keeping this publication up-to-date at all times will depend largely upon the holder of the publication. As revised pages are received, it will then become the responsibility of the holder to have the amendments inserted according to the attached instructions. It is strongly recommended by the publisher that all such amendments be inserted immediately upon receipt to avoid misplacing them and, in addition, that all deleted pages be saved and filed for historical reference purposes.
Acknowledgments
This republication was under the direct supervision of John Dombroski, Vice-President of Production and Amy Zukeran and Janet Cramer, Editors, of the Municipal Code Corporation, Tallahassee, Florida. Credit is gratefully given to the other members of the publisher's staff for their sincere interest and able assistance throughout the project.
The publisher is most grateful to Honorable Russell W. Whipple, Mayor, Mr. Dennis E. McGinty, City Attorney, Mr. Martin A. Colburn, City Administrator, and Mr. Patrick M. Price, former City Administrator for their cooperation and assistance during the progress of the work on this publication. It is hoped that their efforts and those of the publisher have resulted in a Code of Ordinances which will make the active law of the city readily accessible to all citizens and which will be a valuable tool in the day-to-day administration of the city's affairs.
Copyright
All editorial enhancements of this Code are copyrighted by Municipal Code Corporation and the City of Mason, Michigan. Editorial enhancements include, but are not limited to: organization; table of contents; section catchlines; prechapter section analyses; editor's notes; cross references; state law references; numbering system; code comparative table; state law reference table; and index. Such material may not be used or reproduced for commercial purposes without the express written consent of Municipal Code Corporation and the City of Mason, Michigan.
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Municipal Code Corporation and the City of Mason, Michigan. 2001.
ORDINANCE NO. 138
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND ENACTING A NEW CODE FOR THE CITY OF MASON, INGHAM COUNTY, MICHIGAN; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES NOT INCLUDED THEREIN; PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR THE VIOLATION THEREOF; PROVIDING FOR THE MANNER OF AMENDING SUCH CODE; AND PROVIDING WHEN SUCH CODE AND THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE.
THE CITY OF MASON DOES HEREBY ORDAIN:
Section 1. The Code entitled "Code of Ordinances of the City of Mason, Michigan" published by Municipal Code Corporation consisting of Chapters 1 through 94, each inclusive, is hereby adopted.
Section 2. All ordinances of a general and permanent nature enacted on or before December 2, 2002, and not included in the Code or recognized and continued in force by reference therein, are hereby repealed.
Section 3. The repeal provided for in section 2 hereof shall not be construed to revive any ordinance or part thereof that has been repealed by a subsequent ordinance that is repealed by this ordinance.
Section 4. Except as specifically provided otherwise by state law, city ordinance, or the code adopted by this ordinance, any violation of the Code or any ordinance, rule, or regulation adopted or issued in pursuance thereof, is a municipal civil infraction, punishable by a civil fine not exceeding $500 plus all direct and indirect costs of the action. Each act of violation and each day upon which any such violation shall occur shall constitute a separate offense. The penalty provided by this section, unless another penalty is expressly provided, shall apply to the amendment of any code section, whether or not such penalty is reenacted in the amendatory ordinance. In addition to the penalty prescribed above, the City may pursue other remedies such as abatement of nuisances, injunctive relief, and revocation of licenses or permits.
Section 5. Additions or amendments to the Code when passed in the form as to indicate the intention of the City to make the same a part of the Code shall be deemed to be incorporated in the Code so that reference to the Code includes reference to the additions and amendments.
Section 6. Ordinances adopted after December 8, 2002 that amend or refer to ordinances that have been codified in the Code, shall be construed as if they amend or refer to like provisions of the Code.
Section 7. The effective date of this ordinance shall be 20 days after the adoption thereof, but not before it is published in full in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Mason, Ingham County, Michigan.
Section 8. The Code adopted herein shall be published in loose-leaf form and shall be distributed by the City Clerk as follows:
 
Mayor and Councilmembers
7 copies (1 copy each)
City Administrator
1 copy
City Clerk
2 copies
City Attorney
2 copies
Finance Director/Treasurer
2 copies
Zoning & Development Director
2 copies
Police Chief
2 copies
Director of Public Works
1 copy
Fire Chief
1 copy
City Engineer
1 copy
Downtown Development Authority Executive Director
1 copy
55th Judicial District Court
2 copies
Mason Public Library
1 copy
 
The Clerk shall keep one (1) assigned copy of the Code available for public inspection during office hours. The City may print and publish additional copies of the code to be made available to the public at such charge as the City Council may determine by resolution.
The foregoing Ordinance was moved for adoption by councilmember and seconded by councilmember and adopted by the following vote:
Yes: (________);  No: (________).
Adopted: December 2, 2002
Published: December 8, 2002
 
/s/ Martin A. Colburn, Clerk
/s/ Russell W. Whipple, Mayor
 
"CLERK'S CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate copy of an ordinance adopted by the Mason City Council at its regular meeting held Monday, December 2, 2002, the original of which is in the City Clerk's office."
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Martin A. Colburn, Clerk
City of Mason
Ingham County, Michigan