SECTION 3.08  Powers of Council.
   All legislative power of the Municipality shall be vested in the Council, except as otherwise provided by this Charter and the Constitution of the State of Ohio.  Without limitation of the foregoing, the Council shall have and possess the following powers:
   a.   The power to levy taxes and incur debts subject to the limitations imposed thereon by this Charter and the Constitution of the State of Ohio.
   b.   The power to adopt and to provide for the enforcement of local police, sanitary and other similar regulations as are not in conflict with general laws.
   c.   The power to provide for the exercise of all powers of local self-government granted to the Municipality by the Constitution of the State of Ohio in a manner not inconsistent with this Charter or the Constitution of the State of Ohio.
   d.   The power to fix the number of employees in the various offices, departments, divisions, bureaus, boards, and commissions of the Municipality and to fix the rate of their compensation, hours of work, mandatory retirement ages and to provide such fringe benefits as deemed proper by Council.
   e.   The power to create other offices, departments, divisions, bureaus, boards and commissions; and the power to combine, change and abolish any office, department, division, bureau, board, or commission.  The power hereinabove expressed in this subsection shall be exercised by ordinance.  The Council shall not abolish the offices of Administrator, Mayor, Clerk of Council, Council members, Civil Service Commission members and Municipal Attorney.  The Administrator may hold such other offices and positions with the Municipality as provided by this Charter or as the Council may authorize by a vote of a majority of its members.  The Council may authorize the Finance Director to hold the position of Clerk of Council by a vote of a majority of its members.
   f.   The power to adopt and provide for the enforcement of zoning classifications, districts, uses and regulations by ordinance; to adopt and provide for the enforcement of ordinances regulating the subdivision and platting of land within the Municipality; to regulate the subdivisions and platting of land outside of the boundaries of the Municipality as provided by general law; to adopt and provide for enforcement of ordinances requiring actual construction or assurance of construction of streets, utility lines and facilities, sidewalks, curbs and gutters and other improvements or facilities, as a condition precedent to the approval of a plat of a subdivision; to adopt and provide for the enforcement of ordinances regulating the construction, reconstruction, alteration, enlargement, repair or demolition of buildings and other structures within the Municipality; to adopt and to provide for the enforcement of housing codes or ordinances, regulating the use and occupancy of any land, building or structure within the Municipality.
   g.   The power to establish, by ordinance, the rates of charges made of consumers of all municipal utilities and services.
   h.   The Council, in addition to all other rights and powers granted to it under the general law, may by ordinance, grant permission to any person, firm, or corporation to construct and operate a public utility on, across, under or above any public street or ground within the Municipality.  It may prescribe in the ordinance the kind and  quality of service or product to be furnished, the rate or rates to be charged therefore, and any other terms conducive to the public interest, provided that such grant of permission shall not extend beyond twenty-five (25) years; however such grant may be amended or renewed in the manner and subject to the provisions established by this Charter for original grants.  No consent of the owners of property abutting on any public street or ground shall be necessary to the effectiveness of any such grant, amendment or renewal.  All such grants, amendments or renewals shall be made subject to the continuing right of the Council to provide reasonable regulations for adequacy of service and maintenance and the operation of such utilities with reference to such streets and public grounds, including the right to require reconstruction, relocation or discontinuance of appliances, plant or equipment used in such streets or public grounds as shall, in the opinion of Council, be necessary in the public interest.
   i.   The power to acquire title to or interests in real property shall be vested in the Council, whether such property is acquired by: the exercise of the power of eminent domain, purchase, gift, lease, lease with option to purchase, devise, bequest, in trust, or otherwise.  The power to sell or otherwise covey, lease, lease with option to purchase or grant interests in real property shall be vested in the Council.  Such sale, conveyance, lease or grant shall be in the manner as provided by the ordinance authorizing the sale, conveyance, lease, or grant.  Title to all real property shall be in the manner as provided by the ordinance authorizing the sale, conveyance, lease, or grant.  Title to all real property shall be taken in the name of the Municipality.
   j.   The power to adopt the annual budget and appropriation measures of the Municipality.
   k.   The power to appoint the members of all boards and commissions created by the Charter or by enactments of the Council, except as may be otherwise provided in this Charter.
   l.   The power to accept gifts and grants to and on behalf of the Municipality.
   m.   The power to inquire into the conduct of any officer, employee, agent, or independent contractor in the exercise of their powers, duties or functions, or in their performance of work or service or supplying of equipment, materials or supplies to or on the behalf of the Municipality; and to inquire into and investigate any and all municipal affairs.  In the exercise of this power the Council shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and require the production of records and other evidence in the manner provided in the rules, regulations or bylaws of the Council, and in the absence of such provisions, the Mayor or Deputy Mayor of the Council shall have the power to issue subpoenas for witnesses and the production of records and other evidence.
   n.   The power to exercise all other powers granted to legislative authorities of municipalities by the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio, and to exercise all other powers granted to the Council by and under this Charter.