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Four (4) members of Council shall constitute a quorum to transact business, but a lesser number may adjourn from time to time and compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as may be prescribed by resolution or ordinance.
Council shall adopt its own rules, regulations, or by-laws and shall keep a journal of all its proceedings. The journal shall be open for public inspection at all reasonable times. The voting upon any ordinance or resolution shall be by voice vote, and Clerk of Council shall record the vote of each Councilperson upon the journal.
All legislative action of Council shall be by resolution or ordinance introduced in written or printed form, each of which shall contain no more than one subject, which subject shall be clearly expressed in its title.
No resolution or ordinance shall be revised or amended unless the resolution or ordinance superseding it contains the entire resolution or ordinance so revised or amended, or the section or sections so revised or amended, and, having been revised or amended, the original resolution or ordinance, or section or sections, shall be considered to be repealed.
An affirmative vote of at least four members of Council shall be required for the enactment of every resolution or ordinance, unless a larger number be required by the provisions of this Charter. Every resolution, except those of strictly ceremonial nature or authorizing the expenditure of funds specifically appropriated, and every ordinance, shall be fully and distinctly read at three different, regular Council meetings unless Council votes to suspend this rule. Such suspension of the rule shall require the affirmative vote of at least six members of Council. If this rule is suspended in accordance with the foregoing provisions, then the resolution or ordinance shall be read at least once before passage. Ordinances and resolutions shall be deemed to have been read if a written or printed copy of the ordinance or resolution shall have been furnished to each member of Council prior to its introduction and if the title thereof is fully read, provided that such ordinance or resolution shall be read in full if so directed by motion approved by affirmative vote of at least a majority of the members of Council.
Each emergency resolution and ordinance shall contain a statement of the necessity for such emergency action, and its enactment shall require the affirmative vote of at least six (6) members of Council.
No action of Council authorizing the surrender or joint exercise of any of its powers, or in granting a franchise, or in the enactment, amendment, or repeal of any zoning or building resolution or ordinance, or in the changing of any ward boundaries, or in authorizing any change in the boundaries of the municipality, shall be enacted as an emergency measure, or shall be enacted under a suspension of rules as provided in this section.
Each resolution and ordinance providing for the appropriation of money, or for an annual tax levy, or for improvements petitioned for by the owners of a majority of the adjacent property to be benefited and specially assessed therefor, and any emergency resolution or ordinance necessary for the immediate preservation of public peace, health or safety, shall take effect, unless a later date be specified therein, upon its approval by the Mayor, or upon the expiration of the time within which it may be vetoed by the Mayor, or upon its passage after veto by the Mayor, as the case may be. No other resolution or ordinance shall become effective until thirty (30) days after its approval by the Mayor, or upon the expiration of the time within which it may be vetoed by the Mayor, or upon passage after veto by the Mayor, as the case may be.
All ordinances and resolutions, except those of a purely ceremonial nature, passed by Council shall be published once in a newspaper of general circulation within the municipality. The manner of publication shall be as follows:
a. Those ordinances and resolutions dealing with debt financing, salary, personnel, taxation, assessment, utility rates, zone change, annexation and charter amendment shall be published in their entirety.
b. Those ordinances and resolutions of a temporary nature and enacted for purposes which authorize and direct particular officers to do certain things, as to purchase, sell and lease property, make contracts, and to do anything within the range of municipal competence where the execution of the given power is not elsewhere vested shall be published by title only, unless otherwise designated by a majority of Council.
c. Ordinances which are revised, codified, rearranged, published in book form and certified as correct by the Clerk of Council and the Mayor shall be given public notice as prescribed by Section 731.23 of the OHIO REVISED CODE.
d. Technical ordinances and codes shall be given public notice as prescribed by Section 731.231 of the OHIO REVISED CODE.
e. Public notice of all other statements, measures, orders, proclamations by Council may be given public notice in a manner designated by a majority vote of Council.
No action of Council authorizing the surrender or joint exercise of any of its powers, or in granting any franchise, or in the enactment, amendment, or repeal of any zoning or building resolution or ordinance, or in the changing of any ward boundaries, or in authorizing any change in the boundaries of the municipality, shall be enacted, unless public notice has been fulfilled at least seven (7) days before final enactment by Council.
(Amended 5-7-68; 11-8-77; 11-7-17)