Except as otherwise specifically provided or indicated by the context of this charter:
   (a)   The word “state” shall mean the State of Michigan;
   (b)   The word “city” shall mean the City of Saugatuck;
   (c)   The word “council” shall mean the City Council of the City of Saugatuck.
   (d)   The word “officer” shall include, but shall not be limited to the mayor, the members of the council, and, as herein provided, the administrative officers, deputy administrative officers, and members of city boards and commissions created by or pursuant to this charter;
   (e)   The word “person” may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate and to partnerships and associations, as well as to individuals;
   (f)   The words “printed” and “printing” shall include printing, engraving, stencil, duplicating, lithographing, typewriting, photostating, or any similar method;
   (g)   Except in reference to signatures, the words “written” and “in writing” shall include handwritten script, printing, typewriting, and teletype and telegraphic communications;
   (h)   The words “publish” or “published” shall include publication of any matter, required to be published, in the manner provided by law, or where there is no applicable law, in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the city, qualified by law for publication of legal notices or in accordance with this charter;
   (i)   The words “public utility” shall include all common carriers in the public streets; water, sewage disposal, electric light and power, gas, telephone and telegraph lines and systems, cable television, garbage and refuse collection and disposal and reduction plants, transportation, and such other and different enterprises as the council may determine or designate;
   (j)   All words indicating the present tense shall not be limited to the time of the adoption of this charter, but shall extend to and include the time of happening of any event or requirement to which any provision of this charter is applied;
   (k)   The singular shall include the plural, and plural shall include the singular, the masculine gender shall extend to and include the feminine gender and the neuter;
   (l)   All references to statutes shall be considered to be references to such statutes as amended.