CHARTER
OF THE CITY OF
STEUBENVILLE, OHIO
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The Steubenville Charter was approved by the voters on May 8, 1984. Dates appearing in parentheses following a section heading indicate that the section was subsequently amended, enacted or repealed on the date given.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
   PREAMBLE
ARTICLE I - NAMES, BOUNDARIES, AND FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Sec. 1.    Names and Boundaries.
Sec. 2.    Form of Government.
Sec. 3.   Home Rule Powers; Powers Granted.
ARTICLE II - COUNCIL AND MAYOR
Sec. 1.    Composition of Council. (11-4-14)
Sec. 2.   Qualifications. (11-3-87)
Sec. 3.   Prohibitions.
Sec. 4.    Removal and Filling of Vacancies. (11-3-87; 11-4-14)
Sec. 5.    Mayor. (11-3-87; 11-3-92; 11-4-14)
Sec. 6.   Clerk of Council.
Sec. 7.   Powers of Council. (11-3-87; 11-4-14)
Sec. 8.   Meetings, Regular and Special. (11-4-14)
Sec. 9.   Meetings Open to the Public. (11-3-87)
Sec. 10.   Journal.
Sec. 11.   Quorum.
Sec. 12.   Salaries. (11-4-14)
Sec. 13.   Council Relations With Manager. (11-3-87)
Sec. 14.   Administrative Code.
ARTICLE III - ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
Sec. 1.   Action to be Taken by Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 2.   Introduction of Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-3-87)
Sec. 3.   Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-4-14)
Sec. 4.    Vote Required for Passage of Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-3-87)
Sec. 5.    Emergency Ordinances. (11-4-14)
Sec. 6.    Effective Date of Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-4-14)
Sec. 7.    Authentication and Recording of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 8.    Amendment of Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-3-87)
Sec. 9.   Adoption of Technical Codes by References.
Sec. 10.   Codification of Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-3-87)
Sec. 11.   Publication of Ordinances and Resolutions.
ARTICLE IV - THE CITY MANAGER
Sec. 1.   Appointment and Compensation.
Sec. 2.   Qualifications. (11-4-14)
Sec. 3.   Powers and Duties. (11-3-87)
Sec. 4.   Acting City Manager. (11-4-14)
Sec. 5.   Removal of the City Manager. (11-3-87)
ARTICLE V - ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
Sec. 1.    Creation of Departments.
Sec. 2.   Department of Finance; Finance Director. (11-3-92; 11-4-14)
Sec. 3.   Department of Law; Law Director. (11-3-92; 11-4-14)
Sec. 4.   Department of Public Works. (11-3-87; 11-3-92; 11-4-14)
Sec. 5.    Department of Public Safety. (11-3-87; 11-3-92; 11-4-14)
ARTICLE VI - BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Sec. 1.   Civil Service Commission. (11-3-87; 11-3-92)
Sec. 2.   Board of Appeals. (Repealed 11-4-14)
Sec. 3.    Planning and Zoning Commission. (11-3-87)
Sec. 4.   Board of Zoning Appeal. (11-3-87; 11-3-92)
Sec. 5.   City Board of Engineering and Building Appeals. (11-3-87; 11-3-92; 11-4-14)
Sec. 6.   Parks and Recreation Board. (11-3-87; 11-3-92; 11-4-14)
Sec. 7.   Board of Health. (11-3-87; 11-3-92)
Sec. 8.    Removal of Members of Boards and Commissions. (11-3-87)
Sec. 9.   Charter Review Commission. (11-4-14)
ARTICLE VII - FINANCE, TAXATION AND DEBT
Sec. 1.   General.
Sec. 2.   Contracting Powers and Procedures. (11-3-87; 11-4-14)
Sec. 3.    Central Purchasing.
Sec. 4.    Competitive Bidding. (11-4-14)
ARTICLE VIII - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Sec. 1.    Nominations.
Sec. 2.   Elections.
ARTICLE IX - INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
Sec. 1.   Initiative.
Sec. 2.   Referendum.
Sec. 3.    Recall. (11-3-87)
ARTICLE X - GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 1.   Succession.
Sec. 2.   Conflict of Interest. (11-3-87)
Sec. 3.   Amending the Charter.
Sec. 4.    Separability.
Sec. 5.    Rights Reserved.
Sec. 6.   Transfer of Records and Property.
Sec. 7.    Effective Date of Amendments to Charter. (11-3-87)
ARTICLE XI - TRANSITIONAL PERIOD (11-3-92)
CHARTER OF THE CITY OF STEUBENVILLE
PREAMBLE
   In order to achieve increased independence for city government and more power over local matters, the citizens of Steubenville adopt this home rule Charter as an instrument of progress and hope.
   It has been created in a long labor, open to all citizens and participated in by many.
   The purpose of this Charter is a responsible city. A responsible city is one which seeks to ensure that all of its citizens' needs are met, whether from public or private, city, county, state or national sources.
   A responsible city is one which expects aggressive action from its officials toward the achievement of dignified housing, useful employment, pure air and water, efficient transportation, excellent education, health, safety, recreation and culture, and all other conditions conducive to human growth.
   It is one which provides equal protection of the law for all citizens, with no one denied the enjoyment of civil, economic or political rights, or discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of race, color, creed, national origin, age, handicap or sex.
   The achievement of the purpose of this home rule Charter depends upon the constant interest and concern of its citizens.