CHARTER
OF THE CITY OF
STOW, OHIO
   EDITOR'S NOTE:  The Stow Charter was approved by the voters on November 4, 1958.  Dates appearing in parentheses following section headings indicate those sections were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.
ARTICLE I.  NAME AND BOUNDARIES
1.01   Name.
1.02   Boundaries.
ARTICLE II.  MUNICIPAL POWERS
2.01   Municipal Powers.
ARTICLE III.  MAYOR
3.01   Election and Term.  (11-7-72)
3.02   Qualifications.  (11-4-80)
3.03   Judicial Powers.
3.04   Executive and Administrative Powers.  (11-4-80)
3.05   Veto Power.
3.06   Acting Mayor.  (11-2-10)
3.07   Vacancy - Mayor.  (11-5-68; 3-17-20)
ARTICLE IV.  THE COUNCIL
4.01   Legislative Authority.
4.02   Composition and Term.  (11-6-90)
4.03   Qualifications.
4.04   President, and Vice President, of Council. (11-2-10)
4.05   Clerk of Council.
4.06   Rules and Journal of Council.
4.07   Opening Prayer at Meetings.
4.08   Regular Meetings.  (11-6-90)
4.09   Special Meetings.  (11-4-80)
4.10   Quorum.
4.11   Legislative Procedure.  (11-4-80)
4.12   Public Notice.  (11-3-15)
4.13   Effective Date of Resolutions and Ordinances.
4.14   Emergency Resolutions and Ordinances.
4.15   Compensation and Bonds.  (11-4-97; 11-5-19)
4.16   Vacancies.  (11-4-97)
4.17   Removal of Elective Officers.
4.18   Departments, Boards and Commissions.
ARTICLE V.  WARDS
5.01   Division of Municipality into Wards.
ARTICLE VI.  DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
6.01   Election.  (11-4-97)
6.02   Qualifications.  (11-2-10)
6.03   Duties in General.
6.04   Accounting Procedures and Budgetary Control.
6.05   Custody of Funds.
6.06   Disbursements.
6.07   Vacancy.  (11-4-97)
ARTICLE VII.  DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE
7.01   Appointment.
7.02   Qualifications.
7.03   Duties in General.
7.04   Purchasing Function.  (11-6-90)
7.05   Employees.
ARTICLE VIII.  DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
8.01   Appointment.  (11-4-97)
8.02   Duties in General.  (11-4-97)
8.03   Police Department.  (11-2-65)
8.04   Fire Department.
8.05   Safety Services Communication Center.  (11-5-19)
ARTICLE IX.  DEPARTMENT OF LAW
9.01   Election.  (11-6-90)
9.02   Qualifications.  (11-7-00)
9.03   Duties in General.  (11-2-65)
9.04   Charter Change.  (11-4-80)
9.05   Vacancy.  (11-4-97)
9.06   Outside Legal Counsel.  (11-2-10)
ARTICLE X.  PLANNING COMMISSION AND ZONING PROCEDURE
10.01   Planning Commission - Composition and Term.  (11-4-75; 11-5-19)
10.02   Planning Commission - Organization.
10.03   Planning Commission - Powers and Duties.
10.04   Mandatory Referral to Planning Commission.
10.05   Public Hearings by Council.
10.06   Action by Council.  (11-5-85)
ARTICLE XI.  BOARD OF ZONING AND BUILDING APPEALS
11.01   Composition and Term.  (11-4-97)
11.02   Organization.
11.03   Jurisdiction.  (11-7-72)
11.04   Meetings and Procedure.
11.05   Appeals to the Board.  (11-5-85)
ARTICLE XII.  CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
12.01   Establishment.  (11-4-75)
12.02   Powers and Duties - General.  (11-7-00)
ARTICLE XIII.  PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD
13.01   Appointment of Director of Parks and Recreation.  (11-6-90)
13.02   Establishment and Organization of Parks and Recreation Board. (11-6-90)
13.03   Powers and Duties.  (11-8-05)
ARTICLE XIV.  CEMETERY BOARD
14.01   Composition and Term.  (11-4-97)
14.02   Organization.
14.03   Powers and Duties.  (11-4-97)
ARTICLE XV.  FINANCES
15.01   Limitation of Rate of Taxation.  (11-7-00)
15.02   Signature on Checks.  (11-4-80)
15.03   Stow Taxpayer Bill of Rights. (5-8-18)
ARTICLE XVI.  NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
16.01   Regular Municipal Elections. (11-4-75)
16.02   Nominations.  (11-7-17)
16.03   Selection of Candidates.  (11-7-17)
16.04   Ballots.  (11-4-75)
16.05   Special Elections.  (11-4-75)
16.06   The Laws of Ohio Applicable to Elections.  (11-4-75)
ARTICLE XVII.  INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
17.01   Initiative.  (11-3-98)
17.02   Referendum.  (11-3-98)
17.03   Recall.  (11-4-97)
17.04   Recall Petitions.
ARTICLE XVIII.  FRANCHISE
18.01   Granting of Franchises.
18.02   Regulations.
ARTICLE XIX.  AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER
19.01   Submission to the Electors.  (11-3-98; Res. 2011-77)
19.02   Adoption.
19.03   Changes to Charter.
ARTICLE XX.  CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION
20.01   Composition and Term.  (11-4-75)
20.02   Duties.
20.03   Submission to Electors. (11-7-00; 3-17-20)
ARTICLE XXI.  GENERAL PROVISIONS
21.01   Personal Interest.
21.02   Removal of Appointive Officers and Employees and Members of Boards and Commissions.  (11-6-90)
21.03   Effective Date of Charter.
21.04   Effect of Partial Invalidity.
21.05   Effect of the Charter upon Existing Laws and Rights.
21.06   Interpretation of the Charter. (11-2-10)
21.07   Residency of City Employees. (11-2-10)
21.08   Term Limits for Elected Officials.  (11-6-18)
CHARTER
OF THE CITY OF
STOW, OHIO