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In the construction of this Code and of all ordinances, the following rules are observed unless the construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the Council:
CITY OR THIS CITY: Shall be construed as if the words "of Tahlequah, Oklahoma", followed them.
COMPUTATION OF TIME: Whenever a notice is required to be given or an act to be done a certain length of time before any proceeding shall be had, the day on which the notice is given or the act is done shall be counted in computing the time but the day on which the proceeding is to be had shall not be counted.
COUNCIL OR CITY COUNCIL: The City Council of Tahlequah.
COUNTY OR THIS COUNTY: The County of Cherokee, Oklahoma.
GENDER: A word importing one gender only shall extend and be applied to other genders and to firms, partnerships, and corporations as well.
JOINT AUTHORITY: All words giving "joint authority" to three (3) or more persons or officers shall be construed as giving such authority to a majority of such persons or officers.
LAW: Includes applicable Federal law, provisions of the constitution and statutes of the State of Oklahoma, the ordinances of the City, and, when appropriate, any and all rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
MAYOR: The Mayor of the City.
MONTH: A calendar month.
NONTECHNICAL AND TECHNICAL WORDS: Words and phrases which are not specifically defined shall be construed according to the common and accepted usage of the language; but technical words and phrases and such others as may have acquired a peculiar and appropriate meaning in law shall be construed and understood according to such meaning.
NUMBER: A word importing the singular number only may extend and be applied to several persons and things as well as to one person and thing. Words used in the plural number may also include the singular unless a contrary intention plainly appears.
OATH: Shall be construed to include an affirmation in all cases in which, by law, an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and in such cases, the words "swear" and "sworn" shall be equivalent to the words "affirm" and "affirmed".
OR, AND: "Or" may be read "and", and "and" may be read "or", if the sense requires it.
OTHER OFFICIALS OR OFFICERS, ETC.: Whenever reference is made to officers, agencies or departments by title only, i.e., "Clerk", "City Clerk", "City Attorney", "Fire Chief", "Chief of Police", and so on, etc., they shall mean the officers, agencies or departments of the City.
PERSON: Shall extend and be applied to an actual person, any persons and to associations, clubs, societies, firms, partnerships, and bodies politic and corporate, or the manager, lessee, agent, servant, officer or employee of any of them, unless a contrary intention plainly appears.
PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING: Next before and next after, respectively.
PROPERTY: Shall include real and personal property.
SIGNATURE OR SUBSCRIPTION: A signature or subscription includes a mark when a person cannot write.
STATE OR THIS STATE: Shall be construed to mean the State of Oklahoma.
STATUTORY REFERENCES: References to statutes of the State of Oklahoma means the statutes as they now are or as they may be amended to be.
STREET: Shall be construed to embrace streets, avenues, boulevards, roads, alleys, lanes, viaducts, highways, courts, places, squares, curbs and all other public ways in the City which are dedicated and open to public use.
TENSE: Words used in the past or present tense include the future as well as the past and present.
WEEK: Shall be construed to mean seven (7) days.
YEAR: Shall mean a calendar year. (Prior Code, Secs. 10-1–10-4) !DEFEND!