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The provisions of this Charter shall be liberally construed for the purposes of affecting the objects and ends thereof. Unless some other meaning is manifest; the word “city” shall be construed to mean the “City of Wake Village, Texas,” and the word “and” may be read “or” and the word “or” may be read “and,” if the sense requires; the words in the present tense, except when a more restricted meaning is manifest, may be read in the past tense, and singular may mean plural. Throughout this Charter, words used in expressing masculine gender shall be construed to include the feminine. The words “City Secretary” refers to the persons performing the duties of City Secretary. The word “Council” shall be construed to mean the “City Council” of the City of Wake Village, Texas.