(a)    General Rule. All words and phrases shall be construed and understood according to the common and approved usage of the language, but technical words and phrases and such others as may have acquired a peculiar and appropriate meaning in the law shall be construed and understood according to such peculiar and appropriate meaning.
   (b)    As used in the Codified Ordinances, unless the context otherwise requires:
      (1)    Tense. Words in the present tense include the future tense.
      (2)    Gender. Words in the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter genders.
       (3)    Plural. Words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. (ORC 1.10)
   (c)    Calendar - Computation of Time. The time within which an act is required by law to be done shall be computed by excluding the first and including the last day, except that
when the last day falls on Sunday or a legal holiday, then the act may be done on the next
succeeding day which is not a Sunday or a legal holiday.
   When a public office, in which an act required by law is to be performed, is closed to the public for the entire day which constitutes the last day for doing such act or before its usual closing time on such day, then such act may be performed on the next succeeding day which is not a Sunday or a legal holiday. If any legal holiday falls on Sunday, the next succeeding day is a legal holiday. (ORC 1.14)
   When an act is to take effect or become operative from and after a day named, no part of that day shall be included. (ORC 1.15)
   In all cases where the law shall require any act to be done in a reasonable time or reasonable notice to be given, such reasonable time or notice shall mean such time only as may be necessary for the prompt performance of such duty or compliance with such notice.
   (d)    Authority. When the law requires an act to be done which may by law as well be done by an agent as by the principal, such requirement shall be construed to include all such acts when done by an authorized agent.
   (e)    Joint Authority. All words purporting to give joint authority to three or more municipal officers or other persons shall be construed as giving such authority to a majority of such officers or other persons, unless it shall be otherwise expressly declared in the law giving the authority or inconsistent with State statute or Charter provisions.
   (f)    Exceptions. The rules of construction shall not apply to any law which shall contain any express provision excluding such construction, or when the subject matter or context of such law may be repugnant thereto.