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City Charter

INTRODUCTION

Note: The Chapter headings and headnotes set forth herein to the sections and subdivisions do not constitute a portion of the Charter's text, but are an editorial device designed to assist a person in reviewing various provisions of the text.
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CHAPTER I: GENERAL PROVISIONS; CORPORATE BOUNDARIES

1.00  Municipal corporation established;
         general powers; municipal powers not limited
1.01  Corporated boundaries
1.02  Wards established; redetermination of boundaries
          failure of common council to act; annexed areas;
          redetermination; elections; unexpired terms
1.03  Actions in name of city
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CHAPTER II: PENALTIES; CONSTRUCTION

2.00 Penalties (Violations)
2.01 Construction of provisions; severability
2.02 Revision
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CHAPTER III: ELECTIONS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OFFICERS

3.00 Charter Election
3.001 Vacancies; Special elections
3.01 Elections; general provisions
3.011 Limitations on consecutive terms
3.02 Residency required
3.025 Filing fee
3.026 Officeholder Cannot be Employed by the City of Rochester
3.03 Oath required
3.04 Mayor and Councilmember at large
3.05 Councilmember
3.06 Vacancy in elective office
3.07 Removal of officers
3.08 Change of residence
3.09 Duty of successor
3.10 Repealed
3.11 Certain acts prohibited
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CHAPTER IV: MAYOR

4.00 Mayor; duties
4.01 Execution of documents
4.02 Service of process
4.03 Veto power
4.04 Repealed
4.05 Absence from City
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CHAPTER V: COMMON COUNCIL

5.00 Legislative authority vested
5.01 Presiding officer
5.02 Eligibility of members
5.03 Regular meeting
5.04 Special meeting
5.05 Quorum
5.06 Council authority
5.07 Journal
5.08 Prohibition
5.09 Vacancy
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CHAPTER VI: ORDINANCES

6.00 When required
6.01 Style
6.02 Enactment
6.03 Approval; veto
6.04 Override of veto
6.05 Failure to return
6.06 Readings required
6.07 Publication
6.08 Codification
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CHAPTER VII: OFFICERS; GENERAL PROVISIONS

7.00 Resignation
7.01 Conflict of interest
7.02 Appointment by Council
7.021 Limitations on Continued Service
7.022 Limitations on Length of Service
7.03 Removal
7.04 Administration and organization
7.05 Audit
7.06 Compensation; elected officials
7.07 Certain compensation prohibited
7.08 Compensation; officers and employees
7.09 Bond required
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CHAPTER VIII: ATTORNEY; CLERK; FINANCE DIRECTOR; ADMINISTRATOR

8.00 Attorney
8.01 City Clerk
8.02 Clerk; additional duties
8.03 Deputy City Clerk
8.04 Finance Director
8.05 City Administrator
8.06 Administrator; specific duties
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CHAPTER IX: POLICE DEPARTMENT

9.00 Department established
9.01 Citizenship required
9.02 Chief of police
9.03 Prohibitions
9.04 Compensation
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CHAPTER X: TAXATION

10.00  Lodging tax
10.01  General taxing authority
10.02  Board of equalization

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CHAPTER XI: MUNICIPAL FINANCES

11.00 Fiscal year
11.01 Authority of council
11.02 Certain obligations prohibited
11.03 Tax anticipation certificate
11.04 Emergency debt certificates
11.05 Tax increment obligations
11.06 Funds to be kept
11.07 General fund
11.08 Utility or other public service enterprise funds
11.09 Other funds
11.10 Interfund transfers
11.11 Other funds
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CHAPTER XII: PROCUREMENT

12.00 Bidding required
12.01 Estimate required
12.02 Specifications
12.03 Advertising
12.04 Security Required
12.05 Bid opening
12.06 Award of contract
12.07 Rejection of bid
12.08 Execution
12.09 Procurement in open market
12.091 Procurement by competitive proposals
12.10 Emergency procurement
12.11 Assignment prohibited
12.12 Affidavit required
12.13 Void contract
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CHAPTER XIII: LIBRARY BOARD

13.00 Library board established
13.01 Oath
13.02 Vacancy
13.03 Powers of board
13.04 Property acquired
13.05 Report required
13.06 Library facilities free
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CHAPTER XIV: PARK BOARD

14.00 Park board established
14.01 Organization
14.02 General powers
14.03 Auditorium
14.04 Land acquisition; gifts
14.05 Land acquisition; other
14.06 Finances
14.07 Compensation prohibited - Repealed
14.08 Expenditures; parkways
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CHAPTER XV: UTILITY BOARD

15.00 Utility board created
15.01 Appointment
15.02 Oath; compensation
15.03 Conduct of meetings; appointment of secretary
15.04 City Utility System
15.05 Board powers
15.06 Street lighting
15.07 Contracts
15.08 Interfund transfers - Repealed
15.09 Procedures and Record
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CHAPTER XVI: PUBLIC FRANCHISES

16.00 General
16.01 Rate regulation
16.02 Perpetual franchise
16.03 Reports
16.04 Existing franchises contained
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CHAPTER XVII: VACATION OF PUBLIC WAYS

17.00 Procedure
17.01 Compensation
17.02 Appeal
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CHAPTER XVIII: MISCELLANEOUS

18.00 One-way pairs; referendum
18.01 Legal newspaper
18.001 Revocable encroachment and improvement permits
18.02 Effective date
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CHAPTER XIX: SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS

19.00   Local improvements; special assessments
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Appendix

  • APPENDIX A (PDF) 1984 to 1996 Section Conversion Table
  • APPENDIX B (PDF) 1985 Section Derivation Table
  • APPENDIX C (PDF) Charter Provisions Repealed, 1963-1985
  • APPENDIX D (PDF) Charter Commission Members, Elected Officials, Officers and Department Heads
  • APPENDIX E   ( pdf)  Charter Orientation Materials Rules of Procedure