Ordinances and resolutions shall be adopted only at public meetings of Council and shall require the affirmative vote of not less than four Councilmembers.
Every ordinance shall be published one time at least 10 days in advance of action by Council. The full text of the ordinance need not be published; instead the title and general summary of the substance of the ordinance will be sufficient to meet publication requirements. The full text of the ordinance shall be available at the Municipal Office.
Every ordinance shall contain the date of its adoption and its effective date; its adoption shall be verified by the signature of the officer presiding whose signature shall be attested to by the Municipal Secretary who shall affix the official seal, provided that absence of the aforesaid signature, attestation and seal shall not invalidate an otherwise valid ordinance.
No ordinance shall contain more than one subject which shall be clearly expressed in its title.
Any ordinance which repeals or amends an existing ordinance shall set out in full the language to be repealed or amended and shall indicate matter to be omitted by enclosing it in brackets or by strikeout type and shall indicate new matter by underscoring or by italics.
In addition to any other actions required by this Charter or by applicable law to be taken by ordinance, those actions of Council shall be by ordinance which:
Establish, alter, or abolish any municipal department, office, commission or agency.
Adopt or amend a code establishing a personnel system.
Provide for a fine or other penalty or establish a rule or regulation for violation of which a fine or other penalty is imposed.
Grant, renew or extend a franchise.
Establish, alter or abolish rates charged for any utility or other service supplied by the Municipality.
Authorize the borrowing of money except loans in anticipation of taxes.
Purchase, convey, lease or authorize the purchase, conveyance or lease of any lands of the Municipality.
Amend or repeal any ordinance previously adopted.
Establish wages, hours or fringe benefits of employees of the Municipality.
Every ordinance and resolution adopted by Council shall be presented to the Mayor for approval within five days after adoption. If approval is given, the Mayor shall sign it. If approval is not given, the Mayor shall return it with written objection to Council at its next regular meeting, occurring not less than 10 days after the presentation of the proposed ordinance or resolution to the Mayor; and the ordinance or resolution shall be considered vetoed. Should the Mayor not return the proposed ordinance or resolution with written objections within the required time, the ordinance or resolution shall be considered effective.
Should the Mayor veto any ordinance or resolution, Council may reconsider the ordinance or resolution at its next regular or special meeting occurring not less than 10 days after the Mayor has returned it to Council. If at such meeting five Councilmembers vote to override the veto, the ordinance or resolution shall become effective without the Mayor's approval.
Ordinances or resolutions adopted by Council and approved by the Mayor shall become effective immediately after the Mayor has signed such ordinance or resolution or at any later date specified therein.
Ordinances or resolutions adopted by Council but neither approved nor vetoed by the Mayor shall become effective on the day after the last day on which the Mayor can veto or approve such ordinance or resolution or at any later date specified therein.
Ordinances or resolutions adopted by Council notwithstanding the Mayor's veto shall become effective on the day after the day Council overrides the Mayor's veto or at any later date specified therein.
All ordinances and resolutions of the Municipality shall be entered in full in permanent separate record books for ordinances and resolutions. The books shall show the ordinance or resolution, the date it was adopted, date of publication and newspaper in which it was published, and the vote of each Councilmember on each ordinance and resolution. The ordinance book and resolution book shall be public record. These books shall be in the custody and control of the Chief Administrator, and all entries made therein shall be at the direction of the Chief Administrator. At the time any such ordinance is entered into the ordinance book, the same shall be codified; and a topical index shall be maintained by the Chief Administrator for such purposes.
The penalties for the violation of any ordinance shall be contained in that ordinance in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Constitution of the United States and any other provisions of this Charter. Ordinances may provide that, in the case of continuing violations, each day a violation exists may constitute a separate offense and be punishable as such. The amount ordained as penalties may be set by Council to the extent of the maximum penalty that may be levied by any non-charter municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Council may adopt any standard or national code concerned with building, plumbing, fire prevention or other subjects by reference thereto in the adopting ordinance. It shall not be necessary to publish, read or record such code in full but instead a brief summary of the substance of the code shall be published, read and recorded together with a statement of the place where such code is on file and may be examined. Copies of such a code shall be made available for purchase at a reasonable cost.
To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or the public peace, Council may adopt emergency ordinances, but such ordinances may not levy taxes, grant, renew or extend a franchise or authorize the borrowing of money. A proposed emergency ordinance shall be introduced in the form prescribed for ordinances generally, except that it shall be plainly designated as an emergency ordinance and shall contain, after the adopting clause, a declaration stating that an emergency exists and describing it in clear and specific terms. An emergency ordinance need not be published prior to adoption but shall be published as soon as possible thereafter. An emergency ordinance may be adopted with or without amendment or rejected at the meeting at which it is introduced and shall become effective with or without the approval of the Mayor, but the affirmative vote of four Councilmembers shall be required for adoption. It shall become effective upon adoption or at such later time as it may specify. Every emergency ordinance shall automatically stand repealed as of the 61st day following the date on which it was adopted, but this shall not prevent the readoption of the ordinance in the manner specified in this section if the emergency still exists. An emergency ordinance may also be repealed by adoption of a repealing ordinance in the same manner specified in this section for adoption of emergency ordinances.