[Amended 11-6-2012; 11-8-2016]
Neither the Mayor, nor any member of the City Council, School Committee or board, committee or commission thereof and no officer, agent or employee of the City or School Committee, or immediate family member of a City or School Department employee shall:
Have a substantial financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract entered into by or on behalf of the City of Biddeford, or the School Committee, except a personal employment contract, or in the sale to or by the City, or School Committee of any land, materials, supplies or services, when such officer, agent, employee or member exercises on behalf of the City, or School Committee any function or responsibility with respect to such contract or sale. All contracts or sales made in violation thereof are void, and the City Finance Director is expressly forbidden to pay any money out of the City Treasury on account of any such transaction.
Purchase or accept anything from the City, or School Committee, other than those items or services which are offered to the public generally, and then only upon the same terms and under the same procedures offered to and used for the general public. This shall not include those items or services which are received as compensation, or as a part of such person's employment contract, or which are necessary for the performance of such person's duties.
Accept or receive from any person, firm, or corporation acting under a franchise, contract, or license from the City or School Committee, any frank, free pass, free ticket, or free service, or accept, directly or indirectly, from any such person, firm, or corporation any service upon terms more favorable than those granted to the public generally.
All ordinances, orders, or resolves in force at the time that this Charter takes effect, not inconsistent with this Charter, shall continue in force until amended or repealed. All rules and regulations of the Municipal Officers, or of any office of the City of Biddeford in force at the time that this Charter takes effect, not inconsistent with the provisions thereof, shall continue in force until amended or repealed.
All rights, actions, proceedings, prosecutions and contracts of the City, or any of its boards, committees, commissions or departments, pending or unexecuted when this Charter goes into effect, and not inconsistent therewith, shall be enforced, continued, or completed in all respects as though begun or executed hereunder.
General meetings of the citizens qualified to vote in the City affairs may from time to time be held to consult upon the public good, to instruct their representatives, and to take all lawful measures to obtain redress of any grievances according to the right secured to the people by the Constitution of this State; and such meetings may and shall be duly warned by the City Council, upon the requisition of 100 qualified voters of said City. A moderator shall be selected by majority vote of the citizens attending the meeting.
Any highway, town way, or bridge which has been, or may hereafter be, located within the City between high and low mark shall nevertheless be deemed to be legally located and established.
The Charter may be changed in matters of form and substance only by a duly elected Charter Revision Commission consisting of nine members selected as follows: Seven members, one elected from each ward and two appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, who shall serve in accordance with 30-A M.R.S.A, §§ 2101 — 2106, as amended. A candidate for the Charter Revision Commission shall be a resident of the City of Biddeford for at least six months prior to the date on/or before which nomination papers are to be filed. Charter Revision Commission members may not hold another elected office within the City.
All issues decided by referendum shall be binding on the City Council and not merely advisory.
All referendum questions are to be decided at a general election or special election called for the purpose of voting on the referendum.
All referendum questions shall be limited to one part questions and be stated in the affirmative.
Bond issues. No order providing for the issue of bonds pledged on the credit of the City of Biddeford shall be passed without notice of the same having been posted in a public place in the City of Biddeford and published at least once in a local newspaper of general circulation in the City of Biddeford not later than 14 days before final action of the City Council. No authorization provided for the issue of such bonds shall take effect until ratified by a majority of the voters voting thereon at a general or special election. A question seeking voter approval of the issue of such bonds shall be accompanied by a statement setting forth estimates of the total cost of such bonds, total interest, total length of term and projected effect on the mil rate. Tax anticipation notes are exempted from this provision.
Citizen initiated referendum.
Groups, organizations or individuals circulating petitions must clearly indicate at the top of each and every petition sheet who the group, persons or entity is and the purpose of the petition.
Fifteen percent of registered voters in the City of Biddeford at the time of filing of the petition must sign a petition to bring matters to a referendum.
A copy of the petition must be registered with the City Clerk at the commencement of the petition drive. The petitioners will have 30 calendar days from the date of filing to gather signatures. The petitions must be submitted to the City Clerk by the 30th day.
All referendum questions are to be decided by a majority vote at a general election or special election called for the purpose of voting on the referendum.
All meetings of the City of Biddeford shall be duly posted on the central bulletin board of City Hall, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Any and all members of boards, committees and commissions nominated by the Mayor shall be residents of the City of Biddeford for at least six months prior to their appointment, and must be domiciled in the City of Biddeford throughout their term.
The City shall maintain an ordinance (to be adopted within six months) establishing a Code of Ethics for all elected and appointed City Officials.