The purpose of the following provisions is to promote the orderly transition from the present statutory government of the City of Wildwood to the Home Rule Charter. The provisions of this Article shall constitute a part of this Charter only to the extent and for the time required to accomplish that aim.
Any person employed by the City or holding any appointive or elected City office at the time this Charter takes full effect, who was serving in that same or comparable position at the time of its adoption, shall continue in that position.
Departments, Authorities And Offices. Existing departments, agencies, authorities and offices shall be continued as constituted on the effective date of this Charter until thereafter changed pursuant to this Charter or by ordinance.
Boards And Commissions. Existing boards and commissions shall be continued as constituted on the effective date of this Charter until thereafter changed pursuant to this Charter or by ordinance.
All ordinances, regulations, resolutions and orders in force at the time this Charter takes effect, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, shall remain and be in force until altered, modified or repealed by or under authority of this Charter or ordinance.
No action or proceeding, civil or criminal, pending at the time this Charter shall take effect, brought by or against the City or any office, department, agency or officer thereof, shall be affected or abated by the adoption of this Charter or by anything herein contained.
All contracts entered into by the City, or for its benefit, prior to the taking effect of this Charter, shall continue in full force and effect.
Public improvements for which legislative steps have been taken under laws existing at the time this Charter takes effect may be carried to completion as nearly as practicable in accordance with the provisions of such existing laws.
All taxes and assessments levied or assessed, all fines and penalties imposed and all other obligations owing to the City which are uncollected at the time this Charter becomes effective shall continue in full force and effect and shall be collected as if no change had been made.
This Charter shall be submitted to a vote of the electors of the City of Wildwood at an election to be held on the fourth day of November, 1997. This election shall be administered by the officials having the responsibility for the conduct of municipal elections in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Missouri.
After its adoption by voters, this Charter shall be in effect at the first meeting of the City Council after certification of those election results, with the Mayor and Council Members in office at the date this Charter is adopted operating within the Charter as Mayor and Council Members.
The first municipal election for elected municipal offices under this Charter shall be held on the first general municipal election date after the effective date of this Charter.
Incumbent elective officials holding office on the effective date of this Charter shall serve the remainder of their terms, and all subsequent terms shall be filled as provided for in this Charter. No term or portion of a term in effect on the effective date of this Charter shall be included in any calculation of term limitations.