Town of Westernport, MD
Allegany County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Commissioners of the Town of Westernport as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-10-2017
Pursuant to the authority contained in Section 501b(6) of the Town Charter, the ordinances of the Town of Westernport of a general and permanent nature, adopted by the Mayor and Commissioners of the Town of Westernport, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters and sections by General Code, LLC, and consisting of Chapters 1 through 250, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the Town of Westernport," hereinafter known and referred to as the "Code."
This ordinance and the Code shall supersede all other general and permanent ordinances enacted prior to the enactment of this Code, except such ordinances as are hereinafter expressly saved from repeal or continued in force.
The provisions of the Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those of the ordinances in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this ordinance, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior ordinances.
A copy of the Code has been filed in the office of the Clerk of the Town of Westernport and shall remain there for use and examination by the public until final action is taken on this ordinance; and, if this ordinance shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified to by the Clerk of the Town of Westernport by impressing thereon the Seal of the Town, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of the Clerk, to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while said Code is in effect.
Any and all additions, amendments or supplements to the Code, when passed and adopted in such form as to indicate the intent of the governing body to make them a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the "Code of the Town of Westernport" shall be understood and intended to include such additions and amendments. Whenever such additions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the Code as amendments and supplements thereto.
The Clerk of the Town of Westernport shall cause this Adopting Ordinance to be published, in the manner required by law and Section 308 of the Town Charter, in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town. Sufficient copies of the Code shall be maintained in the office of the Clerk for inspection by the public at all times during regular office hours. The enactment and publication of this Adopting Ordinance, coupled with availability of copies of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.
It shall be the duty of the Clerk or someone authorized and directed by the Clerk to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing the Code required to be filed in his or her office for the use of the public. All changes in said Code and all ordinances adopted subsequent to the effective date of this codification which shall be adopted specifically as part of the Code shall, when finally adopted, be included therein by reference until such changes or new ordinances are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.
Copies of the Code may be purchased from the Town Clerk or an authorized agent of the Town Clerk upon the payment of a fee to be established by the Mayor and Commissioners. The Town Clerk may also arrange for procedures for the periodic supplementation of the Code.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to improperly change or amend, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code or to alter or tamper with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the law of the Town of Westernport to be misrepresented thereby. Any violation of this section shall be punishable as a misdemeanor, the penalty for which shall be a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.
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Severability of Code provisions. Each section of the Code and every part of each section is an independent section or part of a section, and the holding of any section or a part thereof or its application to any person or circumstance to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.
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Severability of ordinance provisions. Each section of this ordinance is an independent section, and the holding of any section or part thereof or its application to any person or circumstance to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.
Except as provided in § 1-12, Ordinances saved from repeal, below, all ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with the provisions contained in the Code adopted by this ordinance are hereby repealed; provided, however, that such repeal shall only be to the extent of such inconsistency, and any valid legislation of the Town of Westernport which is not in conflict with the provisions of the Code shall be deemed to remain in full force and effect.
The adoption of this Code and the repeal of ordinances provided for in § 1-11 of this ordinance shall not affect the following ordinances, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
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Any ordinance adopted subsequent to October 5, 2015.
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Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision prior to the effective date of this ordinance or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
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Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this ordinance in violation of any legislative provision or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
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Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending or any judgment rendered, prior to the effective date of this ordinance, brought pursuant to any legislative provision.
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Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred.
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Any ordinance providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing of grade, changing of name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place or any portion thereof.
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Any ordinance or resolution appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond or other instruments or evidence of the Town's indebtedness.
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Ordinances authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property or any lawful contract, agreement or obligation.
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The levy or imposition of taxes, assessments or charges or the approval of the municipal budget.
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The dedication of property or approval of preliminary or final subdivision plats.
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All currently effective ordinances pertaining to the rate and manner of payment of salaries and compensation of officers and employees.
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Any ordinance adopting or amending a Zoning Map.
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Any ordinance relating to or establishing a pension plan or pension fund for municipal employees.
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Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing or amending a specific fee amount for any license, permit or service obtained from the Town.
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In compiling and preparing the ordinances for revision as part of the Code, certain grammatical changes and other nonsubstantive minor changes were made in one or more of said ordinances. It is the intention of the Mayor and Commissioners that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances so changed had been previously formally amended to read as such.
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In addition, the changes, amendments or revisions as set forth in Schedule A,[1] attached hereto and made a part hereof, are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this ordinance. (Chapter and section number references are to the ordinances as they have been renumbered and appear in the Code.)
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Editor's Note: In accordance with § 1-13B, the chapters, parts and sections which were added, amended, adopted or deleted by this ordinance are indicated throughout the Code by a footnote referring to Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I. During routine supplementation, footnotes indicating amendments, additions or deletions will be replaced by the following history: "Amended (added, deleted) 7-10-2017." Schedule A, which contains a complete description of all changes, is on file in the Town offices.
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Throughout the Code, references to "City" are amended to "Town" and references to the "Council" are amended to "Mayor and Commissioners."
Pursuant to § 4-109 of the Local Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, a copy of the Code of the Town of Westernport containing the Charter shall be deposited with the Maryland Department of Legislative Services.
All provisions of this ordinance and the Code shall be in full force and effect on and after July 10, 2017.