City of Bradford, PA
Mckean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bradford 6-11-1974 by Ord. No. 2936. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Authorities — See Ch. 6.
Boards, commissions and committees — See Ch. 10.
Fiscal affairs — See Ch. 25.
Purchasing — See Ch. 46.
City Treasurer - See Ch. 53.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
The City of Bradford, its qualified voters having adopted the Council-Manager Plan of Government under the Optional Third Class City Charter Law,[1] shall be governed as provided in such Act, more specifically Article III thereof, "General Powers and Limitations"; Article V thereof, "Council-Manager Plan"; and Article VI thereof, "General Provisions Common to Optional Plans." All of such applicable provisions of said Act shall apply to and within the City of Bradford, shall be deemed to have been incorporated herein by reference and need not be reiterated in this chapter (which shall be known and may be cited and referred to as the "Administrative Code") in order to effectuate such provisions. The City shall further be governed by applicable general law, by the ordinances of the City in effect at the effective date of this chapter and by this Administrative Code and according to resolutions, regulations and administrative procedures adopted by the City Council or its authorized representative or other official, department or agency of the City by authority of law or ordinance. All such ordinances, this Administrative Code and such resolutions, regulations and administrative procedures may be amended, repealed, revised and/or replaced from time to time in the same manner that they were originally enacted or adopted.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 41101 et seq.
[Amended 5-14-1996 by Ord. No. 2936.1]
A. 
The regular meetings of City Council shall be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
B. 
Any member of Council who fails to attend more than two consecutive regular meetings of City Council shall forfeit his/her salary for the period in which the meetings are missed, including the first two absences. Council shall have discretion to suspend the application of this provision upon due cause shown.
[Amended 2-25-1975 by Ord. No. 2965; 3-11-1975 by Ord. No. 2966; 2-13-1979 by Ord. No. 2999; 3-10-2015 by Ord. No. 3078.202; 3-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2999.7]
A. 
Governing body salary/wage increases and positions for calendar year 2016.
Department and number of employees
Titles
2016 Wages
Mayor
Mayor
$10,000
Director of Accounts/Finance
$5,000
4 Council Members
Director of Parks/Public Property
$5,000
Director of Public Safety
$5,000
Director of Streets/Public Improvements
$5,000
City Controller
$5,000
(1) 
Pursuant to Sections 1016, 1208 and 1701 (c.) of the Third Class City Code, neither the Mayor, City Council members or the City Controller shall receive this stated remuneration during their current terms of office.
B. 
In accordance with City Solicitor's Opinion No. 75-5, dated February 25, 1975, whereby the compensation of the City Treasurer shall be fixed by ordinance of City Council, finally passed or adopted at least two days prior to the last day fixed by law for candidates to withdraw their names from nominating petitions previous to the day of the municipal election, the following compensation is approved for the City Treasurer, whomever he or she shall be, for a four-year period beginning:
(1) 
January 1, 2016:
(a) 
City Treasurer: $34,500.
(b) 
Tax Collector: $11,500.
(c) 
Total: $46,000.
(2) 
January 1, 2017: The rates shall be the same as 2016.
(3) 
January 1, 2018:
(a) 
City Treasurer: $35,500.
(b) 
Tax Collector: $12,500.
(c) 
Total: $48,000.
(4) 
January 1, 2019: The rates shall be the same as 2018.
A. 
The City shall have the following administrative departments:
(1) 
Department of Administration.
(2) 
Department of Finance.
(3) 
Department of Planning and Development.
(4) 
Police Department.
(5) 
Fire Department.
(6) 
Public Works Department.
(7) 
Health Department.
(8) 
Water Department.
B. 
Department directors, except for the Department of Finance, which shall be under the direction of the City Treasurer; the Police Department, which shall be under the direction of the Chief of Police; the Fire Department, which shall be under the direction of the Fire Chief; and the Health Department, which shall be under the City Council in its capacity as the Board of Health, shall be chosen by the City Council or its authorized representative solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications appropriate to the duties of their respective departments and shall be subject to removal at the discretion of the City Council or its authorized representative, as provided by Section 516 of the Optional Third Class City Charter Law.[1]
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
[1]
Editor's Note: See P.S. § 41516.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
Under the direction of the City Council or its authorized representative, each department director shall:
A. 
Direct the performance of all duties and responsibilities required of his department or its subordinate agencies as provided by statute, this Administrative Code or other ordinance of the City and such other duties as may be required by the City Council or its authorized representative which are not in conflict with law or ordinances.
B. 
Be immediately responsible to the City Council or its authorized representative for the effective administration of his department and all activities assigned to it.
C. 
Subject to provisions of Article XLIV of the Third Class City Code (53 P.S. § 39401 et seq.) as to civil service, department directors shall, with the approval of the City Council or its authorized representative, appoint and remove subordinate officers and employees within their respective departments.
D. 
Prescribe the internal organization of the department and the duties of subordinate officers and employees of the department, with the approval of the City Council or its authorized representative.
E. 
Assign functions, powers and duties to subordinate officers and employees within the department and modify such assignments as needs appear.
F. 
Supervise the work of the department through the provisions provided by this Administrative Code and such other organization units as the director may find necessary or desirable and supervise and direct the work of the employees of the department.
G. 
Delegate such of his powers as he may deem necessary for efficient administration.
H. 
Provide, under the direction and with the approval of the City Council or its authorized representative, to any department or subordinate agency such service, labor, materials and equipment as may be requisitioned by such department or subordinate agency and as its own facilities permit, through the procedures established by ordinance.
I. 
Submit monthly and annual reports to the City Council or its authorized representative of programs and accomplishments of his department and such other reports as the City Council or its authorized representative may require.
J. 
Keep informed on advances in administrative and operational practices in his respective field and institute within his department those practices he deems in the best interest of the City.
K. 
Establish and supervise such in-service training programs as he deems desirable or necessary for the improvement of services to the public.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
The Department of Administration shall be headed and supervised by the City Council or its authorized representative. The Department shall perform the administrative service functions for the City, its departments and agencies not otherwise provided in this Administrative Code. The areas of responsibility of the Department of Administration shall include:
A. 
Recording, filing, indexing and safekeeping of all proceedings of Council.
B. 
Maintenance of records and files of general application to City operations, its departments and agencies.
C. 
Supervision of personnel policies and practices as established by Council.
D. 
Administration of a centralized purchasing system for all departments of City government.
E. 
Development of the fiscal aspects of the capital improvement and development programs of the City.
F. 
Preparation of the annual operating budget.
G. 
Tabulation of all departmental reports.
H. 
Administration of planning and zoning matters, except to the extent that the same, under the law or under any other section of this Administrative Code, are otherwise administered.
I. 
Such other functions as shall be assigned to this Department by general law or by Council.
The Department of Finance shall be headed and supervised by a Director of Finance, who shall be the elected Treasurer of the City. The Department shall act to promote, secure and preserve the financial and property interests of the City in all cases where the duty is not expressly charged to any other department or office. The areas of responsibility of the Department of Finance, to the extent consistent with general law, shall include:
A. 
General supervision over all officers of the City regarding the proper management of the fiscal concerns of their respective offices.
B. 
Maintenance of separate and distinct records of all City assets, property, trusts, debts owing to the City and other resources whatsoever.
C. 
Issuance of such financial reports as are deemed appropriate and necessary by Council or its authorized representative.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
D. 
Supervision over tax collection functions, except for such taxes that, pursuant to the ordinance governing the same, are collected by another office or officer.
E. 
Performance of such other functions and duties as may be required by Council.
The Department of Planning and Development shall be headed and supervised by the Director of Planning and Development. It shall be the duty of this Department to coordinate and supervise all municipal planning and development for the City and to perform such other functions and duties as may be required by Council.
The Police Department shall be headed by the Chief of Police and shall be composed of the following subordinate officers and classifications: Assistant Chief of Police, Captains of Police, Lieutenants of Police, Sergeants and patrolmen. The responsibilities of the Police Department shall, in addition to the customary law enforcement function, include criminal investigation, police communications, traffic control, juvenile offenders, guarding of school crossings and parking meter enforcement.
The Fire Department shall be headed and supervised by the Fire Chief, who shall also serve as Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Code Enforcement Officer, in charge of the Bureau of Fire Prevention. The Fire Department shall have the following subordinate officers and classifications: Assistant Chief, Fire Captains, engineers, drivers and hosemen. The Fire Department shall be responsible for fire fighting, fire prevention work and the investigation of the causes of fires within the City.
The Public Works Department shall be headed and supervised by a Director of Public Works. The Department shall be responsible for all matters relating to the construction, maintenance and operation of the physical properties of the City to the extent that such responsibilities are not expressly charged to any other department or office. The areas of responsibility of the Department of Public Works shall include:
A. 
The administration, direction and supervision of streets, sidewalks and bridges.
B. 
The administration, direction and supervision of storm sewers.
C. 
The administration, direction and supervision of City property.
D. 
The administration, direction and supervision of parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities of the City.
E. 
The administration, direction and supervision of snow and ice control.
F. 
The administration, direction and supervision of building inspection and sidewalk inspection.
G. 
The collection and disposal of all garbage, ashes, rubbish and refuse.
H. 
Performance of such other functions and duties as may be required by Council.
[Amended 6-26-2001 by Ord. No. 2936.4]
The Health Department shall be under the direction and supervision of the Health Officer, who shall be appointed by Council in its capacity as the Board of Health. The City's Building Inspector, Restaurant Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer and all personnel employed by the Office of Code Enforcement shall be agents of the Board of Health and members of the Health Department under direct supervision of the Health Officer. The areas of responsibility of the Health Department shall be:
A. 
Housing inspection and enforcement.
B. 
Plumbing inspection and enforcement.
C. 
Building inspection and enforcement.
D. 
Property maintenance inspection and enforcement.
E. 
Electrical inspection and enforcement.
F. 
Fire hazard inspection and enforcement.
G. 
Restaurant inspection and enforcement.
H. 
The examination and inspection of nuisances, reporting to the Board of Health regarding such nuisances and enforcement of the orders of the Board of Health.
I. 
Performance of such other functions and duties as may be prescribed by ordinance or required by Council.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. A239, Board of Health Regulations.
The Water Department shall be under the direction and supervision of the Superintendent of the Water Department. The area of responsibility of the Water Department shall be the Water Department and all its facilities and the furnishing of water thereby to customers within and without the City.
The City Solicitor shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of Council. The Council may appoint such Assistant Solicitor or Solicitors as it deems necessary. The areas of responsibility of the Solicitor shall be to:
A. 
Advise Council or its authorized representative or any other City officer, when thereto requested, upon all legal questions arising in the conduct of City business.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
B. 
Prepare or revise ordinances so requested by Council or its authorized representative or any other officer thereof.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
C. 
Give his written opinion on any legal matter or question submitted to him by Council or its authorized representative or any of its committees or by any other City officer.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
D. 
Attend all Council meetings in their entirety for the purpose of giving Council or its authorized representative any legal advice.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
E. 
Prepare for execution all contracts and instruments to which the City is a party and approve as to form all bonds required to be submitted to the City.
F. 
Represent the City in all legal actions brought by or against the City.
G. 
Have the power to adjust, settle, compromise or submit to arbitration any action or causes of action, accounts, etc., in which the City is concerned, as directed by Council.
H. 
Make an annual report to Council or its authorized representative of all pending litigation in which the City has an interest and the condition thereof.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
I. 
Keep records and deliver all records and documents and property of every description in his possession, belonging in his office or to the City, to his successor in office, who shall give duplicate receipts therefor, one of which he shall file with the City Council or its authorized representative.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
[Amended 11-9-1983 by Ord. No. 3045; 7-8-2014 by Ord. No. 3045.1]
The City Administrator shall be appointed by resolution of the City Council, duly passed at a regular meeting of the Bradford City Council pursuant to 53 P.S. § 36202-A. The City Administrator shall not reside outside of the City of Bradford without the approval of City Council. The person appointed to this position shall have the powers and duties relating to the general management of City business and shall have the responsibility of performing the following nonexclusive list of specific powers and duties:
A. 
Be the chief administrative officer of the City responsible to City Council for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the City.
B. 
Direct and supervise the administration of all departments and functions of the City, except as otherwise provided by ordinance or law.
C. 
Except as otherwise provided by the Third Class City Code,[1] appoint City employees on the basis of a merit system and suspend, remove, or otherwise discipline City employees subject to the following:
(1) 
The City Administrator may make recommendations to City Council regarding appointments or removals at department head levels;
(2) 
Prior to action regarding appointments or removals at department head levels, the City Administrator shall confer with City Council;
(3) 
City Council must confirm appointments or removals at the department head level.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 35101 et seq.
D. 
Negotiate contracts for the City, subject to the approval of City Council, make recommendations concerning the nature and location of municipal improvements, and execute municipal improvements as determined by City Council.
E. 
To provide assistance, if requested, to the City's Chief Financial Officer (hereinafter "CFO") during the CFO's annual preparation of the City of Bradford's budget.
F. 
Perform such other duties as may be designated by the City Council.
The City Engineer shall have the superintendence, direction and control of the engineering matters of the City and shall perform the following duties:
A. 
Prepare plans, specifications and estimates for all City engineering work.
B. 
Furnish Council, heads of departments and City boards or commissions with reports, information or estimates on any City engineering work or on questions submitted by any of them in their official capacity.
C. 
Inspect and approve all municipal improvements and execute all certificates of commencement and completion in regard thereto.
D. 
Have charge and direction of all surveys.
E. 
Have custody of and maintain the registry of real estate in the City and all City maps, engineering plans, books and records.
F. 
Such other duties as Council shall prescribe.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
The City may establish such authorities, boards and commissions as authorized by general law and such additional boards and commissions as the Council shall deem necessary or appropriate. Unless prohibited by statute, authorities, boards and commissions shall be attached to an appropriate City department for administrative purposes as provided by Council. Council may also provide for the appointment of an authorized representative as an ex officio member of various authorities, boards and commissions.
A. 
Any officer or employee of the City who is or may be required to give bond to the City conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties, except such officers and employees who are required by law to give individual bonds, may be covered by a public employees' blanket bond, the amount and coverage thereof to be determined by Council or its authorized representative. The following, in addition to the City Treasurer,[1] shall not be covered by the blanket bond and shall give bond as follows:
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
(1) 
Solicitor: $10,000.
(2) 
Controller: $50,000.
[1]
Editor's Note: For bond and insurance requirements for the City Treasurer, see Ch. 53.
B. 
Malpractice insurance may be obtained at the direction of the Solicitor. The premiums on such bonds and insurance shall be paid by the City.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
The City Council or its authorized representative shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a merit system personnel program which is to include a position classification system and pay plan covering all City employees as provided by the Charter Law. The basic personnel policy of the City shall be:
A. 
Employment by the City shall be based upon merit and fitness, free from personal, racial, religious and political considerations.
B. 
Recruitment shall be conducted on a broad basis in order to secure an adequate field of selection.
C. 
Just and equitable conditions of employment shall be established and maintained in order to promote efficiency and economy in the operation of the City.
D. 
Positions having similar duties and responsibilities shall be classified and compensated on a uniform basis.
E. 
Appointments, promotions and other personnel actions shall be made on merit, systematic tests and evaluations.
F. 
Tenure of employees and appointive officers shall be subject to good behavior, satisfactory performance of work, requirements of the City and availability of funds.
[Amended 11-28-1995 by Ord. No. 3163]
No rule or regulation made by any department, office, agency or authority of the City, except such as relates to the organization or internal management of the City, shall take effect until it has been approved as to form and legality by the City Solicitor and approved by the City Council or its authorized representative. City Council shall receive all such rules and regulations, and they shall be filed with the City Council or its authorized representative.
[Amended 9-24-1996 by Ord. No. 2936.2]
A. 
Real estate registry. A real estate registry shall continue to be maintained by the City as established under and pursuant to the provisions of the Third Class City Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 35101 et seq.
B. 
In addition to the filing of a real estate registry slip at City Hall, any person, firm or corporation, whether he/she or it is principle, agent or an employee, is responsible for checking to ensure that any moneys due to the City of Bradford for water, sewage and garbage are paid and the provisions of the Code Enforcement Ordinance (Ordinance General File No. 3161)[2] have been complied with and the fee of $100 required has been paid, either before or contemporaneously with the closing of any real estate transaction within the City of Bradford.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 169, Rental Property, Art. I, Reports by Landlords.
C. 
Penalties. Any person, firm or corporation, whether he/she or it is principal, agent or employee, who or which shall violate any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof before the District Justice, shall be subject to penalty for a first offense of not less than $100 nor more than $600; upon conviction thereof before the District Justice for a second offense, he/she or it shall be subject to a penalty of at least $200 and not more than $600; and, upon conviction for a third or greater offense thereof before the District Justice, shall be subject to a penalty of at least $300 and not more than $600.
[Added 10-23-1984 by Ord. No. 3069; amended 7-22-2014 by Ord. No 3069.1]
The City Council of the City of Bradford hereby establishes the position of Executive Secretary to the City Administrator at an annual salary as determined by Wage Ordinance passed by the City Council of the City of Bradford. Adjustments to any salary shall conform to and be consistent with future annual City budgets. Anyone appointed to this position shall have the responsibility of performing the following duties:
A. 
Secretarial duties for the City Administrator and, when necessary, for City Councilmen.
B. 
Receiving phone calls and visitors to the City Administrator's office.
C. 
Preparing Council meeting agendas, taking minutes at City Council meetings, preparing and disseminating minutes and preparing resolutions and proclamations.
D. 
Processing all invoices for the City Administrator and the Solicitor.
E. 
Preparing monthly revenue/expenditure reports for distribution.
F. 
Sorting and delivering all City mail.
G. 
Researching data to assisting in union negotiations.
H. 
Assisting in projecting and preparing the City budget.
I. 
Assisting auditors.
J. 
Such other duties as City Council may prescribe.