TO AMEND SECTION 3.07 OF THE CHARTER OF THE VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE TO ALLOW AN ORDINANCE WHICH DIRECTS THE SALE OF THE SURPLUS PRODUCT OF ANY UTILITY TO OTHERS OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE TO BE SUBJECT TO A REFERENDUM
WHEREAS, the framers of the Charter of the Village of Granville sought the expansion of the democratic rights of its citizens; and
WHEREAS, this Council is committed, and hereby reaffirms its commitment, to expanding the democratic rights of its citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Charter of the Village of Granville may deny citizens the right to place before the voters legislation approved by Council that extends water and sewer services that are revenue enhancing; and
WHEREAS, the Charter of the Village of Granville may deny the ability of Council to place before the voters the extension of water and sewer services that are revenue enhancing; and
WHEREAS, the extension of water and sewer can be of decisive importance in shaping residential and commercial development and can directly affect the citizens of, and quality of life in, the Village of Granville; and
WHEREAS, the Village of Granville has excess water and sewerage capacity; and
WHEREAS, it is likely that the Village of Granville will, in the future, receive requests for the extension of Village water and/or sewer services; and
WHEREAS, the 1998 Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the Village Council, established the importance of protecting open space and green space and preventing suburban and commercial developments that might result from such sale and detract from the community’s uniqueness; and
WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Granville has authority to propose amendments to the Village Charter pursuant to Section 10.10 of the Village Charter; and
WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Granville has determined that the amendment proposed herein will be in the best interests of the citizens of Village of Granville;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Council of the Village of Granville, Ohio, upon a two-thirds vote of the members of Council as required by Section 10.10 of the Charter, that:
Section I. As used in Section II of this Ordinance, stricken-through language indicates language that will be deleted from, and underlined language indicates the new language being added to, existing Section 3.07 of the Charter of the Village of Granville, and such constitute the proposed amendment to such Section.
Section II. Section 3.07 of the Charter of the Village of Granville, Ohio, be amended as follows:
SECTION 3.07. EFFECTIVE DATE OF ORDINANCES.
Emergency ordinances, ordinances raising revenue, except an ordinance which directs the sale or delivery of the product of any public utility to anyone outside the municipality, or for street improvements petitioned for by sixty per cent or more of the owners or by the owners of a majority of the feet front property benefited and to be specially assessed for the cost thereof, and those making appropriations for current operating expenses of the municipality, shall take effect upon passage, and shall not be subject to referendum. Whenever Council is required to pass more than one ordinance to complete a public improvement project, a referendum may be held on the first ordinance passed, but not on any subsequent ordinance in the series. All other ordinances shall take effect thirty days after passage in order to afford an opportunity for the filing of referendum petitions.
Section III. This amendment shall be placed before the electors of the Village of Granville, Ohio, at the election to be held on November 2, 2004.
Section IV. This Ordinance shall take effect and be in full force and effect upon the earliest date allowed by law.