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 it commitment, to expanding the democratic rights of its citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Charter of the Village of Granville denies citizens the right to place before the voters emergency legislation approved by Council that acquires real property, not to include roadways and/or utility easements; and
WHEREAS, the acquisition of real property, not including roadways and/or utility easements, 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 Council of the Village of Granville has the ability 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 interest of citizens of the Village of Granville.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of Village of Granville, Ohio, upon a two-thirds vote of the members of Council as required by Section 10.10 of the Village Charter and the Ohio Constitution, that:
Section 1. As used in Section 2 of this Ordinance, underlined language indicates the new language being added to existing Section 3.07 of the Charter of the Village of Granville and constitutes the proposed amendment to such section.
Section 2. Section 3.07 of the Charter of the Village of Granville, Ohio, be hereby amended as follows:
SECTION 3.07. EFFECTIVE DATE OF ORDINANCES; EXCEPTIONS TO REFERENDUM.
Emergency Ordinances, except an emergency ordinance for the acquisition of real property, not including roadways and/or utility easements, ordinances raising revenue or for street improvements petitioned for by sixty percent 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 3. This amendment shall be placed before the voters of the Village of Granville, Ohio, at the election to be held on November 2, 2004.
Section 4. This Ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency ordinance that is necessary for the public peace, safety, health, morals and welfare. The reason for such necessity is that immediate action is necessary in order to place the Ordinance on the ballot on November 2, 2004, under the time restrictions set forth in the statute and Ohio Constitution. Therefore, this Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage.