Charter: Article XIX
Miscellaneous Provisions (cont.)

Section 19.15. Officers; employees; qualification

No person shall be entitled to hold any office or employment who is in arrears for any city taxes.

Section 19.16. Officers and employees interested in contracts

No member of the council and no salaried officer or employee of the City shall have a financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with the City, or be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in the sale to the City of any land, materials, supplies or services, except on behalf of the City as an officer or employee. This section shall not apply if the transaction involves the sale of City bonds made after public notice and competitive bidding, provided the bid accepted is the lowest qualified bid received.

No member of a board or commission shall have a financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with the department or administrative agency managed or operated by the board or commission on which he is serving, or be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in the sale to the board or commission of any land, materials, supplies, or services, except on behalf of the department or administrative agency.

Any violation of this Section renders the contract or sale void, and any council member, officer, employee, or board member violating the Section thereby forfeits his office or employment.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Charter to the contrary, the City may acquire land from an employee of the City, other than a salaried officer, by purchasing the land from the employee or through the exercise of eminent domain; provided, however, such land shall not be purchased by the City at more than the fair market value as determined by an independent appraiser.

Approved by vote of the people November 5, 1985.

Section 19.17. Power to administer oaths

Any councilmember or the city clerk may administer oaths or affirmations in any matter pertaining to the affairs and government of the City.

Section 19.18. Condemnation proceedings

All proceedings for the condemnation of property or in the exercise of the right of eminent domain shall be in accordance with the laws of the state now or hereafter applicable to cities of the second class, or with such laws as may be provided for constitutional charter cities.

Section 19.19. Use of equipment and supplies

  1. Any equipment belonging to any department or agency and usable by any other department or agency of the City shall be made available to such other department or agency, at such time and in such manner as not to interfere with the efficient operation of the department or agency owning such equipment and in the manner provided by ordinance, without charge except the cost of operating such equipment.
  2. Any equipment or supplies usable by any other department or agency and no longer usable or needed by the department or agency charged with it, shall be made available to such other department or agency through the city purchasing agent at the depreciated cost thereof before being otherwise disposed of; provided, that this shall not apply to used equipment which can be delivered to the seller of any equipment as part payment of the purchase price of such new equipment.

Section 19.20. Terms of present boards

The members of all boards now provided for in the City and continued by this Charter shall remain in office until the end of their present term or three years from the adoption of this Charter, whichever shall first occur, when their successors shall be appointed in accordance with this Charter. The terms of the members first appointed under the provisions of this Charter shall be staggered by lot in such manner that the terms of succeeding members will comply with the provisions of this Charter.

Section 19.21. Dissolution of boards

Any board established by the provisions of this Charter may be abolished and the functions, powers and duties of said board transferred to a department of the City government either then existing or to be established by the city council for the assumption thereof, upon the two-thirds majority vote of the total membership of the city council and the board being abolished meeting in joint session.

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