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Proposed Charter Admendments For Consideration on November 7, 2017

Post Date:10/04/2017 1:32 PM




The Franklin City Council passed the following legislation at their July 17, 2017 meeting providing for amendments to the Franklin Charter be placed on the November 7, 2017 general election ballot.  The amendments will be appear on the ballot as follows.  Please contact Jane McGee, Clerk of Council, with any questions. 


(Ordinance 2017-13)


City of Franklin

Section 8.04(a) The Civil Service Commission

§8.04(a)  Organization.  There shall be a Civil Service Commission consisting of five (5) members, not more than three (3) of whom shall belong to the same political party, who shall be appointed by the City Council.  Of the members first appointed, two (2) shall hold office for a term of two (2) years; two (2) for a term of four (4) years; and the other for a term of six (6) years.  Their successors shall be appointed for terms of six (6) years.  Each member shall be a qualified elector of the City and shall neither hold City office nor City employment.  The Council shall fill all vacancies by appointment for the unexpired term.  All officers shall be appointed member of said Commission.  Each member shall continue in office until his or her successor is appointed.


(Ordinance 2017-14)

City of Franklin

Section 4.10 Adoption of Technical Codes by Reference

§4.10  Council may, by ordinance or resolution, adopt standard ordinances and codes prepared by the State, or any department, board or other agency or political subdivision of the State, or any standard or model ordinance or code prepared and promulgated by a public or private organization including, but not limited to, codes and regulations pertaining to fire, fire hazards, fire prevention, plumbing code, electrical code, building code, refrigeration machinery code, piping code, boiler code, heating code, air conditioning code, housing code, and such other matters as the Council may determine to be appropriate for adoption by reference, by incorporation by reference.  The ordinance or resolution adopting any such standard ordinance or code shall make reference to the date and source of such standard ordinance or code without reproducing the same at length in the ordinance or resolution.  In such cases, publication of the standard ordinance or code shall not be required, but at least three (3) copies a copy of such code or ordinance shall be kept at all times in the office of the City Clerk and available for reference by interested persons, and copies of such standard ordinance and code shall be available for sale by said Clerk.  If the standard ordinance or code, after its adoption by reference by the Council, is amended, the Council may adopt the amendment or change by incorporation by reference in an ordinance or resolution under the same procedure as is established herein for the adoption of the original standard ordinance or code without the necessity of setting forth in full in the ordinance or resolution, the provisions of the amendment or change to the standard ordinance or code.


(Ordinance 2017-15)


City of Franklin

Section 5.05(a) Contracting Powers

§5.05  The City Manager shall be the contracting officer of the City and shall award and execute contracts and agreements on behalf of the City in the manner and under the procedures required by this Charter, provided that:

(a)  Competitive Bidding.  When the expenditure of funds for the purchase of equipment, supplies or materials, or to provide labor for any work to be performed under a contract, exceeds the amount fixed by State law Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000), such expenditure shall first be authorized and directed by an ordinance or resolution passed by the Council.  In such event, the City Council shall award a written contract to the lowest and best bidder after advertisement for not less than two (2) nor more than four (4) consecutive weeks in a newspaper determined by the Council to be of general circulation within the City, unless competitive bidding is not required pursuant to State law.  Council may, in its discretion, reject all bids.



(Ordinance 2017-16)

City of Franklin

Section 8.02 Unclassified Service

§8.02  All positions in the service of the City shall be filled pursuant to open competitive examinations except the following, which shall constitute the unclassified service:

(a)         Members of the Council;

(b)        The City Clerk, Deputies, Assistant City Clerks and other officers and employees of the Council;

(c)         The City Manager, Assistant City Managers, and assistants to the City Manager;

(d)        The Directors of Departments;

(e)         One Secretary to the City Manager and one secretary assistant to each Department Head;

(f)         Members of boards and commissions appointed by the Council, and advisory committees appointed        by the City Manager and the Council;

(g)        Temporary employees of exceptional, professional or scientific qualifications engaged as consultants;

(h)        Seasonal and part-time employees;

(i)         Professional engineers employed by the City;

(j)         Assistant Law Directors, the City Prosecutor and special legal counsel;

(k)        The secretary of each Board or Commission established by this Charter or by ordinance or resolution             (provided that, if such secretary holds other employment with the City that is not an exempted position,    this section shall not exempt such person from the requirement of competitive examination to hold     such other employment);

(l)         Personnel Director;

(m)       Division heads within the Department of Service, the Department of Finance and the Department       of Safety, except for the positions of Police Chief and Fire & EMS Chief; and

(n)        Water and Sewer Operators;

(o)        Head of the Division of Building and Zoning within the Department of Safety;

(p)        Income Tax Administrator; and

(n)  (q)  Clerk of Court, and Deputy Clerks of Court and other Court personnel.


(Ordinance 2017-17) 

City of Franklin

Section 3.03(i) Powers of Council

§3.03(i) The power to acquire title to or interests in real property shall be vested in the Council, whether such property is acquired by: the exercise of the power of eminent domain, purchase, gift, lease, devise, bequest, in trust, or otherwise.  The power to sell or otherwise convey, lease, or grant interests in real property shall be vested in the Council.  Such sale, conveyance, lease or grant, shall be in the manner provided by the ordinance authorizing the sale, conveyance, lease or grant, provided that real estate shall not be sold or leased except to the highest and best bidder after competitive bids have been received pursuant to a notice of the proposed sale or lease published once a week for four (4) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the City.  Written notice of intent to sell or lease real property shall be posted on the real estate to be sold or leased in two conspicuous locations a conspicuous location on such property and shall remain posted for four (4) consecutive weeks.  The requirement that real estate be sold or leased only after competitive bidding may be waived upon the vote of at least five (5) members of Council provided, however, that the Council shall give notice of its intent to dispense with competitive bidding by publication of such intent in the manner prescribed herein and by reading of such intent at two consecutive regular Council meetings.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, property may be sold or leased to the United States, the State of Ohio, or any governmental unit or agency thereof, without competitive bidding, by ordinance, upon the vote of at least five (5) members of Council. 

Jane McGee
Clerk of Council