Chapter XII - Miscellaneous & Transitory Provisions

  • Sec. 12.01. Official Publications. The Council shall biennially designate a legal newspaper of general circulation in the City as its official newspaper in which shall be published all ordinances, resolutions and other matters required by law to be so published as well as other matters as the Council may deem it in the public interest to have published in this manner. In the case of lengthy ordinances, or ordinances which include charts or maps which would be expensive to publish, if the City Council determines that publication of the title and summary of that ordinance would clearly inform the public of the intent and effect of that ordinance., the Council may by 5 votes of its members direct that only the title and summary of the ordinance be published in conformity with the provisions of Sections 412.191, subd. 4 and 331.A01, subd. 10 of the Minnesota Statutes.
  • Sec. 12.02 Oath of Office. Every officer of the City shall, before entering upon the duties of office, take and subscribe an oath of office in substantially the following form: "I do solemnly swear (or reaffirm) to support the Constitution of the United States and of this State and discharge faithfully the duties of my office as (Mayor, Councilperson, City Manager, etc.) of the City of West Saint Paul to the best of my judgment and ability.
  • Sec. 12.03. City Officers not to be Interested in Contract. Except as otherwise permitted by law, no officer of the City who is authorized to take part in any manner in any contract with the City shall voluntarily have a personal financial interest in such contract or personally benefit financially therefrom.
  • Sec. 12.04 Official Bonds. The City Manager, the City Clerk, the City Treasurer, and such other officers or employees of the City as may be provided for by ordinance shall each before entering upon the duties of his or her respective office or employment, give a corporate surety bond to the City in such form and in such amount as may be fixed by the Council as security for the faithful performance of official duties and the safekeeping of the public funds. Such bonds may be either individual or blanket bond in the discretion of the Council. They shall be approved as to form by the City Attorney, and approved by the City Council, and filed with the City Clerk. The provisions of the laws of the state relating to official bonds not inconsistent with this Charter shall be complied with. The premiums on such bonds shall be paid by the City.
  • Sec. 12.05. Sales of Real Property. No real property of the City shall be disposed of except by ordinance. The proceeds of any sales of such property shall be used as far as possible to retire any outstanding indebtedness incurred by the City in the purchase, construction, or improvement of other property used for the same public purpose.
  • Sec. 12.06. Vacation of Streets. The Council may by ordinance approved by at least 4 members of the Council, vacate any street or alley or part thereof within the City. Such vacation may be made only after published notice and an opportunity for affected property owners and public to be heard, and upon such further terms and by such procedure as the Council by ordinance may prescribe. A notice of completion of such proceedings shall be filed with the proper county officers in accordance with law.
  • Sec. 12.07. Statutes Not Affected by Charter. All general laws and statutes of the State, as the same now exist, applicable to all cities operating under home rule charter, or applicable to cities of the same class as the City of West Saint Paul operating under home rule charters, and not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, shall apply to the City of West Saint Paul, and shall be construed as supplementary to the provisions of the Charter.
  • Sec. 12.08 Ordinances to Make Charter Effective. The Council shall by ordinance make such regulations as may be necessary to carry out and make effective the provisions of this Charter.
  • 12.09. Administrative Civil Penalties. The Council may establish by ordinance a procedure for imposing an administrative civil penalty which shall not exceed twice the maximum fine amount authorized for misdemeanor offenses for violations of the City Code or violations authorized by state law for an administrative process. The procedure must provide for notice to the accused and for an opportunity to be heard by a neutral party, who may be a non-City employee.
  • 12.10. Assessment of Unpaid Penalties. The Council may provide by ordinance that unpaid administrative civil penalties the City imposes as a result of certain violations be assessed against the property that was the subject of or related to the subject matter of the penalties. The ordinance must provide that the City first attempted to obtain voluntary payment of the penalties. The ordinance must also require the City to give notice and an opportunity to be heard to the property owner listed on the official tax records before the assessments are imposed. The assessments must be collected like special assessments.