Redwood City Charter | 2018

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CITY OF REDWOOD
CITY CHARTER
2018


Table of Contents:

Table of Contents:
Official Seal of the City
Preamble:
Purpose and Intent of Charter
Article One: Rights and Responsibilities
Article Two: Establishment of Government
Article Three: Office of the City Attorney
Article Four: Office of the City Clerk
Article Five: Public Services
Article Six: Emergency Services
Article Seven: Law Enforcement
Article Eight: Code of Ordinances
Article Nine: Declaration of Residency
Article Ten: Property and Land
Article Eleven: Firearms
Article Twelve: Ratification of the Charter


Official Seal of the City

Immediately below is the official seal of the city. It shall hereby be declared that this seal is indeed the official designation of the City of Redwood, and is authorized for use on any documents or otherwise appertaining the the city thereof.

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  • The Motto of the City shall be recognized as ‘Setting the Standard for Excellence.”

  • This seal may be changed by a majority vote from council with a proposed new seal in place.


Preamble
A charter is hereby created for the City of Redwood on the twenty-fifth day of the second month in the year 2018. This charter, organized by the Redwood City Government, shall be used as a guideline and standard by which the City of Redwood operates, as well as a reference for certain information relevant to the city. Residents of the City of Redwood shall adhere to any policies, ordinances, or other orders issued of the charter or any elements thereof.


Purpose and Intent of Charter

The City of Redwood’s purpose in establishing a city charter is to promote the safety and well-being of all Residents of Redwood. It is also to ensure that all Residents are able to live in a safe and appropriate environment for everyone. The intent of the city charter is to ensure that the initial purpose behind the charter is fulfilled. This includes, but is not limited to establishing certain city ordinances and municipal codes as well as guidelines and certain permits required for various activities. All Residents of the City of Redwood are expected to abide by and adhere to the established guidelines and ordinances thereby set forth by the City of Redwood.


Article One | Rights and Responsibilities

Residents of the City of Redwood shall have the right to freedom of speech. However, this does not extend to violating any city ordinance, county ordinance, or state statute, or the ROBLOX Rules of Conduct, Terms of Service, or Privacy Policy.
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Residents of the City of Redwood shall have the right to peaceful assembly and protest. This means that Residents shall have the right to assemble and/or protest so as long as it remains peaceful and within compliance with city ordinances, county ordinances, or state statutes. Obstructing any city roads, avenues, or otherwise, however, is not included in this right.
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Residents shall have the right to vote in city elections. This includes, but is not limited to mayoral and city council elections.
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Residents shall have the right to run for public office. All Residents who wish to run shall meet the qualifying criteria set forth by the election sponsor. Any violation of criteria or guidelines set forth shall result in disqualification.
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Residents shall have the right to freedom of information appertaining to the City of Redwood. This information shall be obtained by applying for a Freedom of Information Request, or FOI Request. This does not pertain to private information of Residents collected by the City.
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Residents of the City of Redwood shall be responsible for ensuring that all relevant city documentation is valid and up to date.
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Residents shall be responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with city ordinance, county ordinance, and state statute, otherwise, should accept responsibility for such consequences.
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Residents shall be responsible for ensuring that they are up to date with important and/or relevant city information appertaining to them.
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In any case, the rights and responsibilities of the Residents of the City of Redwood shall work in conjunction with one another. Additionally, these rights and responsibilities shall apply exclusively to Residents of the City within city limits.


Article Two | Establishment of Government

It is hereby declared that the City of Redwood shall be a mayor-council government. In other words, this government shall operate by which a Mayor and Deputy Mayor, elected by Residents of the City of Redwood, shall be the executive branch of government. The council shall additionally be voted in by the Residents of the City of Redwood. There shall be not less than three, but not exceeding five councilpersons of the City of Redwood.

Executive Branch
The executive branch of the City of Redwood shall consist of one Mayor and one Deputy Mayor. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor shall be elected to office and shall serve a term of four months. There shall be no limit as to how many times a Mayor and Deputy Mayor may run for public office. The Mayor shall have the authority to appoint a City Administrator, whose duties shall be defined at the discretion of the Mayor, excluding city council or legislative matters.

The Mayor shall be acknowledged as the Chief Executive Officer of the City, whereas the Deputy Mayor shall be acknowledged as the Chief Operations Officer, who will oversee council operations.

The Mayor shall have the authority to sign city council bills into law within the city, or may veto a bill by council. A veto may be overturned by a unanimous vote from city council.

The Mayor shall have the authority to issue executive orders, and shall have the authority to declare a state of emergency in the City of Redwood for not more than four weeks, as well as any powers listed in the “A Bill to Recognize Local Councils and Governments” legislation.

The Mayor shall have the authority to remove a councilperson for reasons that such councilperson has violated the law, has violated policy, or has otherwise presented plausible reason to be incapable of proficiently being a city councilperson. The Mayor shall have a majority vote with vote absent of the accused councilperson to do so.

The Mayor shall have the authority to hold a special election if deemed necessary with the removal or absence of city councilpersons.

In absence of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor shall act as the Mayor. In the event of the Mayor resigning or being impeached, the Deputy Mayor shall become the Mayor until such time when elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor return; in this particular instance, the Deputy Mayor shall additionally have the authority to appoint a Deputy Mayor to fill his/her spot, however, this person shall meet stated criteria as well.

The Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor may be impeached from office with a unanimous vote from city council.

The Mayor shall have the authority to nominate a departmental director to the council.

Legislative Branch
The legislative branch of the City of Redwood shall consist of not less than three (3), but not exceeding five (5) councilpersons. These councilpersons shall be elected by Residents of the City of Arborfield and shall serve a term of four months concurrent with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. There shall be no limit to how many times a councilperson may run for city council.

The city council shall be acknowledged as the legislative governing body of the City of Redwood.

Councilpersons shall have the authority to create and present bills for the city, as well as pass bills presented by the council or the Mayor/Deputy Mayor with a simple majority vote unless specified otherwise.

The city council shall have the authority to overturn an executive order should it violate city ordinances, rights and responsibilities, or is deemed illegal by the Stapleton County Courts or Firestone State Courts.

The city council shall have the authority to remove both councilpersons as well as the Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor with a unanimous vote from the council. There shall be plausible believe to believe that the councilperson(s) or the Mayor/Deputy Mayor is incapable of proficiently being their specified position.

The city council shall have the authority to affirm a nomination for a departmental director with a majority vote.

The city council shall appoint a council chairperson, who shall operate as the presiding officer in voting in the absence of the Deputy Mayor. The Chairperson shall be chosen by majority vote.

Should both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor consecutively be impeached or otherwise incapable of conducting such duties, the council chairperson shall become Mayor.

Candidates for City Council shall be elected by default if there is no excess of the positions open to the candidates running for such position. (Example: There are five council seats open, and only five candidates run, those five candidates shall be elected by default as there is no competition against them)

Timeline of Bills and Voting
The Mayor shall have a period of five (5) days to sign a bill and effectively sign it into law from the date it was approved by council and presented to him/her. The Mayor shall be obligated to provide a response of either signing the bill or rejecting/imposing a veto on the bill.

City council shall have a period of five (5) days to vote on a bill from the date in which it was presented, and shall be obligated to provide a response of either ‘aye,’ ‘nay,’ or ‘abstain.’
Violation of this subsection shall be declared appropriate grounds for removal/impeachment for failure to heed to obligatory duties. However, this does not apply to leaves of absence, or genuine emergencies, to which should be stated and acknowledged no more than 24 hours after such action has taken place.

A vote to ‘abstain’ shall be regarded as a councilperson’s decision to recuse themselves from the voting at all, and will not count toward an aye or a nay.

Leaves of Absence
The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and any City Councilperson shall be permitted to take a leave of absence, defined as a stated excused leave from duties for a set period of time.

This leave of absence shall be made known to the Mayor, or if it is the Mayor taking such leave of absence, the Mayor shall make this known to the city council and Deputy Mayor.

Any leave of absence that extends past three weeks (21 days) shall result in the removal of the person taking leave of absence.

Any unexcused absences from the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or a Councilperson exceeding two or more weeks (14 days) will result in the removal of such person.

Tabling
A bill may be tabled if the council wishes to delay its voting for any reason with a motion, second, and supermajority (⅔) vote from council.

A bill may not be tabled for more than one month, and councilpersons must respond on such bill.

Classification of Roles

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor shall serve as primary jobs within the city, and therefore shall serve as their holder’s full time occupation in Redwood. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor shall not serve in any other primary jobs.

City councilpersons shall be regarded as a secondary occupation within the city. Councilpersons may work for a primary occupation while still maintaining their status and position as city councilpersons so as long as they are able to complete their duties as city council.

Departmental directors shall serve as primary jobs within the city, and shall therefore serve as their holder’s full time job. Departmental directors shall not serve in any other primary jobs.

Employees of any city office or department shall serve as secondary or volunteer employees, and it shall be at the discretion of the office by which they work for to designate accordingly. Employees shall be permitted to have a primary and/or secondary job outside of the City.

Elections
Elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor as well as city council shall be split into a period of approximately four months each, unless otherwise specified.
These elections shall run concurrent with one another, being hosted by the Mayor.
Candidates running for Mayor and Deputy Mayor must secure at least five supporters on a forum in order to be placed on the ballot
Candidates for city council must secure at least three supporters on a support forum in order to be placed on the ballot
In the event of no posing competition for candidate positions, the standing candidate or candidates shall be elected by default.


Article Three | Office of the City Attorney

Hereby created is the office of the City Attorney. This office shall be headed by a departmental director known as the ‘City Attorney.’ The City Attorney shall be nominated by the Mayor and affirmed by council. The City Attorney shall be responsible for any and all legal matters pertaining to city ordinances on behalf of the City of Redwood. Should the City of Redwood be sued or need to sue or prosecute a person or enity, the City Attorney shall act as the plaintiff attorney or prosecutor on behalf of the city. The City Attorney shall additionally serve as the Chief Prosecutor in any criminal proceedings by which the City of Redwood brings formal charges against an individual or group.

The City Attorney shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and city council.

The City Attorney shall have the authority to appoint one (1) Assistant City Attorney, who may act as an agent on behalf of the City Attorney’s Office, unless such need for other personnel is authorized by city council.

The City Attorney shall have the authority to conduct legal investigations within the city.

The City Attorney may hire one (2) administrative assistant/paralegals based upon the need.

The City Attorney shall act in compliance with city ordinances, county ordinances, and state statutes.

Criteria for prospective candidates for the City Attorney position or Assistant City Attorney position include:
Be a Resident of the City of Redwood and Citizen of the State of Firestone.
Have a clean record, no arrests or convictions.
Pass the Firestone Public Attorney Competency Test or Firestone Bar Exam, be prepared to provide validation of this.
Complete an interview with the City Attorney. (If applying for city council, the city council may interview the candidate)


Article Four | Office of the City Clerk

Hereby created is the Office of the City Clerk. The Office of the City Clerk, headed by a Director, known as the ‘City Clerk,’ and shall be responsible for the creation, distribution, and management of any records within the city, including, but not limited to residency, city permits, record of city council meeting minutes, and any other matter considered to be administrative within the scope of records or documentation. The Office of the City Clerk shall additionally be responsible for the administration and management of Residents of the City of Redwood.

There shall be a database accessible to anyone that contains basic information concerning Residents (name, join date of residency, occupation etc.)

The Office of the City Clerk keep a trello board to log all information. This board shall remain public unless such reasonable circumstances delegate otherwise.

The City Clerk shall have the authority to appoint two (2) Assistant Clerks to assist in administrative duties. The City Clerk shall additionally have the authority to appoint four (4) specialists to assist in completing the responsibility of the department. This number may be increased as the need increases.

Criteria for prospective candidates for the City Clerk position or Assistant City Clerk position include:
Be a Resident of the City of Redwood and Citizen of the State of Firestone.
Have a clean record, no arrests or convictions.
Have a general knowledge of administrative work and administrative functions
Complete an interview with the City Clerk. (If applying for city council, the city council may interview the candidate)


Article Five | Public Services

The City of Redwood shall require the services of a Department of Transportation and a Department of Public Works to ensure that all public service matters are addressed and taken care of accordingly within the City. As per the City of Redwood and the respective Firestone departments, the city shall contract such agencies to provide services.

“Contract” shall be referred to as “a formal agreement and contract of services”
The City of Arborfield shall contract the Firestone Department of Transportation to provide services to the City of Arborfield.

The Firestone Department of Transportation shall be recognized as: https://www.roblox.com/Groups/group.aspx?gid=2803367

The City of Redwood shall contract the Firestone Department of Public Works to provide services to the City of Redwood.

The Firestone Department of Public Works shall be recognized as:

With both departments, duties and services shall include increased activity within the City of Redwood.

The Department of Transportation shall serve as the principal towing service for the City of Redwood.

This contract shall exist so as long as the City of Redwood government and the Firestone Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation both agree to such terms as stated within


Article Six | Emergency Services

Pertaining to emergency services, the Stapleton County Fire Department shall serve as the principal emergency medical and fire/rescue service for the City of Redwood. This shall be affirmed by a contract between the Chief of the Stapleton County Fire Department and the Redwood City Government. Other conditions are listed below:

The City of Redwood shall create a contract on the 25th day of February with the Stapleton County Fire Department. This contract serves the purpose of the Stapleton County Fire Department being contracted to provide fire/rescue/medical services to Residents of the City of Redwood on behalf of the City of Redwood.

This contract shall exist for a term of six months, beginning at such time when this city charter is affirmed by the city council. This contract may be renewed so as long as the department head of the Stapleton County Fire Department and the Redwood City Government wish to continue in the contract.

The Stapleton County Fire Department shall be recognized as:

In signing, you agree that your department will provide emergency medical and fire/rescue services to the City of Redwood as being the contracted service provider for the City.

Signed,
Mack
SCFD Fire Chief


Article Seven | Law Enforcement

Pertaining to law enforcement, the Stapleton County Sheriff’s Office shall serve as the principal law enforcement service for the City of Redwood. This shall be affirmed by a contract between the Sheriff of the Stapleton County Sheriff’s Office and the Redwood City Government. Other conditions are listed below:

The City of Redwood shall create a contract on the 14h day of April with the Stapleton County Sheriff’s Office. This contract serves the purpose of the Stapleton County Sheriff’s Office being contracted to provide law enforcement services to Residents of the City of Redwood on behalf of the City of Redwood.

This contract shall exist for a term of six months, beginning at such time when this city charter is affirmed by the city council. This contract may be renewed so as long as the department head of the Stapleton County Sheriff’s Office and the Redwood City Government wish to continue in the contract.

This contract may end at such time if the City of Redwood establishes its own police department.

The Stapleton County Sheriff’s Office shall be recognized as:

In signing, you agree that your department will provide law enforcement services to the City of Redwood as being the contracted service provider for the City.

Signed,
Straphos
Sheriff of Stapleton County


Article Eight | Code of Ordinances

Hereby created is a code of ordinances. This code of ordinances shall exist to provide a uniform code of all present city ordinances of the City of Redwood. This code shall be accessable to the public, and shall either be completed on a Google-supported enity, or trello. It is tasked to the Office of the City Clerk to ensure that the Code of Ordinances remains up to date and upkept.

This Code of Ordinances shall be filed under R.C.O., followed by a classifying number. For example: R.C.O. 12. R.C.O. stands for ‘Redwood City Ordinance,’ whereas 12 is the specific ordinance that it is.

Civil or Criminal Violations of City Ordinances may result in a fine of up to five-hundred ($500) dollars, but not exceeding such amount.

Criminal Violations of City Ordinances may not exceed more than four-hundred (400) seconds imprisonment.


Article Nine | Declaration of Residency

Any person who wishes to become a Resident of the City of Redwood must formally declare residency and be acknowledged by the City of Redwood as such. The information contained in the residency declaration shall be collected by the Office of the City Clerk. The Declaration of Residency shall be as such:

CITY OF REDWOOD RESIDENCY DECLARATION

Name:

ROBLOX Join Date: / /

Are you a Citizen of the State of Firestone? Y | N

What is your current occupation, if applicable?

Are you legally allowed to carry a firearm? Y | N

Have you ever been arrested? Y | N

If so, why?

Do you own any vehicles? Y | N

If so, state the make and model, along with the license plate number.

PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION IS ILLEGAL BY CITY ORDINANCE AND WILL RESULT IN PUNITIVE ACTION AND RESIDENCY BEING DENIED.

I understand and affirm that all information provided on this Residency Declaration is true and factual.

[Signature]


Article Ten | Property and Land

Any private person, group of persons, business, governmental enity, or any other agency, organization, or company shall register the following information with the City Clerk.

Name of the organization
Number of employees or members
Head administrator/owner of organization/business
Location in which the property/land is to exist in the city
If any firearms or weapons are to be on the property/land at any time by employees/members
Purpose of the organization/business
Any special accommodations necessary from the City

Upon successful completion and review of this registration information, the City Clerk’s Office shall issue a P&L Permit, which shall be the official acknowledgement and affirmation by the City of Arborfield that the organization or business is in compliance with and has met the registration requirements of the City, and may operate accordingly.

A P&L Permit shall be good for a period of six months, beginning at such time when it is issued.
P&L Permits shall be renewable, so as long as the subject of the renewal meets all above standards.
County or State Buildings will be noted under P&L, but departmental or organizational directors are exempt from this section.


Article Eleven | Firearms

As permitted by state statute, Residents of the City of Redwood shall be permitted to purchase and possess firearms while also remaining in compliance of state statute. Any Resident who is legally permitted by state statute to possess a firearm shall make this known to the Office of the City Clerk no more than 72 hours from the time in which such resident is permitted to carry a firearm legally.

This shall be considered a city ordinance, and violation of this city ordinance shall result in a fine of fifty ($50) dollars, which shall be issued one time.

Any person arrested for illegally obtaining a weapon or illegally possessing a weapon within the City of Redwood shall additionally have any vehicle used in the commission of the offense impounded at the offender’s expense, or the registered owner if he/she is present.


Article Twelve | Ratification of the Charter

The Redwood City Charter may be ratified with a unanimous vote from council.

Any effort to ratify any portion of the Redwood City Charter must be done with a bill.
Any portion of the Redwood City Charter may be amended with a ⅘ vote from council with no absent councilpersons.

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