City of Laconia, NH
Belknap County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Laconia: Art. I, 12-29-1975 as Ch. 1 of the Public Ordinances of 1975, amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Art. II of this chapter). Art. II, 12-11-1995 by Ord. No. 276-95.15, effective 1-1-1996. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-29-1975 as Ch. 1 of the Public Ordinances of 1975; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code.[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Art. II of this chapter.

§ 1-1 Word usage.

A. 
Words importing the singular number may extend and be applied to several persons or things; words importing the plural number may include the singular; and words importing either gender may extend and be applied to the other sex.
B. 
The words "street," "road" and "highway" shall include all public ways, alleys, lanes, courts, sidewalks and bridges thereon and those parts of public places which form traveled parts of highways, unless a contrary intention appears.
C. 
The word "person" may include corporations.

§ 1-2 Notices of proposal and adoption.

Notice of proposal and of adoption of an ordinance of the City Council shall be made by publishing the title and a brief description of the ordinance in such newspaper or newspapers as the City Council shall direct.

§ 1-3 Repeal of ordinances.

The repeal of an ordinance shall not revive any other ordinance which has been repealed.

§ 1-4 When effective.

Every ordinance and resolution shall take effect on its passage unless otherwise provided.

§ 1-5 Records to be kept.

It shall be the duty of the City Clerk to preserve a record of the publication of the ordinances as hereinbefore provided for by cutting a copy of each ordinance from each newspaper in which its printing has been designated and pasting such copy in the Record of Ordinances of the City of Laconia, together with the name of the newspaper and the date of publication.
[Adopted 12-11-1995 by Ord. No. 276-95.15, effective 1-1-1996]

§ 1-6 Adoption of Code.

Pursuant to § 3:06 of the Charter, the legislation of the City of Laconia of a general and permanent nature, adopted by the City Council of the City of Laconia, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters and sections by General Code Publishers Corp. and consisting of Chapters 1 to 229, inclusive, together with an Appendix, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the City of Laconia," hereinafter known and referred to as the "Code."

§ 1-7 Code supersedes prior legislation.

This ordinance and the Code shall supersede all other general and permanent legislation enacted prior to the enactment of this Code, except such legislation as is hereinafter expressly saved from repeal or continued in force.

§ 1-8 Effective date.

All provisions of this ordinance and the Code shall be in full force and effect on and after the date of final adoption of this ordinance.

§ 1-9 Copy of Code on file.

A copy of the Code has been filed in the office of the City Clerk and shall remain there for use and examination by the public until final action is taken on this ordinance; and if this ordinance shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified by the Clerk of the City of Laconia by impressing thereon the seal of the City, as provided by law, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of the Clerk, to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while the said Code is in effect.

§ 1-10 Legislation saved from repeal; matters not affected.

The repeal of legislation provided for in § 1-7 of this ordinance shall not affect the following classes or ordinances, resolutions, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
A. 
Any legislation adopted subsequent to June 26, 1995.
B. 
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision of the City of Laconia prior to the effective date of this ordinance or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
C. 
Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this ordinance in violation of any legislative provision of the City of Laconia or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
D. 
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this ordinance brought pursuant to any legislative provision of the City of Laconia.
E. 
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred by the City of Laconia.
F. 
Any ordinance or resolution of the City of Laconia appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond of the City of Laconia or other instruments or evidence of the City's indebtedness.
G. 
Any ordinances or resolutions relating to salaries or employee health or retirement benefits.
H. 
Laconia Zoning Ordinance.
I. 
Chapter 63, Planning Board and Chapter 89, Technical Review Committee.

§ 1-11 Changes in previously adopted legislation.

A. 
In compiling and preparing the legislation for adoption and revision as part of the Code, pursuant to § 3:06 of the Charter, certain grammatical changes and other changes were made in said legislation. It is the intention of the City Council that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the legislation so changed had previously been formally amended to read as such.
B. 
In addition, the following changes, amendments or revisions are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this ordinance.

§ 1-12 Severability.

If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, Article or part of this ordinance or of any legislation included in this Code initially or through supplementation shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, Article or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.

§ 1-13 Code book to be kept up-to-date.

It shall be the duty of the City Clerk or someone authorized and directed by the City Clerk to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing the Code of the City of Laconia required to be filed in the office of the Clerk for the use of the public. All changes in said Code and all ordinances and resolutions adopted by the City Council subsequent to the enactment of this ordinance in such form as to indicate the intention of said City Council to be a part of said Code shall, when finally enacted or adopted, be included therein by temporary attachment of a copy of such changes or ordinances or resolutions until such changes or ordinances or resolutions are printed as supplements shall be inserted therein.

§ 1-14 Sale of Code book; supplementation.

Copies of the Code book containing the Code of the City of Laconia may be purchased from the Clerk of the City of Laconia upon the payment of a fee, which may also arrange procedures for the periodic supplementation thereof.

§ 1-15 Publication; filing.

The Clerk of the City of Laconia, pursuant to law, shall cause to be published, in the manner required, notice of the introduction and adoption of this ordinance in the official newspaper of the City. A copy of the Code of the City of Laconia shall be maintained in the office of the Clerk for inspection by the public at all times during regular office hours. The enactment and application of this ordinance, coupled with the availability of a copy of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.

§ 1-16 Tampering with Code; penalties for offenses.

Any person who, without authorization, changes or amends, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code of the City of Laconia or who alters or tampers with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the legislation of the City of Laconia to be misrepresented thereby or who violates any other provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $500.

§ 1-17 Incorporation of provisions into Code.

The provisions of this ordinance are hereby made part of Chapter 1 of the Code of the City of Laconia to be entitled "General Provisions, Article II, Adoption of Code," and the sections of this ordinance shall be numbered §§ 1-6 to 1-17, inclusive.