Municipality of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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Section 801 Procedure for Adoption.

Within four (4) months after the effective date of this Charter, the Mayor shall propose and submit to the Council an administrative code for the municipal government consistent with the provisions, spirit, and purpose of this Charter. If the Council fails to adopt an administrative code by ordinance within two (2) months after submission, the administrative code as proposed by the Mayor shall stand adopted. At any time, the Council may adopt, by ordinance, amendments to the administrative code.

Section 802 Provisions.

The administrative code shall set forth the organization and administrative structure and procedures of the municipal government and shall include, among other things, an enumeration of departments, offices, and other administrative units of the municipal government and the division of powers among them; the internal procedures for their operations; the duties of the administrative heads, and their relationship to the Mayor and the Municipal Administrator. In addition, the administrative code shall, at all times, make adequate and specific provision for, but not be limited to, the following: purchasing procedures; a personnel system; conflict of interest provisions; a code of ethics; and any other rules, regulations, and procedures necessary and desirable to the efficient administration of the municipality.

Section 803 Purchasing Procedures.

Purchasing procedures in the administrative code shall include but not be limited to the following:
All contracts shall be executed on behalf of the municipality by the Mayor or his designated agent, except as otherwise provided by this Charter or by applicable law.
Except as otherwise provided in Section 803-D, all contracts and transactions in excess of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars, to and including the sum of Nineteen Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety Nine Dollars and Ninety Nine ($19,999.99) Cents, shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder only upon and after the solicitation of three (3) telephonic bids, where practicable, which bids shall be obtained and noted in writing by the Administration as to the identity of the bidder solicited, as well as the dates, times and amounts of said bids. All contracts and transactions of Twenty Thousand ($20,000) Dollars or more shall be awarded upon competitive sealed bid to the lowest responsible bidder. In awarding contracts, such factors as availability, cast and quality of service may be taken into consideration.
[Amended 6-7-1982; 9-10-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-27; 4-6-1994 by Ord. No. 1994-2; 2-1-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-1]
Procedures for competitive bidding shall include, but not be limited to: advertising, definitions, publication requirements, deposit and bond requirements, conditions, terms, rules and regulations. Council may change the minimum for competitive bidding by an ordinance adopted by a favorable vote of a majority plus one of the total number of Council. Terms of contracts for the purchase of materials and supplies shall not exceed twenty-four months.
Competitive bidding shall not be required for: contracts with other governmental entities; contracts for emergency repairs or services involving danger to the health and safety of employees or the public; contracts for professional or unique service; contracts for the purchase of services, materials, or supplies available from only one vendor; and contracts relating to the acquisition or use of real property.
Negotiation of contracts for professional or unique services shall include advertisement of planned purchases containing an accurate and specific description of the services or items sought, together with necessary technical requirements; and a statement of the amount over which such contracts shall not be awarded except after public hearing held by the municipal executive.

Section 804 Personnel.

The personnel system to be included in the administrative code for employees of departments, offices, authorities, boards, commissions, or administrative units of the municipal government shall be based on the merit principle and appointment and promotion shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or other evidence of competence. The personnel system shall provide for, but not be limited to, policies and procedures for employee recruitment, selection, and advancement, training and career development, job classification, salary administration, fringe benefits, discipline, discharge, and other related activities. No person shall be appointed, promoted, demoted, dismissed or in any way discriminated against with respect to municipal employment because of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.

Section 805 Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics.

The conflict of interest provisions to be included in the administrative code for elected municipal officials and employees of departments, offices, and other administrative units, and members and employees of authorities, boards, and commissions of the municipality shall, among other things, provide that no employee or officer of the municipality shall solicit, benefit by, or be financially interested in any contract for the purchase of property or services which involves municipal funds, except the services for which he is specifically retained. Any contract made in violation may be declared void by the Mayor or the Council. It shall also be provided that each elected or appointed employee of the municipality and each member or employee of a municipal authority, board, commission, or committee shall abstain from voting on or participating in the consideration or approval of any matter of municipal business in which he has any personal financial interest.
The code of ethics for elected municipal officials and employees of departments, offices, and other administrative units, and members and employees of authorities, boards, and commissions of the municipality shall provide, among other things, that no elected or appointed officer or employee of the municipality shall direct or compel any other officer or employee of the municipality to do or perform any outside private work during the hours he is employed by the municipality nor shall any officer or employee use or cause to be used any municipal-owned property for any private purpose.
The administrative code shall provide penalties for violations of the conflict of interest provisions and the code of ethics. The penalty for violation of any of the specific prohibitions of this section shall be forfeiture of office or employment, as well as other penalties provided by law.

Section 806 Bonding.

There shall be designated in the administrative code the officials and employees of the municipality, and the members and employees of authorities, boards and commissions of the municipality who shall be bonded and the conditions and the amount of the bond. Bond premiums shall be paid by the municipality.