Township of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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In addition to other acts required by law or by specific provision of this charter to be done by ordinance, those acts of the township board of supervisors shall be by ordinance which:
(1) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 401(1), listing adoption or amendment of an administrative code or establishing, altering or abolishing any township department, was repealed by Ord. 2012-3, 6/13/2012, § 1. The Charter amendments adopted by this ordinance were subject to referendum and approved by a majority of the electors at the general election of November 6, 2012, and ratified by Res. No. R-2012-13.
(2) 
Provide for a fine or other penalty or establish a rule or regulation for violation of which a fine or other penalty is imposed;
(3) 
Levy taxes;
(4) 
Grant, renew or extend a franchise;
(5) 
Authorize the borrowing of money;
(6) 
Convey or lease or authorize the conveyance or lease of any lands of the township;
(7) 
Adopt with or without amendment ordinances proposed under the initiative power; and
(8) 
Amend or repeal any ordinance previously adopted, except as otherwise provided in Article IX with respect to repeal of ordinances reconsidered under the referendum power.
Acts other than those referred to in the preceding sentence may be done either by ordinance or by resolution.
(a) 
Form. Every proposed ordinance shall be introduced in writing and in the form required for final adoption. No ordinance shall contain more than one subject which shall be clearly expressed in its title. The enacting clause shall be "The Township of Kingston hereby ordains..." Any ordinance which repeals or amends an existing ordinance or part of the township administrative code shall set out in full the ordinance, sections or subsections to be repealed or amended, and shall indicate matter to be omitted by enclosing it in brackets or by strikeout type and shall indicate new matter by underscoring or by italics.
(b) 
Procedure. An ordinance may be introduced by any member at any regular or special meeting of the board of supervisors. Upon introduction of any ordinance, the township manager shall cause to be distributed a copy to each board member and to the chairman, shall file a copy in the office of the township manager and such other public places as the board of supervisors may designate, and shall publish the ordinance or a brief summary thereof, together with a notice setting out the time and place for a public hearing thereon and for its consideration by the board of supervisors. The public hearing shall follow the publication by at least seven (7) days, may be held separately or in connection with a regular or special board meeting and may be adjourned from time to time; all persons interested shall have an opportunity to be heard. After the hearing the board of supervisors may adopt the ordinance with or without amendment or reject it, but, if it is amended as to any matter of substance, the board of supervisors may not adopt it until the ordinance or its amended sections have been subjected to all the procedures hereinbefore required in the case of a newly introduced ordinance. Within thirty (30) days of the adoption of any ordinance, the Clerk shall have it published again together with a notice of its adoption.
(c) 
Effective Date. Every adopted ordinance shall become effective five (5) days after adoption, unless a date later than five (5) days after adoption is stated in the ordinance, and except as otherwise provided in this Charter.
[Ord. 2012-3,[1] 6/13/2012, § 2]
[1]
Editor’s Note: The Charter amendments adopted by this ordinance were subject to referendum and approved by a majority of the electors at the general election of November 6, 2012, and ratified by Res. No. R-2012-13.
(d) 
"Publish" Defined. As used in this section, the term "publish" means to print in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the township: (1) the ordinance or a brief summary thereof, and (2) the places where copies of it have been filed and the times when they are available for public inspection.
To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or the public peace, the board of supervisors may adopt one or more emergency ordinances, but such ordinances may not levy taxes, grant, renew or extend a franchise or authorize the borrowing of money except as provided in subsection 707(d)(2). An emergency ordinance shall be introduced in the form and manner prescribed for ordinances generally, except that it shall be plainly designated as an emergency ordinance and shall contain, after the enacting clause, a declaration stating that an emergency exists and describing it in clear and specific terms. An emergency ordinance may be adopted with or without amendment or rejected at the meeting at which it is introduced, by the affirmative vote of at least three (3) members shall be required for adoption. After its adoption the ordinance shall be published and printed as prescribed for other adopted ordinances. It shall become effective upon adoption or at such later time as it may specify. Every emergency ordinance except one made pursuant to subsection 707(d)(2) shall automatically stand repealed as of the 61st day following the date on which it was adopted, but this shall not prevent re-enactment of the ordinance in the manner specified in this section if the emergency still exists. An emergency ordinance may also be repealed by adoption of a repealing ordinance in the same manner specified in this section for adoption of emergency ordinances.
The board of supervisors may adopt any standard code of technical regulations by reference thereto in an adopting ordinance. The procedure and requirements governing such an adopting ordinance shall be as prescribed for ordinances generally except that:
(1) 
The requirements of section 402 for distribution and filing of copies of the ordinance shall be construed to include copies of the code of technical regulations as well as of the adopting ordinance, and
(2) 
A copy of each adopted code of technical regulations as well as of the adopting ordinance shall be authenticated and recorded by the township clerk pursuant to subsection 405(a).
Copies of any adopted code of technical regulations shall be made available by the township clerk for distribution or for purchase at a reasonable price.
(a) 
Authentication and Recording. The township clerk shall authenticate by his signature and record in full, in a properly indexed book kept for the purpose, all ordinances and resolutions adopted by the board of supervisors.
(b) 
Codification. Within three years after adoption of this charter, and at least every ten years thereafter, the board of supervisors shall provide for the preparation of a general codification of all township ordinances and resolutions having the force and effect of law. The general codification shall be adopted by the board of supervisors by ordinance and shall be published promptly in bound or loose-leaf form, together with this charter and any amendments thereto, pertinent provisions of the constitution and other laws of the State of Pennsylvania, and such codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations as the board of supervisors may specify. This compilation shall be known and cited officially as the Kingston Township Code. Copies of the code shall be furnished to township officers, placed in libraries and public offices for free public reference, and made available for purchase by the public at a reasonable price fixed by the board of supervisors.
(c) 
Printing of Ordinances and Resolutions. The board of supervisors shall cause each ordinance and resolution having the force and effect of law and each amendment to this charter to be printed promptly following its adoption; and the printed ordinances, resolutions and charter amendments shall be distributed or sold to the public at reasonable prices to be fixed by the board of supervisors. Following publication of the first Kingston Township Code and at all times thereafter, the ordinances, resolutions and charter amendments shall be distributed or sold to the public at reasonable prices to be fixed by the board of supervisors. Following publication of the first Kingston Township code and at all times thereafter, the ordinances, resolutions and charter amendments shall be printed in substantially the same style as the code currently in effect and shall be suitable in form for integration therein. The board of supervisors shall make such further arrangements as it deems desirable with respect to reproduction of the constitution and other laws of the State of Pennsylvania, or the codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations included in the code.