Township of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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The township shall continue to own, possess and control all rights and property, of every kind and nature, owned, possessed or controlled by it when this charter takes effect, and shall be subject to all its debts, obligations, liabilities and duties.
All ordinances, regulations and resolutions in force at the time this charter takes effect, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this charter, shall remain and be in force until altered, modified or repealed by or under authority of this charter or ordinance.
The supervisors in office at the time this charter becomes effective shall remain in office for the full terms for which they were originally elected. However, they shall have the responsibilities, duties, compensation and authority only as set forth in and in pursuance of this charter. All other elected officials of the township in office at the time this charter becomes effective shall remain in office for the full term for which they were elected and they shall continue to perform the duties and receive the same compensation which they received prior to the adoption of this charter. However, should any of such other offices become vacant for any reason, the vacancies shall not be filled, but the duties of the offices shall, instead, pass to the persons designated in this charter.
An employee holding a township position at the time this charter takes effect, who was serving in that same or a comparable position at the time of its adoption, shall not be subject to competitive tests as a condition of continuance in the same position, but in all other respects shall be subject to the personnel system established pursuant to this charter.
No action or proceeding, civil or criminal, pending at the time this charter shall take effect, brought by or against the township or any office, department, agency or officer thereof, shall be affected or abated by the adoption of this charter or by anything herein contained.
All contracts entered into by the township, or for its benefit, prior to the taking effect of this charter, shall continue in full force and effect. Public improvements for which legislative steps have been taken under laws existing at the time this charter takes effect may be carried to completion as nearly as practicable in accordance with the provisions of such existing laws. All taxes and assessments levied or assessed, all fines and penalties imposed, and all other obligations owing to the township, which are uncollected at the time this charter becomes effective, shall continue in full force and effect and shall be collected as if no change had been made.
At the time of its adoption, this charter shall be in effect to the extent necessary in order that the first election of members of the board of supervisors may be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this charter.
This charter shall be in full effect for all purposes on and after the date and time of the first meeting of the newly elected board of supervisors on or after January 1, 1976.
At its first meeting or at any meeting held within sixty (60) days thereafter, the board of supervisors may adopt temporary ordinances to deal with cases in which there is an urgent need for prompt action in connection with the transition of government and in which the delay incident to the appropriate ordinance procedure would probably cause serious hardship or impairment of effective township government. Every temporary ordinance shall be plainly labeled as such but shall be introduced in the form and manner prescribed for ordinances generally. A temporary ordinance may be considered and may be adopted with or without amendment or rejected at the meeting at which it is introduced. A temporary ordinance shall become effective upon adoption or at such later time preceding automatic repeal under this subsection as it may specify, and the referendum power shall not extend to any such ordinance. Every temporary ordinance, including any amendments made thereto after adoption, shall automatically stand repealed as of the 91st day following the date on which it was adopted, and it shall not be re-adopted, renewed or otherwise continued except by adoption in the manner prescribed in Article IV for ordinances of the kind concerned.
Members of the board of supervisors shall be compensated at the rate of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per regularly scheduled and advertised meeting attended until such amount is changed by the board of supervisors in accordance with the provisions of this charter.
The purpose of the foregoing provisions in this article is to provide a transition from the present government of the Township of Kingston, Pennsylvania, to the new government provided for in this charter and to inaugurate the new government under the provisions of this charter. They shall constitute a part of this charter only to the extent and for the time required to accomplish that aim.