City of Laconia, NH
Belknap County
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Sect. 3:01 THE GOVERNING BODY.

The governing body of the City of Laconia shall be an elected council and an elected mayor. At its first meeting the governing body shall choose one of its members as mayor pro-tem to serve in the mayor's absence. The mayor pro-tem shall at all times retain the authority to vote as a ward councilor. Each member of the governing body shall serve for a term of two years commencing on the first business day following January 1 in each even number year. There shall be one councilor elected from each ward and a mayor elected by popular vote. All members of the governing body shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the nonpartisan election procedures set forth elsewhere in this Charter. The Mayor shall have the authority to vote only in the event of a tie vote by the council. (Amended by referendum 11-7-1995, 1,949 yes, 1,081 no; amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 3:02 QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE.

No person shall be a candidate for the office of Mayor or Ward Council or who is not a duly qualified voter in the ward or city in which they seek election. (RSA 49-C:9) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,908 yes, 741 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 3:03 VACANCIES.

Vacancies occurring in the office of Councilor or Mayor from any cause shall be filled for the unexpired term with the election of some qualified person by the recorded votes of at least a majority of all members of the Council at the next regular meeting or at a special meeting called for the express purpose of filling the vacancy within 30 days following the creation of the vacancy. (RSA 49-C:10) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,515 yes, 1,118 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 3:04 COMPENSATION.

The Mayor and Council shall be compensated based on such sum as the Council shall determine by ordinance. (RSA 49-C11) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,043 yes, 1,488 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 3:05 MEETINGS.

The Mayor shall preside over all meetings of the Council, and the City Clerk shall act as a clerk of the Council. All meetings of the Council shall be public. The Council shall hold two regular meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. Whenever a regular monthly meeting falls on a holiday listed in RSA 288:1, a day of holiday observance as defined in RSA 288:2, a day on which City of Laconia municipal offices are not open for business, or on Christmas or New Year's Eve, then the Council shall establish the alternate meeting date and time. Special meetings shall be held at the written request of the Manager or a majority of the Council, by giving written notice to each Councilor either by hand, e-mail or in the Council mailboxes at City Hall. The Council shall establish its own rules, and a majority shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The newly elected Council shall assume office on the first business day following January 1 in each even number year. The first regular meeting of the newly elected Council shall be on the day the newly elected Councilors are inaugurated. A special meeting may be held prior to that date pursuant to the provisions of this section. (Amended by referendum vote 11-7-1995, 2,743 yes, 310 no; amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,893 yes, 739 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 3:06 ORDINANCES.

Municipal legislation shall be by ordinance. Each ordinance shall be identified by a number and a short title. The enacting clause of each ordinance shall be "The City of Laconia Ordains," and the effective date of each ordinance shall be specified in it. All ordinances shall be recorded at length uniformly and permanently by the City Clerk, and each ordinance so recorded shall be authenticated by the signature of the Mayor and the City Clerk. Ordinance shall be published, compiled and revised in such manner and at such times as the Council shall determine. (RSA 49-C:14) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 3:07 GENERAL POWERS.

Except as herein otherwise provided, the Council hereby established shall have all the powers and discharge all the duties conferred or imposed upon city councils in convention, city councils voting concurrently, or boards of mayor and aldermen acting separately, by chapters 44 to 48, inclusive, of the RSA or other general law now in force or hereinafter enacted, or upon the existing city councils or board of mayor and alderman of the City of Laconia by special laws not hereby repealed. The Council shall have the powers of selectmen of towns so far as consistent with this Charter. All provision of such laws pertaining to the powers or duties of any or all such bodies shall be construed to apply to the Council hereby established unless a contrary intent or provision herein appears, in accordance with the purpose of RSA 49-C to confer upon said Council all functions of either or both branches of the existing city councils, whether legislative, executive or judicial. (RSA 49-C:15) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 3:08 GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES OF MAYOR

The Mayor shall be the official head of the City for all ceremonial purposes. The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the Council. The Mayor shall have the authority to vote only in the event of a tie vote by the Council. The Mayor shall serve as the Chairman of the Laconia Airport Authority. All other duties of mayors prescribed by law shall be exercised by the City Manager provided for in this Charter. (RSA 49-C:16) (Amended and passed 11-4-1975 by referendum; amended by referendum 11-7-1989; amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)