[HISTORY: Approved by the voters of the City of Port Huron at a general election held 11-2-2010, effective 1-1-2011. Amendments noted where applicable.]
PREAMBLE FOR THE CITY OF PORT HURON
We, the People of the City of Port Huron, as the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes®, hereby establish this Charter of the City of Port Huron pursuant to the authority granted by the laws of the State of Michigan.
We adopt this Charter to address changes in municipal law and practice that have occurred in the past 40 years. We remain dedicated to our Council-Manager form of government, which provides for strong political leadership in the form of elected City Council members, with the strong managerial experience of a City Manager to oversee professional employees.
We recognize the economic and social importance of honoring the diverse cultural assets of our city. We also recognize the legacy of those citizens who have contributed to the welfare of our community through scientific, entrepreneurial, economic, labor, charitable, civic, artistic and educational activities and encourage continued citizenry involvement in activities that embrace our past, enhance our present and thoughtfully cultivate the community of our future.
We believe the conservation of precious resources, both natural and human, is a health, safety and welfare consideration central to local government. It is encouraged that ordinances and resolutions be passed and enforced that provide for the peace, health and safety of persons and property and to provide for the protection and preservation of the natural environment.
We further adopt this document recognizing the positive contributions that public participation in governmental decision making has made to the quality and character of our community. This Charter preserves, and honors the contributions of our citizens, and recognizes them as our most important resource.
We, therefore, declare this the Charter of the City of Port Huron.