CHAPTER 96

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 158, VOLUME 36, LAWS OF DELAWARE (AS AMENDED) PROVIDING FOR CHANGES IN THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DOVER.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (two-thirds of all Members elected thereto concurring therein):

Section 1. Section 7 of Volume 36, Laws of Delaware, Chapter 158, is hereby amended by striking out all of paragraph one of said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Section 7. The mode of nominations of candidates for the Council and for Mayor shall be by petition signed by not less than ten or more than twenty-five electors of the City and filed with the Clerk of Council on or before 4:00 P. M. o'clock of the last Friday of December of the year preceding the next regular municipal election. Should the last Friday of the year fall on a legal holiday, the filing date shall be 4:00 P. M. o'clock on the next working day thereafter.

Section 2. Section 52, of Volume 36, Laws of Delaware, Chapter 158, is hereby amended by adding new paragraphs at the end of Section 52 to read as follows:

At the annual meeting the Council shall elect a Deputy Alderman for the term of one year or until his successor has been duly chosen and qualified. The Deputy Alderman shall be sworn in the same manner as the Alderman.

The Deputy Alderman shall have the power and authority to act in any manner which the Alderman deems necessary and proper.

Section 3. Section 54, of Volume 36, Laws of Delaware, Chapter 158, is hereby amended by adding a new paragraph to the end of Section 54 to read as follows:

At the annual meeting the Council shall, elect a Deputy City Solicitor for the term of one year or until his successor has been duly chosen and qualified. The Deputy City Solicitor shall be an Attorney-at-Law entitled to practice law in the State of Delaware, and shall serve in such manner as shall be determined by the City Solicitor to be necessary and proper.

Section 4. Section 50 (a) of Volume 36, Laws of Delaware, Chapter 158, is hereby amended by striking out all of paragraph one of Section 50 (a) and inserting in lieu thereof a new paragraph to read as follows:

Section 50 (a). Whenever the needs of the City shall require more money than is at the time in the City Treasury from current receipts, the Council shall be authorized and empowered to anticipate current revenue by borrowing such sums as shall be needed not in excess of one (1%) percent of the total taxable assessment for a general tax. The amount so borrowed shall be paid back out of current revenue received thereafter.

Section 5. Section 48 of Volume 36, Laws of Delaware, Chapter 158, is hereby amended by striking out all of the first sentence of Section 48 and inserting in lieu thereof a new sentence to read as follows:

Section 48. The Council shall in the month of April of each year determine the amount of money to be raised for the City for general purposes for the next fiscal year not exceeding two (2%) percent of the total taxable assessment for a general tax, and shall also determine the amount of money required to be raised in such year by The City for interest, sinking fund and redemption of the bonds of the City.

Section 6. Section 5 of Volume 36, Laws of Delaware, Chapter 158, is hereby amended by striking out all of paragraph two of said section and inserting in lieu thereof a new paragraph to read as follows:

In order that the members of Council shall be distributed over the City, the City shall be divided into four representative districts, and two of said members of Council shall be residents of each district. The first district shall be that portion of the City lying south of the center line of North Street, and Hazletteville Road west of State Street; the second district shall be that portion of the City lying east of the center line of State Street and south of the center line of Kings Highway East and North Little Creek Road; the third district shall be that portion of the City lying north of the center line of North Street between the center line of Governors Avenue and the center line of State Street and extending in a northerly direction from Kings Highway and North Little Creek Road; the fourth district shall be that portion of the City lying north of the center line of North Street and west of the center line of Governors Avenue.

Approved July 8, 1963.