CHAPTER 1.01
ORGANIZATION AND DESIGNATIONS

Sections:

1.01.010    Definitions.

1.01.020    Grammatical interpretation.

1.01.030    Mayor-Council Code City.

1.01.040    Municipal Code adopted.

1.01.050    Corporate seal.

1.01.060    Official newspaper.

1.01.070    Severability.

1.01.110    Infractions and violations – Penalty.

1.01.114    Penalties for civil violations – Generally.

1.01.118    Penalties for civil violations – Designated.

Prior legislation: Ords 334, 336, 732 and 735.

1.01.010 Definitions.

Unless the context otherwise requires, the following words and phrases where used in this code shall have the meaning and construction given in this section:

"City" means the City of Quincy. Any reference to the "town" within this code shall hereafter be construed to mean the "City."

"City Council" or "Council" means the City Council of the City.

"Code" means the Quincy Municipal Code.

"County" means the county of Grant.

"Oath" includes affirmation.

"Person" means any natural person, firm, association, joint venture, joint stock company, partnership, or organization, club, company, corporation, business trust or their manager, lessee, agent, servant, officer, or employees of any of them.

"RCW" means the Revised Code of Washington.

"State" means the state of Washington.

Title of office. The use of the title of any officer, employee, department, board or commission means that officer, employee, department, board or commission of the City.

"Town" means the City of Quincy.

"Town Council" means the City Council of the City of Quincy. (Ord 07-200 §1, 2007; Ord 736 §1, 1988: Ord 395 §l, 1968)

1.01.020 Grammatical interpretation.

The following grammatical rules shall apply in this code unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

1. Gender. The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter.

2. Number. The singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular.

3. Shall, may. "Shall" is mandatory, "may" is permissive.

4. Tenses. The present tense includes the past and future tenses, and the future tense includes the present tense.

5. Use of Words and Phrases. Words and phrases used in this code and not specifically defined shall be construed according to the context and approved usage of the language. (Ord 07-200 §1, 2007)

1.01.030 Mayor-Council Code City.

The City is classified as a noncharter code city, governed by the provisions of RCW 35A.12 under the council-manager plan of government, and endowed with all of the applicable rights, powers, privileges, duties and obligations of a noncharter code city as established by law. (Ord 07-200 §1)

1.01.040 Municipal Code adopted.

The Quincy Municipal Code, as compiled from the ordinances of the City Council, is hereby adopted as the official code of the City, on file in the office of the Finance Officer/Clerk. One copy of the Quincy Municipal Code shall be maintained in the office of the Finance Officer/Clerk for use and examination by the public. (Ord 07-200 §1)

1.01.050 Corporate seal.

The seal of the City shall contain the inscription, "City of Quincy, Washington, Corporate Seal" and the Finance Officer/Clerk shall be the custodian thereof. (Ord 07-200 §1; Ord 3 §1, 1907)

1.01.060 Official newspaper.

The Quincy Valley Post Register, a legal newspaper, published in the City, is hereby declared to be the official newspaper of the City. (Ord 07-200 §1, 2007; Ord 183, 1950)

1.01.070 Severability.

If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of any portion of the Code should be held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section, sentence, clause or phrase of the Code. (Ord 07-200 §1, 2007)

1.01.110 Infractions and violations – Penalty.

A. Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the requirements of this code is deemed to have committed a civil infraction unless otherwise expressly provided by an ordinance of the City. Every person, firm, or corporation found by the court to have committed a civil infraction under this code shall be subject to a fine of up to five hundred dollars; provided further, that minimum monetary penalties may be established pursuant to Section 1.01.118.

B. In cases where an ordinance of the City provides a violation of that ordinance shall be a misdemeanor, any person, firm or corporation convicted of a misdemeanor under this code shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by imprisonment not to exceed ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. In assessing the fine and the imprisonment, the Court shall not authorize community service as a method for satisfying the fine or imprisonment assessed.

C. Each person, firm or corporation is deemed to have committed a separate civil infraction for each and every day during any portion of which any violation of any provision of this code is committed, continued or permitted by any such person, firm or corporation, and such person, firm or corporation is subject to fines accordingly.

D. Each person, firm or corporation is guilty of a separate misdemeanor for each and every day during any portion of which any misdemeanor violation of any provision of this code is committed, continued or permitted by any such person, firm or corporation, and such person, firm or corporation is punishable accordingly. (Ord 09-264 §1; Ord 07-200 §1; Ord 614 §1, 1982: Ord 544 §2, 1979: Ord 529 §2, 1978: Ord 395 §2, 1968)

1.01.114 Penalties for civil violations – Generally.

For civil penalties for violations of any section or sections of this code, where specific provision is made in the section or sections to establish a minimum penalty to be imposed, such minimum penalty shall not be suspended, deferred or forgiven by the court, nor shall the court defer or continue a determination the defendant shall have committed the infraction under any condition that allows the suspending, deferring or forgiving of any minimum penalty. (Ord 07-200 §1; Ord 614 §2, 1982)

1.01.118 Penalties for civil violations – Designated.

The following specific, nondeferrable, nonsuspendable civil penalties may be adopted by categorical reference in other sections of this code as a specific civil penalty to be imposed for a civil violation of the sections specified:

Category

Penalty

C-1

Not less than $500.00

C-2

Not less than 400.00

C-3

Not less than 300.00

C-4

Not less than 250.00

C-5

Not less than 200.00

C-6

Not less than 150.00

C-7

Not less than 100.00

C-8

Not less than 80.00

C-9

Not less than 75.00

C-10

Not less than 70.00

C-11

Not less than 60.00

C-12

Not less than 50.00

C-13

Not less than 40.00

C-14

Not less than 30.00

C-15

Not less than 25.00

C-16

Not less than 20.00

C-17

Not less than 15.00

C-18

Not less than 10.00

C-19

Not less than 5.00

(Ord 07-200 §1; Ord 614 §2, 1982)