Chapter 1.04


1.04.010    Definitions. Revised 7/18

1.04.020    Title of office.

1.04.030    Interpretation of language.

1.04.010 Definitions. Revised 7/18

The following words and phrases, whenever used in the ordinances of the city, shall be construed as defined in this section unless from the context a different meaning is intended or unless a different meaning is specifically defined and more particularly directed to the use of such words or phrases:

“City” and “town” each mean the city of Utqiaġvik, or the area within the territorial limits of the city of Utqiaġvik, Alaska.

“Council” means the city council of Utqiaġvik, Alaska. “All its members” or “all council members” means the total number of council members holding office.

“Borough” means the North Slope Borough.

“Law” denotes applicable federal law, the Constitution and statutes of the state of Alaska, the ordinances and the charter of the North Slope Borough, the ordinances of the city of Utqiaġvik and, when appropriate, any and all rules and regulations which may be promulgated thereunder.

“May” is permissive.

“Mayor” is the chief administrative officer.

“Month” means a calendar month.

“Must” and “shall” are each mandatory.

“Oath” includes an affirmation or declaration in all cases in which, by law, an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and in such cases the words “swear” and “sworn” shall be equivalent to the words “affirm” and “affirmed.”

“Owner,” applied to a building or land, includes any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, joint tenant, tenant by the entirety, of the whole or a part of such building or land.

“Person” includes a natural person, joint venture, joint stock company, partnership, association, club, company, corporation, business, trust, organization, or the manager, lessee, agent, servant, officer or employee of any of them.

“Personal property” includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt.

“Preceding” and “following” mean next before and next after, respectively.

“Property” includes real and personal property.

“Publish” means (A) to post the date, time, and place of the meeting or other event in at least three public places within the city and at city hall, and (B) to provide a public service announcement regarding the date, time, and place of the meeting or other event to the local public radio station for broadcast to the community; in addition, the city may publish by posting on the city’s website, the city’s Facebook page, or other city-sponsored social media, or through other print or broadcast media sources.

“Real property” includes land, tenements and hereditaments.

“Sidewalk” means that portion of a street between the curbline and the adjacent property line intended for the use of pedestrians.

“State” means the state of Alaska.

“Street” includes all streets, highways, avenues, lanes, alleys, courts, places, squares, curbs or other public ways in this city which have been or may, after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter, be dedicated and open to public use, or such other public property so designated in any law of this state.

“Tenant” and “occupant,” applied to a building or land, include any person who occupies the whole or part of such building or land, whether alone or with others.

“Written” includes printed, typewritten, mimeographed, multigraphed or otherwise reproduced in permanent visible form.

“Year” means a calendar year. (Ord. 15-2017 §3; Ord. 02-2017 §2(part); Ord. 88-7 §3(part): Ord. 83-10 §3(1))

1.04.020 Title of office.

Use of the title of any officer, employee, department, board or commission means that officer, employee, department, board or commission of the city. (Ord. 88-7 §3(part): Ord. 83-10 §3(2))

1.04.030 Interpretation of language.

All words and phrases shall be construed according to the common and approved usage of the language, but technical words and phrases and such others as may have acquired a peculiar and appropriate meaning in the law shall be construed and understood according to such peculiar and appropriate meaning. (Ord. 88-7 §3(part): Ord. 83-10 §3(3))