Chapter 2

Saving Clause

1-2-1: Repeal Of General Ordinances


All general ordinances of the City passed prior to the adoption of this Code are hereby repealed, except those included in this Code or are by necessary implication herein reserved from repeal (subject to the saving clauses contained in the following sections), and excluding the following ordinances, which are not hereby repealed: tax levy ordinances; appropriation ordinances; ordinances relating to boundaries and annexations; franchise ordinances and other ordinances granting special rights to persons or corporations; contract ordinances and ordinances authorizing the execution of a contract or the issuance of warrants; salary ordinances; ordinances establishing, naming or vacating streets, alleys or other public places; improvement ordinances; bond ordinances; ordinances relating to elections; ordinances relating to the transfer or acceptance of real estate by or from the City; and all special and noncodified ordinances. (2019 Code)

1-2-2: Public Utility Ordinances


No ordinance relating to railroads or railroad crossings with streets and other public ways, or relating to the conduct, duties, service or rates of public utilities, shall be replaced by virtue of the preceding section, except that this Code may contain provisions for those matters, in which case this Code shall be considered as amending the ordinance or ordinances in respect to only those provisions. (2019 Code)

1-2-3: Court Proceedings


A. No new ordinance shall be construed or held to repeal a former ordinance, whether the former ordinance is expressly repealed or not, as to any offense committed against the former ordinance or as to any act done, any penalty, forfeiture or punishment so incurred, or any right accrued or claim arising under the former ordinance, or in any way whatever to affect any such offense or act so committed or so done, or any penalty, forfeiture or punishment so incurred or any right accrued or claim arising before the new ordinance takes effect, save only that proceedings thereafter shall conform to the ordinance in force at the time of that proceeding, so far as practicable. If any penalty, forfeiture or punishment is mitigated by any provision of a new ordinance, that provision may be, by the consent of the person or party affected, applied to any judgment announced after the new ordinance takes effect.


B. This section shall extend to all repeals, either by express words or implication, whether the repeal is in the ordinance making any new provisions upon the same subject or in any other ordinance.


C. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed as abating any action now pending under or by virtue of any general ordinance of the City herein repealed and the provisions of all general ordinances contained in this Code shall be deemed to be continuing provisions and not a new enactment of the same provision; nor shall this chapter be deemed as discontinuing, abating, modifying or altering any penalty accrued or to accrue, or as affecting the liability of any person, firm or corporation, or as waiving any right of the City under any ordinance or provision thereof in force at the time of the adoption of this Code. (2019 Code)

1-2-4: Severability Clause


If any section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Code, or any part thereof, is held to be unconstitutional or invalid or ineffective by any court of competent jurisdiction, that decision shall not affect the validity or effectiveness of the remaining portions of this Code, or any part thereof. The City Council hereby declares that it would have passed each section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, subdivisions, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases may be declared unconstitutional, invalid or ineffective. (2019 Code)