1.06    RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.  In the construction of the Code of Ordinances the following rules shall be observed, unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the Council or repugnant to the context of the provisions.

1.         Verb Tense and Plurals.  Words used in the present tense include the future, the singular number includes the plural and the plural number includes the singular.

2.         May.  The word “may” confers a power.

3.         Must.  The word “must” states a requirement.

4.         Shall.  The word “shall” imposes a duty.

5.         Gender.  The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter genders.

6.         Interpretation.  All general provisions, terms, phrases, and expressions contained in the Code of Ordinances shall be liberally construed in order that the true intent and meaning of the Council may be fully carried out.

7.         Extension of Authority.  Whenever an officer or employee is required or authorized to do an act by a provision of the Code of Ordinances, the provision shall be construed as authorizing performance by a regular assistant, subordinate or a duly authorized designee of said officer or employee.