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21.24.080 Administrative Rules, Procedures and Forms.

(Added by Ordinance No. 181715, effective April 2, 2008.)

A.  The Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau may adopt, amend and repeal administrative rules, procedures, and forms pertaining to matters within the scope of this Title and consistent with the provisions of this Title.

B.  Any adoption, amendment or repeal of a rule pursuant to this section requires a public review process.  Notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Portland metropolitan area not less than forty-five, nor more than sixty, days before such public review process. The notice shall include the place and time of any public meeting on the proposal, the description and purpose of the proposal, the location at which copies of the full text of the proposal may be read or obtained, and the name of the person at the Portland Water Bureau to whom written comments or questions about the proposal may be directed.

C.  Forty-five days after publication of the notice, the Administrator shall record oral and written testimony concerning the proposed rule(s) at a public hearing.  The Administrator  has the power to establish and limit the matters to be considered at the hearing, to prescribe procedures for conduct of the hearings, to hear evidence and to preserve order.  The Administrator may continue any such hearing to another date.

D.  After considering comments received during the public review process and other relevant matters, the Administrator taking into consideration the comments received during the hearing shall either adopt the proposal, modify or reject it.

 E.  Unless otherwise stated, all rules are effective upon adoption by the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau and shall be filed in the office of the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau and in the Portland Policy Documents repository described in Chapter 1.07.  Notice of the adopted rule(s) shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Portland metropolitan area within fourteen days of adoption.

F.   Notwithstanding paragraphs B. - E. of this section, an interim rule may be adopted without prior notice upon a finding by the Administrator that failure to act promptly shall result in serious prejudice to the public interest. Any rule adopted pursuant to this paragraph shall be effective for no longer than 180 days.