§ 23-89. Rules of construction.  

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  • For the purposes of administration and enforcement of this article, unless otherwise stated in this article, the following rules of construction shall apply:


    In case of any difference of meaning or implication between the text of this article and any caption, illustration, summary table or illustrative table, the text shall control.


    The word "shall" is always mandatory and not discretionary; the word "may" is permissive.


    Words used in the present tense shall include the future and words used in the singular number shall include the plural and the plural the singular, unless the context clearly indicates the contrary.


    The word "person" includes an individual, a corporation, a partnership, an incorporated association, or any other similar entity.


    Unless the context clearly indicates the contrary, where a regulation involves two (2) or more items, conditions, provisions, or events connected by the conjunction "and," "or" or "either...or," the conjunction shall be interpreted as follows:


    "And" indicates that all the connected terms, conditions, provisions or events shall apply.


    "Or" indicates that the connected items, conditions, provisions or events may apply singly or in any combination.


    "Either...or" indicates that the connected items, conditions, provisions or events shall apply singly but not in combination.


    The word "includes" shall not limit a term to the specific example but is intended to extend its meaning to all other instances or circumstances of like kind or character.


    Where a road right-of-way is used to define benefit area boundaries, that portion of the road right-of-way demarcating the boundary may be considered as part of either benefit area it bounds.

(Ord. No. 2012-22 , § 2, 11-13-12; Ord. No. 2013-05 , §§ 1, 2, 2-12-13)