Article 1. Definitions
Section 2-1. Masculine to include feminine and neuter.
(a) Words used in the masculine gender in this Code or in other codes of the City include the feminine and neuter unless a contrary intention plainly appears.
Section 2-2. Singular number to include plural and vice versa.
(a) Words used in the singular number in this Code or in other codes of the City include the plural, and the plural the singular, except where a contrary intention plainly appears.
Section 2-3. “Person” defined.
(a) The word “person”, when used in this Code or in other codes of the City, includes natural persons, corporations (private and public), partnerships, and all other unincorporated organizations, trusts, estates, government agencies, and other legal entities, except when a contrary intention plainly appears.
Section 2-4. “City” defined.
(a) The word “City”, when used in this Code or in other codes of the City, means the City of White Deer, Texas, unless a contrary intention plainly appears.
Section 2-5. Statutory references.
(a) Reference to the statutes of the State of Texas means the statutes as they now are or as they may be amended to be.
Article 2. Separability
Section 2-11. Separability: Code and codes.
(a) If a part of this Code or of any codes passed after this Code goes into effect is invalid, all valid parts which are severable from the invalid part remain in effect. If a part of this Code or of any code passed after this Code goes into effect is invalid in one or more of its applications, the part remains in effect in all valid applications which are severable from the invalid applications.
Article 3. Codes Validated
Section 2-21. Codes validated.
(a) Any and all codes made, declared, published, and promulgated by the City Council of the City of White Deer prior to and including the 28th day of April, 1926, are hereby declared valid, subsisting, and live codes; and the same are hereby acknowledged by the present City Council on behalf of the present City of White Deer under its present incorporation as being valid, subsisting, and live codes; and 9
the same have the force and effect that they would have had had they been passed on this date. (Ordinance of 9-6-26;)
Note: There was some question as to the legality of the incorporation of the City prior to April 28, 1926, the date on which the City was re-incorporated. Hence, the above code was passed to validate the codes passed prior to April 28, 1926.
Article 4. Liability of City
Section 2-31. Notice of injury required; previous notice of defect.
(a) Before the City of White Deer, Texas, shall be liable for damages of any kind, the person injured or some one in his behalf shall give the Mayor or City Council notice in writing of such injury within thirty days after the same has been received, stating specifically in such notice when, where, and how the injury occurred and the extent thereof.
(b) The City of White Deer, Texas, shall never be liable on account of any damage or injury to person or property; arising from or occasioned by any defect in any public street, highway, or grounds, or any public work of the City unless the specific defect causing the damage or injury shall have been actually known to the Mayor or some other member of the City Council by personal inspection for a period of at least twenty-four hours prior to the occurrence of the injury or damage, nor further, unless in either case proper diligence has not been used to rectify the defect after it is actually known by, or called to the attention of, the Mayor or a member of the City Council as aforesaid. (Ordinance of 7-11-72, § 1.)