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The following rules of construction apply to the text of this document:

A. The words “must” and “will” are always mandatory and not discretionary. The words “should” and “may” are permissive and are discretionary;

B. Words used in the present tense include the future; and

C. Words used in the singular number include the plural, and the plural the singular, unless the context clearly indicates the contrary;

D. A “building” or “structure” includes any part of a building or structure;

E. The word “person” includes an individual, a corporation, a partnership, an incorporated association, or any other similar entity;

F. The word “includes” does not limit a term to the specified examples, but is intended to extend its meaning to all other similar instances or circumstances; and

G. The use of any gender-based pronoun (e.g., “he”) should not be construed to be gender biased, but is only used for grammatical simplicity. [Ord. 378 § 2 (Exh. 1), 1999.]