CHARTER
Section
Chapter I.  Incorporation and Corporate Powers
   Sec. 1.1   Incorporation and corporate powers
Chapter II.  Corporate Boundaries
   Sec. 2.1   Town boundary
Chapter III.  Governing Body
   Sec. 3.1   Structure of governing body; number of members
   Sec. 3.2   Manner of electing board
   Sec. 3.3   Term of office of board of aldermen members; four-year terms
   Sec. 3.4   Selection of mayor; term of office
   Sec. 3.5   Appointment of initial board of aldermen and mayor
Chapter IV.  Elections
   Sec. 4.1   Conduct of town elections
Chapter V.  Administration
   Sec. 5.1   Council-manager plan
CHAPTER I.  INCORPORATION AND CORPORATE POWERS
SEC. 1.1  INCORPORATION AND CORPORATE POWERS.
   The inhabitants of the Town of North Topsail Beach are a body corporate and politic under the name “Town of North Topsail Beach.” Under that name they have all the powers, duties, rights, privileges, and immunities conferred and imposed upon towns by the General Law of North Carolina.
CHAPTER II.  CORPORATE BOUNDARIES
SEC. 2.1  TOWN BOUNDARY.
   Until modified in accordance with law, the boundaries of the Town of North Topsail Beach are as follows:
   Beginning at a point near the northern limit of Surf City and in the Intracoastal Waterway having N.C. Grid coordinates of North 260,907 East 2,445,050; thence along the Intracoastal Waterway North 47 degrees 04 minutes 23 seconds East 6015.6 feet; thence North 65 degrees 26 minutes 28 seconds East 44,583.2 feet; thence North 26 degrees 49 minutes 19 seconds East 7278.0 feet; thence North 08 degrees 08 minutes 23 seconds East 5021.5 feet; thence North 58 degrees 53 minutes 00 seconds East 7008.4 feet to a point in New River Inlet; thence leaving said Intracoastal Waterway and along New River Inlet South 00 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds East 12,621.8 feet to a point in the Atlantic Ocean 1200 feet offshore; thence running parallel to the shoreline South 58 degrees 52 minutes 39 seconds West 59,111.2 feet to a point in the Atlantic Ocean 700 feet offshore and lying near the northern limit of Surf City; thence along the Surf City line North 38 degrees 31 minutes 30 seconds West 6,978.8 feet to the point and place of beginning; containing 8,900 acres more or less and being all of Topsail Island which lies north of the current city limits of Surf City.
CHAPTER III.  GOVERNING BODY
SEC. 3.1  STRUCTURE OF GOVERNING BODY; NUMBER OF MEMBERS.
   The governing body of the Town of North Topsail Beach is the Board of Aldermen, which has five (5) members and the mayor.
SEC. 3.2  MANNER OF ELECTING BOARD.
   The qualified voters of the entire town elect the members of the Board of Aldermen.
SEC. 3.3  TERM OF OFFICE OF BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEMBERS; FOUR-YEAR TERMS.
   At the regular municipal election to be held in 1990, the three (3) candidates who receive the highest number of votes shall be elected for four-year terms, while the two (2) candidates who receive the next highest number of votes shall be elected for two-year terms. Beginning at the regular municipal election to be held in 1991, and every four (4) years thereafter, two (2) members of the board of aldermen shall be elected to serve for four-year terms. Beginning at the regular municipal election to be held in 1993, and every four (4) years thereafter, three (3) members of the board of aldermen shall be elected to serve for four-year terms.
SEC. 3.4  SELECTION OF MAYOR; TERM OF OFFICE.
   The qualified voters of the entire town elect the mayor. A mayor shall be elected in 1989 and every two (2) years thereafter for a two-year term.
SEC. 3.5  APPOINTMENT OF INITIAL BOARD OF ALDERMEN AND MAYOR.
   Weldon Hall, William Keister, Nathan McDaniels, Leland Newsome and Charlotte Tippett are hereby appointed members of the board of aldermen to serve until their successors are elected in the 1989 election. Rodney Knowles is appointed mayor to serve until his successor is elected in the 1989 election.
CHAPTER IV.  ELECTIONS
SEC. 4.1  CONDUCT OF TOWN ELECTIONS.
   The Board of aldermen shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis and the results determined by the plurality method as provided by G.S. 163-292.
CHAPTER V.  ADMINISTRATION
SEC. 5.1  COUNCIL-MANAGER PLAN.
   The Town of North Topsail Beach operates under the council-manager plan as provided by part 2 of article 7 of chapter 160A of the General Statutes.