CHARTER
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Article I.  Incorporation, Corporate Powers and Boundaries
      Section 1.1.   Incorporation
      Section 1.2.   Powers
      Section 1.3.   Corporate limits
Article II.  Governing Body
      Section 2.1.   Mayor and Board of Commissioners
      Section 2.2.   Board of Commissioners: composition: terms of office
      Section 2.3.   Mayor: term of office: duties
      Section 2.4.   Mayor Pro Tempore
      Section 2.5.   Meetings
      Section 2.6.   Voting requirements: quorum
      Section 2.7.   Compensation: qualifications for office: vacancies
Article III.  Elections
      Section 3.1.   Regular municipal elections
      Section 3.2.   Election of Board of Commissioners
      Section 3.3.   Election of Mayor
      Section 3.4.   Special elections and referendums
Article IV.  Organization and Administration
      Section 4.1.   Form of government
      Section 4.2.   Town Manager
      Section 4.3.   Town Clerk
      Section 4.4.   Tax Collector
      Section 4.5.   Town Attorney
      Section 4.6.   Other administrative officers and employees
Article V.  Additional Provisions
      Section 5.1.   Alcoholic beverage control stores
      Section 2
      Section 3
      Section 4
      Section 5
      Section 6
      Section 7
      Section 8
      Section 9
      Section 10
      Section 11
      Section 12
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO REVISE AND CONSOLIDATE THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF WALNUT COVE
Editor’s note:
   Please see Chapter 31 of the codified ordinances of the Town of Walnut Cove for legislation amending the Charter.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
   Section 1.  The Charter of the Town of Walnut Cove is revised and consolidated to read as follows:
THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF WALNUT COVE
ARTICLE I.  INCORPORATION, CORPORATE POWERS AND BOUNDARIES
 
   “Section 1.1.  Incorporation.  The Town of Walnut Cove, North Carolina in Stokes County and the inhabitants thereof shall continue to be a municipal body politic and corporate, under the name of the ‘Town of Walnut Cove,’ hereinafter at times referred to as the ‘Town.’
   “Section 1.2.  Powers.  The Town shall have and may exercise all of the powers, duties, rights, privileges and immunities conferred upon the Town of Walnut Cove specifically by this Charter or upon municipal corporations by general law. The term ‘general law’ is employed herein as defined in G.S. 160A-1.
   “Section 1.3.  Corporate Limits.  The corporate limits shall be those existing at the time of ratification of this Charter, as set forth on the official map of the Town and as they may be altered from time to time in accordance with law. An official map of the Town, showing the current boundaries, shall be maintained permanently in the office of the Town Clerk and shall be available for public inspection. Immediately upon alteration of the corporate limits made pursuant to law, the appropriate changes to the official map shall be made and copies shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State, the Stokes County Register of Deeds and the appropriate board of elections.
ARTICLE II.  GOVERNING BODY
 
   “Section 2.1.  Mayor and Board of Commissioners.  The Mayor and the Board of Commissioners, hereinafter referred to as the ‘Board,’ shall be the governing body of the Town.
   “Section 2.2.  Board of Commissioners: Composition: Terms of Office.  The Board shall be composed of four Commissioners elected by all the qualified voters of the Town for staggered terms of four years or until their successors are elected and qualified.
   “Section 2.3.  Mayor: Term of Office: Duties.  The Mayor shall be elected by all the qualified voters of the Town for a term of two years or until his or her successor is elected and qualified; shall be the official head of the Town government and preside at meetings of the Board; shall have the right to vote only when there is an equal division on any question or matter before the Board; and shall exercise the powers and duties conferred by law or as directed by the Board.
   “Section 2.4.  Mayor Pro Tempore.  The Board shall elect one of its members as Mayor Pro Tempore to perform the duties of the Mayor during his or her absence or disability, in accordance with general law. The Mayor Pro Tempore shall serve in such capacity until the organizational meeting following the next regular municipal election, despite the contrary provisions of G.S. 160A-70.
   “Section 2.5.  Meetings.  In accordance with general law, the Board shall establish a suitable time and place for its regular meetings. Special and emergency meetings may be held as provided by general law.
   “Section 2.6.  Voting Requirements: Quorum.  Official actions of the Board and all votes shall be taken in accordance with the applicable provisions of general law, particularly G.S. 160A-75. The quorum provisions of G.S. 160A-74 shall apply.
   “Section 2.7.  Compensation: Qualifications for Office: Vacancies.  The compensation and qualifications of the Mayor and Commissioners shall be in accordance with general law. Vacancies that occur in any elective office of the Town shall be filled as provided in G.S. 160A-63.
ARTICLE III.  ELECTIONS
 
   “Section 3.1.  Regular Municipal Elections.  Regular municipal elections shall be held in each odd-numbered year in accordance with the uniform municipal election laws of North Carolina. Elections are conducted on a nonpartisan basis and the results determined using the nonpartisan plurality method as provided in G.S. 163-292.
   “Section 3.2.  Election of Board of Commissioners.  The Commissioners serving on the date of ratification of this Charter shall serve until the expiration of their terms or until their successors are elected and qualified. Four Commissioners shall be elected in each regular municipal election in 1991.  the two persons receiving the highest numbers of votes shall be elected to four-year terms, and the two persons receiving the next highest numbers of votes shall be elected to two-year terms.  In the 993, and quadrennially thereafter, two Commissioners shall be elected to four-year terms.  In 1995, and quadrennially thereafter, two Commissioners shall be elected to four-year terms.
   “Section 3.3.  Election of Mayor.  A Mayor shall be elected in each regular municipal election.
   “Section 3.4.  Special Elections and Referendums.  Special elections and referendums may be held only as provided by general law or applicable local acts of the General Assembly.
ARTICLE IV. ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
 
   “Section 4.1.  Form of Government.  The Town shall operate under the council-manager form of government, in accordance with G.S. Chapter 160A, Article 7, Part 2.
   “Section 4.2.  Town Manager.  The Board shall appoint a Town Manager who shall be responsible for the administration of all departments of the Town government. The Town Manager shall have all the powers and duties conferred by general law, except as expressly limited by the provisions of this Charter, and the additional powers and duties conferred by the Board, so far as authorized by general law.
   “Section 4.3.  Town Clerk.  The Town Manager shall appoint a Town Clerk to keep a journal of the proceedings of the Board; to maintain official records and documents; to give notice of meetings; and to perform such other duties required by law or as the Board may direct.
   “Section 4.4.  Tax Collector.  The Town Manager shall appoint a Tax Collector pursuant to G.S. 105-349 to collect all taxes owed to the Town, subject to general law, this Charter and Town ordinances.
   “Section 4.5.  Town Attorney.  The Board shall appoint a Town Attorney licensed to practice law in North Carolina. It shall be the duty of the Town Attorney to represent the Town, advise Town officials and perform other duties required by law or as the Board may direct.
   “Section 4.6.  Other Administrative Officers and Employees.  The Board may authorize other positions to be filled by appointment by the Town Manager, and may organize the Town government as deemed appropriate, subject to the requirements of general law.
ARTICLE V.  ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS
 
   “Section 5.1.  Alcoholic Beverage Control Stores.  Alcoholic Beverage Control Stores shall operate within the Town of Walnut Cove as provided in Chapter 832, Session Laws of 1969, as amended by Chapter 307, Session Laws of 1973 and Chapter 289, Session Laws of 1985.”
   Section 2.  The purpose of this act is to revise the Charter of the Town of Walnut Cove and to consolidate certain acts concerning the property, affairs and government of the Town. It is intended to continue without interruption those provisions of prior acts which are expressly consolidated into this act, so that all rights and liabilities which have accrued are preserved and may be enforced.
   Section 3.  This act does not repeal or affect any acts concerning the property, affairs or government of public schools, or acts validating official actions, proceedings, contracts or obligations of any kind.
   Section 4.  All acts in conflict with this act are repealed. The following acts, having served the purposes for which they were enacted or having been consolidated into this act, are expressly repealed:
      Chapter 60, Private Laws of 1889
      Chapter 296, Private Laws of 1907
      Chapter 224, Private Laws of 1915
      Chapter 65, Private Laws of 1923
      Chapter 584, Session Laws of 1945
      Chapter 924, Session Laws of 1947
      Chapter 1139, Session Laws of 1949
      Chapter 417, Session Laws of 1971
   Section 5.  Chapter 832, Session Laws of 1969, as it applies to Walnut Cove only, is deemed amended to change each reference to “G.S. Chapter 18,” or the equivalent, to “G.S. Chapter 18B.” References to particular sections or articles of former G.S. Chapter 18 are deemed amended to refer to the provisions of current G.S. Chapter 18B which most closely correspond, and as they may be later amended or recodified.
   Section 6.  The Mayor and Board members serving on the date of ratification of this act shall serve until the expiration of their terms. Thereafter those offices shall be filled as provided in Articles II and III of the Charter contained in Section 1 of this act.
   Section 7.  This act does not affect any rights or interests which arose under any provisions repealed by this act.
   Section 8.  All existing ordinances, resolutions and other provisions of the Town of Walnut Cove not inconsistent with the provisions of this act shall continue in effect until repealed or amended.
   Section 9.  No action or proceeding pending on the effective date of this act by or against the Town or any of its departments or agencies shall be abated or otherwise affected by this act.
   Section 10.  If any provision or application of this act is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are declared to be severable.
   Section 11.  Whenever a reference is made in this act to a particular provision of the General Statutes, and such provision is later amended, superseded or recodified, the reference shall be deemed amended to refer to the amended General Statute, or to the General Statute which most clearly corresponds to the statutory provision which is superseded or recodified.
   Section 12. This act is effective upon ratification.