CHARTER AND RELATED LAWS
Section
   1   Town incorporated; powers.
   2   Corporate limits.
   3   Governing body; voting by mayor.
   4   Ordinances with respect to lake.
   5   Taxation.
   6   Election of mayor and commissioners-When held.
   7   Same-Law applied.
   8   Town as bird sanctuary.
   9   Discharge of firearms.
   10   Bingo; permit required.
   11   Digging ditches below a certain level in certain areas.
Statutory reference:
   General laws supplementary to charters, see G.S. § 160A-3
Sec. 1.   Town incorporated; powers.
   There is hereby incorporated the Town of White Lake, in Bladen County, the corporate limits of which are set forth in section 2, and which shall hereafter possess all the corporate powers and be subject to all the provisions contained in Chapter 160 of the General Statutes of North Carolina not inconsistent with the provisions of this act.
(Session Laws 1951, Ch. 511, § 1)
Editor's note:
   G.S. Ch. 160 has been superseded by G.S. Ch. 160A.
Sec. 2.   Corporate limits.
   The corporate limits of the Town of White Lake in Bladen County shall be as follows:  Beginning at a concrete monument at the water's edge of White Lake at the western shore, said corner being the southeasternmost corner of Tildon Walker Estates and the northernmost corner of a 30-foot strip of land owned by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and used as an access area to their [sic] pier and runs thence with the southern line of Tildon Walker Estates and the northern line of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission 30-foot tract south 55 degrees 02 minutes west 922.86 feet to a point in the southwestern 30-foot right-ofway of North Carolina Highway No. 53 that leads from U.S. 701 highway to Kelly; thence with the southwest 30-foot right-of-way of North Carolina Highway No. 53 the following courses and distances: South 36 degrees 01 minutes 20 seconds east 2,967.35 feet, south 55 degrees 30 minutes 20 seconds east 2,347.13 feet, and south 51 degrees 52 minutes 20 seconds east 1,924.22 feet to a point in said right-of-way; thence crossing said highway No. 53 to and with the southern boundary of Timberlodge Village North 68 degrees 25 minutes 40 seconds east 637.56 feet to a point in the centerline of State Road No. 1515 (also known as "Lake Road"); thence south 82 degrees 56 minutes 40 seconds east 700.00 feet to a point; thence north 01 degree 36 minutes 16 seconds east (approximately parallel to State Road 1515) 1,479.4 feet to a point opposite Clearwater Beach (formerly Melvin's Beach); thence north 68 degrees 17 minutes 12 seconds east 127.72 feet to a point that lies 400 feet southeast of the centerline of State Road 1515; thence parallel to and 400 feet south and east of the centerline of State Road 1515 the following courses and distances:  North 70 degrees 03 minutes east 1,236.71 feet, north 40 degrees 01 minutes [sic] 40 seconds east (crossing Williams Street) 1,005.67 feet, north 19 degrees 30 minutes 20 seconds east 1,302.76 feet, north 6 degrees 46 minutes west (crossing Carolina Ave. Ext.) 2,900.07 feet, north 36 degrees 42 minutes 40 seconds west (crossing Poole Ave. and Pineview Drive) 2,434.64 feet to a point 400 feet northeast of the centerline of State Road No. 1515 opposite an extension of Godwin Road; thence approximately parallel to State Road No. 1515, north 40 degrees 21 minutes 36 seconds west 1,522.45 feet to a point located 18 feet northeast of the centerline of State Road No. 1515 and in the line of Mar-Kei Beach's northwest boundary line as extended across said road; thence north 20 degrees 43 minutes 40 seconds east 783.44 feet to a point in the northern 30-foot right-of-way of North Carolina Highway No. 41 that leads from White Lake to Harrells; thence with the northern 30-foot right-of-way of North Carolina Highway No. 41 north 89 degrees 02 minutes 40 seconds west 450.10 feet to a point in the centerline of U.S. Highway No. 701; thence with the centerline of said U.S. Highway No. 701, south 19 degrees 33 minutes 40 seconds west 19.65 feet to a point in the centerline and in line with the powerline that runs along and parallel to the northern margin of the east-west runway of Corbett's Airport; thence with the center of said powerline and beyond north 80 degrees 19 minutes 20 seconds west 3,197.95 feet to a point located 30 feet north of the centerline of U.S. Highway No. 701; thence parallel to and 30 feet north of the centerline of said highway, north 78 degrees 06 minutes 20 seconds west 683.22 feet; thence continuing parallel to and 30 feet north of said centerline of U.S. Highway 701, north 83 degrees 51 minutes 20 seconds west 222.43 feet to a point 30 feet north of said centerline and opposite the center of Fred Keith's Drive, thence with the center of [Fred] Keith's Drive, south 3 degrees 46 minutes east 1104.35 feet to a point at the water's edge of White Lake at the north shore; thence with the water's edge around the western shore of White Lake with the properties of F.R. Keith and Tildon Walker Estates to the beginning.
(Session Laws 1951, Ch. 511, § 2; Session Laws 1971, Ch. 602, § 1)
Statutory reference:
   Corporate limits, see G.S. §§ 160A-21 et seq.
   Extension of corporate limits, see G.S.  §§ 160A-24 et seq.
Sec. 3.   Governing body; voting by mayor.
   (a)   Effective on the Monday after the special election provided by section 6 of this act, the governing body of the Town of White Lake shall consist of a mayor and six (6) commissioners, to be elected by the qualified voters of the municipality.  Until that date, the governing body of the Town of White Lake shall consist of a mayor and three (3) commissioners.
   (b)   The mayor shall have the right to vote only when there are equal numbers of votes in the affirmative and in the negative.
(Session Laws 1951, Ch. 511, § 3; Session Laws 1963, Ch. 339, § 1; Session Laws 1967, Ch. 200, § 1; Session Laws 1982, Ch. 1160, § 1)
Statutory reference:
   Composition of governing body, see G.S. § 160A-66
   Mayor to preside, see G.S. § 160A-69
Sec. 4.   Ordinances with respect to lake.
   The governing body of the Town of White Lake is hereby authorized and empowered to adopt ordinances with respect to the body of water in Bladen County known as White Lake[,] which ordinances shall have the same force and effect as if said lake were within the corporate limits of said town and said [town's] police shall have the same powers as peace officers on said lake as within the corporate limits of said town.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to repeal the authority vested in the department of conservation and development by Chapters 113 and 146 of the General Statutes to make reasonable rules and regulations relating to the use by the public of the waters of White Lake in Bladen County, and the enforcement of such rules and regulations with respect to such use.
(Session Laws 1951, Ch. 511, § 4; Session Laws 1957, Ch. 1168, § 1)
Statutory reference:
   "Department" defined to mean department of natural resources and community development, see G.S. § 113-1
Sec. 5.   Taxation.
   The governing body of said town may levy taxes for the fiscal year, July 1, 1951, to June 30, 1952, at any time after the effective date of this act and do all other things preliminary to making such levy as is by law provided.  The list of real and personal property and polls within the corporate limits of the Town of White Lake as listed for taxation in Bladen County, shall be used by said town.  Taxpayers may prepay said taxes at any time after the tax rate is fixed in 1951.  Taxes collected pursuant to said levy may be expended for and during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1951, as well as for the ensuing year.
   In 1952 and thereafter, said town shall be subject to the general laws of the state relating to the taxing powers of incorporated cities and towns.
(Session Laws 1951, Ch. 511, § 5)
Statutory reference:
   Municipal taxation, see G.S. § 160A-206
   Poll tax prohibited, see N.C. Const., Art. V, § 1
   Taxation, see G.S. Ch. 105
Sec. 6.   Election of mayor and commissioners-When held.
   In order to expand the size of the board of commissioners from three (3) to six (6), a special municipal election shall be held on Tuesday, July 27, 1982, provided that if the second primary is scheduled for another date, the special municipal election shall occur on that other date.  At that election, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall serve until a successor is elected at the 1985 municipal election, the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes shall serve until a successor is elected at the 1985 municipal election, and the candidate receiving the third highest number of votes shall serve until a successor is elected at the 1983 municipal election.
   In 1983 and quadrennially thereafter, three (3) commissioners shall be elected for four-year terms.  In 1985 and quadrennially thereafter, three (3) commissioners shall be elected for four-year terms.  In 1983 and biennially thereafter, a mayor shall be elected for a two-year term.  In 1995 and quadriennially, thereafter, a mayor shall be elected for a four-year term.
(Session Laws 1951, Ch. 511, § 6; Session Laws 1963, Ch. 339, § 2; Session Laws 1967, Ch. 200, § 2; Session Laws 1982, Ch. 1160, § 2; Ord. of 4-12-1994)
Statutory reference:
   Officers to hold over until successors qualified, see G.S. § 160A-62
   Qualifications for elective office, see G.S. § 160A-59
Sec. 7.   Same-Law applied.
   Except as otherwise provided in this act, all municipal elections in the Town of White Lake shall be held in accordance with the provisions of Subchapter IX of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes.
(Session Laws 1951, Ch. 511, § 7; Session Laws 1963, Ch. 339, § 3; Session Laws 1967, Ch. 200, § 4; Session Laws 1982, Ch. 1160, § 4)
Statutory reference:
   Conduct of municipal elections, see G.S. §§ 163-291 et seq.
   Municipal election procedure, see G.S. § 163-279
Sec. 8.   Town as bird sanctuary.
   From and after the ratification of this act, all that territory embraced within the territorial limits of the Town of White Lake in Bladen County shall be a bird sanctuary.
(Session Laws 1961, Ch. 424, § 1)
Statutory reference:
   Bird sanctuaries, see G.S. § 160A-188
Sec. 9.   Discharge of firearms.
   From and after the ratification of this act, it shall be unlawful for any person, except law enforcement officers in the conduct of their duties, to discharge a firearm of any type within the corporate limits of the Town of White Lake.  Any person violating the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be fined not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) or imprisoned not more than thirty (30) days.
(Session Laws 1961, Ch. 424, § 2)
Statutory reference:
   Municipal regulation of firearms, see G.S. § 160A-189
Sec. 10.   Bingo; permit required.
   Every person, firm or corporation desiring to operate the game of bingo in the Town of White Lake, in Bladen County, shall make application to the governing body of said town for a permit to do so and the application shall contain the following:
   (1)   Name and residence of the applicant and the length of his residence within the State of North Carolina.
   (2)   The particular place for which the permit is desired, designating the same by a street and number, if practicable; if not, by such other apt description as definitely locates it.
   (3)   The name of the owner of the premises upon which the business permitted is to be carried on.
   (4)   That the applicant intends to carry on the business authorized by the permit for himself or under his immediate supervision and direction.
   (5)   A statement that the applicant is a citizen and resident of North Carolina and not less than twenty-one (21) years of age; that he has never been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude; and that he has not, within the last two (2) years prior to the filing of the application, been adjudged guilty of violating the prohibition laws, either state or federal.
   The application must be verified by the affidavit of the petitioner made before a notary public or other person duly authorized by law to administer oaths.  If it appears from the statement of the applicant or otherwise that he has at any time been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude, or that he has, within the two (2) years prior to the filing of the application, been adjudged guilty of violating the prohibition laws, either state or federal, or that he has[,] within two (2) years prior to the filing of the application[,] completed a sentence for violation of the prohibition laws, such permit shall not be granted.  If it appears that any false statement is knowingly made in any part of the application and permit is received thereon, the permit shall be revoked and the applicant subjected to the penalty provided by law for misdemeanors.  Before issuing a permit, the governing body of the municipality shall be satisfied that the statements required by subsections (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) of this section are true.
   The governing board shall not issue a permit under this section to any person, or firm, or corporation who has not been a bona fide resident of North Carolina and a citizen of the United States for one year.  No resident of the state shall obtain a permit under this section and employ or receive aid from a nonresident for the purpose of defeating this requirement.
(Session Laws 1957, Ch. 1387, § 1)
Sec. 11.   Digging ditches below a certain level in certain areas.
   It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to dig any ditch under any portions of U.S. Highway No. 701, N.C. Highway No. 53 and S.R. 1515 which surround that body of water in Bladen County known as White Lake, below sixty-six (66) feet above sea level, except for the Town of White Lake, after first having obtained a written permit from the State Highway Commission or its duly authorized officers, as provided in G.S. 136-93, in the installation, repair and maintenance of its water and sewer mains and lines or storm or drainage sewer lines.
   If any person shall violate the provisions of this act he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined or imprisoned in the discretion of the court.
(Session Laws 1971, Ch. 570, §§ 1, 2; Session Laws 1973, Ch. 252, § 1; Session Laws 1987, Ch. 116, § 1)