Bill Summary for H 1004 (2021-2022)

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Summary date: 

May 19 2022
S.L. 2022-17

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2021
House Bill 1004 (Local) Filed Thursday, May 19, 2022
Intro. by McNeely.

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Bill summary

Revises and consolidates the Charter of the Town of Troutman to now provide the following.

Provides for the Town of Troutman (Town)'s incorporation, grants the Town municipal corporate powers conferred by general law, and provides parameters for the Town's corporate limits. 

Establishes the five-member Town Council (Council) and the Mayor as the Town's governing body, each elected to serve four-year terms. Includes member residency requirements. Sets forth the duties of the Mayor. Requires the Council to elect a Mayor Pro Tempore from among its members and details the procedure for conferring mayoral powers and duties upon the Mayor Pro Tempore in either the Mayor's absence or disability. Provides for Council meetings, quorum, voting, and vacancies. Details requirements for the adoption of ordinances and resolutions. 

Provides for municipal elections in odd-numbered years. Regarding Council elections, requires all members be elected at large on a staggered schedule. Establishes a petition and recall procedure for voters to remove and replace an elected Town official.

Establishes the Town's operation under the council-manager form of government in accordance with Part 2 of Article 7 of GS Chapter 160A. Deems the Town Manager the administrative head of the Town, with powers and duties conferred by general law and the Council. Requires the Council to appoint a Town Attorney. Directs the Town Manager to appoint a Clerk, Tax Collector, and Finance Officer, as described. Authorizes the Council to permit the Town Manager to provide for the appointment of other offices and positions. Grants the Council control over the organization of the Town's government.

Details requirements of the Town relating to receipts and accounting and annual audits pursuant to state and local laws. 

Extends the Town's police force jurisdiction to include all Town-owned property and facilities without regard to corporate limits. 

Authorizes the Council to make street and sidewalk improvements and delineates the Town's authority and procedure to assess such costs.

Grants the Town the power of eminent domain.

Specifies the legislative purpose and intent of the act to revise and consolidate the Town Charter. Provides for interpretation and effect of the act. 

Repeals the following SL Chapters and Sections, either consolidated in this act or no longer necessary: SL 1981-144, SL 1983-104, SL 1983-123, and SL 1987-75.

Provides for currently elected officials serving on the date the act becomes law to serve out their terms. Provides for the continued validity of all existing ordinances, resolutions, and other provisions of the Town not inconsistent with the act. Includes a severability clause. Provides a savings clause for pending actions and proceedings.