AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF MORGANTON TO CLARIFY THE TIME PERIOD FOR FILLING VACANCIES IN THE OFFICE OF MAYOR AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE CITY MANAGER SHALL APPOINT THE CITY CLERK; TO UPDATE FINES FOR CERTAIN BOATING VIOLATIONS ON LAKE JAMES; TO PROVIDE THAT ELECTIONS FOR THE TOWN OF HILDEBRAN SHALL BE HELD IN EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS; TO AUTHORIZE THE TOWN OF WELDON TO DISPOSE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY BY PRIVATE NEGOTIATION AND SALE; TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION IN THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF CLEVELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE; AND TO MODIFY THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE DELAY OF THE LEXINGTON CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTIONS IN 2021.
House committee substitute to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.
Makes organizational changes, moving existing provisions into Sections 1, 2, and 3.
Clarifies in Section 2.15 of SL 1975-180, as amended, that the Mayor of Morganton is authorized to appoint individuals to serve on advisory boards, commissions, and committees (was, authorized to appoint advisory boards, commissions, and committees).
Clarifies the reference in the introductory language to the change to Section 5 of Chapter 502 of the Session Laws of 1963.
Further amends Section 3 of the Hildebran Town Charter (SL 1899-212), by requiring that the elective officers of Hildebran (mayor and five commissioners) be elected for staggered terms of four years. Deletes the proposed provisions that required that (1) in 2024, and quadrennially thereafter, two commissioners be elected to four-year terms; and (2) in 2026, and quadrennially thereafter, the Mayor and three commissioners be elected to four-year terms.
Adds the following new content.
Amends GS 161-8 to require that in Cleveland and Wayne counties the register of deeds be in the office on a full-time schedule. Requires the register of deeds office to be open, except on State holidays, Monday-Friday, at least 40 hours per week. Prohibits the office from closing before 5:00 pm and requires accepting instruments and documents for filing until that time (under current law, a county's board of commissioners is allowed to fix what days of each week, and at what hours, the register of deeds must be in the office in person or by deputy). Effective October 1, 2021.
Allows the Town of Weldon to convey by private negotiation and sale, with or without monetary consideration, and upon terms the Town deems appropriate, any or all of its right, title, and interest in the specified property in Weldon.
Amends Section 2(a) of SL 2018-15, by further amending GS 115D-12 concerning the selection of Cleveland Community College boards of trustees members. Amends the provisions governing the appointment of four trustees, under Group Two, by the NCGA (two appointed by the House and two by the Senate), by specifying that (1) following consultation with members of the House of Representatives whose districts include counties within the administrative areas of the community college, the Speaker of the House must make recommendations to the NCGA for appointments to terms expiring in 2019 and 2020 (was, 2019 and 2021) and every four years thereafter; and (2) following consultation with members of the Senate whose districts include counties within the administrative areas of the community college, the President Pro Tempore must make recommendations to the NCGA for appointments to terms expiring in 2018 and 2021 (was, 2018 and 2020) and every four years thereafter.
Amends Section 1.7(b) of SL 2021-56 by clarifying that Section 1.7(a) (prohibiting elections to the Lexington City Board of Education from being held in 2021), not Section 1.6(a) of the act is effective only if the federal decennial census information for the 2020 census has not been received by the Lexington City Board of Education by July 19, 2021. Makes an additional clarifying change.
Amends the act's titles.