Bill Summary for S 754 (2021-2022)

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Summary date: 

May 18 2022
S.L. 2022-20

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Senate Bill 754 (Local) Filed Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Intro. by Barnes.

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

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

Establishes the four-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, compensation, and vacancies. 

Provides for nonpartisan municipal elections in odd-numbered years. Regarding Council elections, requires all members be elected at large on a staggered schedule. Authorizes special elections and referenda to be held as provided by statutory law and general law.

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 chief Town administrator, with eight specified powers and duties. Provides for acting and interim town managers. Requires the Council to appoint a Town Attorney. Directs the Town Manager to appoint a Clerk, Finance Officer, Tax Collector, and Chief of Police, as described. Authorizes the Council to provide for the appointment of fire protection personnel, and requires the Town Manager to appoint the Chief of the Fire Department. Grants the Council control over the organization of the Town's government.

Details requirements of the Town relating to the award of contracts, receipts and accounting, and annual audits according to state and local laws. 

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 1969-320, SL 1971-71, SL 1971-224, SL 1973-343, SL 1973-380, SL 1977-394, SL 1985-217, and SL 2008-30. 

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.