Pamplin City, Town of

Counties of Appomattox and Prince Edward

History of incorporation

Incorporated by an 1874 Act of Assembly.

Charter, 1874, c. 127; repealed 1979, c. 174.

Current charter

Charter, 1979, c. 174.

Chapter 1. Incorporation and Boundaries.

§ 1.1. Incorporation.

The inhabitants of the territory comprised within the present limits of the town of Pamplin City, in the counties of Appomattox and Prince Edward, as such limitations are now, or may hereafter be altered and established by law, shall constitute and be a body politic and corporate, to be known and designated as the town of Pamplin City, and as such shall have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, contract and be contracted with, and may have a corporate seal which it may alter, renew, or amend at its pleasure by proper ordinance.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 1.2. Boundaries.

The territory embraced within the town of Pamplin City is that territory shown on that certain plat recorded in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Appomattox County in Deed Book 139 page 582 and in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Prince Edward County in Deed Book 209 page 683.  (1979, c. 174)

Chapter 2. Powers.

§ 2.1. The town of Pamplin City shall have all powers that may be conferred upon or delegated to towns under the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, including, but not limited to, those powers set forth in §§ 15.1-837 through 15.1-907 of the Code of Virginia, as amended.  (1979, c. 174)

Chapter 3. Mayor and Council.

§ 3.1. Election, qualification and term of office.

A. The town of Pamplin City shall be governed by a town council composed of six members and a mayor, elected at large, all of whom shall be qualified voters of the town.

B. The council and mayor in office at the time of the passage of this act shall continue until the expiration of the terms for which they were elected, or until their successors are duly elected and qualified.

At the regular municipal election to be held on the first Tuesday in May, 1980, and every two years thereafter, six members of council and a mayor shall be elected for a term of two years each. Persons so elected shall qualify and take their office on July one following their election. They shall continue to serve until their successors are duly elected, qualify and assume office.

C. The Mayor shall preside at the meetings of the council and shall be recognized as head of the town government for ceremonial purposes and by the Governor for purposes of military law. He shall have the same powers and duties as members of the council with a vote but no veto powers. He shall perform such other duties as may be given him by council not inconsistent with the Constitution, general laws of the Commonwealth or this charter.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 3.2. Vacancies.

Vacancies on the council and in the office of Mayor shall be filled for the unexpired term by a majority vote of the remaining members of council from the electors of the town.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 3.3. Qualifications of members.

Any person qualified to vote in the town shall be eligible for the office of councilman or mayor.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 3.4. Powers of council.

The council along with the mayor shall make such rules as are necessary for the orderly conduct of their business not inconsistent with the laws of Virginia and shall have the power in their discretion to appoint a vice-mayor, town manager, clerk, treasurer, town attorney, and a chief of police. Such officers shall serve at the pleasure of the council and shall have such duties not inconsistent with the Constitution, general laws of the Commonwealth or this charter, and shall be paid such compensation as the council may determine. Except for the vice-mayor, one person may be appointed to more than one office.  (1979, c. 174)

Chapter 4. Miscellaneous.

§ 4.1. Fiscal year.

The fiscal year of the town shall begin on July one of each year and end on June thirty of the following year.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 4.2. Ordinances continuing.

All ordinances now in force in the town of Pamplin City, not inconsistent with this charter, shall remain in force until altered, amended or repealed by the council.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 4.3. Legislative procedure.

Except in dealing with parliamentary procedure, the council shall act only by ordinance or resolution, and with the exception of ordinances making appropriations, or authorizing the contracting of indebtedness, shall be confined to one general subject.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 4.4. Office of town sergeant not to be created.

In accordance with the provisions of § 15.1-796 of the Code of Virginia, there shall not be created in the town the office of town sergeant.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 4.5. Town elections.

The electoral board of the county of Appomattox (in which county the greater part of the town is situated) shall conduct the town's elections.  (1979, c. 174)

§ 4.6. Jail.

The town shall have the use of the jail of the county of Appomattox to aid the constituted authorities of Pamplin City in maintaining peace and good order.  (1979, c. 174)