Virgilina, Town of

County of Halifax

History of incorporation

Incorporated, 1900, c. 271; repealed 1974, c. 255.

Current charter

Charter, 1974, c. 255.

Amendments to current charter

2012, c. 457 (§ 3.1)

Chapter 1. Incorporation and Boundaries.

§ 1.1. Incorporation.

The inhabitants of the territory comprised within the present limits of the town of Virgilina as such limitations are now, or may hereafter be altered and established by law, shall constitute and continue a body politic and corporate, to be known and designated as the town of Virgilina 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.  (1974, c. 255)

§ 1.2. Boundaries.

The territory embraced within the town of Virgilina is that territory in the County of Halifax, Virginia, as set forth by plat recorded in the clerk's office of the Circuit Court of Halifax County, Virginia, in Plat Book 2, Page 7, which is incorporated herein by reference.  (1974, c. 255)

Chapter 2. Powers.

§ 2.1. The town of Virgilina 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 §§ 15.1-873 through 15.1-907, as severally amended, of the Code of Virginia.  (1974, c. 255)

Chapter 3. Mayor and Council.

§ 3.1. Election, qualification, and term of office.

(a) The town of Virgilina shall be governed by a town council composed of six councilmen and a mayor, all of whom shall be qualified voters of the town.

(b) The mayor and councilmen in office at the time of the passage of this act shall continue until the term for which they were elected expires or until they are replaced by virtue of the passage of this amendment.

An election for mayor and councilmen shall be held on the first Tuesday in November 2012, and those elected shall take office at the expiration of the present incumbents' terms and hold same until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Thereafter, there shall be an election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even numbered year, and those elected shall take office on the first day of the succeeding January for a term of two years.

(c) The mayor shall preside over meetings of the town council and shall be the chief official of the town for ceremonial purposes. He shall have the same powers and duties as other members of the council with a vote but no veto power.  (1974, c. 255; 2012, c. 457)

§ 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 members of the council.  (1974, c. 255)

§ 3.3. Qualification of members.

Any person qualified to vote in the town shall be eligible for the office of councilman or mayor.  (1974, c. 255)

§ 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 clerk, treasurer, town attorney, and town sergeant who shall have such duties and shall serve for such terms and at such compensation as the council may determine, except that the town sergeant's term of office shall be as provided by law.  (1974, c. 255)

Chapter 4. Miscellaneous.

§ 4.1. Eminent domain.

The powers of eminent domain as set forth in Title 15.1 and Title 25 of the Code of Virginia are hereby conferred upon the town of Virgilina.  (1974, c. 255)

§ 4.2. Fiscal year.

The fiscal year of the town shall begin on July 1 of each year and end on June 30 of the following year.  (1974, c. 255)

§ 4.3. Ordinances continuing.

All ordinances now in force in the town of Virgilina, not inconsistent with this chapter, shall remain in force until altered, amended or repealed by the council.  (1974, c. 255)

§ 4.4. Legislative procedure.

Except in dealing with parliamentary procedure the council shall act only by ordinance or resolution which, with the exception of ordinances making appropriations, or authorizing the contracting of indebtedness, shall be confined to one general subject.  (1974, c. 255)