Kenbridge approves charter changes

Published 9:33 am Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Members of the Kenbridge Town Council voted to present potential changes to aspects of the town council election to the Virginia General Assembly during its meeting Oct. 16. These aspects include exploring the potential for Kenbridge Town Council members to have staggered terms, meaning that only a certain number of people in public office would be elected in a given year, and taking the oath of office at the regularly scheduled June town council meeting following the regular municipal election, which takes place May 1. No members of the public spoke during the public hearing for the proposed changes, which took place at 6:45 p.m. Town Attorney Tessie Bacon said after the hearing that members of the council would need to “make a motion to present it to the General Assembly, so that they can authorize the changes.” Kenbridge Town Manager Robyn Fowler said in a previous interview the staggered terms would differ from the current terms on town council, where all of the seats are up for election at one time. Currently, the town council holds the oath of office ceremony in July.