§ 158-33. Creation of North Carolina's Eastern Region.
(a) Resolution to Create Region. - Any three or more of the counties listed in G.S. 158-31 may create North Carolina's Eastern Region as provided in this section. In order to create the Region, the governing bodies of the counties creating the Region must first adopt, on or before October 1, 1993, substantially similar resolutions stating their intent to organize the Region pursuant to this Article. Each resolution shall include articles of incorporation for the Region that shall set forth the following:
(1) The name of the Region, which shall be "North Carolina's Eastern Region."
(2) A statement that the Region is organized under this Article.
(3) The names of the organizing counties known to the county adopting the resolution.
(b) Public Hearing. - Each resolution may be adopted only after a public hearing on the question, notice of which hearing has been given by publication at least once after July 25, 1993, and not less than 10 days before the date set for the hearing, in a newspaper having a general circulation in the county. The notice shall contain a brief statement of the substance of the proposed resolution, set forth the proposed articles of incorporation of the Region, and state the time and place of the public hearing to be held on the resolution. No other publication or notice of the resolution is required.
(c) Incorporation of Region. - Each county that adopts a resolution as provided in this section shall file a certified copy of the resolution with the Secretary of State on or before October 15, 1993, together with proof of publication of notice of the hearing on the resolution. Each resolution must contain the county clerk's attestation that it was adopted by the board of commissioners. If the Secretary of State finds that the resolutions, including the articles of incorporation, conform to the provisions of this Article and that notices of the hearings were properly published, the Secretary of State shall file the resolutions and proofs of publication and shall issue a certificate of incorporation for the Region under the seal of the State. The Secretary of State shall record the certificate of incorporation in an appropriate book of record in the Secretary of State's office.
(d) Effect of Incorporation. - The issuance of the certificate of incorporation by the Secretary of State shall constitute North Carolina's Eastern Region a public body and body politic and corporate of the State. The certificate of incorporation shall be conclusive evidence that the Region has been duly created and established under this Article. (1993, c. 544, s. 1; 2005-364, s. 1; 2006-226, s. 26; 2006-264, s. 76.8.)