Members of Martinsville City Council will consider a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 to terminate any and all proceedings related to the current petition for reversion.
The proposed resolution states, in part, that “following comprehensive studies and presentations of information related to the fiscal and operational impact” of the city potentially transitioning to town status, the council unanimously voted in December 2019 to authorize its attorneys to proceed with filing appropriate documents to initiate the reversion process.
Additionally, the city “has recognized the vital nature of including its citizens and institutions in matters of significant and irrevocable consequence regarding a change in municipal status,” and has expended a considerable sum of capital, effort, time, and goodwill in pursuit of municipal reversion, the proposed resolution states that the city “has not duly considered the impact of or desire for municipal reversion on affected parties, including the citizens and institutions of Henry County with whom the city wishes to engage in good faith endeavors for shared mutual benefit.”
Currently, “a majority of council now believes the reversion process should be stopped,” it added.
Council meets in closed session at 6:30 p.m. according to the agenda. The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, located in the city Municipal Building.