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Town of Appomattox, VA
Appomattox County
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[Adopted 4-11-1994 as Ch. 1, § 1-2 of the 1994 Code]
[1]
State law reference: Definitions and rules of construction, Code of Virginia, § 1-202 et seq.
In the construction of this Code and of all ordinances, the following rules shall be observed, unless otherwise specifically provided or unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the Council:
BOND
When a bond is required, an undertaking in writing shall be sufficient.
CODE OF VIRGINIA
References to the Code of Virginia or to portions thereof, unless otherwise indicated, shall be to the Code of Virginia, 1950, as now or hereafter amended and currently in effect.
COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE
The term "Commissioner of the Revenue" means the Commissioner of the Revenue of the county.
COMPUTATION OF TIME
Whenever a notice is required to be given or an act to be done a certain length of time before any proceeding shall be had, the day on which such notice is given or such act is done shall be counted in computing the time, if it is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, but the day on which such proceeding is to be had shall not be counted.[1]
COUNCIL
Wherever the word "Council" is used, it shall be construed to mean the Council of the Town of Appomattox.
COUNTY
The word "county" shall be construed as if the words "of Appomattox" followed it.
GENDER
A word importing the masculine gender only shall extend and be applied to females and to firms, partnerships and corporations as well as to males.[2]
JOINT AUTHORITY
All words giving a joint authority to three or more officers or other persons shall be construed as giving such authority to a majority of such officers or other persons, unless it is otherwise expressly declared in the section giving authority.
MONTH
The word "month" shall mean a calendar month.[3]
NUMBER
A word importing the singular number only may extend and be applied to several persons or things as well as to one person or thing. A word importing the plural number only may extend and be applied to one person or thing, as well as to several persons or things.[4]
OATH
The word "oath" shall be construed to include an affirmation in all cases in which by law an affirmation may be substituted for an oath.[5]
OCCUPANT or TENANT
The word "occupant" or "tenant," applied to a building or land, shall mean any person who holds a written or oral lease of or actually occupies the whole or a part of such building or land, either alone or with others.
OFFICERS, DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS
Any reference to an officer, department, board or commission shall be construed as if followed by the words "of the Town of Appomattox, Virginia."
OWNER
The word "owner," applied to a building or land, shall include any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, tenant in partnership, joint tenant or tenant by the entirety of the whole or a part of such building or land.
PERSON
The word "person" shall include any individual, group, organization, firm, corporation, partnership, association, society, company, business, trust, joint venture or other legal entity.[6]
PRECEDING; FOLLOWING
The words "preceding" and "following" mean next before and next after, respectively.
SHALL, MAY
The word "shall" is mandatory; the word "may" is permissive.
SIDEWALK
The word "sidewalk" shall mean any portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway where there is not a curb, and the adjacent property line intended for the use of pedestrians.
SIGNATURE, SUBSCRIPTION
The words "signature" and "subscription" shall include a mark when a person cannot write.
STATE, COMMONWEALTH
The words "state" and "commonwealth" shall be construed as if the words "of Virginia" followed.[7]
STREET
The term "street" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel in the Town, including the streets and alleys, and, for law enforcement purposes, the entire width between the boundary lines of all private roads or private streets which have been specifically designated "highways" by an ordinance adopted by the Council.[8]
SWEAR, SWORN
The word "swear" or "sworn" shall be equivalent to the word "affirm" or "affirmed" in all cases in which by law an affirmation may be substituted for an oath.[9]
TENSE
Words used in the past or present tense include the future as well as the past and present.
TOWN
The words "the Town" shall mean the Town of Appomattox in the State of Virginia.[10]
WRITTEN, IN WRITING
The words "written" or "in writing" shall be construed to include any representation of words, letters or figures, whether by printing or otherwise.[11]
YEAR
The word "year" shall be construed to mean a calendar year. The word "year" alone shall be equivalent to the expression "year of our Lord."[12]
OTHER WORDS
The rules of construction given in Code of Virginia, § 1-202 et seq. shall govern, so far as applicable, the construction of all other words not defined in this section.
[1]
State law reference: Computation of time, Code of Virginia, § 1-210.
[2]
State law reference: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-216.
[3]
State law reference--Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-223.
[4]
State law reference: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-227.
[5]
State law references: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-228; when affirmation may be made, Code of Virginia, § 49-9.
[6]
State law reference: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-230.
[7]
State law reference: "State" defined, Code of Virginia, § 1-245.
[8]
State law reference: "Highway" defined, Code of Virginia, § 46.2-100.
[9]
State law references: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-250; when affirmation may be made, Code of Virginia, § 49-9.
[10]
State law reference: "Town" defined, Code of Virginia, § 1-254.
[11]
State law reference: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-257.
[12]
State law reference: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-223.