MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – During a City Council meeting on Tuesday night, Martinsville officials approved the first reading of an ordinance for a contested reversion in a 4-1 vote.

If approved after the second reading, the ordinance would be filed which would prompt the Virginia Supreme Court to establish a three-judge panel to rule on the reversion to town status.

City Council has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for the second reading.

This news comes as two bills in the General Assembly would require voters to approve the reversion on a referendum.

County leaders rejected a twice-approved plan back in early December, saying there were concerns from both county and city residents.

That rejection coming despite that city and county leaders have been working for over two years on a reversion agreement.