The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

February 13, 2013

Board gets updates on budget, Academy

Mayor will not seek another term

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 — Misenheimer Village Council dealt with mostly routine discussions and conducted only two items of business.

Council approved maintaining the current insurance coverage now provided to village employees.

Village Clerk Pam Humphrey said she had checked with the state municipal league and said its costs were not competitive with the current coverage used by the village.

The council members also approved an expenditure of $3,500 to move and restructure the speed bumps at Merner Terrace.

Humphrey said she had talked with the state department of transportation and they found the changes did not meet the standards for spending Powell Bill funds.

Mayor Michael Riemann reported he was submitting another grant request for the Carolina Trail at the first of the month, but added the process of eventually getting the trail complete “is going to take some time.”

The mayor said discussions on sewer for the village are on hold until the county finishes its study and makes a decision on acquiring the Oakboro wastewater treatment facility.

Humphrey gave a report on the budget status and said the village was “looking good and staying on target.”

Council also discussed the village’s 10-year anniversary celebrations for this year.

Members expressed the view that planning needs to begin as soon as possible and they will ask for volunteers to help with the planning committee.

Ideas were also batted around about possible uses for the Gladstone Acadamy facility.

Riemann said one idea was to make it a museum, however, he was also concerned about the expense of maintaining the building the village might incur.

Members also discussed the need to find people to run in the next municipal election in November.

Riemann has already anounced his intentions not to run for another term.

Filing for the fall elections begins July 5.