By Jason O'Boyd, Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 —
The Town of Richfield will begin the search for a new town commissioner after Steven Morgan announced his resignation effective immediately at the start of Monday’s commissioners meeting.
“Mostly my work commitment,” Morgan said as his main reason for leaving the board. Morgan is currently employeed with Uwharrie Point, home to the Old North State Club in New London.
“I’ve missed more meetings this year than the other eight years combined. We’ve got a lot going on at the club. I’ve been working very hard, and McConnell Golf (Property) has been very good to me, and I feel it should show in my dedication to them.”
Morgan, 30, was approaching his 10th year on the board. He’s been elected to one two-year term and two four-year terms. He was up for re-election in 2013.
“I don’t want Richfield to suffer by me not being here,” Morgan said. “We don’t need a ghost councilman. We need someone here at the meetings to be able to assist.
“I just don’t think I’m able to give the town of Richfield my full … what it deserves.”
Mayor Jim Misenheimer was sorry to hear Morgan’s decision but recognized his many years of service.
“Mr. Morgan has been on this town board for years and years and years and has always done a great job,” Misenheimer said.
“Being that he’s been working over at Uhwarrie Point in a management capacity, I don’t know exactly what his job is, very often he has to call to say he’s tied up at work and can't make it.
“We hate to see him go, but I understand that.”
Morgan said he filed to run for a spot on the commissioners board on his 21st birthday, meaning he’s served the town for nearly a third of his life.
“Whenever I filed, I had to be 21 to file,” Morgan said. “The filing deadline was noon on my 21st birthday. So I got in by 12 hours.
“That was really exciting and kind of fun. My understanding is that I was the youngest councilman in the state of North Carolina at the time.
“I would love to stay, but I just don’t think I can give it the dedication it deserves.”
In other business:
• Misenheimer read parts of a letter that was sent to Dr. Terry Griffin, Superintendent of Stanly County Schools, and Shelby Lawson, the principal at Richfield School. In the letter, Misenheimer stated the reasons why the town should handle the paving of the entire length of School Street.
The debate about paving School Street has gone on for several months and it continued with some heated exchanges on Monday.
Commissioner Terry Almond said the town has “done what needs to be done and if we need to do more, we will.”
He made a motion to “table the matter” and “not have it brought up by the mayor for one year.” Almond called for a vote and it was unanimously passed.
Commissioner Barry Byrd made a motion that the mayor not be allowed to spend funds regarding the School Street issue without the board's approval.
Almond seconded the motion but, after more discussion, withdrew his second. The motion then failed.
Further information about this portion of the meeting will be in Thursday’s edition of The Stanly News and Press.
• Misenheimer said the VFW bricks are still being sold for Project at the Park. The cost is $50 per brick.
• Almond mentioned a toy drive that the fire department was holding on Dec. 13 from 6:30-8. People can take an unwrapped toy, drive through the fire department and drop it off and hear songs from the local Cub Scouts. Almond also said a sheriff’s deputy would be sitting at the entrance to the town park to inform people the park would be closing at dark.
• Mary Ann Fisher said thank-you letters were sent out to participants of the recent Party at the Park.
• The board agreed to move the next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 24, to Dec. 10. It will be held at 7 p.m.