Thursday, June 12, 2014 —
The Oakboro Town Council hired a new Parks & Recreation director, added a maintenance worker and enlarged the role of the town clerk at a special called meeting June 5.
Daniel Smith, the Parks & Recreation director, will be paid an annual salary of $37,440, as will Taffy Smith, who will be sworn in Monday at the Council’s regular meeting. As town clerk/finance officer, Taffy Smith will take on many of the duties of departing finance officer Leigh Ann Mulligan. Additional tasks will also be assigned to Bridgette Rowell, who serves as the town’s customer services representative and utility billing clerk.
The new maintenance worker post will be filled by Reggie Bowers at an hourly rate of $15.50.
The cost of hiring two new employees was included in the $2.1 million 2014-2015 budget approved by Oakboro commissioners last month. Mayor Doug Burgess had explained to the board that the positions would replace two posts eliminated by the sale of the wastewater treatment plant to Stanly County.
The personnel matters were discussed during a closed session late last week, after which commissioners voted.
Oakboro Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at which time it will hold a public hearing on whether the town’s new Solar Energy Power Generation Systems Overlay District should be applied to property on Hatley Road, where Strata Solar hopes to construct a solar farm. The Planning Board voted 3-1 to recommend the SEPGS overlay zoning. Neighbors in the area had successfully fought Strata’s efforts to locate a facility there last fall.
Luanne Williams is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.