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Stanly Commissioners make appointments to local boards

The Stanly County Board of Commissioners made a number of appointments to local boards at Monday’s meeting, including several which differed from the recommendations of county staff.

Planning Director Michael Sandy presented three names to commissioners for approval of three-year terms on the Planning Board: the appointments of Candice Brasington and Joel Mauldin, along with the reappointment of Kevin Brickman.

Vice Chairman Ashley Morgan instead nominated David Underwood, Michael Williams and Scott Efird to serve on the board. Efird is the Locust planning director and former Stanly County commissioner, while Underwood is a local accountant and farmer; Williams is a retired member of the military.

Morgan said via email that “most boards make recommendations to us when making appointments and sometimes we have different nominations that we would like to see for those same positions.”

Morgan said he nominated the persons because he “felt they would best benefit the board.”

“We get a list of applications and some folks we may know personally and others we can only go off the application,” he added. “It’s not taking anything away from those original nominations, I applaud anyone who is willing to put in an application and serve on a board. We need more people to put applications in for our various boards.”

Commissioner Mike Barbee made the motion to approve the nominations made by Morgan, who seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.

The commissioners also approved Cynthia Fish, David Dulin and Brenda Farmer to terms until 2021 for the Board of Adjustments and appointed Billy Lee as an alternate.

Those appointments differed slightly from the recommendations submitted by Sandy. Those recommendations had Lee, Fish and Dulin as board members and Farmer as an alternate.

The commissioners also approved two new members for the Transportation Advisory Board: Garry Lewis from the general public and City of Locust Town Administrator Cesar Correa. The Transportation Board still has two vacancies; one has to come from the Norwood / South Stanly area. The other will be whomever is hired as the next director of the Rocky River Rural Planning Organization.
In other business, the board:

  • Presented a retirement award to Kim Faulkner, whom retired from her position with SCUSA Transportation;
  • Approved a resolution similar to one passed by the Stanly County Board of Education in support of more local control of the annual school calendar;
  • Tentatively set Feb. 15 as the date and the Stanly County Airport as the meeting place for the commissioners’ annual retreat while also approving the use of a facilitator for the meeting (the facilitator’s pay was already approved as a budget item, according to county manager Andy Lucas);
  • Approved the 2019-2020 county budget calendar setting the timeline for the preparation of next year’s budget;
  • Heard a report from Stanly Convention and Visitors Bureau director Chris Lambert on the status of recent tourism events;
  • Approved efforts by the county’s Health Department to obtain state funds for a Healthy Beginnings Grant for a new minority infant mortality reduction program;
  • Passed a resolution to add a goal to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ legislative goals to advocate for more grant and low interest loans for water and sewer infrastructure.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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