November 23, 2013
MAXTON — The Maxton Board of Commissioners tabled action this week on appointing someone to replace Timothy McMillan on that board.
“We haven’t discussed it.” Mayor Sallie McLean said in reference to making an appointment. “This is a board decision, not a mayor’s decision.”
McLean did read McMillan’s resignation letter to the board. The letter, dated Oct. 24 and effective immediately, said that the commissioner was giving up his seat because “professional and other demands” were preventing him from putting in the necessary time and effort to serve on the board.
McMillan, who was elected in 2011 to a four-year term on the five-member board, has reportedly moved from Maxton to Laurinburg. Attempts by The Robesonian to reach him on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
McLean said there was no time limit set for filling the seat.
The municipal elections were held on Nov. 5. During those elections, voters ousted incumbent Victor Womack Sr. and elected newcomer Margaret Wilkerson Gilchrist and former Commissioner Emmett “Chip” Morton. Commissioner James McDougald did not seek re-election to the board.
McLean said that the new board members will be sworn-in at the board’s next regular meeting on Dec. 17.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the board also tabled action on the proposed lease agreement with the Public Schools of Robeson County for the old Townsend Middle School gym.
“Our attorney wants to review some of the wording,” McLean said. “We are waiting for him to bring the lease back to us at our December meeting.”
McLean said that she believes that the lease will be acceptable to Maxton officials when complete. Maxton plans to use the gym as a community center to provide activities for both Maxton’s young and elderly residents.
“We’re very optimistic about it,” the mayor said. “We see this as a win-win for both the county and Maxton.”
In August , the board approved a non-binding three-year contract with the school system for the use of the gym, a facility the town has actively sought for about two years. At that time, Nick Sojka, the town’s attorney, said the contract contains the conditions that the town assume all operating expenses and that the building will be fully operational within one year of the lease’s signing. He called it a “a bare-bones outline of key terms of the proper lease,” and that the town and the school board will develop a final contract.
In other business, the commissioners approved an updated utility service policy. McLean said this policy “revamps” the town’s existing policy dealing with the payment of water bills.
Bob Shiles works for Civitas Media as a staff writer for The Robesonian.