Womack rejoins Maxton board

By Jaymie Baxley

January 22, 2014

MAXTON — Victor Womack was reappointed to the Maxton Board of Commissioners on Tuesday in a split vote.

Womack, who lost his bid for a second term as commissioner during the Nov. 5 municipal elections, was selected when Mayor Sallie McLean broke a tie vote. He will fill a seat left vacant by Timothy McMillan, who resigned from the commission last year after moving to Laurinburg.

Womack and former Maxton Police Chief Paul McDowell were nominated by the board.

Commissioners Emmett “Chip” Morton and Margaret Gilchrist, who both defeated Womack in the election, voted to reappoint him to the board, while Commissioners Mark McEachin and Cynthia Johnson supported McDowell.

Since there was a deadlock, McLean voted to break the tie.

“I feel like both nominees would make excellent commissioners,” McLean said, adding that she believed the most fair decision would be to reappoint Womack since he garnered the third highest number of votes during the election.

Following McLean’s vote, Womack was sworn in and took his seat at the end of the Board of Commissioners’ table as about 20 department heads and residents applauded.

“I want to thank my colleagues and especially the mayor for being fair and impartial, and for doing the right thing,” Womack said.

In other business, the commissioners:

— Appointed Nathaniel Malloy to the ABC Board; appointed Annie Hicks-Hager, Vivian Morrison and Aggie Deese to the Library Board; and appointed Daralee Wiggins to the Zoning Board.

— Received an audit from Katrina Vincent, general manager of the town’s ABC store. Vincent told commissioners that the store’s performance has been hindered by the reopening of the ABC location in Pembroke.

“I’m doing everything I can to keep the store open,” Vincent said, adding that she had been forced to cut employees’ hours to compensate for lost revenue.

— Adopted an ordinance to keep solid waste generated in town from leaving the county to go to another landfill. The county has asked municipalities to adopt the ordinance because the county is losing tipping fees when some private companies haul waste outside the county.

Jayme Baxley works for Civitas Media as a staff writer for The Robesonian.