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Calabash commissioners approve advertising for new administrator

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

CALABASH—Town commissioners on Tuesday night approved placing an ad for a new town administrator.

The position has been vacant since town administrator Donna Prince was fired by commissioners on Feb. 20.

Kelley Southward has been serving as interim town clerk.

The ad will be placed for a period of four to six weeks in various publications.

Town commissioners also approved having pre-agenda meetings prior to their regular meetings.

The workshops will take place at 5 p.m. on first Thursdays of the month, preceding the monthly meetings on second Tuesdays.

Town commissioner Cecelia Herman initiated the idea, noting many municipalities have them, “which should help our regular meeting.”

She said the workshops should not last more than two hours.

“If they were set, they would not have to be special meetings every time we need to have a meeting,” she said. “Before or after, we had to call [meetings]. It’s really like an agenda workshop.”

The pre-meeting session will give commissioners a chance to set the agenda for the following week’s meeting “and various other issues that may arise,” Herman said.

Commissioners also approved a motion allowing a town committee to enter into a discussion with the county about a town-county building services agreement.

“There are a number of issues to be worked out in the agreement,” Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said. “We just need to authorize people to work with the county on that agreement, then bring it before the board.”

The committee’s discussion with the county will focus on “possible terms regarding aiding the inspection department of the town of Calabash with overflow inspections,” Herman said.

Commissioners also approved authorizing town employee Jim McCartney to investigate the purchase options of a 4-wheel-drive SUV, not to exceed $25,000.

Commissioner Forrest King, who oversees finances for the town, said some money had already been budgeted, and the town has recently lost a truck.

Subsequently, town employees have been using diesel-fuel-powered vehicles that are more expensive to drive, he said.

Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at llewis@brunswickbeacon.com