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CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is mulling the possibility of a charter change that would evenly split town board elections.
It isn’t something that would happen right away, however, and a referendum would likely be required.
Town commissioners discussed the possibility at their board workshop Monday, July 1.
The idea is to have three board seats up for renewal in one election year for the six-member board, and the other three up for renewal in the next election year two years later, Mayor Walter Goodenough said.
Just two seats of the six-member board are up for election this November: those of town commissioners Joyce Dunn and Greg Davis.
Town administrator Mike Hargett said such a change would involve a two-step process, including a referendum for town voters to decide. He said the board had discussed but hasn’t formally considered such a change.
If it were approved, it would require the mayor to be elected to a two-year term instead of four years in the 2015 election in order to split the seats evenly every two years, town officials said.
During public comment at the workshop, resident Maslin Kain said people in the town expect transparency and an opportunity participate in any changes.
At the town board’s monthly meeting Wednesday, July 3, commissioners approved 4-1 a resolution to authorizing the finance director to solicit bids for the Carolina Shores Drive resurfacing project.
Town commissioner Bill Brennan cast the “nay” vote after questioning whether milling work is necessary for the project.
Town administrator Mike Hargett and town engineer Amie Drucker, who attended the meeting, said milling typically is not done and is not necessary for local roads.
Brennan, however, said he is not convinced it’s not applicable.
Hargett said the scope of the work includes resurfacing the entryway to the golf course clubhouse for an estimated cost of $18,000.
Specifications call for a 2-inch overlay for the entire distance of more than 9,000 linear feet.
Hargett said it’s his understanding the town has a non-exclusive easement over this area. One option would be for the town to agree to absorb the cost of resurfacing in exchange for the golf course conveying the roadway to the town. Another option would consist of the town pursuing “cost participation” by the golf course.
The board also approved an ordinance awarding an engineering services contract to Norris & Tunstall to do stormwater engineering work for two problem streets in the town.
The work will address problems at Nautical and Clubview lanes in the Village at Calabash for a lump-sum fee of $17,900, which includes $5,750 in survey costs.
The scope of the work, Hargett said, includes design work on road resurfacing of Clubview as well as offering solutions to drainage issues on Nautical Lane.
The study will also include assessment of a culvert at Thrush Court and swales along Clubview at the Village clubhouse.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email email@example.com.