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CAROLINA SHORES — Residents are continuing to speak out on behalf of a town recycling center employee now that Waste Industries has offered to provide an employee of its own.
Resident Joseph Franklin, speaking during public comment at the Feb. 6 town board of commissioners meeting, said it was an insult for recycling center employee Jerry Franklin to learn in the newspaper about the offer the town board is considering.
Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough responded town officials have not said they are going to fire Jerry Franklin.
“We as a board are looking at options as to what we can do with the recycling center and possibly save the town money,” Goodenough said.
“We have not said we are going to fire Mr. Franklin — any of us,” Goodenough said. “I have been adamant about that, and Mr. Franklin is not going to be terminated.”
It is a personnel matter that is being handled by the town board, Goodenough added.
“The board has done its due diligence,” he said.
Goodenough said if Jerry Franklin wishes to address the board or question a reprimand against him, there are ways to go about it.
“He just comes to town hall here … He has not done so,” Goodenough said.
Franklin is doing what he’s supposed to be doing, so the board is happy, he added.
“If this continues to be an issue, then the board will go into a meeting and we will ask Mr. Franklin to join us and see if we can rectify the issues and the problems,” he said. “This is a long way from anybody being fired.”
If Franklin refuses to do what his job description entitles him to do, “well, then, it’s a problem,” he said.
Residents Kathleen Ball, Rich Rosa, Teresa Stemarie, Mark Clements, Ellen Ennis also spoke in defense of Jerry Franklin.
Clements urged the board to “carefully consider facts before you take any action to move or replace Mr. Franklin.”
Goodenough reiterated it’s a personnel issue that can’t be addressed in an open forum.
Town attorney search
Town commissioners also approved contacting four sitting town attorneys in the county to see if any of them are interested in serving Carolina Shores.
Town attorney Holt Moore has resigned to start a fulltime job effective March 1.
It was also announced designation of Carolina Shores has once again been approved for designation as a Tree City for 2014.
Town commissioner John Russo said Arbor Day, traditionally observed by the town, is March 15.
On a consent agenda, the board also approved annual appointments of board liaisons, including Goodenough to the Calabash Fire Department; town commissioner Joseph Przywara to the town planning board; Russo as emergency management director and town commissioner John Manning for Calabash EMS and as representative to the Cape Fear Council of Governments.
The board also approved guidelines for the human resources committee appointing town commissioners Greg Davis and Bill Brennan to serve on that committee.
Town administrator search
The board also met in an all-day session Monday, Feb. 10, to interview candidates for the town’s vacant town administrator position.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email email@example.com.