Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Elected Mayor of Southern Shores

Town Council said goodbye to Dan Shields and David Sanders. To both of you, thanks for your assistance over the past two years! The Council welcomed back Jodi Hess and introduced new members Kevin Stroud and Jim Pfizenmayer. Best wishes from the Home Builders and Realtors Associations as we look forward to working with you in the future! Congrats to Brian McDonald for being elected Mayor Pro Tem!
The new Council spent a lot of time reviewing the Town’s commercial solid waste and ocean rescue contracts in an effort to address budgeting concerns. They took no action on either contracts and they will be discussed again in January.
As an aside, the Vegetation Committee is in the process of tweaking a draft Tree and Vegetation Preservation and Planting Ordinance that was recently presented to the Planning Board. Although similar to an ordinance adopted earlier this year by the Town of Duck, the draft requires a minimum canopy or vegetative coverage of 10%. Since the Council members are very concerned about the budget and taxpayer dollars expenditures, we have to ask what the cost versus the benefit of this proposed ordinance will be.

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