Mount Gilead Town Commissioners met last night (Dec. 10). It was the regular monthly meeting, and it marked the return of Mayor Earl Poplin, who had served four two-year terms as mayor before retiring in 2011, then ran again this year and unseated Mayor Patty Almond, who served one year in the position.
Mount Gilead, N.C. citizens listen to remarks from Mayor Earl Poplin (standing) at the Dec. 10, 2013, meeting of Town Commissioners. (Johnny Almond photo)
The board took up a relatively light agenda, and Poplin took the opportunity to express a commitment to the town.
“I want you to know I consider it an honor to serve as your mayor again,” Poplin said. “I promise you I’ll do my best to serve with dignity and never be a source of embarrassment to you.”
Poplin also thanked some who supported his campaign and others who do volunteer work in the community.
In the public forum portion of last night’s meeting, former Mayor Almond expressed her frustration that easement agreements previously obtained for the N. Main St. sidewalk project cannot be located now. She urged commissioners to consider the safety of those affected by the project.
“I really think, of all the projects we’re doing, we need to provide for the safety of our citizens first,” said Almond.
Easement documents are necessary to move forward with construction of the sidewalk from the N. Main St. railroad bridge to Parkertown Rd. A source familiar with the situation told WMTG that the easements are part of the early paperwork on the project and have likely been missing for several years, and they could be replaced at this point, if they are not located.
WMTG will report more from the Mount Gilead Town Commissioners meeting in local updates tomorrow, and a complete rebroadcast of the meeting can be heard tonight (Dec. 11) at 9 p.m.