Town coun­cil holds re­or­ga­ni­za­tion meet­ing

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­

CENTREVILLE — Af­ter the reg­u­lar Centreville Town Coun­cil meet­ing on Thurs­day, April 28, the town held its re­or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing and elected Coun­cil­man Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler as pres­i­dent for the up­com­ing year in a unan­i­mous vote. Coun­cil­man Tim McCluskey, for­mer town pres­i­dent, was unan­i­mously elected as vice pres­i­dent. The coun­cil also voted to ap­prove the re­elec­tion of Coun­cil­man Jim Beauchamp.

The Centreville town elec­tion was can­celed due be­cause only Beauchamp filed to run. Beauchamp took his oath to of­fice on April 11.

“There have been is­sues where we haven’t agreed and we have voted dif­fer­ently in that, but there is no doubt in my mind for each and ev­ery one of us we take what we do very, very se­ri­ously,” Sigler said. “We’re all cit­i­zens of the town. We all pay taxes in this town, and we want to do things right go­ing out the gate.”

Sigler said each coun­cil­man wants to do the “right thing” and have dif­fer­ent ways of get­ting there but has en­joyed the work, as well as the process of work, the group has done over the years to­gether on the coun­cil. Sigler said hard choices have been made af­ter cans had been kicked down the road, “and we can’t kick them any fur­ther.”

McCluskey said this coun­cil “has been a coun­cil that acts,” work­ing on the town’s in­fra­struc­ture as an ex­am­ple he said. He said the town looks as good as it has in a long time, “from the trees down to the roads down to ever ything.”

McCluskey said one thing the coun­cil pres­i­dent gets to do is swear in vol­un­teers, which he said was al­ways an en­joy­able part of his job as he got to ad­min­is­ter the oath of of­fice.

“I just think that the vol­un­teers re­ally make up a big por­tion of what we can get done here in town,” he said. “It’s re­ally a great thing to see some­body be will­ing to raise their hand, take time away from their fam­ily, come in and vol­un­teer ... I think that’s re­ally great.”

Though the work can be chal­leng­ing and the town has to take “some heat” some­times, McCluskey said, it’s a “plea­sure to work with peo­ple who en­joy the work that they are do­ing.”

The coun­cil also ap­pointed Sharon Van Em­burgh for the up­com­ing year as the town’s at­tor­ney. Martha Dar­ling Sparks was ap­pointed fi­nance of­fi­cer for the 2016-2017 year.

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