The City of Pinehurst will hold its municipal election on Saturday, May 2, like the other municipalities in the county. The City Council met in Pinehurst Tuesday night and ordered the municipal election for May.
Technically, there will be two elections held that day, a general election and a special election. The reason for the special election is to fill an unexpired term on the City Council. Dan Mohon was appointed mayor to replace Pete Runnels who retired last year. Dr. Michael Shahan was appointed to fill Mohon’s position on the council. It still has one year remaining, thus the special election. The mayor’s position and the at-large seats on the council of Cynthia Adams and John Zerko will also be on the ballot.
Mohon affirmed that he will be running for a full-term as the Mayor of Pinehurst. “We’ve got a good council I hope everyone here will consider running for the council. I intend to file my application for mayor,” Mohon commented.
Adams and Shahan both indicate they are considering whether to run for another two years on the City Council. Longtime council member John Zerko (below) who broke his hip last year said he believes it is time to retire from city government. “I may not run this time, I will consider everything as a whole, and then see if I can be of help to them. So, I may not run any more for next time, we’ll check, and see how it comes out,” Zerko stated.
Filing to be on the ballot began Wednesday, January 15. Candidates will need to file with City Secretary Debbie Cormier at the Pinehurst City Hall.
Another election received some attention from the City Council. The Pinehurst Volunteer Fire Department elected its officers for the next year. Shon Branham was re-elected as the fire chief and Jayson Wells was elected the assistant fire chief. David Wagstaff and Mike Wiley were elected as captains. The four were given their oaths of office by City Attorney Tommy Gunn during Tuesday’s meeting.
The curfew ordinance for minors in the city was approved for another three years. The ordinance which originated in 2001 has been successful in Pinehurst for curbing juvenile delinquency according to Police Chief Fred Hanauer.
The annual audit of the city was presented by Keri Michutka. It was an unmodified or clean audit with no unusual circumstances. Michutka said Pinehurst has a good fund balance to operate the city.
As it has for the last several years the City Council approved joining a coalition of other entities with an Austin based law firm. The coalition monitors and frequently blocks rate increase requests from Entergy Texas with the Public Utility Commission in Texas.