The City of Pinehurst was able to cancel its municipal election this month because there were three incumbent candidates with no contested races. Tuesday two members of the Pinehurst City Council received their oaths of office.
Dan Mohon and Sarah McClendon will continue to serve on the council after their swearing in Tuesday by City Attorney Tommy Gunn. T. W. Permenter was unable to attend the meeting and his swearing in will be done at a later date.
The first action by the City Council was to keep Mohon as the Mayor Pro-Tem. Cynthia Adams and McClendon agreed to serve on the Police Negotiation Team. McClendon will likewise work with the committee organizing the annual Labor Day Picnic in Pinehurst.
City Administrator Robbie Hood spoke to the City Council about budget preparations for this fiscal year. Hood wants more input from the whole council as oppose to just a couple of members as in previous years working with Hood and City Secretary Debbie Cormier to prepare the budget.
Pending legislation in Austin has Hood concerned about the ability of cities like Pinehurst to raise property taxes to maintain city services and still have a balanced budget. “This year I would like to have full council participation in the budget process so Debbie and I are not trying to make those tough decisions, and we would sure like to have more input because there might be some tough decisions come down the road depending on what happens at the state level,” Hood advised.
After much discussion a request for placing a manufactured home on vacant property at 3428 Pelican Street was unanimously approved by the City Council. Code Enforcement Officer Harry Vine recommended approving the request with the stipulation that brick skirting be placed along the base of the manufactured home.
The City Council approved a proclamation declaring May as the National Military Appreciation Month. Lanie Brown the regional director of community relations for Congressman Dr. Brian Babin read a statement from Babin thanking all those that serve their country in uniform. Special recognition was given to Jerry Hood the brother of City Administrator Robbie Hood who served in the Air Force and Pinehurst Fire Chief Shon Branham who also served in the military.