Over four decades of service to the City of Pinehurst could be coming to an end in the next couple of months. John Zerko has been on the City Council in Pinehurst through bad times and good times for almost twenty years.
The most recent City Council meeting featured a PowerPoint presentation of houses in Pinehurst in violation of code enforcement ordinances. Zerko said he started serving his city before Pinehurst even had building codes for the properties there.
In 1979 he was asked to serve on the committee to create the building codes for the city. That was his first experience in civic government. “Today, everything is just beautiful and especially clean in the city,” Zerko recalled.
The bad times include tropical storms Rita, Ike, Harvey, and Imelda. Zerko reminded that Pinehurst has bounced back from those disasters and is better now. Zerko himself had a tough time late last year when he fell and broke a hip which now has him contemplating not running for another term on the City Council.
Zerko is grateful for the opportunity to have been able to serve Pinehurst for so many years. “I’ve really enjoyed everything, and I plan to make a special announcement about my term and these 18 years, I’m just so thankful,” Zerko concluded. He has served on the Pinehurst City Council since 2002.