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With new school post, Somerville-Midgette departs Town Council / August 01, 2018

In a short July 18 business meeting, Clarksville Town Council accepted the resignation of member Kristy Somerville-Midgette effective Tuesday. Somerville-Midgette has accepted the position as superintendent for Brunswick County Public Schools, making her unavailable to serve on Town Council.

“It has been a pleasure serving on Clarksville Town Council and working with such a dedicated group over the past two years,” Somerville-Midgette wrote in her letter of resignation. She was first elected to Council in 2016.

Council members must now approve her replacement but set no deadline for when that will occur. The town ordinance is silent as well on a timeframe. It provides that “vacancies in the office of mayor and on the council shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term from among the qualified voters of the town, by a majority vote of the remaining members of the council.”

Mayor Kevin Allgood cautioned the body against making a hasty decision, saying, “We should take our time and get the best candidate.”

In other business, Town Operations Director Richard Elliott said work is progressing on repairs to the wall surrounding Robbins Park that collapsed, in part, following a storm that brought high winds to the area earlier this summer. As part of the repairs, Elliott said the walls were being reinforced to prevent future such occurrences.

A seven-acre tract on U.S. 15 South near Shiney Rock Road, owned by the Mecklenburg County Community Services Corporation, was rezoned from R-1 to B-1. According to Steve Herman, who heads the committee charged with rewriting the town’s zoning ordinance, the site was already slated for rezoning to B-1 under the new ordinances as all surrounding properties currently are zoned for business. MCCSC is looking to sell the property once the rezoning is completed.

Allen Murray was reappointed to a four-year term on the Clarksville Economic Development Authority, beginning June 4. He currently serves as the vice-chair of that body.

Robert Overstreet was named to the Lake Country Regional Airport Commission to fill the position vacated by Lou Zarelli. Overstreet’s father Jesse was a former mayor of Clarksville and one of the founding members of the Lake Country Regional Airport Commission.

Toby J. Newcomb was named to the Clarksville Board of Zoning Appeals. He takes the seat held by Barbara Martin, who asked not to be reappointed.

Robin Tuck was appointed to the Clarksville Planning Commission. She fills the seat previously held by Nichol Cooper who stepped down after she and her husband Les moved to Buffalo Junction.

Council member Mike Sizemore was re-elected vice-mayor.

Steve Odom received approval from Council to again hold his Hooping It for Jesus 3-on-3 basket tournament and outreach ministry at the town basketball courts on Woodland Drive, Clarksville on Sept. 2. This year’s theme is “Make God Big.”

Odom and members of the Hope Mission have been reaching out to at-risk teens and young adults through this program since 2012.

Town Manager Jeff Jones said demolition work on the Planter’s Warehouse at 610 Virginia Avenue is nearing completion. The front façade of the building, with its arched bays and the original east and west elevations, will remain standing (those portions where the brick is painted white), but the middle and back sections of the building have been torn down.

Jones said project developer Dave McCormack and his team have saved as much of the structural timber from inside as possible for reuse in a newly renovated, 14,000 sq. ft. combined commercial and residential building. McCormack is owner of Waukeshaw Development, Inc., the company responsible for implementing the adaptive reuse of the historic warehous

Once work is completed in 2019, the warehouse will have 27 market rate apartments on its upper floors and about 2,400 square feet of retail/commercial space at street level.

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