Cornelius Commissioners on Monday will discuss how to replace Mayor Jeff Tarte, who steps down next month to become the area’s new state senator. The board is expected to approve a contract with a new economic development consultant, Don Harrow, who would develop strategy, recruit businesses and work with existing businesses. And they’ll vote on a new 3-year contract with Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Rescue.
The meeting begins at 7pm at Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. A pre-meeting at 6pm will continue an ongoing review and update of town ordinances, this week looking at sections governing town officials, boards and town policies as well as business regulations.
The board has canceled its usual 8am agenda review meeting Monday.
PICKING A MAYOR
The board by next month must pick a successor for Mayor Tarte, who was elected Nov. 6 to the 41st state Senate district seat. He’ll head to Raleigh in January, and has said he expects to formally hand over the mayor’s gavel to his successor at the Jan. 7 Town Board meeting.
Three of the five commissioners must agree on the appointment of an interim mayor. By precedent, Commissioner Lynette Rinker is at the top of the list, as the current mayor pro tem and the highest vote-getter in the last election. In theory, the board also could consider another commissioner, or another citizen, such as someone who has served on the board previously.
If commissioners pick one of their own, they’ll need to fill that vacant board seat, though they also could choose to leave that vacant until the next election, in November 2013.
CONTRACTS UP FOR VOTES
Commissioners will be asked to vote on a new three-year fire services agreement with the volunteer fire department, which has been under negotiation over the past couple of months. The new agreement
And they’ll vote on a contract that would pay consultant Don Harrow $5,000 a month as the town’s first economic development consultant. He would work at least 25 hours a week, helping the town plot economic development strategy, recruit new businesses and develop a database and manage relationships with existing businesses.
An outline of his duties also calls for him to create a Small Business/Entrepreneur Resource Center in town, and to help create a Cornelius Economic Development Advisory Council.
Monday night’s agenda also includes a resolution that would begin the process of annexing the Legacy Cornelius apartments under construction off Westmoreland Road, by setting a public hearing on Dec. 17.
WANT TO GO?
Cornelius Town Board meets Monday, Dec. 3, at 7pm, at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. See the agenda on corneliuspublic.novusagenda.com. Also: 6pm “pre-meeting” Town Hall Room 204. (The usual 8am agenda preview is canceled)