FROM STAFF REPORTS
Chris Carney officially took office as the mayor of Mooresville on Monday evening.
Carney, who defeated Commissioner Bobby Compton in the November election, was sworn in by Resident Superior Court Judge Joseph Crosswhite during Monday evening’s Town Board of Commissioners Meeting.
“The turnout at last night’s meeting was both humbling and exciting,” Carney said on Tuesday. “So many people remarked about the positive energy in the room. It definitely felt like it’s a new day in Mooresville.”
The mayor said his priority for the next 30 days and beyond) is to begin repairing relationships and earning back the trust of Mooresville residents and the business community.
“A critical first step in doing this will be hiring a new town manager who is citizen focused and has a customer-service mentality,” Carney explained. “At the same time, the Board will also need to work with Town staff to align planning documents with the true direction Mooresville needs to be moving.”
Commissioner Lisa Qualls presided over the beginning of Monday’s meeting, which she called “a celebration.”
The ceremony was attended by numerous elected officials, including Rep. Grey Mills, Reo. Jason Saine, Iredell County Commissioner Gene Houpe, and Mooresville Graded School District Board members Kerry Pennell, Debbie Marsh and Rakeem Brawley. Troutman Town Manager Ron Wyatt was also in attendance.
New commissioners Eddie Karriker and Will Aven were also sworn in, along with returning Commissioner Eddie Dingler.
In its first official act, the board selected Dingler to serve as mayor tem.
In other business:
♦ The town board and staff honored Barbara Johnson, who is retiring from the Parks & Recreation Department, for 26 years of service to the town.
♦ The board approved the purchase of Motorola radio and communications equipment and services to be used by the Mooresville Police Department and Mooresville Fire-Rescue Department in the amount of $1,619,099.20
♦ Commissioners awarded a construction contract for the renovations to the Public Operations Building to G.L. Wilson Building Co. for an amount not to exceed $1,913,900 and a fund balance appropriation in the amount of $2,463,900 to complete the project, including all furnishings and equipment.
♦ The approved a request from Richard Meremonte to rezone a 1.09-acre site as 584 Williamson Road from Corridor Mixed Use to Residential Limited Service.