ST. PAULS — The recent death of St. Pauls Commissioner Sam McAllister was evident by an empty chair inside the town office on Thursday.
McAllister was in the middle of his third consecutive term when he died on Aug. 5. The 81-year-old’s fellow commissioners have been saddled with finding his replacement.
Since the next municipal election is less than three months away, the board is required by North Carolina’s general statute to select a person to carry out the remaining two years of McAllister’s term.
During the meeting, Town Manager J.R. Stiegerwald shared a draft of an application with the commissioners. The form is expected to be approved during the next work session.
“This is new territory …,” Stiegerwald said. “I had hoped to finish my career without doing this.”
McAllister represented District 2, which encompasses the area between East Broad and Chapel streets in St. Pauls’ northeast quadrant. Stiegerwald was worried that many residents might not realize they’re part of the district.
“I don’t know if the general, everyday person would know if they live in the district or not,” he said.
Residents can also call the town office at 910-865-5164 to find out what district they live in.
During the public comment period, Jimmy Robinson urged residents to apply for the vacant seat.
“We need somebody who is going to be aggressive and who is going to work for the people of that community to try and improve that community,” he said.
In other business, the commissioners:
— Authorized Catrina McKinnon to operate an ice cream truck within the town limits, pending a security check.
— Gave Roland Harris permission to use Everatte Park for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in September contingent on proof of insurance .
— Authorized the sale of two parcels of land, one on West Broad Street and the other on East Chapel Street.
— Recognized Town Clerk Kay Davis for the extra hours she’s put in over the past six weeks.
Jaymie Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5771 or on Twitter @Jaymie_Baxley