Todd Clark has been hired as the new town manager for Maiden.
The announcement was made this morning, after the Town Council went into closed session Monday evening.
“He had a really good interview,” said interim Town Manager Kevin Sanders. “According to his references I understand he is very much motivated and will help us take care of things that need to be done.”
Clark is currently the manager of the town of Catawba. He will take his position in Maiden April 14.
The jobâ€™s starting salary is $49,500.
In other business during Mondayâ€™s meeting, council members discussed the closing of the townâ€™s water plant.
The board discussed three options â€” to breach it, repair it or sell the property.
The water plant is non-functional since the town switched over to Hickory water in July of last year.
Council members decided to try and sell the property. The reservoir is approximately 14 acres and the whole area is 32 acres. There is also an additional 14 acres on the other side of the road.
The town has until May 1 to decide if it wants to breach the dam or repair it if the property cannot be sold.
The alternative of breaching the dam will cost approximately $153,000. A new stream bed will be placed where the reservoir is now. Once the project is completed, there will be additional costs for the grounds and building maintenance.
The option of repairing the reservoir will cost $235,700 and would also include the possibility of having a park.
Funding may be able to be applied for from a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for a 50/50 matching grant in order to build walking trails, picnic areas, restrooms, meeting rooms and parking areas.
Planning Director Anthony Starr liked the option of the town having a park.
“A park would be good for economic development,” he said. “It would be a nice amenity to draw people into the area.”
Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Spiva however did not agree with Starr.
“It is out of town, there are no sidewalks, itâ€™s just not a good area for a park,” he said.
In other business, the town council:
Received recognition from ElectriCities for helping Kinston restore their power after Hurricane Isabel
Voted to raise the threshold for capital items for the townâ€™s equipment, buildings and land from $1,000 to $5,000
Gave permission for Planning Director, Anthony Starr to go ahead with a proposed pedestrian plan dealing with issues such as adequate sidewalks, safety and new development
Decided to keep Lowdermilk Church and Co., as auditors for the town
Requested Public Works Director, Eddie Faulkner to find costs of having a cemetery niche that would hold 24 and 48 urns
Voted to surplus two pressure tanks in the Kings Grant Subdivision therefore allowing the property to sell
Formed a Project Oversight Group for the wastewater treatment plant where Spiva, council member George McClellan, Mayor Zane Hudson, Faulkner and Mike Lingerfelt, wastewater treatment plant superintendent will serve on it by Amy Wadsworth