By RICK CURL
Of The Record Staff
It was a busy night for the Angier Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting Tuesday night. Not only did they honor a longtime employee, they also welcomed a pair of new members and bid farewell to the men they replaced.
Taking their oaths of office were Michael Hill and Loru Hawley. The political newcomers claimed victories over incumbents Alvis McKoy and Jerry Hockaday during a close November municipal election.
Mr. Hill comes to the board filling the Ward 3 seat and he immediately made an impact nominating Commissioner Craig Honeycutt for the mayor pro tem spot.
Mrs. Hawley, Ward 1, who became the first woman to serve on the Angier Board of Commissioners in a decade, seconded the nomination. Mr. Honeycutt was chosen by a unanimous vote.
Ironically, Mr. Honeycutt had nominated his predecessor as Mayor Pro Tem Bob Smith to continue in the role, but the nomination received no second.
Prior to relinquishing their seats on the panel, Mr. McKoy and Mr. Hockaday were honored with a proclamation of appreciation and were given keys to the town.
“I figure I did the best job that I could and if I made somebody mad, I’m sorry, I apologize,” Mr. McKoy said. “But I hope I was right.”
“Thank you and may God bless,” Mr. Hockaday said. “Thank you.”
Also honored was longtime public works technician — and former director — Buck Brooks, who served the town for 29 years. He was honored with a proclamation of appreciation and presented a gift by current public works director Jimmy Cook. “I know you like to go fishing,” Mr. Cook said presenting him with a Yeti cooler. “So we got you something to take along with you.”
Another presentation was made, this one to the board, from the Crepe Myrtle Pavilion Committee. The group presented the town with a check for $39,262.74 for the cost to build the new Depot Stage.
The town had provided the funds up front to pay for the project with the expectation of Tuesday’s check. Money came from donations from business and private sources.
“This strong committee, in less than three months, raised a tremendous amount of money,” committee member and Town Manager Coley Price said. “So, now it’s time to thank the mayor and the board and give back to the Town of Angier for making this happen.”
In other business, the board approved an annexation petition for a tract of land at the end of Wilma Street. They also approved a rezoning request for the same property changing it from R-10 to R-6.
• Set a date of Jan. 8, 2018, the next scheduled commissioners meeting, for a public hearing regarding an annexation request for a tract of land located on Rawls Church Road.
• Appointed Andrew Rubley, Jonathan Bridges and Junior Price to the planning board.
• Appointed Tom Taylor and Phillip Allen to the Angier ABC Board.
Daily Record Photos/Tom Woerner and Rick Curl – Above right, new Ward 3 Commissioner Mike Hill is joined by his daughter-in-law Johnna Hill and son Jay Hill as Harnett County District Court Judge Caron Stewart administers the Oath of Office. Above left, Loru Hawley became the first woman to serve on the Angier Board of Commissioners in nearly a decade after taking the oath of office Tuesday night. Mrs. Hawley was joined by her daughter, Hunter Ashley, son, Joshua Curtis, and husband, Brian Hawley. Below, Angier Mayor Lew Weatherspoon reads a proclamation of appreciation to retiring town employee Buck Brooks. Mr. Brooks served the town for 29 years.
Left, outgoing Angier Board of Commissioners member Alvis McKoy, left, listens as Mayor Lew Weatherspoon reads a proclamation of appreciation for his service to the community. In the last 34 years, the Angier Board has been without an African-America representative once, from 1998-2003. It is without one now. Center, outgoing Angier Commissioner Jerry Hockaday, left, shakes hands with Town Manager Coley Price before receiving the key to the town. Right, Commissioner Craig Honeycutt is sworn in as mayor pro tem.