Last updated: January 20. 2014 3:31PM - 817 Views
By Emily M. Hobbs ebrown@civitasmedia.com



Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentNewton Grove Mayor Barbara Burch says that the town board is looking forward to welcoming someone who is ready and willing to work with the community.
Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentNewton Grove Mayor Barbara Burch says that the town board is looking forward to welcoming someone who is ready and willing to work with the community.
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Since Mayor Barbara Burch has taken over the top post for the town of Newton Grove, the board has been seeking to fill her vacant commissioner’s seat as soon as possible.


“We are asking anyone interested to please call in to the town hall,” said the mayor, who has served as a commissioner since 2003.


The board, Burch said, wants to have the position filled before the next board meeting, slated for Feb. 10. Members, she pointed out, would choose the next commissioner from a list of names of those interested in filling the vacated position


So far, the mayor said, there are no names, but she is hoping that will change quickly.


The new commissioner will complete Burch’s term on the board, set to end in 2015, and will serve as the water commissioner.


“We reorganized the board,” at the last meeting, Burch said Monday.


Whoever fills Burch’s unexpired term would have to seek election to a full four-year term after 2015.


“They will have to go through the election process,” said Mayor Burch, stressing that getting the vacant seat filled as soon as feasible is a top priority for the town and the board.


“We are a fun group to work with,” she added.


In a new commissioner, community-mindedness, the mayor said, would be key.


“The board is looking for someone interested in the community,” she stated. “Someone with thoughts on how to better serve our citizens and willing to work with us.” Mayor Burch has continually shown interest in growing the community.


To qualify to be a commissioner in the town of Newton Grove, the applicant must be a registered voter living within the corporate limits. To find out more information about the vacancy, those interested are asked to contact the town of Newton Grove at 910-594-0827.


Burch also pointed out, as an aside, that the board meetings have been now moved to the second Monday of the month, from the second Tuesday, to better accommodate the work schedule of one of the board members.


Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at ebrown@civitasmedia.com


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