Input sought for advisory committee

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Residential advisory boards will be organized to serve in advisory capacity on problem housing and beautification issues, and police, public works, and recreation and parks department operations in Mount Olive.

Mayor Ken Talton took the wraps off his plans in making the announcement at last week’s monthly town board meeting.

Town Commissioner Vicky Darden will head up an advisory committee on problem housing.

A beautification issues committee will be led by Commissioner Barbara Kornegay.

Commissioner Dennis Draper will organize a committee to work with the parks and recreation department.

And Commissioners Harlie Carmichael and Steve Wiggins will lead a public works advisory committee.

Persons interested in serving on the committees are asked to contact administrative assistant Sherry Davis at town hall, 919-658-9539, ext. 1 on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Talton wants the advisory committees to involve four to five Mount Olive residents, each.

He called it an excellent opportunity for healthy communication on town functions.

Advisory committees in the past have not involved residents, but had only a town commissioner assigned to serve as liaison to a specific department.

“My hopes are that the public will take interest in wanting to serve on these boards,” Talton said.

“I applaud Mayor Talton for this new set up. It is a great idea and allows for citizen involvement. That is what it’s all about,” said Town Manager Charles Brown.

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