Title: Council Member
Municipality: Town of La Grange
Position Interested In: At-Large - Elected Official
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
Inspired by the Obama Campaign for Presidency in 2008 I decided that I was going to make a difference in my community. We started the Young Democrats of Lenoir County and I was elected President. We performed voter registration drives, phone banked and knocked on doors to get out the vote. I've always sought out ways that I can better serve my community and I feel that I have a lot to contribute to the League.
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
We approved an ordinance to extend the towns corporate limits annexing properties the town already owned, we voted to approve the fiscal year 20-21 Audit & Financial Statement, we approved a resolution for the conveyance of real property, and we approved the use of $10,280,000 in State Funds for Water, Sewer, and Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion. We also debated the Purchase of replacement of and/or additional Christmas Decorations for the town streets.
Our next town council meeting was held on January 10th at 6pm. We approved the free use of the community center by the La Grange VIP Club to hold meetings. The La Grange VIP club is a group for visually impaired people. We approved the State ARP Funding request earmarked for the water and sewer projects, The FY21-22 budget had to be amended to create Fund 86 for the State ARP funds, so that ordinance was approved. We first discussed the purchase of additional Christmas decorations at the Dec. 6th meeting. Town Manager Jon Craft presented us with a deal where we could get additional Christmas decorations for 33% off at a cost of approximately $19,884. The town council voted unanimously to purchase those additional Christmas decorations. We also approved a resolution approving the 2022 La Grange Fire Department slate of officers.
The town council met again on February 7th at 6pm. We had a public hearing in regard to the proposed Chapter 38 zoning ordinance text amendments. The town was required to update the Zoning Ordinance to comply with the North Carolina General Statue 160D which standardizes many Zoning Ordinances across the state and eliminates conditional uses there was also in the text amendment a change to permitted uses in AR (agricultural-residential) to include non-solar renewable energy production facilities and increases the heights of structures allowed in AR, LI (Light Industrial) and HI (Heavy Industrial) districts. Upon closing of the public hearing the Chapter 38 Zoning – Text Amendments was passed unanimously. Also we approved an Ordinances Amending the FY21-22 Budget Ordinance FEMA/AFG Grant.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I served on the Lenoir County Health Board for two terms. I was elected Vice Chair of the Lenoir County Health Board during my second term. I served as the North Carolina Democratic Party Platform and Resolutions Chair as well as the Lenoir County Democratic Party 3rd Vice Chair.
I served as 1st Vice President of the La Grange Branch NAACP. The members of the La Grange Branch NAACP then elected me President of the La Grange Branch NAACP. I currently serve as Junior Warden of Cedar Grove Lodge #202. I am a member of the La Grange Chamber of Commerce and I am a member of the La Grange Frink Alumni & Friends Association.
I graduated from the University of Mount Olive in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Organizational Development.
I am a dedicated father to Dianthony , AJ, Harrison, Darius, Madison and Mackenzie and a devoted husband to Jamecia Hall.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
It would be an honor and privilege to serve as At-Large Elected Official.