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Pikeville mayor resigns

By Sam Atkins
Published in News on May 4, 2004 1:59 PM

PIKEVILLE -- Mayor Tony Medlin resigned from his position during the town's monthly board meeting on Monday.

Town Clerk Kathie Fields said Medlin opened the meeting and then an-nounced his resignation. The board voted unanimously to accept his resignation. Commissioner Herb Sieger, who is also mayor pro tem, presided over the rest of the meeting.

Ms. Fields said Medlin's business, Accurate Appraisal Service in Pikeville, is growing, and he plans to move to New Bern within the next two to three weeks depending on the sale of his home.

Tony Medlin


The board has the right to vote in any registered voter to fill the mayor's position. If the board decides to elect Sieger, than he will have to resign as a commissioner, and the board will then need to vote for someone to fill his commissioner seat.

Ms. Fields is finding out how long the board has to vote on the mayor position. Medlin has been mayor since 1997.

Sewer resolution

The board adopted a resolution accepting the $3 million grant from the N.C. Environmental Management Commission to build a new sewer plant. The board learned in February that the construction of its sewer plant should begin by this summer.

Tyndall Lewis of McDavid Associates, the town's engineer, recommended that the plant's capacity be expanded from 99,000 to 140,000 gallons per day. He submitted the revised construction plans to the state, which were approved in October.

The town should begin receiving bids in July or August, according to Town Manager Lonnie Graves. Construction should begin soon after a bid is accepted, and the completion date would be a year later.

The N.C. Environmental Management Commission approved the $3 million grant for Pikeville in 2001. It also agreed to give the town a $150,000 low-interest loan for the project.

The grant will help build a new sewage treatment plant, upgrade the older pipes, refurbish the old water tower and increase the size of the town's waste spray field.