There is a new TV show coming out this year that will make the “Jersey Shore” look like the “Partridge Family.”
Here is the pitch: Just when you think it couldn’t get any worst, last month, Commissioner Erin Kirkpatrick once again turned the Waxhaw Board of Commissioners meeting into a spectacle, playing the martyr card when confronted with the fact that her brother was listed as the “Lead Interior Designer” on a multi-million dollar proposal the town is to undertake. Tears flowed, accusations flew, and the latest edition of the ‘Erin Kirkpatrick Show’ ended with police intervention, as do most episodes.
Then, this New Year ushers in a new season of the show. Upon the resignation of one of the key performers (played by former Commissioner Brian Haug), the board was tasked with appointing a replacement. N.C. law is very clear that ‘the Board shall appoint a replacement’, however, the statute does not give a time table for doing so.
So, in another twist, our star player offers (once again) her resume and ‘expertise’ on this issue and suggests that they do not fill the seat!
“What does that mean!?!?” you ask? Well, it’s simple. Now what you would have is a four-member Board of Commissioners. In the likely event of a tie vote on any issue, the final say so goes to the mayor.
Don’t touch that dial.
Surely, there is a more sensible solution. With much fanfare and emotion, Commissioner Diller supports the notion. Rather than fulfill his obligation (as outlined in state law) he sides with our star and hides behind the loophole that the statute gives no timetable for board appointments.
Of course, this decision splits the remaining board members two/two.
Who has the deciding vote on the matter?
That’s right, folks, the mayor gets to vote that she is to become the final say in most decisions that affect this town.
Be sure to tune in next month for another shocking episode of the “Erin Kirkpatrick Show.”
What happens next? Who knows, but it couldn’t get worse, or could it?