From Mayor Bob Scott, Vice-Chair of the Association
By now, you are probably aware that mayors from around the state have come togheter to create an association open to all of the state mayors to further the interests of our cities and towns, and to serve as a platform for all to learn from one another. One asset we will have is to work with new mayors and to mentor them if they need advice or information.
The Association has approved its by laws and a constituency agreement with the NCLM, and in so organizing as an affiliate, we have positioned the group to be an effective force moving forward. There is an 11-member Board of Directors. The Chairman of the group is Vivian Jones, Mayor of Wake Forest, and I serve as the Vice-Chair.
We currently have about 50 members and a dues structure. Costs are minimal as we have a promotional rate until October 31. For populations up to 1,000 residents, the fee is $75, population of 1001 to 5,000 is $150, and population of 5,001 to 25,000 is $225. Over 25,000 is $300.
We also have a logo, which was chosen unanimously at the Association’s first meeting in Greenville at the Leagues’ annual conference. Now that we are organized and recognized, I want to urge all mayors to join us in this new association. Through the Association, I feel we will be able to work together to address the goals and challenges of municipalities.
The recent Region A Mayors Association had a great dinner in Franklin and one-on-one talk with Dr. Todd Colls about what the Western Carolina University Public Policy Institute has to offer towns and counties. I believe we will be going back to a noon meeting and Franklin will again host these meetings at the town hall; although if any other towns are interested in hosting, please let us know!