BOC approves Eichenbaum to remain as chairman in 2018

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MURPHY, N.C. – Dan Eichenbaum was elected to stay in his current position as head chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners (BOC) during the commissioners Monday, Dec. 4, meeting.

However, the vote to keep Eichenbaum as head chairman was not unanimous. There was some tension between Commissioner Cal Stiles and Eichenbaum at the meeting as Stiles originally nominated Commissioner Gary Westmoreland for head chairman. Westmoreland politely declined Stiles’ nomination and then made a motion for Eichenbaum to remain chairman.

“I just feel like we should try to rotate positions every year, which is what they have customarily done in the past,” Commissioner Stiles stated referring to Eichenbaum’s nomination.

“Well, it didn’t work out that way this time,” Commissioner Eichenbaum replied. The chairman also added that Commissioner C.B. McKinnon had once served as chairman two consecutive years previously.

The board then voted four to one, with Stiles voting no, for Eichenbaum to remain as chairman. After this, the board voted unanimously for Westmoreland to remain as vice chairman.

Commissioners approved an expenditure of $620 for supplies and materials for the Large Animal Containment Project after Cherokee County Finance Officer Candy Anderson presented the expenditure to the board.

This project was approved in 2013 in an effort to help with animal control.

Gary Chamberlain, spokesman for the North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition, was present at the meeting and presented the board with a request of $850.65 for 5,000 anti-litter flyers that will be distributed throughout the county schools and the community.

Stiles made a motion to receive approval from the board that he and his wife, Janet, be allowed to pay one-fifth of the cost out of their own pocket, which he did receive from the board.

Immediately after Stiles made this motion, commissioners Westmoreland and Dickey stepped in and offered to pay one-fifth as well.

Chairman Eichenbaum decided that he would pay the remaining balance that was owed. He also made it clear that the donations from the commissioners would be as individuals, not acting as the Board of Commissioners.

“I truly appreciate your efforts. I feel your efforts have been phenomenal and there is no question that this is the reason this county is cleaner because of what you have done for our county,” Chairman Eichenbaum commented to Chamberlain in regard to the North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition.

Before the meeting adjourned, Commissioner McKinnon let everyone know that the work on the courthouse would begin Tuesday, which will include a crane coming in Thursday to repair the 91-year-old copper lantern at the top of the courthouse dome.

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