During the Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County Council meeting held Nov. 19, the council appointed Greg Thompson to the vacant 2nd District Council seat. Thompson earned the seat by an 8-4 vote over Brian Steelman.
The 35-year-old Thompson, who has lived in Moore County for 25 years, adds another young voice to the diverse council. He replaces David Maynard, who resigned in October due to health concerns. Thompson will serve out the remainder of Maynard’s term.
“It’s a good thing that young people kind of want to get involved. I think he will do a good job,” said county executive Sloan Stewart, adding that the council’s diversity is a positive thing. “We have a mixture, and that’s a good thing. But the young people have to step up … it will (eventually) be their town.”
Thompson said his decision to join the town’s political circle was fueled by his desire to make a difference.
“I’d mentioned it earlier,” he said. “I just wanted to be more involved in the community and in the decision making. I don’t have an agenda. I don’t think it hurts anything to have all different opinions or views on things … I just wanted to be more involved.”
In other business, the council voted to approve the Peddler’s Ordinance and application, while also declaring a non-repairable cardiac monitor as a surplus item.
The council also approved the Certificate of Compliance for Jack Daniel’s – a move that allows the continued sell of Jack Daniel’s commemorative bottles at the Jack Daniel’s visitors center, which generates close to $200,000 in yearly revenue for Moore County. Those monies are applied strictly to debt service.
While approving Moore County’s boards and committees for another year, a motion was made to change the name of the Moore County Industrial Advisory Board to simply the Moore County Industrial Board. That motion was approved.
The next Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County Council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 17 at the American Legion Building.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)