Troutman council member resigning for health reasons
Troutman Mayor Teross presents a plaque and proclamation to Council member James K. Troutman on Thursday.
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Troutman Town Council member James K. Troutman has informed town officials that he is stepping down at the end of the year for health reasons.
Mayor Teross Young announced during Thursday's council meeting that Troutman notified him Monday that he was resigning.
“Jim has been involved with the town in some form or fashion for a long time,” Young added.
After Young announced the resignation and the council voted to accept it, he asked the council to approve a resolution honoring the Troutman's service to the town, which the council unanimously supported.
An emotional Troutman accepted the plaque and a copy of the resolution, drawing a standing ovation for his service from the standing-room-only crowd on hand for the regular council meeting.
“Thanks to everybody who helped me through the years. I thank the citizens and everybody. I wish I didn’t have to do this but due to my health, I do,” said Troutman.
Troutman was first elected to the council in 2015, with his current term set to end in 2019. During his tenure, Troutman served the alternate delegate to the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Board from December 2015 to August 2016.
Troutman also pushed for water and sewer infrastructure improvements, particularly in the long neglected Mill Village area. He was also supportive of various capital projects and active in budgetary matters.
Troutman also assisted in the implementation of the rewrite of the town’s Unified Development Ordinance and the development of the recently approved Strategic Master Plan. He also championed incentives to bring economic development to Troutman, helped spur more development downtown, and helped to expand the Troutman Fire Department.
The resolution also stated that the town “acknowledges and greatly appreciates the dedication, thoughtful service, leadership, expertise, and knowledge” that Troutman provided during his time on the council.
Young outlined the process to replace Troutman as the meeting concluded. The council will accept community suggestions and recommendations over the next few weeks as they move to select Troutman’s replacement for the remainder of his term, which expires in November 2019.
At its January 7 pre-agenda meeting, the council will hear from candidates, who should outline their qualifications and reasons for seeking the position. The council will then nominate candidate(s) for consideration and vote on Troutman’s replacement at its regular meeting on January 10.