New Planning Commission to meet next week

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 9:29am
By: John Thompson

Tyrone finally has a new Planning Commission.

After skipping January because it did not have enough members, the Tyrone Town Council Thursday night appointed a virtually new board.

The Council unanimously approved Mary Sterm, Gordon Shenkle, Hugh O’ Neal and Brian Hendry to the commission. The fifth member of the board is David Nebergall, who has one more year on the board.

Mayor Don Rehwaldt announced the first meeting of the new board would be next Thursday.

“I know its Valentine’s Day, but we have to meet then to stay on schedule,” he said.

In other news, the Town Council:

•Heard from Mark Buckner, who represented the Honor Flight Foundation of Fayette. Buckner explained the group is sending a group of World War II veterans to washington May 14 to view the World War II monument.

“It’s going to cost $400 per veteran, which includes the flight, charter bus travel and meals,” he said.

Buckner said the group already has more than 80 veterans lined up for the flight and anticipates the total cost at $50,000. He said individuals, groups or town can make donations and should check the group’s website at for more details.

• Agreed to send changes in the town’s charter to the General Assembly for final approval.

A notable difference is changing the terms of office for the Town Council and mayor two years to four years.

“Does this leaves us with a weak mayor form of government?” questioned Councilman Grace Caldwell.

Attorney Dennis Davenport confirmed Caldwell’s assessment and the changes passed unanimously.

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