The newest member of the Carthage Board of Commissioners was sworn in Monday.
Christopher Nance took over the seat left by former Commissioner Artie Barber, who decided not to seek a third term on the board. Nance, a Libertarian, won election alongside incumbent commissioners Milton T. Dowdy and Jimmy Chalflinch in November.
Susan Hicks, clerk of court for Moore County, administered the oath of office to Nance and the returning board members.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Board of Commissioners and I always welcome the public’s input,” Nance said.
The commissioners later voted to grant a setback variance request from Wayne Caddell, owner of Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurant on U.S. 15-501.
Town planner Kathy Liles says the variance, which reduces the 20-foot highway setback distance to 14.4 feet, will allow Caddell to build a covered patio at the restaurant. According to Liles, approval of the variance will not set a precedent for the town to automatically approve similar requests from other businesses in the future.
“Every variance will have to come in and be considered on its own individual merits,” she said.
Monday’s meeting also included a brief presentation from James Van Camp, a Pinehurst attorney who recently donated a 111-year-old carriage to the town. The carriage was assembled at the Tyson Jones Buggy Factory in Carthage and inspired the buggy-shaped silhouette on the town’s seal.
“It’s my privilege and honor to donate this carriage to the town,” said Van Camp, who bought the carriage 30 years ago at an auction in Pennsylvania.
After accepting the donation, the commissioners voted to approve a declaration establishing a sister-city relationship with Flavy-le-Martel, a village in France. Flavy-le-Martel is home to a small museum dedicated to James McConnell, a WWI pilot who lived in Carthage and died near the village.
In other business, the commissioners:
• Recognized Emily Muse, a Carthage native who was recently crowned Miss Greater Sandhills.
• Scheduled their next meeting for Jan. 16 to avoid overlapping with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on the third Monday of the month typically reserved for board meetings.