NORTH – During public comments during the regular North Town Council meeting Monday evening, May 9, a lawyer speaking for Rose Stroman requested that the town release a plat of an undeveloped roadway that dates back to 1923 to her and stated that this would release the town of any liability for it.
“Quite frankly, there has never been a road there as of 100 years next year,” the lawyer representing Rose Stroman said.
The Town of North, over several months according to previous articles in The T&D, has not allowed at least one citizen to discuss a property issue during a public meeting. This was one of the reasons former Councilwoman Paige Jeffcoat cited for resigning from council in March.
No decisions or motions were made publicly regarding the Stroman property. Council did not go into executive session to discuss the issue, and the regular meeting took less than 30 minutes to be held. As in past couple of meetings, the galley was full with almost every seat of the available 10 filled.
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A special election for an open council seat left after Councilwoman Paige Jeffcoat resigned in March will be held Tuesday, June 7, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the North Town Hall.