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A veteran Maiden councilman resigned unexpectedly this week during the townâ€™s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
Howard Ervin, who has served on the Maiden Town Council since 2005, tendered his letter of resignation Monday night. He said he resigned for personal reasons.
During his time on council, Ervin helped oversee a time of growth in Maiden, including the expansion of Lawrence Lumber Company Inc., vonDrehle, Ethan Allen and the recruitment of Apple Inc.â€™s East Coast data center.
He also served as an alternate representative for the town of Maiden to the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, according to a press release from the town. Â
â€śServing as an elected official here in Maiden has been one of the highest honors of my life,â€ť Ervin said. â€śI feel that the citizens of Maiden deserve a council member who will devote the time and energy that the position requires. I will not shortchange the citizens of Maiden by continuing to serve when my attention and priorities are required elsewhere.â€ť
Ervin declined to comment further about his resignation.
Many Maiden officials did not know about Ervinâ€™s plans to step down, including Town Manager Todd Herms.
â€śIt came as kind of a shock to me,â€ť Herms said. â€śI have always and will always view him as someone very dedicated to the town.â€ť
Although the council will miss Ervin's presence, his resignation should not affect current projects being developed, such as Maidenâ€™s new planned town hall, Herms said.
â€śHoward has served honorably and deserves our gratitude for all his hard work; he will be truly missed,â€ť said Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. â€śI know that he did not come to this decision easily, but he feels that is the best thing for himself, the council and most importantly the citizens of Maiden.â€ť
The remaining four Maiden councilmen will now decide what to do with Ervinâ€™s seat. Herms said the council is pursuing one of two options:
n Leave the seat open until the next election, set for Nov. 5, 2013.
n Appoint a new councilman or councilwoman by a majority vote of council to fill the seat until the next election.
Maidenâ€™s next town council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 6.
Other Maiden news
Maiden is moving along with plans to construct a new town hall.
Maidenâ€™s council approved the start of a bidding process Monday for the new town hall that will cost an estimated $1.7 million.
The council has already approved designs for the new 11,240-square-foot town hall that will feature a community room, multiple conference rooms and more offices for town officials. The building will be located at 19 N. Main Ave. in Maiden, Herms said.
In September, the Maiden Town Council voiced its approval of the new $1.7 million â€śtraditionalâ€ť facility over another that had a different design that had a projected cost of about $1.4 million.
Marty Beal, of CBSA Architects in Hickory, is handling the project.