Martin City Alderman Rex Pate, who has served the board since 1984, “on and off,” announced Monday night that he does not plan to seek re-election. He said he had waited to see if other qualified people were interested in the position before making his decision, but “I plan to finish strong just like Sea Biscuit,” he promised.
In other business, at the request of the fledgling Charger Foundation, the Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen informally approved a donation of $15,000 to help get the venture off the ground.
The foundation is in the process of applying for status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Tommy Legins served as the group’s spokesperson at Martin’s informal meeting on July 3 and again Monday night at the formal meeting.
He said the organization had taken off more quickly than expected, and since one of its first goals is to convert all Martin city schools to some form of Charger mascot, fall sports uniforms and school signage are, for the moment, the top priority.
But he assured the group that the foundation’s ultimate goal is academic support and improvement.
Brundige said the action wouldn’t be official until a resolution was drafted and approved at the next meeting of the board, but on a motion by Randy Edwards and a second by Belote, it passed 4-0.
Aldermen Marvin Flatt and Terry Hankins were absent, and Brundige said he would call another meeting of the board on July 19 to present the resolution as well as to discuss funding of school resource officers for Martin schools.
For the full story, see the July 10 edition of the Press.