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Burlington city council OKs appointments to advisory boards, commissions; new Mebane, Graham planning board members take seats

Burlington’s city council has approved a number of appointments to the various advisory boards and commissions that weigh in on certain aspects of municipal government.

The council signed off on this slate of citizen advisors on Tuesday after a recruitment drive by city staff members that culminated with a vetting session at the council’s latest monthly work session on Monday. During this vetting session, the council agreed to reinstall nine current members of the city’s advisory boards and commissions. They also tapped 11 new appointees to fill vacancies that have emerged on some of these boards.

The reappointments that the council confirmed on Tuesday include attorney Frank Longest to a seat on the municipal alcohol beverage control board that serves most of the communities in Alamance County. The council also reappointed Michael Graves and Charles Carter to the Burlington Housing Authority; James Kirkpatrick to the city’s planning and zoning commission; Trip Durham and Thomas Phelps to the recreation and parks commission; Walt Brown and Pat Pelt to the tree and appearance commission; and Roger Meisenbach to the Public Transit Advisory Commission for Burlington’s Link Transit bus system.

In addition to these returning appointees, the council has assigned newcomers Brian Ireland and John Caddle to the city’s board of adjustment; Millicent Cash to the Burlington Housing Authority; Jennifer Andrews and Wes Sartin to the recreation and parks commission; Christopher Buck and John C. Glenn to the traffic commission; and Adam Johnson and Denise Saletta to the tree and appearance commission. The council also elevated Ethan Raynor, a former alternate on the planning and zoning commission, to a regular seat reserved for a resident from Burlington’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, and they tapped newcomer Hillary Hill to serve as an alternate on the same board.

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All of the appointments that the council approved Tuesday are scheduled to run through June 30, 2026.


New Mebane, Graham planning board members take their seats

Meanwhile, in other advisory board news, Colin Cannell (below), who was appointed recently by the Mebane city council to that city’s planning board, attended his first meeting there Monday night.

Mebane planning board member Colin Cannell

And James Stockert (below), the newest member of Graham’s planning board, appointed earlier this month by Graham’s city council, had his first taste of experience on Tuesday night.

Graham planning board member James Stockert


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