“I am happy for him, but I’m also sad for the town,” she said. “I have worked with Randy for a long time. He’s always been a joy to be around. We’ve had some good times, and we’ve had some bad times, but more good times than not. The town of Erwin is fortunate to have received his services for as long as we have. He has done an excellent job. He has brought the town a long way. We have a lot to thank him for.”
At Monday’s regular meeting, board members present unanimously voted to accept Trivette’s letter of resignation. Trivette, who is leaving his post after accepting a job with Free Will Baptist Family Ministries, submitted the letter to Hensley on Aug. 30. Trivette has served as Erwin town recorder since 2004.
“I am for you because I understand and I know that this is going to be your dream job,” Hensley said to Trivette on Monday. “You’re going to do well out there, and our loss is your gain, so we wish you the best.”
“It’s a joy working for the town,” Trivette said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve enjoyed working with this board and all the accomplishments the town has done. ... I appreciate everything you guys have done, supporting me and everything that you’ve provided me here in this job. I just look forward to a new challenge and change in life.”
Hensley said the town has advertised the recorder position, and the opening will be advertised for 10 days and closed Sept. 18. At that time, Hensley said she will send copies of the resumes received to aldermen. The following week, the mayor and aldermen will meet and narrow the field to two or three candidates who will be invited in for interviews, Hensley said.
“I want you to be part of this selection process,” Hensley said to the aldermen. “Hopefully by the 27th, when he leaves, maybe Oct. 1, maybe we could have somebody in mind to fill the position if not directly here on the job at that time.”
Hensley said the town has already received five applications for the opening.
“I’m amazed at the quality of applications that we have gotten,” she said. “The process is going to be a tough one, but we’ll get there.”
In other business, the board:
- Approved the second and final reading of an ordinance to establish an Occupational Safety and Health Program for the town.
- Approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone certain properties located on South Industrial Drive, Jackson Love Highway and Berkshire Drive from R-1 residential district to B-2 business district.
- Approved a change order from Summers Taylor Inc. in the amount of $88,982 for the Erwin downtown revitalization project.
- Approved an addendum from engineering Tysinger, Hampton & Partners in the amount of $3,485 for engineering work on the Erwin Linear Trail tunnel to be installed along Harris Hollow Road.
- Approved an addendum from Tysinger, Hampton & Partners in the amount of $33,500 for right-of-way drawings necessary to to complete the rehabilitation of South Industrial Drive which, other than design work, engineering work and right-of-way acquisition, is being paid for by the state.