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Castle Hayne gets a mayor...at least on paper

Published: Aug. 27, 2010 at 12:54 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2010 at 6:31 PM EDT
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CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WECT) – Castle Hayne now has it's own mayor – at least on paper. Tom Radewicz has been tapped as the interim mayor, as residents begin to make moves to incorporate the area into a town.

Two attempts were made in the 90's and the movement has since gained momentum again over the past six years.

This is Radewicz' second appointment to the temporary position. He cannot make any formal decisions but an appointment was required for the submission of a charter.

Radewicz says he will not stay on as a full-time mayor in the event that Castle Hayne incorporates.

At their last public meeting, the interim town council outlined their reasons for incorporation:

*Avoid annexation

*Protect the "uniqueness" of the area

*Services

*Zoning and planning control

*Property taxes (5% per $100 of home value)

*Localize sales tax revenue

*Ability to apply for grants and loans

The interim committee has their work cut out for them. They must submit their charter to the Joint Legislative Commission on Municipal Incorporation by November 25th.

First, Radewicz must draft a petition with 15% of the area's voting population on board. He must prove that 40% of the area is developed with at least 250 people per square mile.

Radewicz plans to offer law enforcement, zoning, street maintenance and street construction as the services required for incorporation.

The final charter must gain approval from the House and Senate for incorporation.

On August 30th at 7pm, there will be a public meeting at the Riverside Community Building on 6710 Old Bridge Site Road.

A petition will be available for signatures of registered voters. The petition must be submitted by October 17th.

The property boundary under consideration goes from Sondey Road, north to Parmele Road, through Prince George; North Blue Clay Road to Holly Shelter across the Cape Fear River; West of Castle Hayne Road to Sondey Road – excluding Sledge Lumber property.

For more information: http://www.castlehayneinc.com/.

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