Mayor, board members topic of special Waxhaw meeting

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 03:53 PM

Mayor Daune Gardner is one of topics of a special called meeting of the Waxhaw Board of Commissioners.

Outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Erin Kirkpatrick called the meeting Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the town hall conference room to talk about several topics. One topic is Gardner's "office, reimbursement for improperly charged Town credit card expenses, expenses charged to Town Credit Card non-compliant with Travel/Reimbursements and budget."

Any action would be the last for outgoing members of the board. It comes a day before Waxhaw's new commissioners take their oaths of office. The timing did not escape Gardner's notice.

"As a matter of precedent, it is customary for outgoing elected officials to defer items of new business to the incoming members, particularly items that may be controversial," Gardner wrote in a letter to the editor.

The commission will also discuss two other volunteer town board members, William Hardman and Jason Loseke, who were members of the board of adjustment and parks and recreation committee respectively. Hardman was also an unsuccessful candidate for town commissioner.

Gardner drew criticism in May when she was charged with DWI by a Waxhaw Police officer. As news of her arrest spread, so did allegations she broke town policy by using the town credit card to pay for alcohol. The board of commissioners voted to censure her.

Gardner is still awaiting a decision on her charges. Her next court appearance is Jan. 15, 2014.