Gardner dumped as CRTPO rep

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 12:54 PM

During a special meeting Tuesday, the Waxhaw Board of Commissioners voted four to one to remove Mayor Daune Gardner from her position representing the town on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO).

The special meeting only lasted about 10 minutes but focused on a recent fine Gardner received for not filing paperwork on time.

"The purpose behind today is that we as a town have been notified by the State Ethics Commission that the mayor is within the process of being fined for failure to file a statement of economic interest," Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Stewart said at the beginning of Tuesday's special meeting.

Stewart asked Gardner if she would like to comment on the situation during the meeting and she responded by saying the situation is already being handled.

"I really don't see that as an item of town business," she said.

She added that the process is being handled by the State Ethics Commission and has been settled.

A short argument then followed between Gardner and Stewart with Stewart commenting that the town was notified through the media about the fine and Gardner responding that he could have spoken with her privately about it. Afterwards Stewart made a motion to remove Gardner as the town's CRTPO representative and replace her instead with Commissioner James Warner as the primary representative with Commissioner Stephen Maher as the alternate representative. Gardner commented during the meeting that she does not believe the board had the authority to remove her from the position. The motion was later approved four to one with Warner voting against it.

"I think the mayor has done a fantastic job serving on the CRTPO," Warner said.

He added that her failing to file paperwork was a minor item.

"It's silly, it's a distraction," Warner said.

Shortly afterwards, the special meeting ended and the Waxhaw Board of Commissioners reconvened later that evening for the board's 6:30 p.m. meeting.