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Board does not re-appoint Smither

by Larry Chowning

Saluda District supervisor Pete Mansfield got a surprise from his fellow supervisors at the board’s regular monthly meeting on June 4.

When Mansfield nominated longtime county Wetlands Board member Miller Smither for another term on the board, his motion died for lack of a second.

Harmony Village District supervisor Jack Miller has been advocating for some time now that all Wetlands Board members should own waterfront property. “It ought to be people on the Wetlands Board who have a vested interest in our waterfront,” Miller said.

Smither does not own waterfront property, and he was not at the June 4 supervisors’ meeting.

County attorney Mike Soberick said he needed some time to see if the county could legally require Wetlands Board members to own waterfront property. He asked supervisors to give him until the July 2 board meeting to determine if the county can do this.

Smither’s current term expires on June 30, but he can remain on the Wetlands Board until a replacement has been found, said county administrator Matt Walker.

Later Comments
This week Mansfield was asked to comment on the situation. “I must admit it did surprise me,” he responded. “Mr. Smither has been on that board for many years and he told me he wanted to continue. He has a great deal of knowledge concerning wetlands and I feel he has done a good job over the years for Middlesex County. I want to thank him publicly for what I consider to be a job well done.”

Smither was contacted by phone on Monday. He said he would not publicly comment on the board’s decision not to re-appoint him. “I’ve enjoyed working on the Wetlands Board and feel that over the years our boards have done everything possible to protect our wetlands,” he said.

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posted 06.19.2013

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