Kitty Hawk Town Council hears about youth fishing tournament; Perry will not run for re-election

Published 7:01 am Wednesday, May 12, 2021

During a brief Kitty Hawk Town Council meeting Monday, May 3, council members approved a consent agenda, heard a report on a recent youth fishing tournament and Mayor Gary Perry advised that he would not be running for re-election.

Taking up one of the few business items on the evening’s agenda, council gave unanimous approval to a consent agenda with April 6 council meeting minutes; a quarterly financial statement; a $130,000 budget amendment for the revenues and expenses for the Kitty Hawk Park Connector Trail project; a $15,000 budget amendment to cover unexpected repairs to three fire department vehicles; a $5,000 budget amendment for police department camera network replacement; a $34,000 budget amendment for replacement of a police department vehicle totaled after hitting a deer; the addition of $75,241 to the beach re-nourishment project adopted January 4 for pre-construction work; and an amendment to the Personnel Policy, Article XI, Section 1 changing the town’s holiday observance of Easter from a  traditionally observed Easter Monday to Good Friday.

During staff reports, town manager Andy Stewart advised that a bulk item pick for the general public up will be May 10 and a household hazardous waste collection in the Town Hall parking lot will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 13.

There was also a report from Kitty Hawk Police Department Officer Caleb Macon on a successful Go Fish Youth Fishing Tournament held April 24 at Kitty Hawk Pier.

According to Macon, the event for youth ages 6 to 13 – hosted by the Kitty Hawk Police Department in partnership with Hilton Garden Inn, High Cotton, TW’s Bait and Tackle and Pok’s Art – was deemed to be a great success.

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Kitty Hawk Mayor Gary Perry. Philip S. Ruckle Jr. photo

In closing the meeting, Perry said he wanted to repeat a 2017 statement he made when accepting the position of mayor.

“I do not plan to run for any council position in the Town of Kitty Hawk in 2021,” Perry advised. “It would be inappropriate for me to leave the citizens wondering. Being allowed to serve this community as your elected representative has been an honor beyond measure. I thank you.”

Following the meeting, Perry commented that he thought 16 years was long enough.

A Kitty Hawk native, Perry was elected to the Town Council in 2005. He was selected by the council to serve as mayor pro tem in 2007. Perry was elected mayor in 2013 elected and re-elected to that position in 2017. His current term as mayor will expire in December 2021.

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