Kitty Hawk recognizes council-elects Hines and Tillett, McClean retires after eight years

Published 8:13 am Monday, January 8, 2024

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At an early December Kitty Hawk Town Council meeting, council-elects David Hines and Dylan Tillett took their oaths of office and respective seats as the town wished former councilwoman Lynne McClean adieu.

“I’ve been on this seat for eight years, and it’s time to walk away,” McClean voiced before leaving her seat on the council for one with the other meeting attendees. The council thanked her for her commitment to the town and desire to serve her community. “I learned very quick that if Lynne texts me and says, ‘Hey, can you talk real quick?’ that I would need to grab a chair and sit down because it was not going to be a quick conversation,” Mayor Craig Garriss chuckled. “That’s how much Lynn thinks of this town.” Tillett, a new face on the town’s council, shared: “I’d like to thank Ms. Lynne for her tireless efforts and commitment to the Town of Kitty Hawk over the years. These are big shoes to fill”

Tillett followed Hines in taking an oath of office and shared that his new role was a “tremendous honor.” Hines thanked everyone for “giving me another chance to sit up here for four more years.”

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At the beginning of the meeting, Hines moved to remove an agenda item regarding the proposed West Village subdivision, which was denied approval at November’s planning board meeting. His reasoning for tabling the item was so that a traffic impact study could be conducted prior to reviewing the plat. Garriss chimed in and asked for a report regarding school bus safety, noting, “We just found out about this about an hour prior to tonight’s meeting.”

A text amendment that did receive approval during the evening’s meeting was one regarding miniwarehouse storage facilities. This item had crossed the council’s desk before. This amendment defines and allows miniwarehouse storage facilities as a special use in the Planned Commercial Development overlay districts. No proposed plans have yet to be brought before the boards regarding the construction of a miniwarehouse.

The night saw one other retirement, that of Sandy Myers, who served as the voice and face of the Town of Kitty Hawk for 21.5 years. “We’re going to miss her,” the mayor announced. “We thank you for what you have done for town … you have been wonderful and wish you the best of luck.”

The council’s January meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month, January 8, at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on their YouTube channel.