Chris Wrights recognized at Clemmons meeting: Longtime council member bows out after eight years of service

Published 12:10 am Thursday, November 30, 2023

By Jim Buice

For the Clemmons Courier

Chris Wrights bid a fond farewell in Monday night’s Clemmons Village Council meeting after two consecutive four-year terms on the board.
The council made a special presentation to Wrights, who did not seek re-election this year and was present for his final meeting, with a plaque for his eight years of continuous service.

Wrights, who finished second in the voting among seven candidates in the 2015 municipal election for council and was the top vote-getter in 2019, said he doesn’t like speeches but admitted it’s been a fun ride.

“Between eight years on council and three years on the planning board before that, I was figuring out the other day that I’ve spent more than 25 percent of my life up here,” he said. “When I first got on the planning board, I didn’t have any kids, and now I’ve got three, with the oldest getting ready to go to middle school. So, as the town has grown over the years, so has my family.

“It’s been a great time and a pleasure serving with everybody. During those eight years, there have been three different mayors and eight different council members. I look forward to great things ahead, and I know you’re all going to do a great job. And I’m not moving across the river. I’m staying around Clemmons for a while.”

Also, in a business item in Monday night’s meeting, the council accepted Randy Wooden’s resignation from the Planning Board, effective Dec. 11. Wooden, who was elected to a two-year term on the council, will be sworn in that night.

Current council members Bradley Taylor and Mike Combest will also be sworn in that night to four-year terms as the top two vote-getters in the Nov. 7 election, along with incumbent mayor Mike Rogers, who will start his second two-year term.

Michelle Barson and Mary Cameron were the top vote-getters for council in the 2021 election and will continue their four-term terms.

In the other business action item, the council called for a public hearing for a zoning map amendment for Eric W. Morrison, P.A., Architecture for property owned by Elliott International LLC from RS-9 (Residential Single Family) and B-S (General Business – Special) to GB-S General – Special) for property at 6645 Holder Road, which is located on the northern side of Holder Road, approximately 200 feet east of Lewisville-Clemmons Road and consisting of 2.21 acres (Zoning Docket C-256) on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, at 6 p.m. at Village Hall.

In another business, the mayor and council:

  • Announced that six leaf trucks will be running with the anticipation of making a complete lap around the village this week.
  • Announced that there will be a public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, 1150 South Peace Haven Road, for sidewalk projects EB-5960 and EB-6040 (Harper Road and South Peace Haven Road).
  • Went into closed session for discussion of property acquisition.