Indian Trail council members skip vote -

Indian Trail council members skip vote

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Indian Trail Town Council was scheduled to vote during a special meeting tonight on a 378-unit apartment complex on Plyler Road.

That vote did not happen – because two council members decided not to show up.

“It’s time for them to put their big-boy pants on and come do the job,” said Mayor Michael Alvarez.

Alvarez said the two council members that did not show up, Gary Savoie and Gordon Daniels, would have been voting in favor of the apartment complex. The mayor added that himself and the remaining council members, David Cohn and Christopher King, would have been voting opposed.

Without Savoie and Daniels, the council was unable to vote.

The act of dodging the vote sparked the mayor.

“What’s on the agenda is on the agenda whether they like it or not,” Alvarez said. “Otherwise, Highway 74 works in both directions. Resign and move.”

The mayor said Indian Trail does not have the appropriate infrastructure for the apartment complex. Residents showed up to echo his thoughts – saying traffic congestion and overcrowding in schools like Porter Ridge High (in the middle of redistricting) would cause problems.

The mayor said the reason the two council members are pushing for this apartment complex – comes down to money they accepted from developers towards their campaign.

“The developers of the apartment complexes were heavy cash contributors to Mr. Savoie and Mr. Daniels’ campaigns,” Alvarez said.

“Although not illegal, it’s highly illegal for them to be voting for such a project knowing that $2,100 and $1,700, respectively, came to each of their campaigns from one of the developers in these projects.”

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