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Divided politics in Indian Trail

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Indian Trail government is certainly divided.

Today, council members and the mayor are backing up their words and standing their ground.

On Tuesday, two council members missed a special-called meeting and a standard meeting. There have been accusations, theories and heated words thrown out -- but it all comes down to filling the fifth, open seat on town council.

On Jan. 14, the council was split on a decision on how to replace the fifth council seat once held by David Waddell, who stepped down. Council members Chris King and David Cohn voted to bring in David Drehs (the runner-up in the last election). Gordon Daniels and Gary Savoie voted against. Mayor Michael Alvarez became the deciding fifth vote, in favor of Drehs -- but that vote never officially went through because Waddell had not officially been vacated of his seat.

Daniels and Savoie are now arguing for a special election to be held and let the people decide on the next council member.

"According to the school of government in North Carolina statute, that vote was legal, and it was a vote to appoint the runner up," Alvarez said. "We were met with nothing but road blocks in making that appointment.

"There is no hazy, gray area here...as far as I'm concerned, David Drehs is the council member that should be sworn in."

For the time being, Daniels and Savoie will be showing up to "special meetings" where items can't be added to an agenda -- items like the addition of Drehs, where they would be caught off guard with a vote.

In a letter to the mayor, Daniels wrote, "We can conduct needed town business by holding special meetings with specified unedited agenda items for the business at hand, while working together to find an equitable resolution on the aforementioned vacant council seat."

Today, Daniels stood by his feelings on a new election being needed.

"You're saying the will of the people doesn't matter, 'We're going to do what we want to do,' and that's simply wrong," Daniels said.

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