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Indian Trail has seen more than it's fair-share of drama this year -- and it may be, for the most part, resolving on Thursday.

My Fox Carolinas has learned that David Drehs will most likely be sworn in as the fifth member of Indian Trail's town council -- replacing David Waddell, who famously or infamously (however you look at it) stepped down from his seat on Dec. 31, 2013 -- in a letter typed in Klingon.

Klingon is a made-up language from the Star Trek television series.

While Drehs says he is not one for drama or controversy, he has been at the center of it -- mostly due to the actions of others.

On January 14, there was a split vote between the remaining four council members as to whether or not appoint Drehs to the empty seat. Mayor Michael Alvarez broke that tie, voting in favor of the appointment.

Alvarez says the legal advice he was given after the vote was that it would not be allowed at the time, because Waddell's resignation was not effective until Jan. 31 and in case he rescinded his resignation, there could not be two bodies sharing the same seat. Information he later says he found out to be incorrect.

Since then, two council members have skipped meetings to prevent a quorum (both meetings on March 25), and prevented Drehs from being sworn in. But this week, councilman Gary Savoie, who has been against Drehs, had a change of heart. Drehs will be interviewed on Thursday, with a vote most likely to occur following during a special-called meeting.

"I want to be on the team," Drehs said. "And that team is Indian Trail Town Council."

Drehs said that in conversation with Savoie, they found common ground on their military background, and he adds the same sentiments were felt with Chris King -- a council member who voted for Drehs.

This news comes after heated debate. Councilmen Savoie and Gordon Daniels had wanted a special election, stressing it would be the best way to ensure "the will of the people."

The State Board of Elections informed My Fox Carolinas today that "you cannot have a special election to replace a vacant seat" in Indian Trail's case because "it is not permitted in their charter and there is not a state law that allows for that."

There was also a debate between councilman King and mayor Alvarez over a potential rezoning project that would have been voted on during last week's scheduled, special meeting. There was confusion as to whether or not Alvarez said his opinion was that the council would have voted 3-2 to deny an apartment project of over 300 units on Plyler Road or that it was a done deal -- signed, sealed and close to delivered.

Alvarez has stressed it was an opinion.

"My opinion is my opinion. It may differ from the facts." Alvarez said. "They can tell you whoever or whatever reason they didn't show up to the first meeting and having a lack of facts on it, I'll have to stand by what they say until they prove me wrong or I prove them wrong."


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