Lumberton mayor quits

Lumberton Mayor Aaron Lott says he has had enough. And during a special town hall meeting Monday night he turned in his resignation, effective Tuesday.

Reading a prepared statement Lott said: "The spending habits of the board of alderman have caused tremendous financial strain on the city of Lumberton."

He said a majority of the board spent restricted funds and the city's financial problems will never be fixed unless the board members can overcome their differences and work together.

During the meeting the board did agree, on a 3 to 2 vote, to amend the current budget to work on a resolution.

"I hope that this will cause the board to come together as a unit and fix the problems that the city is facing," Lott said. "There is a serious problem and if they do not, the next time we see them on your show, it won't be pretty."

Ward 3 Alderman Stanley Rayborn said: "Well you know, we're going to have to make some cuts in spending and I think some of those are most likely going to be in personnel and that's not a place that any of us would like to do it but I think that's one of the things that's going to have to happen."

A special election must be held within 45 days to replace Lott. In the meantime Alderwoman Mariam Holder will serve as mayor pro-tem.

Some board members are concerned about finding a candidate because they voted last week to cut the salary of the mayor to one dollar a month to save money. But the board has not approved the minutes of that meeting.