Update: Funderburk appointed Tega Cay’s interim manager

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comJanuary 28, 2013 

— Charlie Funderburk was named interim city manager for Tega Cay last week, as City Council continues the search for someone to fill the full-time position.

Council voted unanimously Jan. 22 to appoint Funderburk, 37, the city’s operations director.

Funderburk will receive a $656 bump in bi-weekly pay for the extra work. His salary prior to being named interim manager was $62,611. Funderburk refused to disclose his pay. When asked by a reporter how much he is being paid to be interim manager, Funderburk wrote in an email Monday, “I hate to do this to you, but for that, you will need to submit a FOIA Request to our Municipal Clerk, Katie Poulsen. She will get with our HR personnel and be able to provide you with a response pretty quickly.”

The Fort Mill Times did not file a request for the information under the Freedom of Information Act because Poulsen provided Funderburk’s salary in a phone message Monday.

Funderburk will resume operations director duties once a new city manager is named.

“This appointment is an interim appointment only,” Mayor George Sheppard said.

The city stopped accepting resumes from manager candidates Jan. 21. A closed-door Council meeting was scheduled for this past Monday to discuss candidates, according to an agenda sent out last week.

Funderburk has been with the city for 12 years, and led the city’s park and recreation program previous to becoming operations manager seven years ago. He holds a degree from Winthrop University and a master’s degree from Anna Maria College in public administration.

“I thank Council for the opportunity,” he said. “I look forward to it.”

His first meeting included several items to impact the city even beyond his interim role. First reading was held on annexing 2.84 acres on Hwy. 160 West near the Aldi grocery store. The property is zoning residential, but likely would be zoned commercial upon entering the city.

“The end user could have a significant positive impact” on the city’s commercial tax base, said Susan Britt, city land and planning development manager.

The site currently is vacant and without public utilities. The purpose of the new zoning, according to the application, is “to create and protect business centers” for retail, professional or business uses, generally along major thoroughfares.

Public hearing is required on the rezoning, but not the annexation.

Council also held first reading on a rezoning for what was the city’s administration office. In 2007 a residence was rezoned for that use, and now the city wants to undo that move since administrative offices have moved to a new location.

“It seems pretty straightforward to me,” said Councilwoman Dottie Hersey. “We are selling it as a residence.”

Council tabled the Tega Cay Law Enforcement Ordinance, aimed at setting uniform guidelines for city police. Of particular contention were rules on parking, where the new ordinance wouldn’t allow vehicles within 25 feet of a driveway or 10 feet of a mailbox.

Susan Britt said those rules were state or federally mandated. Multiple Council members said their own drives, and many like them in cul-de-sac areas of Tega Cay, don’t fit those rules.

“I think we all understand that this applies to a lot of streets,” said Councilman Ron Kirby.

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