RED SPRINGS — Robert Schaumleffel has resigned as town manager of Red Springs after eight months on the job.
During a special meeting on Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Schaumleffel, who was not at the meeting. The resignation was effective immediately.
“There had been discussions earlier. He submitted his resignation today,” Mayor John McNeill said after the meeting.
Schaumleffel, who worked as a town manager previously in Ohio and Creedmor, did not state a reason for his resignation, McNeill said.
“His wife and family are still in Ohio,” McNeill said. “And, to be honest, his work experience as a manager has been in much larger towns as well.”
The board unanimously appointed Finance Director Kathy Pittman as interim town manager. In addition to approving a pay increase of $100 per week for Pittman, the board authorized Pittman to sign certain documents that only the town manager can sign.
McNeill said the board will begin reviewing applications that had been received for the job last year.
Also on Wednesday, the board discussed the possibility of tolling on Interstate 95.
Using tolls to pay for widening and making improvements to the 182 miles of I- 95 that run through North Carolina from South Carolina to Virginia is recommended in a state-commissioned study — the I- 95 Corridor Planning and Finance Study — as the best way to pay for the project. The state is responsible for 10 percent of the funding, or $440 million.
“I’m against the kind of increase that would be imposed on the citizens of Robeson County and others,” McNeill said. “But by the same token, somebody’s got to come up with a solution. If traffic on the interstate increases 50 to 100 percent, and it’s already one of the most dangerous interstates in the nation, what are we gonna be dealing with?”
The board took no action.