Candidate Brinkley ready to roll up sleeves on Granite Quarry board

GRANITE QUARRY — Michael Brinkley says the town of Granite Quarry faces some pressing growth and revenue issues, “and we need a board that’s really going to work.”

Brinkley, 61, seeks one of two seats up for election this November on the Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen. Head of W.F. Brinkley & Son Construction Co. Inc., he served on the board from 1991-2001.

Brinkley has regularly attended town board meetings the past two years and was an unsuccessful candidate for aldermen in 2011.

Brinkley said himself, his brother and their cousins are among the town’s biggest property owners, “so I’m certainly not interested in raising taxes.” But he predicts legislative changes in state revenue streams to municipalities will pose “serious consequences” for the town over the next few years.

And he criticizes the board for using $100,000 and $125,000 in reserve funds over the past two fiscal years to reach balanced budgets.

Brinkley proposes working with Salisbury on industrial growth and water-sewer extensions, and he supports the current efforts at downtown revitalization and attracting new business.

“Our biggest problem is retail,” Brinkley says. He adds he doesn’t buy into the argument that Granite Quarry is too close to Salisbury to attract retail businesses and says it’s just as easy to drive to Granite Quarry as it is to Salisbury.

The town has first-class fire and police departments, Brinkley says. But he questions how much the incumbents on the board have done in the past eight years other than spend $436,000 toward the building of another park.

“I’m not really happy with the situation as far as the incumbents,” Brinkley says.

Eloise Peeler and Brad Kluttz hold the seats up for election this year.

Brinkley is a 1970 graduate of East Rowan High, and he also attended Gaston College. He retired from the Granite Quarry Fire Department after serving as a volunteer for 25 years. He belongs to Shiloh United Methodist Church and the Granite Quarry Civitan Club.

Brinkley has two sons.

Granite Quarry’s November ballot includes Brinkley, Peeler, Jake Fisher Jr., Wes Rhinier and Arin Wilhelm. Kluttz won’t be on the ballot but is waging a write-in campaign.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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