In a split meeting that separated the old business from the new, the recently elected North Topsail Beach Board of Alderman members were sworn into office as the outgoing members were recognized.

The meeting began with the old board going over the one old business item, which was a rescue tube program the board has discussed previously. The board tabled the discussion and decision to a later meeting for the new board members to consider.

Mayor Fred Burns, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Macartney and Alderman Don Harte were honored for their years of service with plaques and wrapped gifts.

Then, one by one, newcomers Mayor Dan Tuman, Alderman Tom Leonard, and Alderman Mike Benson as well as incumbent Alderman Richard Peters placed one hand on a Bible and were sworn in by Town Clerk Carin Faulkner.

A recess was held, and the men switched places with the new board taking their seats at the table as moving forth with the new business items on the agenda.

One of those was to decide on a new mayor pro tem.

Benson nominated Alderman Joann McDermon to the position and Burns nominated Leonard. While Peters seconded Burns' nomination of Leonard, Alderman Walter Yurik voted for McDermon and after determining whether she could vote for herself, McDermon raised her hand to vote for herself and she was named the new mayor pro tem.

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