Cornelius Town Board asks mayor to resign following I-77 meeting

- The Town of Cornelius took action Tuesday night after they say the mayor privately met with state leaders, spreading false information about the I-77 toll lane project. The board asked the mayor to resign.

Mayor Chuck Travis says he will be staying in his position until the end of his term.

His job may become a little more difficult after the town board unanimously passed a resolution of no confidence.

“Anyone in that kind of position deserves to be ousted at this point,” said resident Mike Futterman.

Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis stands by his private meeting with lawmakers and the Mayor of Davidson supporting toll lanes on I-77.

Mayor Travis says he brought forth personal knowledge about the project after seeing a similar plan already in place in Dallas, Texas.

“I did the right thing and that’s what I am elected to do. Do the right thing,” said Mayor Travis.

But dozens at an emergency meeting Tuesday night say the mayor wasn’t acting in their best interest.

For months there has been protests and opposition to the toll lanes on the busy highway. In May, the town board even passed a resolution supporting a state bill to terminate the toll lane project.

“This is not just a matter of managed lanes. This is a matter of the contract that is a 50 year contract and nobody gets to a 50 year contract,” said Futterman.

“To cancel a contract now is an action and without having a plan that’s not what we can live with as a community,” said Mayor Travis.

The mayor says it’s a community of more than 20,000 with some showing support for toll lanes, fearful that no action to fix the gridlock could cost the area businesses.

“We have been talking about this for 4 to 5 years and no other plan to come out of it,” said Mayor Travis.

A board member says a vote of no confidence is more symbolic. The only major change for the mayor, is he cannot speak on behalf of the town board.

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