The city of Pinehurst canceled a Tuesday meeting where council was to consider signing City Administrator Robert Ewart to a second one-year contract.

Mayor T.W. Permenter told The Record it was discovered on Monday two council members would be unable to attend, indicating the lack of a quorum.

City officials reset the meeting to March 1, however, the city manager issue will not be on the agenda, Permenter said.
That will be placed on the March 23 agenda, the regular meeting time (fourth Thursdays) for the Pinehurst council.

The only item for discussion/possible action March 1 will be, Permenter said, to submit a request for Community Block Development Grant funding.

Ewart took office in 2009, his first days spent dealing with a fire at the Optimist Village retirement community, which saw damage to one of three complexes there. 

Ewart is a former city manager for Sour Lake (1985-95), Dayton (1995-2005) and LaMarque (2005-09).

A New Orleans native raised in Beaumont, Ewart, 62, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in government from Lamar University and North Texas State, and is a former Vidor public works director. 

Ewart replaced the retired Dan Robertson, who succeeded the late C.R. Nash.