Six abruptly resign from Kinston non-profit

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – A non-profit focused on improving Kinston’s downtown area held a special meeting this morning after half their board members suddenly resigned.

The Kinston Downtown Revitalization (DKR) faces a resignation crisis after losing six board members.

“They had some struggles with the group working together, some have disappointments about how quick or slow they are getting things done so I think that’s what brought some of them to resign,” Kinston City Manager, Rhonda Barwick said.

The board held a meeting open to the public this morning to approve adding nine new board members.

“We have nominated several people who have a large stake in the city of Kinston that have agreed to come forward and help us move forward,” Kinston Downtown Revitalization Board Chairman, Mike Chastain said.

The Executive Director, Leon Steele was out sick, so he was unable to attend the meeting. However, the board agreed that there was no choice but to add these new members, or else the non-profit would dissolve.

“Our models show you have to have a minimum of eleven members, right now we have three and while they can do routine business, they can’t really move the needle so we want to get the board fully stocked,” Barwick said.

The committee’s plan moving forward is to keep their focus on their purpose, which is to improve the downtown area

“We do facade grants that provide people downtown matching dollars to upgrade their buildings and just this year we have increased those dollars,” Chastain said.

According to Barwick, the city would really like to see DKR focus on revitalizing Queen Street and Downtown since there are a lot of vacant properties and buildings have started to fall apart.