Approval of Minutes
- July 16, 2001 Public Hearing/Regular Session
Mayor Boyette announced that the minutes of the July 16,
2001 Public Hearing/Regular Session were open for review
and adoption. There being no corrections to the minutes,
Councilman Baker made the motion to approve the minutes.
Councilman Ebron seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
#4 - Fiscal Year 2000-2001 Budget
Mayor Boyette stated that the Council needed to adopt
the following budget amendment in order to close out the
2000-2001 fiscal year. Mayor Boyette read the following
Increase expenditure item 10-440-037 (State Sales Tax)
from $11,400 to $43,800
Increase expenditure item 10-440-039 (County Sales Tax)
from $6,050 to $21,950
Increase revenue item 10-367-001 (Sales Tax Refund) from
$13,849 to $62,149
Councilman Hodges made the motion to adopt the preceding
budget amendment as read by Mayor Boyette. Councilwoman
Heath seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Agreement with North Carolina Department of Transportation
Mayor Boyette stated that the Council needed to discuss
the condition of the town owned bridge (Wynn's Gut Bridge)
on Water Street. Mayor Boyette stated that the bridge
has not been in good condition for a number of years as
the weight limit has been lowered following inspections.
Town Manager Johnson further explained that the North
Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) had been
discussing the bridge and possible ways to fund the repair.
Town Manager Johnson stated that DOT had proposed a 80/20
contract which the state would pay 80% and the Town be
responsible for 20% of the cost to replace the bridge
which would need Council approval.
Town Manager Johnson stated that there could be several
options concerning the replacement or removal of this
bridge. Town Manager Johnson stated that flood control
could be managed at this site also, if Coastal Resources
Commission would approve through the Coastal Area Management
Act (CAMA). Town Manager Johnson explained that CAMA considers
the waters north of the bridge as traversable and therefore
may not allow flood control devices at the bridge site.
Councilwoman Heath questioned if the state agencies were
aware of the downtown flooding problems. Town Manager
Johnson answered that all state agencies were aware of
Town Manager Johnson suggested that the town host a meeting
and have representatives from the Wildlife Resource Commission,
the Division of Water Quality, CRC, Army Corps of Engineers
and DOT to hopefully meet and resolve a way to handle
the bridge situation and mitigate the flooding downtown
with the bridge project.
Mayor Boyette, with Council affirmation, directed the
Town Manager to get preliminary plans for replacing the
bridge and including flood control devices under the bridge.
Town Manager Johnson stated that a committee for this
project may need to be established. Mayor Boyette recognized
Mr. Roy O'Neal, business owner, who questioned DOT's time
line on replacing the bridge. Town Manager Johnson stated
that no time line had been set.
Economic Development Commission
Mayor Boyette stated that the Beaufort County Economic
Development Commission (BCEDC) had been modified to allow
equal representation from all participating towns in the
County. Mayor Boyette further explained that the Council
needed to appoint a representative from the town. Mayor
Boyette stated that he would be willing to serve in this
position, but would gladly step aside should another council
member wish to serve. Town Manager Johnson stated that
Mayor Boyette was currently serving as the Northeastern
Beaufort County Economic Development chairman, which is
now under the auspices of BCEDC and a member of the Beaufort
County Committee of 100. Mayor Boyette asked if any other
member of the council would like to serve in that position.
There were no volunteers. Councilman Baker made the motion
to appoint Dr. Charles O. Boyette, Mayor, to the BCEDC
Board representing the Town of Belhaven. Councilwoman
Heath seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Town Manager Johnson reported briefly on the following:
Beaufort County Economic Development Director, Tom Thompson
is working on two potential projects for Belhaven and
may use the (501C3) designation for grant applications;
The park project (for the properties which were inherited
by the Town from the Board of Education) was applied for
grant monies by East Carolina University students and
staff - was not funded;
Police Chief position narrowed to eight candidates - will
then narrow to three and make extensive background checks
hope to have someone hired by the first of September;
The Crisis Housing Assistance ((CHA) had received an additional
$2.96 million which would be for homes in the low to moderate
Mayor Boyette stated that four new businesses had opened
in Belhaven: Pungo Trading Company, Dr. Tom Urdle - Podiatry,
Jr's Station and East Main Restaurant (formerly O'Neal's
Councilwoman Heath questioned what number the elevation
project was bid through - Town Manager Johnson stated
that the last bid package was through #252 and the town
hoped to award the bid package in September.
Councilman Ebron stated that Mr. Bob Paciocco was retiring
as Mid-East Commission's Executive Director and he would
There being no further business, Councilman Hodges made
the motion to adjourn. Councilwoman Heath seconded the
motion which carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned
at 8:27 P.M.