The Town Council of the Town of Belhaven met in regular
session on Monday, May 20, 2002 at 7:35 P.M. immediately
following the budget workshop. The meeting was held in the
Council Chambers at Town Hall with Dr. Charles O. Boyette,
Mayor, presiding. Council members present were: Albert Baker,
George R. Ebron, Jr., Mayor Pro-Tem, Cynthia M. Heath, James
B. Hodges and Linda E. Wilkerson. Town Manager Tim Johnson
and Town Clerk Marie J. Adams were also present. Mayor Boyette
gave the invocation.
Approval of Minutes
- May 6, 2002 Regular and Closed Session
Mayor Boyette announced that the minutes of the May 6,
2002 Regular and Closed Session were open for review and
approval. There being no corrections to the minutes, Councilman
Hodges made the motion to approve. Councilwoman Heath
seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Authorizing Membership in Rural Transportation Planning
Mayor Boyette announced that Mid East Commission (Region
Q) was assisting the Department of Transportation to comply
with provisions of the Transportation Equity Act by requesting
participation of local government officials and the public
in the transportation planning process. Mayor Boyette
further explained Mid East Commission was establishing
a group of local government officials from Beaufort, Martin
and Pitt Counties for form a Rural Transportation Planning
Organization. After some discussion, Councilman Hodges
stated that he would serve in that capacity. Councilman
Ebron made the motion adopting the following resolution
and appointing Councilman James B. Hodges to serve as
Belhaven's representative in the Rural Transportation
Technical Committee (RTTC). Councilwoman Heath seconded
the motion which carried unanimously.
Public Hearing Date
Mayor Boyette stated that the Town Council should set
a date for the 2002/2003 Budget Public Hearing. After
some discussion, Councilman Hodges made the motion to
set the Budget Public Hearing for Monday, June 17, 2002
at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall. Councilman
Ebron seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Town Manager Johnson made the following remarks:
1) the old 75,000 gallon water tank located
behind the Fire Department has been removed;
2) Police Chief George Hayden received
his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate on Thursday,
May 16 in Raleigh with Town Manager Johnson present;
3) Department of Transportation (DOT)
Bridge meeting will be on Thursday, May 30 from 4:30 to
6:30 P.M. to discuss the replacement of the bridge over
Pungo Creek - encouraged attendance as Pantego Creek and
Jack's Neck Bridges will also be replaced within the next
several years. Town Manager Johnson stated that the town's
persistence and resolution stating the need not to close
the bridge entirely has paid off, as the Pungo Creek Bridge
will not be torn down until the new bridge is built which
will allow transportation throughout construction time.
Mayor Boyette commented on the following items:
1) showed the Council a picture of a
water tank painted red, white and blue and suggested that
the Town paint their tower in the patriotic color pattern;
2) DOT staff consisting of Mr. Neil Lassiter,
Division II Engineer, Mr. Danny Taylor, District Engineer,
Mr. Dwayne Alligood, Division II Maintenance Engineer
and Mr. Alan Lewis, County Maintenance Engineer meeting
with himself, Councilman Ebron and Councilwoman Linda
Wilkerson. Mayor Boyette stated that the meeting took
place on 264 By-pass with the following items reviewed:
There was much concern and discussion from Mr. Roy O'Neal
business owner, 264 By-pass concerning the Clark's Canal
which had been filled by adjacent property owner, Mr.
Boyette stressed the need to have an alternate route to
the shopping center on 264 By-pass and suggested a route
from Railroad Street or Lee Street. Mayor Boyette did
stress that the Council made the right decision to forward
a resolution to DOT concerning the bridges and the need
to have some type of alternate transportation during construction.
Councilwoman Heath thanked Mr. Kenneth Barrow and his
family for picking up the litter at Northside Park following
the Belhaven Alumni Celebration. Town Manager Johnson
extended a thank-you to the Barrow Family.
Councilwoman Heath stated since the renovations of an
office expansion at the Civic Center the hallway area
near the bathrooms was dark. Town Manager Johnson stated
a light would be installed.
Boyette recognized Mr. Thomas Selby, representing a youth
basketball program at Northside Park. Mr. Selby stated
that he would like for the Town to provide bleachers for
the basketball program which he was coordinating.
Town Manager Johnson stated that town had painted the
court as requested but did not agree to providing bleachers
as he felt they would be utilized for unwanted activities
when ball games were not in progress, that this activity
was not a town sponsored event and there were no extra
bleachers to move. Town Manager Johnson stated that he
felt that Mr. Selby was not using any "chain of command"
as when he did not get what he wanted he would go to the
Town Council unannounced. Town Manager Johnson stated
that it was his strong recommendation that should the
Town Council wish to have this basketball program that
it should be placed in the recreation budget and that
the Town should operate the program not an individual
in the community.
Councilwoman Heath praised Mr. Selby for his willingness
to volunteer to organize a recreational activity for the
youth aged 16 -19 During much discussion, the council
members stated that seating should be provided Mr. Selby.
However, Councilman Ebron did state that he felt the program
should be more organized and under the supervision and
management of the town as the other recreation programs
were. The discussion, as to what type of seating and how
much to spend was lengthy with the following suggestions
made: free stand resin chairs, bleachers or make benches
expending $500.00 for lumber and utilizing town labor.
Mayor stressed the need to have the proposed program under
the town=s recreation program next year.
After much discussion, Councilman Ebron made the motion
that the town provide benches, made in house, and to expend
no more than $500.00 for lumber. Councilwoman Heath seconded
the motion which carried unanimously.
Minute Break - Reconvene Into Budget Workshop
Councilwoman Heath made a motion to take a five minute
break and to reconvene into budget workshop. Councilman
Baker seconded the motion which carried unanimously The
meeting recessed at 9:00 P.M. Town Clerk Adams left the
meeting at this time.
Reconvene Into Regular Session/Adjournment
Upon reconvening into regular session from the budget
workshop session at 9:54 P.M. Councilwoman Heath made
the motion to adjourn. Councilman Baker seconded the motion
which carried unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 9:55 P.M.