Approval of Minutes
- August 5, 2002 Public Hearing and Regular Session
Mayor Boyette announced that the minutes of the August
5, 2002 Public Hearing/Regular Session were open for review
and adoption. There being no corrections to the minutes,
Councilman Ebron made the motion to approve the minutes
as written. Councilman Baker seconded the motion which
Mayor Boyette stated that the Beaufort County Partnership
for Children's Executive Director, Mrs. Lisa Woolard,
was requesting free use of the Civic Center. Mayor Boyette
further explained that the program, which they had applied,
would teach literacy skills to adults and pre-school age
children. The program would start in the town's next fiscal
year for 40 - 45 weeks. After some discussion, Councilman
Ebron made the motion to authorize the use of the Civic
Center as long as the dates and times can be scheduled
with staff. Councilman Hodges seconded the motion. Mayor
Boyette asked for consensus to also furnish a letter of
support for this grant application. Councilmen Ebron and
Hodges agreed. The motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Del Stutzman
- Belhaven Christmas Parade and Celebration
Mayor Boyette recognized Ms. Stutzman who briefed the
Council with plans of the Christmas Parade and Celebration.
The event will take place on the 2nd Saturday in December
(the 14th) with the parade at 11 A.M. and will coincide
with the Stars of Hope as in past years.
Ms. Stutzman stated that a "Santa" would be
needed for this year's event and that anyone interested
should contact her or the Chamber. Ms. Stutzman stated
that Marine involvement had been requested along with
participation from local bands.
Mr. Stutzman asked for direction, for a Puppet Presented
"Kamp Kreatures" which cost $1,100.00. After
much discussion, Councilwoman Wilkerson suggested that
the puppet company be asked if they would perform for
money which was taken "at the door" and it was
suggested that maybe sponsors would be willing to finance
Mr. David Crosby,
Belhaven Chamber President - Report
Mr. Crosby, President, Belhaven Community Chamber of Commerce
reported that Mrs. Amy Bonney has resigned as Executive
Director of the Chamber effective October 18, 2002. Town
Manager Johnson stated that he was appreciative of Mrs.
Bonney's most generous notice to her board. The Mayor
and Council thanked Mrs. Bonney for her three years of
service. Mr. Crosby also stated that the chamber was in
the process of establishing 501(C) 3 Status for the July
4th and other events and he would like to give a more
detailed and updated report at the next Council meeting.
Town Manager Johnson reported briefly on the following
1) Have new engineers with Cavanaugh
working on our Water Treatment Plant and the Delta City
Sewer Extension projects - but sees no problem with Engineer
Jimmy Holland taking Engineer Kevin Burks place;
2) Powell Bill paving complete;
3) stated a need for a closed session
following citizens comments;
4) Next Waterfront Study Meeting will
be September 12.
Mayor Boyette commented on the following items briefly:
ElectriCities was seeking support of House Bill 1734 (HB)
which concerns Job Stimulus and Job Creation Act - after
some discussion concerning Beaufort County's Unemployment
Rate of 17% the council consensus was to forward a letter
of support for HB 1734.
Councilwoman Heath questioned if the Town had any plans
for September 11. After much discussion, Council and Town
Manager agreed that the Town would sponsor a recognition
service on September 11 and would coordinate with the
Councilman Ebron stated
that the News & Observer had a well written article
on Sunday, August 11, 2002 concerning the Town of Belhaven
and its elevation projection.
Mayor Boyette recognized Mr. Roy O'Neal, candidate for
Beaufort County Commissioner from Belhaven. Mr. O'Neal
asked that the Mayor and Council support the two candidates
(himself and Mr. Butch Raynor) who were running for office
as county commissioners. Mr. O'Neal stated that it had
been eight years since someone from this area served as
a commissioner. Mayor Boyette stated that anyone running
and being elected to a public office should be commended.
Closed Session GS 143-318.11(6)
There being no further business for regular session at
this time, Mayor Boyette stated that the Mayor and Council
had the need to convene into closed session according
to GS 143-318.11(6). Mayor Boyette declared the meeting
convened into closed session at 8:12 P.M.
Town Manager Johnson excused
Town Clerk Marie Adams from the meeting at 8:13 P.M.
Reconvene Into Regular Session
Councilman Hodges made the motion to reconvene into regular
session. Councilman Ebron seconded the motion which carried
unanimously. The meeting reconvened at 9:17 P.M.
September 2, 2002 Meeting
Councilman Hodges made the motion to cancel the September
2, 2002 Council meeting due to the Labor Day Holiday.
Councilwoman Heath seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Increase Town Manager's
Councilman Hodges made the motion to increase Town Manager
Johnson's salary by five percent effective with the next
payroll. Councilwoman Wilkerson seconded the motion which
There being no further business, Councilman Baker made
the motion to adjourn at 9:20 P.M. Councilman Ebron seconded
the motion which carried unanimously.