Approval of Minutes
- December 16, 2002 Regular and Closed Session Minutes
Mayor Boyette stated that the minutes of the December
16, 2002 Regular and Closed Session minutes were open
for review and adoption. There being no corrections to
the minutes, Councilman Hodges made the motion to approve,
Councilwoman Heath seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) Budget Request
Mayor Boyette recognized Mr. Tom Thompson, Executive Director
of Beaufort County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC).
Mayor Boyette stated that Mr. Thompson was present to
request an amendment of the budget to include funds for
the BCEDC. Mr. Thompson stated that his goal of BCEDC
was to include the entire county and towns in the county
in the BCEDC. He stated that originally the by-laws for
this organization had no members from the towns; but since
the by-laws have been re-written and include town=s within
the County. Mr. Thompson explained that to change this,
board members were included from Aurora, Bath, Belhaven,
Chocowinity and Pantego with Washington Park declining
to participate. Mr. Thompson explained that Beaufort County
provides 55% of the budget with the City of Washington
providing 45%. Mr. Thompson stressed the need for the
municipalities to show unity and participate in the funding.
Mr. Thompson stated that the calculations were figured
on the old population estimates @ $6.55 per capita for
Mayor Boyette stated that
the Council had contributed $15,000 to the EDC budget
in Fiscal Year 2001/2002 but had not participated this
year due to the lack of a formal request and the fact
that the town was spending $25,000 towards a $50,000 Waterfront
Feasibility Study. Mayor Boyette also stated that the
Council understood that the Northeastern Beaufort County
Economic Development (NEBCED) Office would remain open
two days a week with the $15,000 contribution, but the
office has barely been staffed. Mr. Thompson did state
that next year the budget request would be based on updated
population figures making Belhaven=s requested contribution
for 2003/2004 @ $12,890 (population estimate 1,968). Mr.
Thompson stated that staffing the NEBCED office two days
a week would not be a problem.
Mayor Boyette and Councilman
Ebron both spoke in support of BCEDC. After some discussion,
the consensus of the Council was to bring the request
for support back at the next Council meeting.
Mayor Boyette stated that the Celebration Committee was
getting organized through the Chamber of Commerce. The
by-laws for this organization was requesting an appointment
of two members by the town council for one year terms.
The Council discussed at length the need to appoint someone
from the Council or town administration and perhaps a
citizen. Councilwoman Wilkerson, who organizes several
fund raising events, stated that she felt she could not
give 100% to the committee. Councilwoman Wilkerson stated
that she would like to see if Richard and Carol Montgomery
or Pat Holz would be willing to serve in that capacity.
After some additional discussion, the consensus of the
Council was to have Councilwoman Wilkerson make a list
of prospective person(s) to serve on this committee and
for the Council members to make their recommendations
prior to the next Council meeting.
Mayor Boyette stated that the Town had mailed a notice
to Mr. Waddell with the Postal Service concerning the
temporary use of the town property for a post office site
and the condition of the parking area. Mayor Boyette explained
that the letter also contained notice that rent for the
property would start March 2003 in the amount of $1,000
with possible maintenance of the property for an additional
$300.00 per month. Mayor Boyette also stated that the
Council should make a priority list of possible site for
a permanent location of the Post Office. Mayor Boyette
stated that the following sites had been suggested: the
temporary site that the Post Office is now located, if
restrictions could be lifted from the FEMA guidelines;
old Post Office site on Allen Street with the inclusion
of the vacant lot next door; site behind the Chamber Office;
corner of Allen and Water Street (Bryant Baker house site);
the old Baker Food Site on the corner of Bay and Pamlico
Streets; Bishop property on the corner of Main and Railroad
Streets; town owned property behind the Municipal Building;
Hwy 264 & 99 (the old Harden's site), the old shoe
store (Morgan property) on the corner of Hwy 264 and Old
County Road, Voliva property beside Cargill's and the
former Belhaven Fish & Oyster Property.
Mayor Boyette recognized
Mr. Roy O'Neal, who stated that he had property on the
corner of Main and Lee Street and a four acre tract on
Hwy 264 By-Pass. Councilman Baker stated that the Council
had stated earlier their concern to keep the post office
in the downtown area. Town Manager Johnson stated that
the O'Neal property on the corner of Main and Lee Streets
did not seem large enough and was not zoned to allow a
post office like the General Business Zoning.
Mayor Boyette stated that the Post Office was interested
in having someone build the Post Office and then they
would lease the building. After much discussion, the consensus
of the Council was to make a list of the properties suggested
and for each Council member to prioritize the locations
by the top five choices. Mayor Boyette suggested that
the priority list be presented at the next Council meeting.
Town Manager Johnson reported briefly on the following:
that the Holidays went well and the Town employees were
thankful for their time off;
1) have had drug busts and making more
drug related arrests;
meeting Martin Luther King Holiday (January 20) postpone
meeting until January 27 and cancel the February 3, 2003
meeting and then meeting on February 17,
3) after some discussion, Councilman
Hodges made a motion to cancel the January 20 and February
3rd meetings and for the Town Council to meet on January
27 and February 17th. Councilman Baker seconded the motion
which carried unanimously.
Mayor Boyette recognized Mr. Roy O'Neal, resident of Tooley
Street. Mr. O=Neal stated that his personal home had had
the utilities cut off due to non-pay instead of his rental
house which is also on Tooley Street. Mr. O'Neal stated
that the person who cut his utilities back on had to drive
from Plymouth to reinstate his utilities and that he had
to pay extra fees.
Town Manager Johnson stated that if the utility department
cut off his utilities by mistake he would reimburse him
for any unnecessary fees he may have paid.
There being no further business, Councilman Ebron made
the motion to adjourn. Councilwoman Heath seconded the
motion which carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned
at 8:45 P.M.