Call to Order
The Beaufort County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC)
Board Meeting was held at the Boyette Civic Center at
257 West Pungo Street on Thursday, April 24,2003 at 7:45
P.M. Members of the Belhaven Town Council present were:
Dr. Charles O. Boyette, Mayor;
George R. Ebron, Jr., Mayor Pro-Tem, Albert Baker and
BCEDC had the following members present: Jeryl Rawls,
Chairman, AI Klemm, Zoph Potts, Jay McRoy, Floyd Brothers,
Buster Humphreys, Stewart Rumley, Jay Hardin, Joe Hooker,
Vernon Howell, Jr., Jay McRoy and Stan Deatheridge. Tommy
Thompson, Executive Director of BCEDC was also present.
Town Manager Tim M. Johnson and Town Clerk Marie
J. Adams were also present, as were Approximately 12 members
of the public.
Dr. Charles O. Boyette, Mayor gave the invocation. Mr.
Thompson welcomed the board members and introduced Chairman
Chairman Rawls asked for adoption of the BCEDC Board minutes
of March 27, 2003. A motion to approve the minutes was
made and seconded and carried unanimously.
Mayor Boyette stated that the Town of Belhaven was encouraging
development of the waterfront and pleased with the recent
Waterfront Plan and Feasibility Study in which the BCEDC
and the Town of Belhaven financed.
Mayor Boyette also stated that the Town's infrastructure
was in place with an upgraded sewer system, new water
system - almost complete and recent upgrade of the electric
Mr. Thompson briefed the board on the Waterfront Plan
emphasizing that the Town of Belhaven was the owner of
the property which would be a focal point that could get
the project started. Mr. Thompson also stated Belhaven
had an advantage to development because of the large amount
of prime waterfront property available for development.
Mayor Boyette also stated that Pantego Creek was a safe
harbor and that the town administration was proceeding
to try to get the breakwater, which is dilapidated, replaced
with rock, rip-rap.
Mr. Thompson stated that the board would take a tour of
the John A. Wilkinson Center (JAW Center) and then proceed
to the waterfront for a boat tour, provided by Captain
Ricky Radcliffe of Radcliffe Marine, Inc.
Mr. Rawls proceeded to conduct the other items of business
of the BCEDC which included discussion on the following
projects: Pretti Project, Atwater Project, Maxwell Industries,
Pharmaceutical Project, VictoryProject, OLF, (Buildings-
Shell) and concluded with the adoption of a budget. Councilman
Ebron left the meeting following discussions of the Belhaven
Waterfront. The meeting concluded at the Boyette Civic
Center and proceeded to the (JAW)and
then to the waterfront tour.
BCEDC members left the Civic Center at 9:45 A.M.