The Town Council of the Town ofBelhaven met in regular
session on Monday, May 19,2003 in the Council Chambers
at Town Hall. Dr. Charles O. Boyette, Mayor, called the
meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. with the following Council
members present: Albert Baker, George R. Ebron, Jr., Mayor
Pro-Tern; Cynthia M. Heath, James B. Hodges and Linda
E. Wilkerson. Town Manager Tim M. Johnson, Town Attorney
Keith B. Mason and'Town Clerk Marie J. Adams were also
of Minutes - May 12, 2003 Budget Workshop; May 5, 2003
Regular Session and Public Hearing; May 1, 2003 Committee
of 100 Meeting and May 5, 2003 Closed Session
Mayor Boyette announced that the following
minutes were open for review and approval: May 12,2003
Budget Workshop; May 5, 2003 Regular Session and Public
Hearing; May 1,2003 Committee of 100 Meeting and May 5,
2003 Closed Session. Councilman Hodges made the motion
to approve the minutes as written. Councilwoman Heath
seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Development Block Grant - Community Revitalization (CDBG-CR)
Project Update and Public Comments/Question Session -
Holland Consulting Planners, Inc. (HCP)
Mayor Boyette stated that the Town had received
a Community Development Block Grant Community Revitalization
(CDBG-CR) which Holland Consulting Planners, Inc. (HCP)
was administering for the town. Mayor Boyette introduced
Mr. Alan Crawford with HCP who briefed the Council on
the progress of the grant. Mr. Crawford stated that the
Project Area Committee (PAC) had met this afternoon at
5 :00 P.M. to clarify the goals of the project and any
misconceptions. Mr. Crawford stated that there were a
few concerns that would be reviewed. Mayor Boyette requested
a review of the impact area of this grant. Mrs. Nicole
P. Ahearn stated that the grant area covered portions
of West Pungo Street, California Street, Harbinger Street
and Old County Road. Councilman Hodges stated that he
attended the PAC meeting and felt that the meeting clarified
a lot of concerns of the citizens in the impact area.
Housing Assistance Program (CRA) Hurricane Floyd Recovery
Town Manager Johnson asked Mr. Crawford to update the
Mayor and Council on the status of the Crisis Housing
Assistance Program (CRA). Mr. Crawford stated that the
program should be complete by the end of June with twelve
homes left, in various stages of construction/replacement,
etc.; with 63 total homes with 40 ofthese homes being
replaced with double-wide or modular homes and the remaining
being rehabilitated at no cost to the citizens. Mayor
Boyette stated that elevation program, due to the flooding
in the past years, was a positive improvement for the
town and its' citizens.
of Commerce Budget Request
Boyette recognized Mrs. Melanie V. Cleary, Executive Director,
Belhaven Community . Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Cleary
submitted the Chamber's proposed budget totaling $47,100.00
with a request from the town for $10,000. Mrs. Cleary
stated that the Chamber was in their 51st year of operation
with ninety members to date with the implementation of
a new brochure promoting northeastern Beaufort County
Boyette thanked Mrs. Cleary for her presentation and stated
that the public hearing for the 2003/2004 budget would
be set later in the meeting.
Planning Board/Board of Adjustment - Appointments
Boyette stated that the Council had re-appointed two members
to the Planning Board/Board of Adjustment at the last
Council meeting but had two re;naining positions to filL
A memb_r needs to be appointed from the extraterritorial
jurisdiction (ETJ) with a term expiring' May 2007 and
an alternate regular member should be appointed to fill
the unexpired term of Ms. Del Stutzman, who moved, with
term expiring May 2005. Town Manager Johnson stated that
Mr. Wesley Bowman, from the ETJ, had been an alternate
member for a number of years and would like to fill the
regular ETJ position and someone could be appointed to
fill his unexpired term. Councilman Ebron stated that
he had talked with Mrs. Doreatha Keyes, a retired teacher,
who stated that she would be willing to serve from the
ETJ. Town Manager Johnson stated that in the agenda packet
were two letters for consideration of the alternate regular
member from Mr. Jesse Taylor, III and Ms. Betsy Deluca.
Mr. Johnson stated that Mr. Ellis "Skeeter"
Ross had submitted a letter of interest to his office
today for consideration. Mayor Boyette recognized Mrs.
Pat Holz, who stated that the ad in the newspaper requesting
letter of interest for appointment to the PBBOA did not
state a deadline, and that her husband, Mr. Robert Holz,
would like to be considered for appointment as a regular
some discussion Councilman Hodges made the motion to appoint
Mr. Wesley Bowman as a regular member of the PBBOA for
the ETJ with a term expiring March 2005 and that Mrs.
Doretha Keyes be appointed to serve as an alternate ETJ
member filling the unexpired term of Mr. Bowman, expiring
March 2007. The motion carried unanimously.
Boyette stated that the appointment of a regular alternate
member of the PBBOA should be appointed with a term expiring
March 2005. Mayor Boyette stated that the following citizens
had expressed an interest for appointment: Mr. Jesse Taylor,
III; Mr. Ellis "Skeeter" Ross; Ms. Betsy Deluca
and Mr. Robert Holz. Following discussion, Councilman
Baker made the motion to appoint Mr. Jesse Taylor, III
as an alternate member of the PBBOA filling an unexpired
term which will expire in March 2005. Councilwoman Heath
seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
was much discussion from the public and the Council concerning
PBBOA members' attendance at the Waterfront Study meetings,
etc. Town Council agreed that the PBBOA should be encouraged
to attend meetings concerning development of the town.
Trailer Park (Village Homes) Private Water System
Boyette stated that Mr. Roy O'Neal had approached the
Council concerning large water and sewer bills for his
mobile home park where the town installed a master meter
and individually read the tenants' meters, as a courtesy,
and billed Mr. O'Neal for any overage. Mayor Boyette stated
that the Council needed to consider reading the master
meter only and billing Mr. O'Neal for all water and sewer
charges, then in turn, Mr. O'Neal could figure averages
and increase rent to cover the water and sewer usage of
Manager Johnson stated that it would be in the Town's
best interest to discontinue reading the individual meters.
There was much discussion concerning the options which
the property owner (Mr. . O'Neal) could have 1) have lines
and meters replaced to town specifications and deed the
system over to the town, or 2) the town read and bill
from the master meter only to Mr. O'Neal.
Hodges stated that Mr. O'Neal had contacted him concerning
the fact that he could not attend this meeting because
of a prior engagement and asked that the Council review
at their next meeting. Council members Baker and Heath
both were contacted and agreed that the issue should be
tabled until Mr. O'Neal could be in attendance. Councilman
Ebron stated that the Town Attorney, Mr. Keith Mason was
in attendance tonight for this issue.
Manager Johnson stated that there was a second issue,
concerning the past due water and sewer bill which he
had given Mr. 0 'Neal an extension of time to pay and
he had offered a six month payment plan, which Mr. O'Neal
did not seem interested. There was some discussion concerning
the delinquency of the water and sewer bills and the need
for immediate payment.
Amber O. Slade, daughter of Mr. O'Neal, stated that Mr.
O'Neal would not return to Belhaven until Friday, May
additional discussion, Mayor Boyette stated that the Council
needed to handle two separate issues: 1) the past due
water and sewer bills which need to be paid, and 2) the
improvement to meet town specifications, of the O'Neal's
Trailer Park (Village Homes) water system for dedication
to the town or for the town to discontinue reading individual
meters within the park and read the master meter only,
billing Mr. O'Neal for the total water and sewer.
Past Due Water & Sewer Bills/Table Meter Reading Issue
discussion, Councilwoman Wilkerson made the motion that
the town proceed immediately with the collection of Mr.
O'Neal's (Village Homes) Trailer Park past due utility
bills, and that Mr. O'Neal had until Friday, May 23 at
3 P.M. to pay past due bills to avoid disconnection. Councilwoman
Heath seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Hodges made the motion that the issue of discontinuing
the reading of O'Neal's Trailer Park (Village Homes) private
meters be tabled until the June 2,2003 Council meeting
in order to give Mr. O'Neal the opportunity to be present
at the meeting to discuss the issue. Councilman Baker
seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Public Hearing - 2003/2004 Fiscal Year Budget
Boyette stated that the Council needed to establish a
date for the public hearing for the proposed 2003/2004
Fiscal Year Budget. Following some discussion, Council1nan
Hodges made the motion to set the 2003/2004 Fiscal Year
Budget Public Hearing for Monday, June 2, 2003 at 7:30
P.M. Councilwoman Heath seconded the motion which carried
Town Manager Johnson reported briefly on the following
issues: 1) Southern City Magazine published by the North
Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) published documentary
on Belhaven's Elevation Program; 2) Storms predicted this
hurricane season 15-16 storms with 3 major - Belhaven
will be in much better condition, due to the elevation
of homes, to take on any storms should they come our way;
3) Departmental monthly reports enclosed for Council review;
4) Code Enforcement implementing mowing overgrown properties
and removal of junk vehicles; 5) Waterfront Development
- moving quickly and positively - town will need to decide
if Request for Proposals is necessary or to go with a
developer entirely; and 6) Downtown drainage - will implement
meetings to discuss ways to mitigate these problems.
Mr. Walt Allen questioned if the well site could be drilled
in the same area as the present site? Town Manager Johnson
stated that the Town received their permit for drilling
in the same area.
Velma Murray, recipient of a new home through the elevation
grant, complained of water standing near on drive; Town
Manager Johnson stated that all monies had been expended
and the program had provided her with a new home elevated
out of harms way with positive drainage under the home,
which would alleviate rot.
There being no further business, Councilwoman Heath made
the motion to adjourn; Councilwoman Wilkerson seconded
the meeting which carried unanimous. The meeting adjourned
at 9: 03 P.M.