The Town Council of the Town of Belhaven met in regular
session on Monday, August 4, 2003 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council
Chambers at Town Hall. Dr. Charles O. Boyette called the
meeting to order with the following Council members present:
Albert Baker, George R. Ebron, Jr., Mayor Pro-Tem; Cynthia
M. Heath, James B. Hodges and Linda E. Wilkerson. Town Manager
Tim M. Johnson and Town Clerk Marie J. Adams were also present.
Attorney Keith B. Mason arrived later.
Approval of Minutes
– July 7, 2003 Public Hearing and Regular Session
Mayor Boyette stated that the July 7, 2003 minutes of
the regular session and public hearing 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.
Amendment (Smallpox Vaccination Policy) Article VII Section
Town Attorney Keith B. Mason arrived at this time. Mayor
Boyette stated that the Council needed to amend the current
personnel policy to include protection to the employee
should a smallpox vaccination be required and should the
employee have adverse effects. Mayor Boyette read the
employee of the Town of Belhaven who misses work due
to an adverse medical reaction resulting from the
employee receiving an employment vaccination against
smallpox incident to Section 304 of the Homeland Security
Act will be handled as a workers’ compensation
claim. Sick leave and salary continuation benefits
will be handled in the same manner as any other type
of incident subject to workers’ compensation.”
Hodges made the motion approving the amendment to Article
VII Section 7 of the Town of Belhaven Personnel Policy.
Councilman Baker seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Town Manager Johnson stated that the new Reverse Osmosis
(RO Plant) was producing high quality water at 350 gallons
per minute (gpm). Town Manager Johnson stated that he
would prefer that the plant produce water at 425 –
450 gpm. Town Manager Johnson stated that the 350 gpm
was not a problem but producing 425-450 gpm would be more
ideal. Town Manager Johnson explained that the town had,
during the planning stages of the new water, applied for
and received a grant to tie Beaufort County Water and
Belhaven Water System together should either system need
to purchase water from the other system for any reason.
Town Manager Johnson stated that this was a fail safe
to have and the county water was utilized when the town
was switching over from the old water plant to the new.
Manager Johnson stated that the Council needed to set
a date for a ribbon cutting and open house at the new
water treatment facility. The consensus of the Council
was to have the ribbon cutting, open house with luncheon
at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Town Manager
Johnson stated that an invitation would be placed in the
Town Manager Johnson reported briefly on the following:
1) Auditors were here last week and gave
a good preliminary report, should present the audit late
September or early October;
Breakwater – Engineers from the Corps of Engineers
have reviewed and Town Manager Johnson took soundings,
Mayor Boyette has been in contact with Congressman Jones
concerning the replacement of the breakwater and the breakwater
will be repaired/replaced, Mayor Boyette stated that he
liked the concept of replacing the breakwater with granite
rocks and that this would cost approximately 1.5 –
2 million dollars; other options steel with concrete an
estimated 1.5 million dollars and repairing the existing
breakwater .5 – 1 million dollars. Mayor Boyette
emphasized the importance of the breakwater and the positive
manner in which it would help the development of the waterfront
and for existing home sites on the waterfront;
September 1, 2003 Monday, Holiday Labor Day – cancel
meeting – Councilman Hodges made the motion to cancel
the September 1, 2003 meeting due to the Labor Day Holiday
and lack of pressing business;
announced that Utilities Director Dewitt Hardison has
given his resignation and will be working until the end
of September, hate to see him leave as he has six years
with the town and received a National Honor through the
American Public Power Association (APPA), in the process
of advertising this position.
Mayor Boyette commented briefly on the following:
will have a new Post Office in Belhaven –
Belhaven is the #1 priority out of 542 sites to have a
new facility within two years – want to keep the
post office downtown;
Incumbents have filed for re-election, Mayor Boyette praised
those who filed for their willingness to serve their town;
Mayor Boyette stated that the Council and town needed
to host a Fire and Rescue Appreciation Day for those that
serve their community, Mayor Boyette stated that Mrs.
Ellen Allen, Secretary-Treasurer presented to the Council
a request for two pro-paks, one for each ambulance, Mrs.
Allen stated that the pro-pak is essential for vitals
signs on patients as it is hard to get a pulse or take
a blood pressure on a noisy, bumpy truck. After much discussion,
Council consensus was to host an appreciation day in October
at the department and to invite Pungo District Hospital
to assist and to get information to Town Manager Johnson
and Town Clerk Adams concerning this day of recognition,
also, motion by Councilwoman Wilkerson for Town Manager
Johnson to bring back to the next meeting a way to purchase
two used pro-paks at an estimated $3,500 each for the
department, Councilman Baker seconded the motion which
Paul Wood now Fire and Rescue Chief, following
the resignation of Golet Holloway, new assistant chief
will be voted on and presented to the Council for concurrence.
Mayor Boyette emphasized the need to expand the department
and to encourage members to become EMT certified and asked
for support of the department from the council and community.
Mayor Boyette asked for any comments from the citizens.
Mayor Boyette recognized Mr. Willie Spencer who questioned
if he could continue parking on the shoulder of town streets
for his mobile concession stand. Consensus of the Council
was for Mr. Spencer to continue utilizing the shoulder of
town streets for his concessions. Town Manager Johnson informed
Mr. Spencer that should the Council make a policy on vendors
he would be notified prior to any vote on this issue.
Town Manager Johnson stated that the Council had a need
for closed session as allowed by GS 143-318.11 (5) and
GS 143-318.11 (3) Jerry Spencer Lawsuit case. Councilwoman
Heath made the motion to convene into closed session for
reasons as stated by Town Manager Johnson. Councilman
Baker seconded the motion which carried unanimously. Town
Clerk Adams was excused from the meeting. Closed session
convened at 8:45 P.M.
Reconvene - Regular
The Town Council reconvened into regular session upon
motion by Councilman Hodges, seconded by Councilman Ebron
and carried unanimously. The meeting reconvened into regular
session at 9:00 P.M.
– Jerry Spencer
Town Manager Johnson reported that the Jerry Spencer Lawsuit
against the Town of Belhaven had ended with the Judge
granting Summary Judgment in the case thus dismissing
all of the Plaintiff’s claims.
There being no further business, Councilwoman Heath made
the motion to adjourn. Councilwoman Hodges seconded the
motion which carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned
at 9:15 P.M.