Town Manager’s Report
Town Manager Johnson reported briefly on the following
1) Halloween (trick or treating) went
extremely well no problems with large visibility from
2) New Post Office site – land
preparation ongoing; and
3) Wynne View Building – construction
repairs started today.
Mayor Boyette recognized the following who spoke briefly:
Councilwoman Wilkerson stated that the tide had been high
on Main Street and seemed to cause problems with the new
restaurant (Fish Hooks) for parking, asked if additional
sign could be displayed at Wynne’s Gut Alley for
parking behind the Senior Center and also more strategically
placed signs for parking behind Town Hall.
Town Manager Johnson stated that the requested signs could
Mr. Bob Holz, requested that the storage trailer for the
Wynne View repairs not block the dinghy dock on Water
Town Manager Johnson stated that the dock would not be
Mr. Roy O’Neal complained of the downtown flooding
and asked that silt (debris) left on the sidewalks was
dirty, Mr. O’Neal asked that something be done about
Mayor Boyette replied that the Council shared in his concern
and funding was also an issue but that the flood gate
issue had not been approved as the state considered the
Mr. Graham Boyd suggested that the town go ahead and install
a flood gate and then let the state do whatever they had
Boys and Girls Club Request
– Mr. Redden Leggett
Mayor Boyette recognized Mr. Redden Leggett who asked
the Council about the use of the Multi-Purpose Building
this coming Saturday, November 6 for a fall festival.
Mr. Leggett stated that his staff had requested this use
earlier and was told that Town Manager Johnson said “No”.
There was much berated discussion and accusations between
Mr. Leggett and Town Manager Johnson.
Town Manager Johnson informed the Council of the poor
condition (lack of cleanliness) at the Multi-Purpose Building
and that the Boys and Girls Club had been the sole user
of the building until Women’s Volleyball through
the Recreation Department started about two weeks ago.
Town Manager Johnson stated that he and staff members
had entered the building about two weeks ago to find the
building in a filthy condition. There were many accusations
between both Mr. Leggett and Town Manager Johnson with
the Mayor using the gavel and asking for order.
Mayor Boyette and Councilwoman Heath both spoke of the
poor administration and the resignation of the entire
advisory board of the Belhaven unit due to dissention
with the Washington Board of Directors. Mayor Boyette
stated that funds and a bequeath of monies from the Mrs.
Clara Taylor Estate were transferred from the Belhaven
Unit to the Washington Unit were not entirely spent on
the Belhaven Unit which left much dissention from the
During a much heated discussion, the integrity of Mr.
Leggett was questioned and once again Mayor Boyette called
Mr. Leggett then asked for
permission to use the Multi-Purpose Building for the Belhaven
Unit of the Boys and Girls Club for a fall festival. Following
some discussion, Councilman Ebron made a motion for the
Belhaven Unit of the Boys and Girls Club use of the Multi-Purpose
Building on Saturday, November 6 from 9 A.M. – 5
Councilman Baker seconded the motion. There was some question
as to whether or not the motion included waive of fee
for the building.
Mr. Bob Holz, from the audience, suggested that the club
not be allowed to use the building as you would be rewarding
Councilman Ebron then made the motion to amend his motion
as flows: to allow the Belhaven Chapter of the Boys and
Girls Club permission to use the Multi-Purpose Building,
free of charge, on Saturday, November 6, 2004 from 9 A.M.
– 5:00 P.M. Councilman Baker seconded the motion.
Councilman Hodges and Wilkerson voted against the motion.
Councilwoman Heath abstained, which is an affirmative
vote, so therefore, the motion carried 3 to 2.
Mrs. Ellen Allen questioned the status of homes which
were elevated but had never been completed. Town Manager
Johnson stated that the Town and state were both aware
of the homes not completed or occupied.
Mr. Bob Holz asked if the Town
Administration had heard new from the Department of transportation
concerning the bridge replacement over Pungo Creek. Town
Manager Johnson stated that the town has no information
concerning the bridge replacement.
Mayor Boyette stated that Mr. Dixon
with Dixon & Hoyle (Developers of the Waterfront Project)
would be at the Committee of 100 meeting on Wednesday,
November 10, 2004 at 12 noon at the Helmsman.
Mr. Bob Holz questioned if there
were any contingencies with Sea Safari should they decide
not to relocate the business out of town. Town Manager
Johnson stated that the agreement would be with the state
as that is where the sewer extension project was funded.
Mayor Boyette asked for any other
business, hearing none, Councilman Hodges made the motion
to go into closed session according to GS 143-318.ll (3)
Attorney Client Privilege. Councilwoman Heath seconded
the motion which carried unanimously. The time was 8:37
Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Wright, not
hearing the call for other business, approached the Council
table with a drainage problem on their property at the
corner of Latham, Tooley and East Street. There was much
discussion concerning the drainage problem with the Council
consensus being that Town Manager Johnson research corrective
alternatives and get back to the Council at the next meeting.
The Closed Session actually convened at the close of discussion
of the Wrights drainage problem at 8:52 P.M.
Reconvene Into Regular
Councilman Hodges made the motion to reconvene into regular
session at 9:10 P.M. Councilwoman Heath seconded the motion
which carried unanimously.
Terminate Post Office Lease
Councilwoman Heath made the motion directing Town Manager
Johnson to terminate the lease of town property, in which
the post office is located on Main Street, with the Postal
Service. Councilman Baker seconded the motion which carried
There being no further business, Councilman Hodges made
the motion to adjourn. Councilwoman Heath seconded the
motion which carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned
at 9:12 P.M.