Approval of Minutes
– Regular and Closed Session – November 1,
Mayor Boyette stated that the minutes of the November
1, 2004 Regular and Closed Session were open for review
and approval. There being no corrections to the minutes,
Councilman Hodges made the motion to approve the November
1, Regular and Closed Session minutes. Councilwoman Heath
seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4 to 0.
of Beaufort- Hyde – Presentation
Mayor Boyette stated that Mr. Wade Horne, Executive Director
of Community Developers of Beaufort-Hyde (CDBH) was present
and had a presentation to the Council. Councilman Baker
arrived at this time. Mr. Horne stated that the Town of
Belhaven had always been supportive of CDBH. Mr. Horne
explained that because of the Town’s support the
North Carolina Community Development Initiative, Inc.
presented the “Local Government Award” for
“Leadership, Investment and Commitment to Improving
Underdeveloped Communities” to the Town of Belhaven
on the 23rd of October, 2004. Mayor Boyette stated that
Belhaven was the only municipality to receive this award.
Center – Council Discussion
Mayor Boyette stated that for some time the Police Department
has needed a new facility due to the continued flooding
of Town Hall. Mayor Boyette stated that Town Manager Johnson
had met with representatives from Rural Development concerning
grant funds and loans for the building of the new facility
to house the Police and Fire & Rescue Departments.
Mayor Boyette stated that the fire and rescue building
was very old, had been remodeled several times and had
numerous problems. Mayor Boyette stated that ideally the
location of the police department would be on the town
property involving the Welcome Center and Caboose with
the Fire Department located for rear drive-through existing
onto Haslin Street. Mayor Boyette stated that the Chamber
could be located on the property behind the Municipal
Building or located in the Town Hall.
Town Manager Johnson stated
that Rural Development was going to have 60 million in
loans and 4.4 million in grants available to sixteen states
in the spring of 2005. Town Manager Johnson stated that
if the town council wished to proceed with application
of grants and loans a feasibility study would be needed
along with an environmental impact study.
Mr. Walt Allen, resident,
asked if any Homeland Securities monies were available.
Town Manager Johnson stated that larger cities were more
likely to get that type of funding but that may be a potential
resource for funding.
Mayor Boyette asked for
a motion to proceed to seek funding, grants and loans,
to build the Public Safety Center. Councilman Ebron made
the motion directing Town Manager Johnson to proceed with
needed studies and to seek funding through grants and
loans. Councilwoman Heath seconded the motion which carried
unanimously, 5 to 0.
Area – Drainage Problem
Mayor Boyette stated that the Council had heard a complaint
from Dr. J. T. Wright of 970 Latham Street concerning
poor drainage in his area and the drainage and Latham
and Tooley Street emptying onto his property. Mayor Boyette
informed the public that he and the Town Manager had reviewed
the drainage area and found that the terra cotta drainage
pipe was broken in several places and needed replacing.
Mayor Boyette further explained that in order to replace
this drainage pipe easements from all property owners
would need to be signed allowing the town to access their
property for this drainage repair. Town Manager Johnson
stated that the replacement of this tile would improve
the drainage but not entirely repair the problem because
there was not enough fall in the land to force the water
entirely off of Dr. Wright’s property. Town Manager
Johnson warned that there would be a lot of digging needed
to replace this tile with the backhoe and by hand.
Mayor Boyette recognized
Mr. Jules Purvis of Lamont Street who stated that there
were also drainage problems on the corner of Lamont and
Pungo Street. Town Manager Johnson stated that there was
another lead ditch between Lamont and Tooley Streets which
has also been damaged and did not drain.
After some discussion,
Councilman Hodges directed Town Manager Johnson to proceed
with easements from the property owners involved and to
replace the broken tile leading to the back of Dr. Wright’s
property. Councilman Baker seconded the motion which carried
unanimously, 5 to 0.
Town Manager Johnson reported briefly on the following
1) the first meeting in January 2005 the Council and public
would review a power point presentation by CDBH for the
implementation of a Construction Center which would employ
up to 110 people and that the meeting would be held at
the Civic Center;
2) Historically, due to the lack of business the second
meeting in December has been cancelled – following
some discussion Councilman Baker made the motion to cancel
the December 20, 2004 meeting, Councilwoman Wilkerson
seconded the motion which carried unanimously, 5 to 0.
2) Next Meeting will be at the Civic Center, groundbreaking
of the Post Office will be on Tuesday, December 7, at
Party, Friday, December 7 at the Boyette Civic Center
– 6:30 P.M.; Holidays: Municipal Building Closed
Thursday and Friday December 23 and 24 and on Monday,
December 27 for the Christmas Holiday and closed on Friday,
December 31, for the New Year’s Holiday –
Residential Garbage Collection will remain on regular
schedule (Monday pickup).
Mayor Boyette reported briefly on the following: Christmas
Parade – very disappointed with the number in the
parade and spectators. Mrs. Pat Holz, Celebrations Committee
member stated there was no active leadership – Mayor
Boyette suggested that the Celebration Committee plan
for next year’s Christmas Parade now. Mayor Boyette
stated that Mr. David Crosby, representing the Chamber
worked very hard single handedly and should be commended.
Town Manager Johnson stated that funds were budgeted for
the Celebrations Committee to organize the Christmas Parade.
No Public Comments
There being no comments from the public, Councilman Hodges
made the motion to adjourn. Councilwoman Wilkerson seconded
the motion which carried unanimously.