The Town Council of the Town of Belhaven met in regular
session and held a public hearing on Monday, May 2, 2005
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.
Mayor Boyette gave the invocation.
Hearing #2 - Community Development Block Grant –
Economic Development Application (CDBG-ED)
Mayor Boyette stated that the second of two required public
hearings would be held prior to the application for a
$265,000 grant to extend infrastructure (water, sewer
& electric) services into the Town’s extraterritorial
jurisdiction. Mayor Boyette recognized Mr. Wade Horne,
Executive Director of Community Developers of Beaufort-Hyde
Mr. Horne explained that Beaufort Hyde Construction, the
proposed panelized housing business would be located on
264 Business. Mr. Horne stated that the purpose of the
grant application was to provide the infrastructure to
this business. Mr. Horne stated that the grant application
was through the North Carolina Department of Commerce
(DOC), Economic Development and that the Town would be
responsible for receiving the funds and disbursing according
to DOC guidelines. Mr. Horne explained that this grant
had no matching funds and would not require any funds
from the town.
Boyette called the public hearing to order and asked for
any comments from the public at 7:38 P.M. There being
no comments from the public Mayor Boyette declared the
public hearing closed at 7:39 P.M.
of Mayor Pro Tem Ebron
Mayor Boyette announced that Councilwoman Wilkerson wanted
to recognize Councilman Ebron with a newspaper photograph
which she had re-illustrated to make Mr. Ebron to appear
to be a skateboarder. Mayor, Council members and the public
enjoyed the humorous rendition of Councilman Ebron the
of Minutes – Public Hearing/Regular Session and
Mayor Boyette announced that the minutes of the April
18, 2005 Regular Session/Public Hearing and Closed Session
were open for review and approval. Mayor Boyette stated
that some typo-graphical errors were noted in the minutes.
Councilman Hodges made the motion to approve the minutes
of the April 18, 2005 Regular Session/Public Hearing and
Closed Session minutes. Councilwoman Heath seconded the
motion which carried unanimously.
Day of Prayer - Proclamation
Mayor Boyette announced that the 54th Annual National
Day of Prayer would be held on Thursday, May 5, 2005 at
12 noon. Mayor Boyette encouraged the public to attend.
Mayor Boyette read the following proclamation.
Day of Prayer
May 5, 2005
Belhaven, North Carolina
WHEREAS, the year 2005 marks the 54th Annual National
Day of Prayer with this year’s theme, “God
Shed His Grace on Thee”, and
civic prayers and national days of prayer have a long
history and close identity with our United States of America,
the Supreme Court, the United States Congress, State Legislature
and the Town of Belhaven, begin each meeting with prayer,
the National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for Americans
of all faiths to join in united prayer to acknowledge
our dependence on God, to give thanks for blessings received,
to request healing for wounds endured, and to ask God
to guide our leaders and bring wholeness and unity to
all states and all citizens, and
it is fitting that Belhaven and all her people be enjoined
in a day of prayer to give thanks and to seek strengthening
of religious and moral values.
THEREFORE, I, Dr. Charles O. Boyette, Mayor of Belhaven
do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 5, 2005, to be designated
DAY OF PRAYER IN BELHAVEN
this the 2nd day of May, 2005.
Charles O. Boyette, Mayor
Women United Request Concerning the Old “Latham”
Cemetery on Old County Road
Mayor Boyette stated that the Town had received a request
from “Church Women United” concerning the
clean up, upkeep and ownership of Latham Cemetery. Mayor
Boyette recognized Ms. Alma Marie Whitaker representing
Church Women United (CWU). Ms. Whitaker stated that the
condition of the cemetery was in poor condition and could
not be mowed in the condition it was presently in. Ms.
Whitaker explained that back in 1998-1999 the inmates
from Hyde County Correctional Institute had removed large
trees and vines but it was then not in a condition to
be mowed. Ms. Whitaker stated that the Town owned this
cemetery at one time. Ms. Whitaker informed the Council
of CWU requests to assist with funding the clean up from
Z. Smith Reynolds and Bath Historic Site, as the cemetery
dated to 1870, and no funds were available. Ms. Whitaker
stated that she had been directed to contact Representative
Williams and Senator Basnight to inquire if funds were
available. Ms. Whitaker stated that the goal of CWU was
to have the cemetery cleaned to a mowable condition, have
the low areas filled and to deed to the town for upkeep
(mowing). Town Manager Johnson stated that this would
be a continued maintenance expense as no funds could be
generated from the cemetery as there were no additional
plots to sell.
was much discussion concerning former ownership of the
cemetery and possible ways in which the town could assist
CWU. Mayor Boyette with the consensus of the Council stated
that he would assist CWU with contacting state officials
to ascertain the possibility of a special appropriation,
asked Mr. Horne with CDBH to search for possible grants
– Mr. Horne agreed with assistance from CDBH’s
grant writer Ms. Jessica String.
Baker asked if CWU wanted to deed the cemetery to the
town. Ms. Whitaker stated that they did because CWU wanted
to insure that the property would always be maintained.
The consensus of the Council was to accept the Latham
Cemetery after it was cleaned and ready for mowing.
District Hospital Foundation – Request for Sailboat
Mayor Boyette stated that Pungo District Hospital Foundation
was again sponsoring the Pirates on the Pungo Sailboat
Regatta as a fundraising activity June 17-18, 2005. Mayor
Boyette stated that the foundation coordinator, Mrs. Sandra
Andrews requested use of the former Belhaven Fish &
Oyster property, which the town owns, for set up and spectators
for the lucky ducky contest and use of trash barrels for
this event. Mayor Boyette stated that Ms. Andrews’
request also included the hanging of a banner advertising
this event over Main Street near Railroad Street. Councilman
Hodges made the motion to approve the request as submitted.
Councilwoman Wilkerson seconded the motion which carried
Amendment #7 2004/2005 – 2005 Ford Explorer
Mayor Boyette stated that a budget amendment was needed
for the purchase of a new vehicle for the Town Manager,
since the town vehicle was totaled while parked. Councilman
Hodges made the motion to increase revenue account 10-399-000
(Fund Balance Appropriated) by $2,523 from $324,439 to
$326,962 and increase revenue account 10-335-006 (Miscellaneous
Revenue-Insurance Reimbursement & Proceeds) by $4,707
from 0 to $4,707 and increase expenditure account 10-420-074
(Capital Outlay-Equipment) by $7,230 from $15,000 to $22,230.
Councilman Hodges seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Development Block Grant – Economic Development (CDBG-ED)
Grant Resolution and Policies
Mayor Boyette stated resolutions and policies needed to
be adopted by the Town in order to submit an application
to the North Carolina Department of Commerce (DOC) for
the community development block grant – economic
development (CDBG-ED) funds. Mayor Boyette reminded the
public that this grant application was for the infrastructure
of water, sewer and electric on 264 Business for the proposed
Beaufort-Hyde Construction (panelized housing business).
Mayor Boyette stated that the second required public hearing
had been held earlier and the town was willing to act
as the pass-through for the grant. Town Manager Johnson
stated that the town does assume responsibility for compliance
of grant guideline and policies. Town Manager Johnson
did call attention to the Assessment Policy Item #4 by
summarizing that any revenue generated by the policy within
a period of five years would be returned to the CDBG Program.
Town Manager Johnson further explained that should area
residents want to connect to the sewer then they would
be charged an amount figured by property footage that
would be paid back to the CDBG program. Town Manager Johnson
stated that this grant did not require any matching monies
from the Town. Mayor Boyette read the resolution of support.
Councilman Baker made the motion to adopt the resolution
and policies and that the Mayor and Town Clerk be authorized
to execute all necessary paperwork on behalf of the Town
of Belhaven. Councilwoman Heath seconded the motion which
Mayor Boyette made the following comments: 1) Spoke with
Mr. Keith Walsh, builder of the new post office, who stated
that the new facility should open on May 23; 2) Mayor
Boyette stated that he also emphasized the importance
to Mr. Walsh to have a second route to the shopping center
– preferably through his property adjacent to the
new post office site; 3) Reported that Mr. Bob Holz a
Belhaven representative for one of the Department of Transportation
(DOT) advisory boards, had informed the Council at their
last meeting of the DOT’s delay in bridge construction
and roadway improvements which removed the 4-laning of
264 from Douglas Cross-Roads to Belhaven. Mayor Boyette
stated that these roadway improvements were important
to Belhaven and that the Beaufort County Economic Development
Commission (BCEDC) were involved and will show support
of these roadway improvements including the new Hwy 17
as first priority. 4) Belhaven Administration has completed
the necessary paperwork to solicit military participation
in the July 4th celebration.
– Widening Old County Road/Improvements in Front
of Post Office
Councilman Baker questioned if road improvements would
be made on Old County Road in front of the new post office.
Town Manager Johnson stated that the road will need some
improvement with widening and that sidewalk access would
need to be reviewed as the sidewalk is on the opposite
side of the street and a ditch would need to be crossed
to get to the post office.
Town Manager Johnson reported briefly on the following:
1) Mr. Sport Sawyer, Recreation Director on a part-time
basis for twelve years had resigned due to obligations
with the head football coaching position he holds. Town
Manager Johnson stated that Mr. Harold Nixon had been
hired to fill the recreation director’s position.
2) Had received confirmation from the Rural Center of
the $300,000 grant and for the $1.5 million loan
Workshop and Public Hearing
Town Manager Johnson stated that the Town Council needed
to set a budget workshop and Public Hearing for an application
of some monies for low to moderate income for Hurricane
Isabel monies. Following some discussion, Councilman Baker
made the motion to hold a budget workshop on Monday, May
9, 2005 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall.
Councilwoman Heath seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
Hodges made the motion to set a public hearing on Monday,
May 16, 2005 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers at Town
Hall for the application of a Community Development Block
Grant for Hurricane Isabel for low to moderate income
families. Councilwoman Heath seconded the motion which
Mayor Boyette recognized Mr. Bob Holz, resident of Water
Street. Mr. Holz stated that paving preparations had begun
on Water Street. Mr. Holz complained that the preparations
of paving had blown dirt on his home which had just been
power washed. Mr. Holz also stated that a neighbor, Mr.
Les Porter had vehicles which were parked near the shoulder
of the street which were plastered with dirt and small
pebbles from the street and received damage. Town Manager
Johnson stated that if the vehicles received damage then
the property owners should contact S.T. Wooten Corporation
concerning damages. Mr. Holz also explained that Mr. Swords,
a property owner on Water Street had just cleaned a drainage
ditch and it was filled by the scraping of the shoulders
of the street. Mr. Holz pleaded that the Town staff notify
residents of any proposed work in the respective neighborhoods.
Mayor Boyette thanked Mr. Holz for this suggestion.
Jules Purvis, resident of Lamont Street, complimented
the fire department on their recent training in which
they burned two dilapidated homes in his neighborhood.
Mr. Purvis stated that the firemen took much care as not
to damage adjoining property.
Heath suggested that Belhaven sponsor a recognition day
for volunteers. Town Manager Johnson stated that Town
Clerk Adams could check with the City of Washington to
ascertain how they handle this type of recognition.
There being no further business, Councilman Hodges made
the motion to adjourn. Councilwoman Wilkerson seconded
the motion which carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned
at 8:50 P.M.