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Preparedness, John McCormick the Planning Board, Fred McCall the Community Appearance Com
mission, Gordon Gibson the Police Commissioner opening, while voters elected Aubrey Johnso
David Hasulak and Lee Blanchard to serve as Commissioners for the next four years. Good
luck to all these dedicated people. We need you and we appreciate what you do.
Before the January meeting business was taken up, Mayor Hanan introduced Morehead
Postmaster, Neil Webb, who had information about proposed changes in mail service to Pine
Knoll Shores. He said that it has not been definitely decided but it has been proposed
that service to Pine Knoll Shores be moved from Morehead City to the new Post Office now
being built in Atlantic Beach. This would entail the change of zip code for Pine Knoll
Mr. Webb told them how the number of mail boxes here has more than doubled since he
took office. We have 1000 rural boxes here! There is one full time mail carrier and a
part-time auxiliary. Time spent has risen from 48 hours to 68 hours per week. If we are
switched to Atlantic Beach the service would grant one year's grace on the forwarding of
mail—all mail forwarded free for that length of time. It will be required though, that
only street addresses be used. Route numbers change too often and therefore they should
not be used.
The alternative is to remain with Morehead City. Residents would be more likely to
face delays and late deliveries if this were to happen.
When asked if we really had a choice he replied that whereas the decision rests with
the Post Office Authority, the wishes of Pine Knoll Shores would be taken into account.
He suggested that the Commissioners notify him of our preference.
There is still much to be done on the new building. Even after it is finished it
will have to be inspected and accepted before it can open. Nothing will be done about i
a change for a few months yet.
Commissioner Johnson reported that 63% of revenues have been received while 40% of
expenditures have been paid out. Seventy-seven and one-half per cent of taxes have been
Johnson then presented two budget ordinance amendments for approval. The first in
creased the public works expenditure line by $8000 to cover the expected cost of trash
collection at business and condominium properties. The second allotted an additional
$8000 to the Bogue Banks Library relocation fund. Both of these amendments were approved.
Johnson also proposed a change in the conditions of acceptance of the deed of gift
for the property on Pine knoll Boulevard accepted last month. They would be changed to
conform to those in the actual deed presented by the Roosevelt Partnership, Inc. These
state the property would remain in its natural state and condition through the year 2010.
Beginning January 1, 2010 it can be used only for municipal or recreational purposes if
certain conditions are met but it is recommended that it be allowed to remain in its
natural state. This too was passed.
Commissioner Blanchard was commended for his prompt response to the need for snow
removal during the recent blizzard. He reported that he had had some calls concerning
the damage to the right-of-ways. [More about this below]. He has arranged for a crew
to level mounds of dirt that might remain after the plowing. There will be no reseeding
but they will try to put existing sod back in place.
In the ensuing discussion it ;ras decided that the Commissioners hold a workshop to
study the snow removal policy of 1987 and that was set for January 23 at 9 a.m. >
Commissioner Roderick whose duties as Planning and Building Inspection Commissioner ^
Somehow escaped listing in last month's Shore Line proved that these are indeed his
responsibilities. Tlie Planning Board did not meet. The Building Inspection report for