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As this is written, we arejn the midst of typical hot
and steamy weather in Pine Knoll Shores. Here are
some of the things going on in town.
Next dinner with the mayor. Our next dinner with
Mayor Jones will be on Friday, October 13, at 5:30
p.m. at a location yet to be determined. Full details
will be available well in advance of the date. All are
Welcome aboard to Town Planner Kevin Reed.
Pine Knoll Shores is very fortunate to have Kevin as
our new town planner. He comes to us after working
three years in the village of Pinehurst. Prior to that he worked in Emerald Isle. As
such, he brings considerable experience to Pine Knoll Shores, and has a background in
coastal development issues, floodplain management, and code enforcement. Kevin is a
graduate of Virginia Tech and is a member of the American Planning Association, the
North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, the American Institute
of Certified Planners, the North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers, and the
North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials.
Appeal window for flood maps. If you have been tracking this publication and
receive town emails, you are aware that new flood maps have been published this year.
A 90-day appeal window was set to start at the end of July. As mentioned in the previous
paragraph, town planner Kevin Reed is an accredited floodplain manager, and he is
available to help describe the appeal process. As was the case earlier this year when we
offered reviews of the preliminary maps, we ask that you contact Kevin ahead of time and
arrange an appointment. He is at 247-4353 ext. 11.
Fire Department/EMS squad now paramedic qualified. Effective July 1, the Pine
Knoll Shores EMS service became paramedic qualified. The transition to paramedic
level service was a year and a half in the making, and I want to credit Chief Jason Baker
and his crew for getting the personnel trained and equipped for this important service.*
This became necessary two years ago when the county advised us that their paramedic
stationed at our firehouse would be moved. The crew has already had two paramedic
level calls for citizens here in town.
$17,000 grant received for resiliency planning. Our intern Eli Valsing from
UNC-Chapel Hill submitted an application to the North Carolina Division of Coastal
Management for a resiliency planning grant. We were awarded this grant last month.
From this $17,000 we hope to improve our storm water program here in town and
perhaps have some public education on storm water and water quality issues.
2017 Parks and Recreation survey. As of this writing we have received over 300
responses to the 2017 Parks and Recreation survey. Intern Eli Valsing will present the
results and some analysis of the survey at the next Board of Commissioners meeting on
August 9 at 6 p.m. at town hall.
Annual HOA summit. Mayor Ken Jones will host our annual HOA summit on
August 18 at 5:30 p.m. at town hall. At this event we invite the presidents of every
homeowners association in Pine Knoll Shores to come in and hear an update on town
business from the mayor and to discuss concerns. Many are not aware that we actually
have over 20 homeowners associations in Pine Knoll Shores. As Mayor Jones has
noted over the years, perhaps the most valuable aspect of this event is that these people
meet one another in order to share similar concerns. Please notify your homeowners
association president of any internal
concerns, and he or she can bring them up
Presentation of check to Hope For
The Warriors. At the August 9 Board
of Commissioners meeting Mayor Ken
Jones will present a check to Hope For The
Warriors from the 2017 Pine Knoll Shores
Kayak for the Warriors eyents. If you were
involved, you are invited to come and get in
a group photo. All are welcome to attend one
the proudest moments of the year in Pine
Audit of town finances. We will soon
begin our state-mandated independent
audit of our finances, which will likely be
completed in the September/October time
at Morehead Plaza
• WINDOW & SCREEN REPAIR
• POWER TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
• LAWN & GARDEN SUPPLIES
• CHAINS & FASTENERS
• PLUMBERS & ELECTRICAL
Gerber, Buck & Case Knives • Keys
Glass Cut to Size • We Cut Thread Pipe
PINE KNOLL SHORES
By Paige Gillespie
The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners was held on July 12 at town
hall. All commissioners were present. Commissioner Ted Goetzinger recused himself
from any discussion or votes regarding the Pine Knoll Boulevard and Highway 58
parcel. There were 70 members of the public in attendance.
Michelle Powers of the History Committee made a presentation of the Alfred Newsome
Award to the town. This award, from the North Carolina Department of Natural and
Cultural Resources, recognizes outstanding achievements in preserving local history.
Town Manager Brian Kramer made a presentation outlining the conservation
options for the 9.3-acre parcel at Pine Knoll Boulevard and Highway 58.
Ryan Griffith with the Eastern Carolina Council made a presentation on the results
of the community input and market study and the retail and residential market study.
During the public comment session, 20 people spoke.
Town Manager Brian Kramer introduced the new town planner, Kevin Reed. Mr.
Kramer then reported on several items: • The town became paramedic qualified on
July 1. The county paramedic will continue working with the station temporarily. There
are currently five firemen and one police officer who are paramedic qualified, with two
more firemen expecting to be qualified within the next year.
• The town was awarded $17,000 for a Resiliency Grant. The grant will be used to
study the drainage and flooding of the east end system and the second line to the
country club, road drainage improvements and educational outreach.
• The owner of the property at 112 Salter Path Road is interested in putting an ice station
on the property. The owner and the town are studying whether this is possible.
• The Strategic Planning Committee is working on several items and John Halada
will present an update to the board at the August meeting.
• Senator Sandersons office indicated that the town did not receive funding for the
pedestrian activated signs at the crosswalks. The new lights will all be LED.
• The town is looking into the possibility of giving the old flagpole to PIKSCO to
put in McNeill Park. The flagpole was made available when a new 80-foot pole
was donated to the Fire Department.
Assistant Town Manager/Finance Officer Julie Anderson gave an update on beach
Building Inspector Jim Taylor reported that 94 permits were issued in June for
an estimated cost of $7.7 million and $2,354 in fees. One hundred seventy-one
inspections were performed.
Intern Eli Valsing reported that there have been over 300 responses to the PARC survey.
Fire Chief Jason Baker reminded everyone to be very careful in the ocean.
Police Chief Ryan Thompson reported that there have been no collisions at the crosswalks.
Under unfinished business, a motion was made to approve the rezoning of the
9.3-acre parcel from office/professional to R2 residential. After the board discussed
the issues with this property, the motion was approved 4-0. A motion to update the
rezoning ordinance was approved 4-0.
Under new business, a motion was made to allow businesses to serve alcohol
beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The motion passed unanimously. The Fire
Department’s heart monitor is inoperable, obsolete and cost prohibitive to repair.
The department has been using one on loan from the county. A motion was made
to approve the purchase of a monitor at a cost of $40,000. The motion passed
During the second public comment session, five people spoke.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, August 9, at 6 p.m. at
The full minutes of Board of Commissioners meetings are included in the agenda packets
that are publicly available through the calendar on the town website (townofpks.com) and
are sent out via email prior to the next months regular board meeting. If you have questions
about access to the minutes, contact Town Clerk Sarah Williams at 247-4353 ext. 13.
18 The Shoreline I August 2017