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The shore line / volume (None) 1979-current, August 01, 2017, Image 18

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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. 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 that evening. 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 Knoll Shores. 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 frame. WILLIAMS HARDWARE at Morehead Plaza • WINDOW & SCREEN REPAIR • POWER TOOLS & EQUIPMENT • LAWN & GARDEN SUPPLIES • CHAINS & FASTENERS • PLUMBERS & ELECTRICAL •SHARPENING SERVICE Gerber, Buck & Case Knives • Keys Glass Cut to Size • We Cut Thread Pipe SENTRY 252-726-7158 PINE KNOLL SHORES COMMISSIONERS MEETINGS 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 parking revenues. 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 unanimously. 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 town hall. 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

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