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Board of Commissioners
By Paige Gillespie
The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners was held on January 12,
and all commissioners were present.
Mayor Brodman made the following announcements:
• February 10-11 —Board of Commissioners Annual Offsite Retreat
• February 24—Beach Corhmission Orientation for newly elected officials
Twelve people spoke during the public comment session.
The Consent Agenda, including past meeting minutes. Parks and Recreation
Committee (PARC) volunteer appointments, a resolution to accept a new
records retention schedule and tax discoveries and releases, was approved
Under Unfinished Business:
• Sidewalks & Pedestrian Master Plan: Brian Kramer, Julie Anderson and
Charlie Rocci presented an overview of the sidewalk project and the
pedestrian master plan. The results of the sidewalk survey were reviewed.
Potential funding options were discussed, and an analysis of the results
was discussed. The board voted unanimously to include sidewalk financing
in the FY2023 budget discussion. Along with this, they authorized Town
Manager Kramer to reach out to Arendell Engineers to get a cost estimate
on a sidewalk on the south side of Highway 58.
Under New Business:
• Julie Anderson presented Budget Amendment #5 that includes land survey
services for the equipment building (FEMA excess funds project), sidewalk
survey printing and mailing services, social media archiving services,
unemployment benefits and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
consulting services. The amendment was adopted unanimously.
• Brian Kramer requested authorization to apply for an NC Land and Water
Fund (NCLWF, formerly the NC Clean Water Trust Fund) grant to fund
Phase III of the stormwater project. The application is due February 1, with
the grant being awarded in September. The project must be completed
within two years. If he is confident that the town will receive the grant,
the design and planning of the project would be done over the summer,
with construction to be done next winter. He has spoken to all but
one of the affected homeowners, and they are all onboard. The board
voted unanimously to authorize Mr. Kramer to proceed with the grant
• Review of Town Strategic Plan: Board members have received the updated
Strategic Plan. Strategic Planning Committee Chairman John Ferguson was
to present a briefing at a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners on
• Offsite Agenda Topics: Board members suggested possible topics for the
agenda for the February offsite meeting.
Town Manager Brian Kramer reported on these items:
• NCDOT drain lines: A former DOT employee believes their argument
that they are not responsible for maintaining the line is invalid. Brian told,
the homeowners to expect DOT to fix the line but not to expect long term
• Waste Removal: There were a few glitches with the new trash/recycle
company, but the first two weeks went fairly smoothly. Recycling did not go
so well because plastic bags were found to be in recycled materials at many
homes. If the recycling is in plastic bags, it is rejected. Town staff is working
on educating the public on what can and cannot be recycled.
• Brown Yard Waste Bags: The NC Department of Environmental Quality
says that the bags are not inert debris and cannot go in the landfill. The
other towns along Bogue Banks are able to use them. Mr. Kramer will meet
with the governing commission, possibly in March.
• Towns 50th Anniversary: History Committee and PARC representatives
were to meet in January to continue planning for the anniversary.
Einance and Administration: Julie Anderson reported that property taxes are
now past due and that interest is now accruing monthly on unpaid taxes. She
reminded everyone that the Carteret County reappraisal team is still completing
the full list and measure of properties in Pine Knoll Shores. The new appraisals
should come out in February 2024. The US Treasury issued the Final Rule for the
American Rescue Plan funds. It consisted of 437 pages of changes, clarifications
and new limitations. She does not see any impacts for the town.
Police: Chief Ryan Thompson reported that the department received 100% on
the Criminal Justice Standards Audit in January. Firearms training, mandated
in-service training and background investigation files are inspected every three
years. The department is up to code in all areas. He welcomed new full-time
Officer Jeffrey “Chase” Kearney. Officer Kearney was previously with.the Wayne
County Sheriff s office. He noted that 2022 mandated training has already
begun and’that Sgt. Bishop will attend a two-week general instructor school in
Public Services: Director Sonny Cunningham reported that two water leaks
were repaired. In addition, he has scheduled the inspection of Well #1 for
February and is having the backhoe bucket cylinder replaced.
Fire/EM$: Chief Jason Baker reported that December was a good month and
that this has been the slowest winter since Hurricane Florence. Regarding his
report of 1,189 training hours for December, Chief Baker clarified that each
months reported training hours are inflated as they collect training hours from
their part-timers that they have done with their full-time employment. They will
certify their hours so they can remain on our state roster.
Town Planning: Kevin Reed reported that staff issued three Single Family
Landscape Plans (SFLPs) for December. There are currently six SFLP
applications pending, and the Community Appearance Commission was to
conduct four visits for SFLPs in mid-January. The towns consultant for the UDO
was to conduct the initial meeting with the Planning Board at its January 25
meeting. He discussed shellfish leases and the Shellfish Enterprise Area (SEA)*
Program in Pine Knoll Shores.
The building inspector’s report noted that 15 building permits were issued at a
value of $2,396,350. Additionally, there were four mechanical, six electrical and
one plumbing permit issued. The total value of all permits issued was $2,521,180.
There were 104 inspections performed and 13 tree removal permits issued.
Town Clerk: Charlie Rocci reported that he received two bids for the Acorn
Court stormwater project; however, both bids came in above the $75K budgeted
for the project. On March 19, there will be a tree giveaway to coincide with NC
Arbor Day. He will hear back from sponsors in early February. He reported
that the selection of the winner of the Ken Jones Public Service Award was
difficult due to the excellent choices. Sonny Cunningham was the well-deserving
recipient of the award.
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