Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Jan. 18 regular meeting

01.20.2022

Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Jan. 18 regular meeting

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Below is a quick recap of the actions taken on selected agenda items during the regular meeting. Residents can view an online and PDF version of the full agenda and accompanying reports at brunswickcountync.gov/agendas

The next regular Board of Commissioners meeting is Monday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. The Board of Commissioners will also hold a special two-day department goals workshop Monday, Feb. 21 beginning at 12 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.

Meeting Recap

V. Approval of Consent Agenda (select items)

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the consent agenda as presented. Below are select items from the consent agenda that were approved.

  • Governing Body – Regular Meeting Schedule FY 2022-2023: The Board of Commissioners adopted the Regular Meeting schedule for FY 2022-2023.
  • Health and Human Services – WARM 2022 Urgent Repair Program Support Request: The Board of Commissioners moved to support an application and 20% funding match up to a maximum of $20,000 for the 2022 Urgent Repair Program to be submitted by the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. (WARM) for their housing rehabilitation activities in Brunswick County.
  • Human Resources – Temporary Advancement of Sick Leave Policy: The Board of Commissioners approved the Temporary Advancement of Sick Leave Policy.
  • Planning – Blueprint Brunswick Additional Services Contract for Municipalities: The Board of Commissioners approved a contract related to the Blueprint Brunswick Project for additional planning services for the participating municipalities.
VI. Presentation
  1. Clerk to the Board – Community Services Block Grant Program and Family Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Project: The Board of Commissioners received a presentation and a grant application for consideration from Sarah Shipman for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Family Empowerment Self-Sufficiency (FESS) Project. The grant application was approved unanimously under the consent agenda. No further action was taken.
  2. Health and Human Services – COVID-19 Update: The Board of Commissioners received an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). No action was taken.
    1. Brunswick County Health Services has seen a 500% increase in daily resident cases in the past month, moving from an average of 38 identified cases per day to 192 identified cases per day
    2. A majority of recent cases impacting younger populations, with 54% of cases in the 25-64 year old age range and 15% affecting those aged 17 and younger
    3. Brunswick County’s percent of positive tests has increased to 32.5% as of week of Jan. 18 (the state goal is to have the percent positivity rate under 5%); in comparison, the percent positivity for New Hanover County is 31.7%, Columbus County is 29.5%, Pender is 34.4%, and the overall rate for North Carolina is 31.6%
    4. The vaccination rate in Brunswick County remains high at 64% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose and 61% of the population fully vaccinated
    5. Health Services is now offering all booster doses for those who have been fully vaccinated and meet the eligibility criteria, including Pfizer-BioNTech boosters for children ages 12-15 years
    6. Health Services is now offering Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old at the main clinic in Bolivia, with 175 pediatric vaccines administered over the last four weeks, which is an average of 11 vaccinations per day (this is a 31% decrease in the number of vaccines from the month before)
    7. Overall, 1,150 children in Brunswick County have been vaccinated with at least one dose, which is 14% of this population (up 5% since last month)
    8. At the drive-through vaccination site in Shallotte, Health Services administered 1,190 vaccines during the past month, which is an average of 99 vaccines per day
  3. Utilities – Project Update: The Board of Commissioners received information regarding the status of various key Utilities projects. No action was taken.
    1. Northwest Water Treatment Plant Expansion and Treatment Upgrades: The project is currently under construction to expand capacity and install a low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment system at the water plant to remove both regulated and unregulated materials from drinking water, including GenX, 1,4-dioxane and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Expansion of the plant for conventional treatment use has an estimated completion date of summer 2022. Beneficial use of the low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment is estimated to come online in summer 2023 with final completion of the project in early 2024.
    2. Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion: The current estimated final completion of the project is scheduled for February 2022. The project will expand wastewater treatment capacity at the plant to accommodate current and future anticipated growth and development in the northern part of the county.
    3. Shallotte 24-Inch Water Transmission Main: Estimated completion in February/March 2022. The project will provide additional capacity and adds redundancy for water access to the southern side of the county to avoid potential shut-downs in the event of planned or unplanned water outages.
    4. Southport Wastewater-Mulberry Branch Water Reclamation Facility: Construction is expected to resume in June 2022 with an estimated final completion in December 2023.

More information about Board of Commissioners meetings is at brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners

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Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

Brunswick County Board of Commissioners next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 18

Media Inquiries: Media are requested to contact Brunswick County Communications by noon the day of the meeting to help facilitate requests for interviews before or directly after board meetings. Brunswick County will post a recap of the meeting with actions taken at brunswickcountync.gov/news  

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will meet for its first regular meeting of 2022 this Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. This meeting will take place on a Tuesday since county offices are closed Monday, Jan. 17 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The commissioners chambers are on the first floor of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia (28422). View an online and PDF version of the full agendas and accompanying reports at brunswickcountync.gov/agendas

Agenda Preview

Below are a few selected items from the agenda that the Board of Commissioners will discuss and take possible action on during the regular meeting.

V. Approval of Consent Agenda (select items)
  • Governing Body – Regular Meeting Schedule FY 2022-2023: Request that the Board of Commissioners adopt the Regular Meeting schedule for FY 2022-2023.
  • Health and Human Services – WARM 2022 Urgent Repair Program Support Request: Request that the Board of Commissioners support an application and 20% funding match up to a maximum of $20,000 for the 2022 Urgent Repair Program to be submitted by the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. (WARM) for their housing rehabilitation activities in Brunswick County.
  • Human Resources – Temporary Advancement of Sick Leave Policy: Request that the Board of Commissioners approve the Temporary Advancement of Sick Leave Policy.
  • Planning – Blueprint Brunswick Additional Services Contract for Municipalities: Request to approve a contract related to the Blueprint Brunswick Project for additional planning services for the participating municipalities. The contract will be based on the attached scope of services and will be executed subject to approval by the County Attorney.
VI. Presentation
  1. Clerk to the Board – Community Services Block Grant Program and Family Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Project: Request the Board of Commissioners receive a presentation and a grant application for consideration from Sarah Shipman for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Family Empowerment Self-Sufficiency (FESS) Project.
  2. Health and Human Services – COVID-19 Update: Request that the Board of Commissioners receive an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  3. Utilities – Project Update: Request that the Board of Commissioners receive information regarding the status of various key Utilities projects.

Additionally, some meetings have public hearings for specific issues. The public hearings are similar to a public comment period but pertain to one topic. Individuals wishing to speak during a public hearing should sign up before the meeting starts on the form at the door dedicated to public hearings. This form is separate from the form used to sign up for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.

Speakers wishing to distribute any related documents, printed comments or materials to the commissioners should deliver at least eight copies to the county clerk at least fifteen minutes before the meeting starts.

More information about Board of Commissioners meetings and public comment policies is at brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners

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Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov