Agenda preview for Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ Monday, June 15 regular meeting
The commissioners will hold a public hearing and take possible action on the recommended FY21 budget
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will meet for their regular meeting Monday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
The meeting includes a public hearing for the recommended FY21 budget and a request for the Board of Commissioners to adopt the FY21 budget ordinance, schedule of fees and five-year capital improvement plan. Individuals can request to speak during the public hearing during the sign-up period before the meeting begins.
The recommended FY21 budget includes no ad valorem tax rate change from the current 48.50 cents. The FY21 budget proposal for all funds totals $265,485,277, which represents an increase of 0.9 percent over the current FY20 budget adopted June 17, 2019. Overall, this budget allows for maintenance of the County’s strong financial position, preserves the fund balance and slows growth in spending.
The recommended budget does factor in the reduction of some key revenues coming into the County due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County has implemented a hiring freeze on non-critical vacant positions for the remainder of the current fiscal year and in FY21 and a freeze on all non-essential capital outlay and projects in FY21; this will not impact current ongoing projects such as the Northwest Water Treatment Plant project or the Brunswick County Courthouse renovation project.
The County’s financial situation remains strong, as highlighted by impressive fiscal management the past 20 years and having received the recent affirmation and assignment of high revenue bond ratings from Standard & Poor’s (AA-) and Moody’s (Aa3) for the Northwest Water Treatment Plant expansion and upgrades project.
A copy of the recommended FY21 budget and more is available on the County’s website.
Attending Public Meetings
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brunswick County has limited seating in the commissioners’ chambers to allow for proper social distancing (approximately six feet between one another). While government operations are exempt from the 10 person maximum indoor limit in the Governor’s Executive Order No. 141, no more than 50 people are allowed in the chambers at one time.
Individuals are encouraged to follow the three Ws as the NCDHHS recommends when attending the meeting and visiting any public place:
- Wear a cloth face covering when in public (Make sure both your nose and mouth are fully covered and you are able to breathe normally while wearing it.)
- Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer while also following other best hygiene practices
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 at 3 p.m. Residents can view an online and PDF version of the full agenda and accompanying reports at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/agendas/
- Presentation – Brunswick Community College: Request that the Board of Commissioner receive a resolution of appreciation from the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees.
- Presentation – Emergency Services: Coastline Rescue Franchise Hearing: Request that the Board of Commissioners hold a hearing on the franchise application submitted by Coastline Rescue Squad.
VII. Public Hearing
- Administration – Public Hearing to Receive Comments on the FY 2020-2021 Brunswick County Budget, Fees, and Capital Improvement Plan: Request that the Board of Commissioners hold a public hearing on the Manager’s FY 2020-2021 Recommended Budget, Proposed Fees and Five Year Capital Improvement Plan.
VIII. Administrative Report
- Administration – Brunswick County Water and Sewer Utility Assistance Program: Request that the Board of Commissions approve the Brunswick County Low to Moderate Income Water and Sewer Utility Assistance Program for Brunswick County Public Utilities residential retail water and sewer customers.
- Administration – Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget Ordinance, Fees and Capital Improvement Plan: Request that the Board of Commissioners adopt the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget Ordinance, Schedule of Fees and Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan.
- Planning – Joint Planning and Parks & Recreation Project: Request that the Board of Commissioners approve a service agreement with McGill Associates, P.A. for the development a community vision and two new plan documents – the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan.
- Utilities – Town of Navassa Water and Sewer Systems Conveyance Agreement Draft: Request that the Board of Commissioners resolve to accept the conveyance of the utility system from the Town of Navassa, authorize the Chairman to execute the Water and Sewer Service Agreement with the Town of Navassa and any additional documents necessary for conveyance subject to County Attorney approval and approve the associated budget amendment. The County will assume ownership and operational responsibility of the Navassa Water and Sewer System on July 1, 2020.
IX Board Appointments
- Governing Body – Annual Board Appointments: Request that the Board of Commissioners approve the annual board appointments as presented, effective July 1, 2020, to include appointing Mr. Ron Medlin to the Zoning Board of Adjustment District 2 seat, with a term expiration of June 30, 2023, and appointing Ms. Virginia Ward to the Zoning Board of Adjustment Alternate seat, with an unexpired term expiration of June 30, 2021.
XI. Closed Session
- Closed Session: Request the Board hold a closed session pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1), (3), and (6) to approve closed session minutes, to consult with its attorney, and to consider the performance of an individual public officer or employee.
Each regular meeting has a public comment period when anyone can address the commissioners with questions or concerns about county business. Sign in before the meeting starts inside the commissioners’ chambers to ensure the county clerk has your information. The sign-up period opens an hour before the meeting begins.
Additionally, some meetings have public hearings for specific issues. The public hearings are similar to a public comment period but pertain to one topic.
The commissioners’ chambers are on the first floor of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia (28422).
More information on the public comment policies is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners/public-comment-policy/
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County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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- Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033