Agenda preview for Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ Tuesday, Sept. 8 regular meeting
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will meet for its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m.
The Board is holding this meeting on a Tuesday as Brunswick County government offices are closed Monday, Sept. 7 to observe Labor Day.
During the meeting, the Board will hear a presentation and a request to adopt a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
The Board will also consider approving legislative goals to submit to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) for consideration under Administration Report. The legislative goal priorities the Board is considering are as follows:
- Seek legislation for State funding to offset the cost of School Resource Officers for each school in North Carolina.
- Support legislation to increase State funding for treatment of substance abuse and addiction, including increased funding for court programs dedicated to these issues.
- Seek legislation to repeal the statutory authority under N.C.G.S. 115C-43 l(c) that allows local school boards to file suit against a county board of commissioners over county appropriations for education.
- Support legislation that provides resources for state agencies to develop health advisory levels for emerging contaminants.
- Support legislation for State funding of the costs of legislation mandating class size reductions in schools, including capital needs, maintenance and operation, and teacher pay.
- Oppose unfunded mandates and shifts of state responsibilities to counties.
- Seek legislation to form a study committee to review North Carolina’s State of Emergency laws and recommend changes to differentiate between short-term emergencies like a hurricane and long-term crises like a pandemic.
- Support legislation to regulate payday lenders and protect consumers by capping payday loan interest rates and enacting other consumer protections.
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) and 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. Disposable face coverings are available for meeting attendees:
- 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. Residents can view an online and PDF version of the full agenda and accompanying reports at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/agendas/
- Administration – Proclamation in Recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution and the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: Request that the Board of Commissioners adopt a Proclamation in Recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution and the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
VII. Administrative Report
- Administration – Adoption of 2020-2021 Legislative Goals: Request that the Board of Commissioners consider approval of legislative goal priorities to transmit to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
IX. Closed Session
- Closed Session: Request the Board enter into closed session pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1) to approve closed session minutes, and 143-318.11(a)(3) to consult with its attorney to protect the attorney-client privilege.
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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).
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- Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033