Here’s what you missed at the Jan. 17 Brunswick County Board of Commissioners workshop and meeting

01.18.2023

Here’s what you missed at the Jan. 17 Brunswick County Board of Commissioners workshop and meeting

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met for a countywide goals workshop beginning at 10 a.m. and for its regular meeting at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The goals workshop was recessed around 4 p.m. Tuesday and reconvened Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. During the goals workshop, departments presented an update to the commissioners on latest accomplishments, opportunities, challenges, and tactics to support the commissioners’ goals in alignment with the FY23-FY27 Strategic Plan as part of the FY 2024 budget process.

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 meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.

Meeting Recap

V. Approval of Consent Agenda (select items)

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the consent agenda as presented.

  • Administration – ARPA – Brunswick County Nonprofit Fire Department Grant Award: The Board of Commissioners approved the County distributing $50,000 of county funds freed up by ARPA receipts to each nonprofit fire department in Brunswick County to supplement equipment and radio needs of each department, and the corresponding budget amendment. Each of the nonprofit/nonmunicipal fire departments must execute a fire services agreement supplement funding contract in order to receive the funds.
  • Administration – ARPA Funding Allocation Request for Pre-Pandemic Employment: The Board of Commissioners appropriated $3.5 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds towards restoring pre-pandemic employment.
  • Planning – Resolution Supporting the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grant Application for the Gullah Geechee Greenway/Blueway Heritage Trail: The Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting the WMPO’s grant application to the NCDOT’s Integrated Mobility Division Feasibility Study Grant Program for the Gullah Geechee Greenway/Blueway Heritage Trail.
VI. Board Appointments
  1. Clerk to the Board – Fire Fee Committee Appointment: The Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed James Bruno as Fire Fee Committee member for District 1 (Calabash) and Michael Sellers as Fire Fee Committee member for District 3 (Sunset Harbor).
VII. Presentations
  1. Social Services – Opioid Settlement Authorization Fund Request: The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted Option A activities as defined in the North Carolina Opioid Settlement Memorandum of Agreement and unanimously approved the Social Services Funding request. Under the approved Social Services Opioid Settlement Grant request, Social Services will use some funds to fund a full-time mental health/substance abuse clinician to provide care navigation, clinical assessments, and crisis response for the parents and children involved with the department. Under Option A, a local government may fund one or more strategies from a shorter list of evidence-based, high-impact strategies to address the epidemic, including many strategies already deployed at the county level. The Option A strategies include:
    • Evidenced-based addiction treatment
    • Recovery support services
    • Recovery housing
    • Employment-related services
    • Early intervention programs
    • Naloxone distribution
    • Post-overdose response teams
    • Syringe service programs
    • Criminal justice diversion programs
    • Addiction treatment for incarcerated persons
    • Reentry program
VIII. Administrative Report
  1. Risk Management – ARPA Funds for Purchasing Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for County Parks and Facilities: The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the use of ARPA funds to purchase 51 LIFEPAK AEDs for designated county parks and facilities that serve both staff and the public.

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 holds goals workshop and regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17

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.

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will meet this Tuesday, Jan. 17 for a countywide goals workshop beginning at 10 a.m. and for its regular meeting at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

During the goals workshop, departments will present an update to the commissioners on latest accomplishments, opportunities, challenges, and tactics to support the commissioners’ goals in alignment with the FY23-FY27 Strategic Plan.

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)
  • Administration – ARPA – Brunswick County Nonprofit Fire Department Grant Award: Request the Board of Commissioners approve the County distributing $50,000 of county funds freed up by ARPA receipts to each nonprofit fire department in Brunswick County to supplement equipment and radio needs of each department, and the corresponding budget amendment. Each of the nonprofit/nonmunicipal fire departments must execute a fire services agreement supplement funding contract in order to receive the funds.
  • Administration – ARPA Funding Allocation Request for Pre-Pandemic Employment: Request the Board of Commissioners consider appropriating $3.5 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds towards restoring pre-pandemic employment.
  • Planning – Resolution Supporting the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grant Application for the Gullah Geechee Greenway/Blueway Heritage Trail: Request the Board of Commissioners adopt a resolution supporting the WMPO’s grant application to the NCDOT’s Integrated Mobility Division Feasibility Study Grant Program for the Gullah Geechee Greenway/Blueway Heritage Trail.
VI. Board Appointments
  1. Clerk to the Board – Fire Fee Committee Appointment: Request the Board appoint one Fire Fee Committee member for District 1 and one member for District 3.
VII. Presentations
  1. Social Services – Opioid Settlement Authorization Fund Request: Request the Board of Commissioners adopt Option A activities as defined in the North Carolina Opioid Settlement Memorandum of Agreement and the Social Services Funding request.
VIII. Administrative Report
  1. Risk Management – ARPA Funds for Purchasing Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for County Parks and Facilities: Request the use of ARPA funds to purchase 51 LIFEPAK AEDs for designated county parks and facilities that serve both staff and the public.

Public Comment and Hearings

Most regular meetings include a time for public comment before the commissioners at the beginning of the meeting. Some meetings also 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