Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners May 16 ARPA project funding priorities workshop and regular meeting

05.17.2022

Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners May 16 ARPA project funding priorities workshop and regular meeting

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met this Monday, May 16 for both a special workshop and a regular meeting that included the presentation of the recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.

During the 4 p.m. special workshop, staff lead a discussion with the Board related to the eligibility and project funding priorities for the County related to the expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. With a with a vote of 3-2, the Board approved the resolution to support the ARPA policies and procedures for the expenditure of ARPA funds. Commissioners Randy Thompson, Marty Cooke, and Frank Williams voted in favor of the item as presented and Commissioners Mike Forte and Pat Sykes voted no.

The actions taken during this meeting do not constitute formal approval of all items listed in the priority list. Each individual project must come back before the Board for approval once additional details, cost estimates, and program policies have been implemented.

During the 6 p.m. regular meeting, the county manager presented the recommended Fiscal Year 2023 budget ordinance, capital improvement plan, and fees for FY23. Click here to view the full recommended budget documents.

On Monday, June 6, the Board will hold both a budget workshop at 1 p.m. and a public hearing during the 3 p.m. regular meeting where residents can share their comments on the recommended budget.

The recommended budget includes no ad valorem tax rate change from the current 48.50 cents. The FY 2023 budget proposal for all funds totals $315,303,505 which represents an increase of 8.2% over the budget adopted June 21, 2021.

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, June 6 at 3 p.m.

Meeting Recap (Regular Meeting at 6 p.m.)

V. Approval of Consent Agenda (selected items)

The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to move item No. 11—Sheriff’s Office—Backup 911 Site Radio Purchase under Consent Agenda to Administrative Report as Item No. 4. The Board unanimously approved the consent agenda as amended. Below are a few items that were included on the consent agenda.

  • Proclamation – Fire Chief Bork/Assistant Fire Chief Bruno – Calabash/Carolina Shores Fire Department: The Board adopted the Proclamation honoring Fire Chief Bork (50 years of total Fire Department service) and Assistant Fire Chief Bruno (53 years of total Fire Department service).
  • Resolution of Support – Radar Site Shallotte NC: The Board of Commissioners approved the resolution of support of the National Weather Service radar site.
VI. Presentation
  1. Clerk to the Board – National Safe Boating Week 2022: The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a proclamation in support of National Safe Boating Week.
VII. Public Hearing
  1. Public Housing – Public Hearing to Review Program Goals and Objectives: The Board of Commissioners conducted a public hearing to receive comments or suggestions on the Public Housing Agency goals, objectives, and policies. There were no requests to comment. No Board action was taken. A record that the public hearing was conducted and no comments were received will be sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
VIII. Administrative Report
  1. Administration – Bond Order for Series 2022A Two-Thirds Bonds and Schedule Public Hearing: The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to table the discussion on this item until the next regular board meeting on June 6. The Board was requested to make certain statements of fact concerning the proposed issuance of Series 2022A Two-Thirds Bonds; introduce the bond order authorizing the issuance of not to exceed $5,740,000 General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, setting a public hearing on the bond order June 6, 2022, and directing publication of a notice of public hearing.
  2. Administration – Recommended Budget Ordinance, Capital Improvement Plan, Schedule of Fees for FY 2023: The Board of Commissioners received the Recommended Budget Ordinance, Capital Improvement Plan, and Schedule of Fees for FY 2023. The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to schedule both a public budget workshop at 1 p.m. and a public hearing on the budget at 3 p.m. on June 6, 2022. The Board will consider the adoption of the recommended budget and rate and fee changes during the regular meeting on June 20 at 6 p.m.
  3. Operation Services – Army Donation for Display: The Board of Commissioners considered a request to the Army Donations Program for a tracked vehicle (tank) for a military memorial display at the Government Center. The Board unanimously moved to request staff to research and return to the Board later with recommendations for other options to display military equipment for the memorial display that are lower in cost.
  4. Sheriff’s Office—Backup 911 Site Radio Purchase: The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with Motorola Solutions Inc. for the purchase of radios needed for the 911 Center’s Backup Site. Both county and staff funds will be utilized to facilitate this purchase, with the state covering approximately 71% of the initial expense of just under $667,788.
IX. Board Appointments
  1. Governing Body – Annual Board Appointments: The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the annual board appointments with amendments to the listing under the agenda item.

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

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

Brunswick County Board of Commissioners holds workshop on ARPA project funding priorities and reviews recommended FY23 budget this Monday, May 16

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 for both a special workshop at 4 p.m. and a regular meeting at 6 p.m. this Monday, May 16. The public is welcome to attend both meetings.

During the 4 p.m. special workshop, staff will lead a discussion with the Board related to the eligibility and project funding priorities for the County related to the expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Staff is requesting approval of the resolution and supporting ARPA policies and procedures for the expenditure of ARPA funds.

Staff is asking for guidance and feedback on the proposed list of projects, but is not asking for formal approval at this time. Once the funding list has been approved, each individual project will come back before the Board for approval once additional details, cost estimates, and program policies have been implemented. Future approval of the priority project list will be requested.

During the 6 p.m. regular meeting, the county manager will present the recommended Fiscal Year 2023 budget ordinance, capital improvement plan, and fees for FY23. Staff will request to hold a public hearing on the budget during the regular meeting on Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m.

The recommended budget includes no ad valorem tax rate change from the current 48.50 cents. The FY 2023 budget proposal for all funds totals $315,303,505 which represents an increase of 8.2% over the budget adopted June 21, 2021. Click here to view the full recommended budget documents.

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 (Regular Meeting at 6 p.m.)

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 (selected items)
  • Proclamation – Fire Chief Bork/Assistant Fire Chief Bruno – Calabash/Carolina Shores Fire Department: Request the Board adopt the Proclamation honoring Fire Chief Bork (50 years of total Fire Department service) and Assistant Fire Chief Bruno (53 years of total Fire Department service).
  • Resolution of Support – Radar Site Shallotte NC: Request the Board of Commissioners approve the resolution of support of the National Weather Service radar site.
VI. Presentation
  1. Clerk to the Board – National Safe Boating Week 2022: Request the Board of Commissioners adopt a proclamation in support of National Safe Boating Week.
VII. Public Hearing
  1. Public Housing – Public Hearing to Review Program Goals and Objectives: Request the Board of Commissioners conduct a public hearing to receive comments or suggestions on the Public Housing Agency goals, objectives, and policies.
VIII. Administrative Report
  1. Administration – Bond Order for Series 2022A Two-Thirds Bonds and Schedule Public Hearing: Request the Board of Commissioners resolve to make certain statements of fact concerning the proposed issuance of Series 2022A Two-Thirds Bonds; introduce the bond order authorizing the issuance of not to exceed $5,740,000 General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, setting a public hearing on the bond order June 6, 2022, and directing publication of a notice of public hearing.
  2. Administration – Recommended Budget Ordinance, Capital Improvement Plan, Schedule of Fees for FY 2023: Request the Board of Commissioners receive the Recommended Budget Ordinance, Capital Improvement Plan, and Schedule of Fees for FY 2023, and schedule a public hearing on the matters for June 6, 2022, at 3 p.m.
  3. Operation Services – Army Donation for Display: Request the Board of Commissioners consider approving a request to the Army Donations Program for a tracked vehicle (tank) for a military memorial display at the Government Center.

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