Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Dec. 6 regular meeting
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met for their annual meeting this Monday, Dec. 6, which included key decisions affecting the future leadership of Brunswick County heading into 2022.
Commissioner Randy Thompson was unanimously selected to serve as chairman of the Board and Commissioner Mike Forte was unanimously selected to serve as vice-chairman during this meeting. Both commissioners are serving a second consecutive year in these positions, having originally been appointed during the annual selection process in December 2020.
Following closed session, the Board of Commissioners also unanimously moved to appoint Steve Stone as Brunswick County Manager effective Jan. 15, 2022. Stone has served as Deputy County Manager for Brunswick County since September 2000. He will succeed current County Manager Randell Woodruff, who recently announced his plans to retire Jan. 31, 2022.
The next regular Board of Commissioners meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. (county offices are closed Monday, Jan. 17 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day).
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
IV. Election of Chairman – Clerk to the Board
- The Board unanimously moved to select Commissioner Randy Thompson as chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
V. Election of Vice-Chairman – Chairman
- The Board unanimously moved to select Commissioner Mike Forte as vice-chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
VI. Approval of Bond
- The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution approving the bonding of county officials.
VIII. Approval of Consent Agenda (select items)
The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the consent agenda.
- Administration – Brunswick County Schools South Brunswick High School Roof Contract: The Board of Commissioners approved and authorized the Chairman to sign the Industrial Contract Services Corporation contract for roof replacement at South Brunswick High School for $326,636.
- Emergency Services – Proclamations Recognizing Service of Temporary Ambulance Strike Team Members: The Board of Commissioners adopted proclamations honoring the following paramedic professionals who served Brunswick County with dedication and professionalism during their tenure with the Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team in Fall 2021: Mitzi Adair, Dacion Crabtree, Andrea Cragier, Charles Dexter, Brandon Howard, Tami Smith.
- Utilities – Trailwood Drive Force Main Project Replacement – TA Loving: The Board of Commissioners approved a budget amendment authorizing the use of County ARP funds and authorize the Chairman and Clerk to the Board to execute the construction contract with TA Loving Company for the Trailwood Drive Force Main Replacement project contingent on the County Attorney’s review and approval of the construction contract, performance bond, payment bond, and insurance certificates. Staff recommends award of the project for the base bid amount of $142,500.
- Clerk to the Board – Free Spirit Conservatory of the Arts: The Board of Commissioners received a presentation from Richard Dysinger, Executive Director of Free Spirit Conservatory of the Arts, regarding upcoming programs they will be bringing to the Brunswick County. No action was taken.
- Clerk to the Board – Resolution Honoring Julie Miller: The Board unanimously adopted the attached resolution honoring Julie Miller for her years of service upon her retirement.
- Clerk to the Board – Resolution Honoring Maurice “Reecie” Tate: The Board unanimously adopted the attached resolution honoring Maurice “Reecie” Tate for her years of service upon her retirement.
- Health and Human Services – COVID-19 Update: The Board of Commissioners received an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). No action was taken.
- Health and Human Services – Recognition of Child Support Employee of the Year Award Recipient: The Board of Commissioners recognized Katherine Silvernail as the recipient of the North Carolina Child Support Employee of the Year Award. No action was taken.
- Utilities – Raw Water Line Update: The Board of Commissioners received a presentation of the 2021 Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority Raw Water Main Repair. No action was taken.
X. Public Hearing
- Administration – Resolution Brunswick Limited Obligation Bonds: The Board of Commissioners held a public hearing and unanimously approved the resolution authorizing the amendment to an installment purchase contract for the Brunswick County 2022 Limited Obligation Bonds, Refunding Series 2012 LOBS. There were no requests to speak at the public hearing.
XI. Administrative Report
- Parks and Recreation – ARPA Funding Allocation Request for Park Improvements: The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to appropriate $2 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds towards Brunswick County park improvements.
- Utilities – Job Position Adjustment: The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the adjustment of two job descriptions and associated grade changes for two open positions.
XII. Board Appointments
- Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Board Seat Assignment for Calendar Year 2022: The Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed members to fill the calendar year 2022 board seat listing.
XIV. Closed Session
- The Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to enter into closed session. After closing the closed session, the Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to appoint Steve Stone as Brunswick County Manager effective Jan. 15, 2022.
More information about Board of Commissioners meetings is at brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners
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