Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ Aug. 17 meeting
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting this past Monday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m.
The commissioners held a discussion during the meeting regarding the activation of the County’s debris management and debris monitoring contracts for the unincorporated areas of Brunswick County following the impacts of Hurricane Isaias. To allow county staff more time to communicate with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on the State’s efforts to collect disaster debris along state-maintained roads, the Board of Commissioners tabled the discussion.
The Board of Commissioners recessed the meeting Monday evening and will resume it this Friday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. to hear an update from county staff concerning NCDOT’s collection routes and to decide whether to enter into further discussion to activate the County’s disaster debris contract. The meeting will take place in the commissioners’ chambers on the first floor of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia (28422).
The NCDOT has already begun its efforts to collect disaster debris along state-maintained roads in Brunswick County. Some of the most affected neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas are already along state-maintained roads, which could mean that the NCDOT’s service will already cover debris in these areas regardless of whether the County activates its disaster debris contract.
Brunswick County has a primary disaster debris management contract with Southern Disaster Recovery and a primary disaster debris monitoring contract with Tetra Tech. Tetra Tech provided estimates of the vegetative debris in some of these areas and estimated the debris to be approximately 30,000 cubic yards, which is estimated to cost $600,000 for management and monitoring of the disaster debris.
During the discussion, county staff discussed that typically the activation of such contracts would anticipate a FEMA disaster declaration and/or possible funding at the state level to help cover the costs incurred to activate it. At this time, a FEMA disaster declaration has not been issued.
More information about other resources and events to help with debris or reporting property damages due to Hurricane Isaias is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/isaias-debris-damage-resources/
The Board of Commissioners will review and make a motion to accept the official minutes from the Aug. 17 meeting at a later meeting. Once approved, the county clerk will post them online at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/agendas/
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 https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/agendas/
- Presentation – Courthouse Response to COVID-19: The Board of Commissioners received information from Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum on the Courthouse response to COVID-19 and a status update on the Courthouse renovation and expansion project.
- Presentation – Thomas Reaves Tract Access Easement Requirement for Ocean Ride PUD (Planning): The Board of Commissioners received information regarding the Thomas Reaves Heirs Tract access easement requirement that is a condition of the Ocean Ridge PUD Master Plan approval. More information concerning this access easement requirement is on the agenda item page.
- Presentation – Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045 (Wilmington MPO): The Board of Commissioners received information from the Wilmington MPO regarding the Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Download a copy of the Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045 presentation on the agenda item page.
VII. Administrative Report
- Operation Services – Debris Management Discussion: Vice Chairman Randy Thompson requested to recuse himself from the discussion and any possible action taken on this agenda item. The remaining board members approved the motion 4-0. The Board of Commissioners entered into a discussion regarding the activation of the county’s debris management and debris monitoring contracts for the unincorporated areas of Brunswick County. To allow county staff more time to communicate with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on the State’s efforts to collect disaster debris along state-maintained roads, the Board of Commissioners tabled the discussion, the Board of Commissioners tabled the discussion. The Board of Commissioners recessed the meeting Monday evening and will resume it this Friday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. to hear an update from county staff concerning NCDOT’s collection routes and to decide whether to enter into further discussion to activate the County’s disaster debris contract.
VIII. Other Business/Informal Discussion
- Governing Body – NCACC Legislative Goals: The Board of Commissioners discussed potential legislative goals for submission to NCACC for consideration. The final letter of suggested legislative goals will be brought before the Board of Commissioners at a later meeting for approval.
IX. Closed Session
- Closed Session: The Board of Commissioners entered into Closed Session pursuant to N.C.G.S.143-318.11(a)(1) to approve closed session minutes, 143-318.11(a)(3) to consult with the attorney, and 143-318.11(a)(4) to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the area served by the public body. The Board unanimously authorized staff to submit a formal application for infrastructure funds in the amount of $100,000 to the North Carolina Department of Commerce in order to provide assistance to benefit Project Touchdown. Project Touchdown is a proposed development in Leland that would create a minimum of 17 jobs in Brunswick County. As part of the resolution, the Board certified that the County would provide the required five percent match and would meet all requirements from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
The next regular Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. (Brunswick County government offices are closed Monday, Sept. 7 to observe Labor Day).
To view the full agenda items and accompanying reports, go to https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/ agendas/
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