Here’s what you missed at the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ Sept. 8 meeting
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting this past Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m.
The Board of Commissioners moved an item concerning the appropriation of FEMA revenue for storm-related debris removal contract in the amount of $1,074,399 from the Consent Agenda to Administrative Report for further discussion. The Board approved the item 4-0, with Vice Chairman Randy Thompson recusing himself from the discussion and vote.
Additionally, the Board unanimously adopted 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 commissioners also unanimously approved the following legislative goals to submit to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) for consideration:
- 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.
The Board of Commissioners will review and make a motion to accept the official minutes from the Sept. 8 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/
III. Adjustments/Approval of Agenda
- The Board of Commissioners moved the following item to Administrative Report (Item No. 2) for further discussion and possible action: Consent Agenda Item No. 7 Finance – Fiscal Items: FEMA Debris Removal Budget Amendment. The Board unanimously approved the agenda as amended.
- 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: The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted 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: The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the list of legislative goal priorities as presented to transmit to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
- Finance – FEMA Debris Removal Budget Amendment: Vice Chairman Randy Thompson requested to recuse himself from the discussion and potential action for this agenda item; the remaining Board members approved the request 4-0. The Board moved 4-0 to appropriate FEMA revenue for storm related debris removal contract in the amount of $1,074,399.
IX. Closed Session
- Closed Session: The Board entered 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. The Board unanimously moved to approve the condemnation process for a utility line along Highway 17 near Shallotte.
The next regular Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
To view the full agenda items and accompanying reports, go to https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/ agendas/
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