The Agenda: NHCS board meets on mask mandate, city council to authorize more ARPA funds

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meet Monday morning at the courthouse. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — It may feel impossible to keep up with local issues while they’re still being worked out.

Getting involved early on in the policy-making process can help ensure the community’s input gets heard before it’s too late to chime in.

You may not even need to attend (in person or virtually) to make sure your perspective is taken into consideration. Oftentimes, sending an email to government officials to be considered as a public comment pertaining to a particular item can put your voice into the public record.

Every Monday Port City Daily will share upcoming government meetings of interest around the tri-county region. If there’s an item of public interest, we’ll include that below the listed meeting, too.

Monday, Nov. 15

New Hanover Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. at NHC Courthouse, 24 North 3rd St., Room 301. Individuals can tune in here. A few items on the agenda include:

  • Approval of state lottery funds
  • Resolution to support military operations at ILM
  • Community violence intervention update

New Hanover County Schools special board meeting at 5 p.m. to reconsider the mask mandate. See the agenda here.

Kure Beach Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 117 Settlers Lane. A few items on the agenda include:

  • Approve closure of K and Atlantic avenues for Island of Lights New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 9 p.m. – midnight.
  • Approve closure of K Avenue east of Fort Fisher Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue between K and L Avenue on Feb. 19 for a 5K and vendor fair in conjunction with the Polar Plunge
  • FY 2020-2021 audit
  • Reports from the fire, police, public works, and recreation departments

Leland Town Council will meet at 1 p.m. in town hall. A few items on the agenda include:

Brunswick County Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. at the government center, 30 Government Center Dr. in Bolivia. A few items on the agenda include:

  • Deed of dedication for water and sewer infrastructure for Bluffs on the Cape Fear, Roger Bacon Academy, South Brunswick Charter School, and Windsor Pines
  • Approval for EMS purchase of 24 Motorola radios
  • FY23-FY27 strategic plan goals and objectives overview
  • Resolution approval of a loan offer and associated assurances to secure $2,852,818 in NC DEQ Clean Water State Revolving funding for the repair and rehabilitation of the Town of Navassa wastewater system
  • Big Sky Design presentation of courthouse addition and renovation
  • Request to consider adoption of the “Resolution in Support of Individual Freedom Over Personal Vaccine Status”

Pender County Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at the Public Assembly Room, 805 Walker St., Burgaw. Individuals can watch here. A few items on the agenda include:

  • Pender County Schools demographic and statistic study
  • Approve $150,000 to go to LabCorp of America for Covid-19 testing; $45,000 for Pender County Jail kitchen staffing shortage; $89,734 to repair 500 linear feet of clearwells at the water plant — pressure washing, caulking of the cracks, and painting will help extend the life and overall reliability of the tanks
  • Meeting at 7 p.m. will cover public hearings for special use permits, map amendments and resolutions

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Wilmington City Council will convene for a regular meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Individuals can tune in here. A few items on the agenda include:

  • Public hearings to vacate, close, and repair or demolish dwellings unfit for human habitation (413 South 13th St. and 1009 Chestnut St.)
  • Appropriating $150,000, half of Riverfront Park’s naming rights, from Live Nation Worldwide to the Riverfront Park Project construction
  • Appropriating funds and authorizing contracts for the North Front Street Streetscape Project — rebuilding of the 200 and 300 blocks of N. Front Street from Chestnut Street to Walnut Street — slated to start in January 2022
  • Authorizing $500,000 ARPA funds to United Way of the Cape Fear Area, $200,000 to Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County, and $3.5 million to Bradley Housing Developers and Kelley Development Company for gap financing for affordable workforce housing 

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will meet at 3 p.m. in the 6th Floor Conference Room at 320 Chestnut St. Though public can join remotely due to Covid-19. Some items on the agenda include:

  • Presentations on Pender County Streets Plan, NC Ferry Division, and Wilmington International Airport
  • Updates on Wilmington Urban Area MPO, Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority, and NCDOT Division
  • Resolution approving the 2020-2029 STIP/MPO TIP Amendments #21-7 and 2020-2029 STIP/MPO Transportation Improvement Program administrative modifications

Persons wishing to submit a public comment to be shared during the MPO Board meeting may
do so by 5 pm on November 16, 2021, by calling (910) 341-3258 to leave a message or by emailing comments to

Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. in the Union Station. The meeting agenda hasn’t been posted.

Thursday, Nov. 18

Wrightsville Beach Board of Adjustment meeting at WB Town Hall, council chambers, 321 Causeway Dr. Agenda isn’t posted.

New Hanover County School Board’s committee meetings: EDI, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., and the Family Communication, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cape Fear Public Utility’s Sustainability Committee meets at 2 p.m. in the IT Conference Room, 235 Government Center Dr. Its Long Range Planning Committee also meets in the same place at 3 p.m.

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