Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Agenda: Wilmington council talks multi-use paths, NHCS discusses Sophic Solutions

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

Getting involved early in the policy-making process can help ensure the community’s input is 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 a public comment pertaining to a particular item can put your voice into the record.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Wilmington City Council meets at 8:30 a.m. for an agenda briefing and 6:30 p.m. for its regular meeting in the Council Chambers within City Hall, 102 North Third St. Watch online live at GTV or on YouTube.

Items on the agenda include:

  • A potential rezoning of nearly 15 acres off Oleander Drive for a mixed-use development with 346 residences (Read more here.)
  • A potential rezoning near Wendy’s House for an assembly hall and retail sales establishment
  • A proposed expansion of the city’s contract with JYMCO Construction for replacement and repair of sidewalks throughout the city, as well as specific work on Wayne Drive, Forest Hills Drive and Chippenham Drive
  • A resolution to re-do the call for bids for the redevelopment of the former Wave Transit maintenance facility
  • A resolution requesting an additional $2.4 million in federal funding through WMPO to complete the Hooker Road multi-use path, the Hinton Avenue multi-use path, and the Wrightsville Avenue/Greenville Avenue intersection improvements, a total of $3 million in projects
  • A resolution calling for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Haynes

New Hanover County Board of Education will hold its January interim board meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m., in the BOE Center, 1805 S. 13th St. The public can also watch on YouTube. (Note: board members are scheduled to be in closed session, conducting business behind closed doors, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.) Items on the agenda include:

  • A presentation on the results of the climate surveys distributed to staff
  • Discussion of the Sophic Solutions contract (Read more here.)
  • $5 million in additional projects using ESSER funds, including scholarships for teacher assistants to become certified teachers (Read more here.)
  • Update on cost increases to build Riverlights Elementary and the replacement for Pine Valley Elementary, and to renovate MC Williams Elementary School (Read past coverage here.)
  • Discussion on the policy overseeing public participating in meetings, including call to the audience

Pender County Board of Commissioners meets at 4 p.m. at the Hampstead Annex Auditorium at 15060 U.S. Hwy 17 in Hampstead. The meeting can be watched online here.

Items on the agenda include:

  • A review of a Community Services Black Grant application
  • A rezoning request for 301 acres for 750 single-family units at Fall Mist Gardens
  • A special use permit request for the construction of a 10,500-square-foot Family Dollar in Grady Township

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners meets at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building, 30 Government Center Dr. The agenda includes an update from the director of public utilities on wastewater treatment projects.

Brunswick County Schools has a committee meeting at 1 p.m., followed by a budget session at its administrative offices, 35 Referendum Dr.

Brunswick Regional Water & Sewer H2GO meets at 6 p.m. at 102 Town Hall Dr. View the agenda here.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Pender County Board of Adjustment meets at 9 a.m. at the Pender County Public Assembly Room, located at 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.

Items on the agenda include two requests for variances of relief from the Pender County Unified Development Ordinance: one for the Walk at Sloop Point and one for Majestic Oaks.

Carolina Beach Town Council is holding a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the financing of HVAC in city hall. The session will take place inside the council chambers, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Oak Island Town Council‘s retreat starts at 9 a.m. The meeting may not be live streamed but a recording will be uploaded afterward. Items on the agenda include:

  • Consideration of action on parking decals
  • Consideration of amending fee schedeule to accomodate increases in the town’s contract for solid waste collection

Thursday, Jan. 20

Wilmington Board of Adjustment meets at 1 p.m. Meetings are streamed live on GTV8.

Navassa Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m.

The New Hanover County ABC Board will meet at 9 a.m. at the General Office, located at 6009 Market St. 

Burgaw Planning and Zoning Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Burgaw Community House, located at 102 E. Washington St. in Burgaw.

Burgaw Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will hold a community engagement meeting regarding the West Side Trail project at the Historic Depot, 115 S. Dickerson St. in Burgaw. There will be two sessions for residents to provide feedback on the proposed trail expansion: 10 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Read more about it here.

The Oak Island Planning Board is meeting at 10:30 a.m. and will discuss Brunswick County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. View the agenda here.

Southport Planning & Zoning Board meets at 6 p.m. in the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. 

Friday, Jan. 21

The Southport Board of Aldermen is scheduled to meet for a special workshop and retreat beginning at 9 a.m. in the Southport Community Building. The meeting will be streamed on the City of Southport website.

Surf City Town Council holds a council workshop meeting at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Complex, 214 W. Florence Way in Surf City. The meeting will be streamed live on YouTube.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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