Friday, December 9, 2022

The Agenda: School mask votes, nonprofits to obtain relief funds

Local school boards take their monthly state-required mask vote. Plus, the City of Wilmington considers several rezoning requests and allocates Covid-19 relief funding to two nonprofits.

Wilmington City Council will consider giving federal Covid-19 relief funds to Genesis Block and Cape Fear Collective. (Port City Daily/File)

Monday, Jan. 31

Wilmington City Council meets at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall, 102 North 3rd St., to review its agenda ahead of Tuesday’s meeting. Meetings are broadcast live on GTV8.

Pender County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. in the Pender County Public Assembly Room, 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw. The board will discuss awarding a contract for the demolition of the former BASF property. View the agenda here.

Oak Island Town Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall, 3033 E. Oak Island Dr. During the meeting, the officials will open the floor to public comment on its beach management plan and funding options.

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Wilmington City Council meets for its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall. Meetings are broadcast live on GTV8. During the meeting, Police Chief Donny Williams will report on 2021 crime statistics.

Also on the agenda are two agreements to give away federal Covid-19 relief funds: $250,000 to Cape Fear Collective for affordable housing initiatives and $100,000 to Genesis Block for its educational programs and marketing within adversely impacted census tracts.

There is also a resolution to invest $35,000 in the 2022 Azalea Festival and host public hearings for the following rezonings:

  • 0.25 acres on the Seagate Bottle Shop property to community business to bring the business into zoning compliance (Read previous coverage here and here.)
  • 1.05 acres at 6817 Greenville Loop Road for a 10-unit residential duplex development
  • 0.25 acres at 617 S. 9th St. for two single-dwelling lots, containing two single-dwelling homes and two accessory dwelling units

The New Hanover County Board of Education is joining for its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m., with a closed session from 5:10 p.m. to no later than 6:10 p.m. and a public comment period (likely lasting around an hour) thereafter. The board will then get into official business, which will include:

  • An update on Covid-19’s impact and the “decision matrix”
  • The state-required vote on the mask policy, which is currently mandatory
  • A presentation on the predicted graduation report
  • Designs for the new RiverLights Elementary School, Pine Valley Elementary School replacement building and Mary C. Williams Elementary School renovations

View the agenda here and stream the meeting online here. Attend in person at the BOE Center, 1805 S. 13th St.

Brunswick County Board of Education joins for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room of The COAST, 1109 Old Ocean Hwy. in Bolivia. The meeting will be broadcast on BCS’ livestream. The agenda includes the monthly vote on the district’s mask policy, which is currently mandatory, and a plan to address overcrowding at Town Creek Elementary School. Specifically, the board may approve moving 5th graders to Town Creek Middle, starting in the 2022-2023 school year.

Pender County Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Pender County Public Assembly Room, 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw. The agenda includes a change to the Unified Development Ordinance to streamline the application review process.

The Town of Surf City will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Surf City Municipal Complex, 214 Florence Way. View the agenda here. The meeting can be streamed on YouTube.

Wilmington Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, 839 Medical Center Dr. The Housing and Economic Opportunities Board of Directors will join immediately following the commissioners meeting, and the Glover Plaza Board of Directors will meet immediately after the HEO Board of Directors meeting.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

The City of Wilmington Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The only item on the agenda is the closure of an alley between Wrightsville Avenue and Grateful Way. Meetings are streamed on the city’s website and YouTube.

The ILM Airport Authority will meet at 5 p.m. in the Airport Terminal Conference Room, second floor. View the agenda here.

The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen will meet at 11 a.m. at town hall, 2008 Loggerhead Ct.

The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County Workforce Housing Advisory Committee is meeting at 3 p.m. in Conference Room 500 at 230 Government Center Dr. View the agenda here.

The Kure Beach Marketing Committee will join at 11:30 a.m. at Town Hall, 117 Settlers Lane, for an asset inventory work session.

Thursday, Feb. 3

The Town of Burgaw Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Tourism Development Authority meeting at the Historic Train Depot, 115 S. Dickerson St. in Burgaw. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss upcoming projects and improvements in town.

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners is holding a work session at 2 p.m. to discuss budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, followed by an agenda review. The meeting will be held at the New Hanover County Government Center in the Harrell Conference Room, 230 Government Center Dr. People can also watch on YouTube.

Friday, Feb. 4

Kure Beach Town Council has scheduled its annual retreat in town hall, 117 Settlers Lane, starting at 9 a.m. The council will “discuss and consider various topics of importance to the town.”


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Alexandria Sands
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 alexandria@localdailymedia.com or on Twitter @alexsands_

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