Thursday, August 18, 2022

The Agenda: Navassa Superfund Site, WMPO explores extension of I-685 from Dunn to Wilmington

Navassa Superfund site looking north from Navassa bridge. (Photo courtesy of Greenfield Environmental Trust Group)

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.

Monday, June 13

Leland Council meets at 1 p.m. in Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr. Meetings are streamed on YouTube. The agenda includes:

  • Presentation on the town website redesign
  • A resolution to investigate the petition to voluntary annex 348 acres adjacent to US Highway 17 South, between Magnolia Greens and Lanvale Road
  • A resolution to investigate the petition to voluntary annex 28 acres owned by Sunset Land Investments, LLC at the intersection of Mt. Misery Road and US Highway 74/76
  • A resolution to investigate a petition for voluntary annexation of 66 acres off of Blackwell Road and Chapel Loop Road

The Southport Planning Board Indigo Environmental Impacts Sub-Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Inidan Trail Meeting Hall at 113 W. Moore Street.

Meetings will be held regarding the Navassa Superfund Site this week. On Monday will be a redevelopment planning drop-in information session, 4 – 5 p.m., in person only. A virtual option will be held 6 – 7:30 p.m., also available in person. The Multistate Trust, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) are hosting the event. It will be held at the Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St.

To join the meetings online click on this Zoom link or enter tinyurl.com/NavassaMeetings into your browser window

To join the meetings by phone, call (301) 715-8592; use meeting ID 946 584 8922# and passcode 664564#.

Read more about the superfund site here.

Tuesday, June 14

The Pender County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Katherine Herring Resource Center, 798 US Highway 117 S in Burgaw. The committee of the whole will meet prior at 4:30 p.m. The board meeting can be livestreamed on YouTube. The agenda includes:

  • A proposed RFP for custodial services
  • Approval for renewal of Edgenuity, an online curriculum
  • Book challenge policy revisions
  • Pender High School paving project
  • Discussion and approval of a new PCS website

The Carolina Beach Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. The board meeting can be livestreamed on here. The agenda includes:

  • Hearing on preliminary assessment resolution to improve the 1000 block S. Second Street
  • Public hearing and vote on the proposed FY 2022-23 budget
  • Amend capital project funds for two projects: ARP unassigned funds and lake dredging SERDRF grant
  • Create capital project funds for two projects: Ocean Sidewalk and CBAN Improvements and for Lake Park recreation project

The Oak Island Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers at 4601 E Oak Island Drive. The board meeting can be livestreamed here. The agenda includes:

  • Consideration of the proposed FY 2022-2023 budget
  • Consideration of increasing fines for violations of the town’s dune protection ordinances
  • Public hearing on 6963 Kings Lynn Drive site plan
  • Discussion of development agreement for the Williamson Tract

Meetings will be held regarding the Navassa Superfund Site this week. On Tuesday will be an EPA Operable Unit 2 Proposed Plan Public Meeting, 6 – 7:30 p.m., held both in person and virtually. The Multistate Trust, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) are hosting the event. It will be held at the Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St.

To join the meetings online click on this Zoom link or enter tinyurl.com/NavassaMeetings into your browser window

To join the meetings by phone, call (301) 715-8592; use meeting ID 946 584 8922# and passcode 664564#.

Read more about the superfund site here.

Wednesday, June 15

The New Hanover County Board of Education is holding a special meeting, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Board of Education Center, 1805 South 13th St. The board will join in a closed session to maintain the confidentiality of student records and consult with its attorney. The board may take action following the closed session.

The Town of Burgaw Beautification Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Historic Train Depot, 115 S. Dickerson St. 

The Pender County Board of Adjustment will meet at 9 a.m. at 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw. An agenda was not posted by press time.

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Technical Coordinating Committee will meet at 10 a.m. at 305 Chestnut St. The meeting will be entirely remote and the public can tune in via Zoom. The agenda includes:

  • A presentation on the Kure Beach Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
  • A resolution requesting the North Carolina Department of Transportation explore extending Interstate 685 from Dunn to Wilmington
  • Discussion regarding the initial draft of the 2024-2033 State Transportation Improvement Program. Read PCD coverage here.

The Bald Head Island Transportation Authority will meet at 9:15 a.m. in the Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay Street  to discuss the authority’s budget. 

The Southport Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay Street to hear public input on the new Parks and Recreation Masterplan.

Thursday, June 16

Town of Navassa will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 334 Main St. An agenda was not posted as of press.

New Hanover County ABC Board will meet at 9 a.m. at 6009 Market St. An agenda was not posted as of press. The 2022-2023 proposed budget was posted and will need to be approved by July 1. It can be accessed here.

Leland Council meets at 6 p.m. in Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr. Meetings are streamed on YouTube. The agenda includes:

  • Allocate $3.5 million to the economic development project fund (Council would review any future economic development opportunities prior to committing funds.)
  • Annex 13 acres off North Carolina Highway 133, south of the intersection Mallory Creek Plantation, and zone it as multifamily
  • Set a public hearing to annex 57 acres along Mt. Misery Road
  • Set a public hearing to annex 67 acres along Village Road and adjacent to Lincoln Place townhouse development

The City of Wilmington Board of Adjustment will meet at 1 p.m. in the Harrelson Building, 5th floor conference room, 115 North 3rd St. The agenda includes a variance to the number of monument signs permitted per street frontage and development.

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meets for an agenda review at 4 p.m. in the Government Center Conference Room 601, 230 Government Center Dr.

The Oak Island Planning Board will meet at 10:30 a.m. in council chambers at 4601 E Oak Island Drive. The board meeting can be livestreamed here. The agenda includes:

  • Proposed text amendment to section 6.5 table of uses and activities and article 7 supplemental regulations to permit airport hangars (accessory) and airport terminals in the C-LD zoning district subject to supplemental regulations. 

The Southport Planning & Zoning Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay Street. The meeting can be livestreamed here and the agenda can be viewed here. 

Friday, June 17

The Surf City Town Council will meet for a work session at 9 a.m. at the Surf City Municipal Complex, 214 W. Florence Way. The meeting can be livestreamed on YouTube.

The Village at Bald Head Island will have a council meeting at 10 a.m. at the Department of Public Safety Building in the Multipurpose Room, 273 Edward Teach Extension. An agenda was not posted by press.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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