Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Agenda: OKI tree protection overlay, PC schools’ public input on staggered bus routes

A school bus traverses the roads in Maple Hill in Pender County, which is currently proposing a three-tiered bus route and staggered bell schedule; public input sessions are held twice this week, May 23-24, 6 p.m. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — 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, May 22

The New Hanover County Board of Education Curriculum Committee will meet at 3:45 p.m. at the Board of Education Center, 1802 S. 15th St. Meetings can be livestreamed here. The agenda includes: 

  • Desmos update (math)
  • Career technical education
  • Parent resources discussion

Pender County Opioid Prevention Task Force will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. at the Surf City Municipal Complex, 214 W. Florence Way. This will be an opportunity to discuss opioid use in Pender County and get input from residents on ways to prevent it.

The Southport Board of Aldermen will have a budget work session at 9 a.m. at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. 

The Oak Island Planning Board will meet at 9 a.m. in council chambers 4601 E. Oak Island Drive. Meetings can be livestreamed here. The agenda includes:

  • Discussion of tree protection overlay district (read PCD coverage here)
  • Discussion of special use permits

The Belville Board of Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. in commissioner chambers at 63 River Road. An agenda was not posted by press. 

Public comments are open in regards to N.C. State Port Authority’s planned project to improve vehicular congestion and transportation efficiency with a new intermodal facility. Port of Wilmington is proposing to construct a dedicated area for loading and discharging containers on and off the rail, to include four, 1,250-foot dedicated rail sidings on 9.7 paved acres around the existing sidings to provide storage and transfer areas on both sides of the new rail tracks. Three specialized and dedicated reach stackers will be deployed to load and unload rail cars with extra reach for the inner rail track. A secure area near the US Customs and Border Protection required radiation portals will provide for secondary inspections to allow for safe and secure loading and discharging of container boxes (to and from trains) in the container yard. The project will help to divert nearly 250,000 container boxes from trucks to rail over the next decade. Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2024 and finish in early 2025. All feedback can be sent to Todd Walton at todd.walton@ncports.com or 910-746-6460 through June 12.

Tuesday, May 23

The Carolina Beach Town Council will hold a workshop at 9 a.m. in council chambers at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. Meetings can be livestreamed here. The agenda includes: 

  • Flood and adaption modeling work on Canal Drive
  • FY23/24 town manager’s budget message

Pender County Commissioners will hold a budget work session at 4 p.m. at the Pender County Public Assembly Room, 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.

Pender County Board of Education will hold an information session on the proposed three-tiered bell schedule and bus routing system at 6 p.m. in the auditorium Heide Trask High School. Read PCD coverage here.

The Brunswick County Board of Education will hold committee meetings beginning at 9 a.m. with a budget work session to follow in the conference room of The Center of Applied Sciences and Technology, 1109 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. Meetings can be livestreamed here. The work session’s agenda includes: 

  • Five year capital improvement plan
  • Payroll schedules for 2023-2024
  • Review of ESSER positions for 2023-2024

The Town of Leland Planning Board will meet May 23, 6 p.m. Items on the agenda include rezoning parcels owned by Brunswick County, including a 26.51-acre area located along Mill Creek, North and East of Holly Hills subdivision from its existing zoning classification of R-6000, medium density residential to CD, conservation district. It also requests rezoning of roughly 5 acres along US Highway 74/76 and Fawnbrook Way. Staff proposes to rezone the parcel from its existing Brunswick County zoning classification of RR, Rural Residential, to Leland C-1, General   Commercial Business District. Video of the meeting can be accessed here

Wednesday, May 24

The Topsail Beach Planning Board will meet at 10 a.m. at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. The agenda includes a review of the conditional rezoning for the south end of the island, to make way for a family compound near Serenity Point. Catch up on PCD coverage here.

Pender County Opioid Prevention Task Force will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. at the Hampstead Annex, 15060 Highway 17 in Hampstead. This will be an opportunity to discuss opioid use in Pender County and get input from residents on ways to prevent it.

The Pender County Board of Education will hold an information session on the proposed three-tiered bell schedule and bus routing system at 6 p.m. in the auditorium Heide Trask High School. Read PCD coverage here.

Thursday, May 25

The Oak Island Town Council will host a public hearing on the 2023-2024 budget at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 4601 E. Oak Island Drive. Meetings can be livestreamed here. An agenda was not posted by press.

The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (Wave) will be held Thursday, at 1 p.m. at Forden Station, 505 Cando St. Items on the agenda include correcting the employee car allowance to $6,000 from $8,000, as well as approval of audit services from PBMares LLP for $38,500, appropriated in the FY23 budget. There is a public comment period, limited to 5 minutes per person; e-mail comments to info@wavetransit.com.

Wilmington City Council will hold a budget work session on Friday, May 26, at 8:30 a.m. at city hall, 102 N Third St. The meeting can be livestreamed on GTV8 and YouTube.


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Shea Carver
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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