Saturday, December 9, 2023

The Agenda: Budget workshops, Leland looks to build road for development

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 shares 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.

The Agenda: 

Monday, Mar. 14

Leland Town Council meets at 1 p.m. in town hall, 102 Town Hall Dr., for a presentation on AARP Age-Friendly Communities. View the agenda here.

The Pender County Board of Commissioners meet at 4 p.m. in the Pender County Public Assembly Room, 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw. Items on the agenda include: 

  • Verizon Wireless is requesting approval of permit to construct an unstaffed telecommunications facility, including a 280-foot-tall tower, on the north side of Highway 53 East in the Holly Shelter township
  • The 2021 State of the County Health Report, which annually tracks progress of established health priorities and concerns and identifies new and emerging issues that affect the health status of Pender County residents
  • Presentation on a resolution requesting funding of a 10-mile parallel line for the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority

Tuesday, Mar. 15

Wilmington City Council holds regular meetings at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers in City Hall, 102 N. 3rd St. Meetings are broadcast live on GTV8. During the meeting, the council will consider providing a 20% local match, or $165,793, for the Wilmington Multi-modal Transportation Center. PCD has more on that story here.

The New Hanover County Board of Education meets for its March interim meeting, starting at 4 p.m. in the BOE Center, 1805 S. 13th St. The meeting will start with a one-hour closed session. The board will then host a call to the audience that is up to two hours long. Thirty community members can sign up to speak online starting Monday, Mar. 14, at 8 a.m. There will also be 10 slots to sign up for at the door. View the agenda here and sign up for public comment here.

The New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board’s Historically Marginalized Populations Subcommittee will meet at 10 a.m. to review the subcommittee’s purpose and examine Covid-19 data regarding historically marginalized populations. The public can attend in person at the HHS building (1650 Greenfield St. in multipurpose room B) or call 336-218-2051, then enter 343 023 128# to listen to the meeting over the phone.

Wilmington Urban Area MPO’s Technical Coordinating Committee will join at 10 a.m. virtually. The link to the Zoom meeting is here. View the agenda here.

The Town of Belville ABC Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 63 River Rd. Items on the agenda include a general financial report, potential budget amendment and an update on top-sellers at area stores. 

The Town of Surf City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. at Surf City Welcome Center, 102 N. Shore Dr.

Wednesday, Mar. 16

Leland Tourism Development Authority joins for its regular meeting at 4 p.m. in town hall, 102 Town Hall Dr. The agenda includes reports on marketing, finance and upcoming events.

The Bald Head Island Transportation Authority meets at 9:15 am in the Southport Community Building, 223 E Bay St.

There will be an open house for the Topsail Island Resilient Coastal Communities Program at Surf City Town Hall in council chambers, 214 W. Florence Way, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. It will be interactive displaying around 15 to 20 projects from the town’s Draft Project Portfolio, featuring nature-based solutions, infrastructure, etc. The public will be able to talk with town leaders, Kleinfelder Staff, NCDEQ, and others about the projects; there will not be a formal presentation. 

Thursday, Mar. 17

Leland Town Council meets at 6 p.m. in town hall, 102 Town Hall Dr., for its regular meeting. Items on the agenda include:

  • An economic development agreement to give Settler’s Village, an 8.67-acre townhomes complex, up to $7,250 to plan an access road to provide a second means of ingress into and egress out of Settler’s Village
  • Several voluntary annexations to extend the town’s limits

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a budget workshop, followed by an agenda review, at 2 p.m. to go over budget priorities for the next fiscal year, which starts in July. The commissioners will meet at the New Hanover County Government Center in the Harrell Conference Room, 230 Government Center Dr. People can also watch from home on and YouTube.

The Southport Planning Board meets at 6 p.m. in the community building, 223 E Bay St.

The Wilmington Board of Adjustment meets at 1 p.m. in the Harrelson/United Bank building, fifth-floor conference room, at 115 North 3rd St. There are only two items of business on the agenda — one to allow shipping containers along Carolina Beach Road, and another for a variance to 100-foot right-of-way setback for parking in the historic district. Likely both will be continued at the request of the applicant, so it may be a short meeting.

The New Hanover County ABC Board will meet at 9 a.m. at the general offices, 6009 Market St. 

Navassa Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 334 Main St.

Friday, Mar. 18

Surf City Town Council will have a work session from 9 a.m. to noon at 214 W. Florence Way.

Saturday, Mar. 19

The Town of Belville Board of Commissioners will have its budget retreat.

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 or on Twitter @alexsands_

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