The Town of Beaufort Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St., Beaufort, NC. Mayor Richard Stanley presided.

Beverly Glover-Wood and Elaine White with the Beaufort Garden Club addressed the Board and citizens during the Inspirational Moment before Perry Harker, County Board of Education chairman and Carteret Community College vice president of corporate and community education, spoke. Mayor Stanley also presented Mr. Harker with a proclamation honoring him for being the first African American citizen to be elected to serve on the Carteret County Board of Education and his service to the community as well as a key to the town.

Tom Higgins, Beaufort’s present member of the Beaufort-Morehead Airport Authority, briefed the Board on the recent operations of the airport, including its short- and long-range goals for the airport.

Items of Consent approved were the following: Consider approval of the Memorandum of Agreement between Carteret County and the Town of Beaufort for the Collection of the Town’s 2016 Ad valorem Taxes; the 2016-17 Leases; and the minutes from the July 11, 2016, regular meeting and July 14, 2016, work session.

 The following public hearings were held, all of which were approved:: A Town-initiated request to rezone 900 Cedar St. (Pin Number 730618400136000) from L-I (Light Industrial) to TR (Transitional); Special Use Permit request submitted by Taylor’s Creek Group to operate a restaurant with Outdoor Operation at 326 Front St. (Pin Numbers 730617100136000, 730617100154000); and Request regarding funding of the ADA restrooms and ramps for Harborside Park project from the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Grant Program. Harborside Park is to the west of the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, 322 Front St., and owned by the State of North Carolina.

The Board discussed the Sidewalk Trip Hazard Removal Survey And Proposal by Precision Safe Sidewalks, Inc. and opted to table the discussion until when the Aug. 8 regular meeting reconvenes 8 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Train Depot.

Also up for discussion was the bid from Waste Industries to provide weekly collection of residential solid waste and recycling. It was decided to to enter into contract negotiations with Waste Industries to see if a mutually satisfactory contract can be worked out. 

Lastly, Bob Safrit was appointed to serve a term on the Board of Adjustment that expires Jan. 31, 2019. 

This meeting will reconvene at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Train Depot.