At the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners Feb. 8, there were public hearings held for a request to renew a walking tour permit for Port City Tour Co., which was approved, and for text and map additions to the Land Development Ordinance that was tabled for further review by staff and the Town attorney.
Regarding the Pay-to-Park Program for the 2016 tourist season, the Board decided to continue the program.
The Commissioners also decided to approve the leasing agreement for new downtown streetlights. These streetlights will be installed by Duke Energy at no cost to the Town. Also during the meeting, a Financial Policy was adopted that was created to explain the Board’s approach to finances.
The Board met Feb. 24 for its regular work session, when it began talks about several topics that will be discussed during the March 14 regular meeting, such as the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), installing compactors on Queen Street, and the Mission, Strategic Priorities & Core Values for the Board. The Board decided to reconvene the work session at 8 a.m. March 3 in the Train Depot to hold further discussion. During the work session, the Board decided to move forward with paving Front Street from the west end to Ocean Street. The project will be completed by Easter weekend. The Commissioners also weighed the pros and cons of continuing having trash collection as a service provided by the Town or privatizing collection.
A recap of the Stormwater Advisory Committee was given to the Board as well. The newly installed group met Feb. 10 for its first meeting. A list of problem areas is being compiled and similarities and solutions are being studied to be discussed at the next meeting on April 25. The committee meets the fourth Monday of every other month.
At the reconvened work session on March 3, discussion on the Capital Improvement Plan continued.