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During its Jan. 11 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to establish a Stormwater Advisory Committee and appointed the following citizens to serve: Dr. Carolyn Currin, Coastal and Estuarine Ecologist, NOAA’s Beaufort Lab; Dr. P. Lee Ferguson, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University; Dr. James Hunt, Lawrence E. Peirano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Emeritus, USC Berkley; Whitney Jenkins, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, NC Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve; David King, Architect, Andrew Roby Builders/Two Kings Architects; Dr. Rachel Noble, Mary and Watts Hill Jr. Distinguished Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences; Robert Safrit, Landscape Designer, The Beaufort Yard Co.; Tommy Simpson, Owner/Contractor, Thomas Simpson Construction/ACE Hardware; Ana Zivanovic-Nenadovic, Senior Policy Analyst for NC Coastal Federation; and Dr. Maria Wise, Duke Marine Lab.

All members bring a wealth of professional knowledge about stormwater management. An introductory meeting will be held in February to begin work.

If you are interested in following the activities of the committee or attending their meetings, which are all open to the public, visit the Stormwater Advisory Committee page under Current Projects on the Town’s website.

 Commissioner Harker offered a correction to item 13A in the Dec. 14, 2015, minutes. The Downtown Beaufort Development Association requested that Feb. 20 also be approved as a possible date for the Mardi Gras on Middle Lane event. Commissioner Hollinshed made a motion to approve the Items of Consent with changes as noted. All were in favor.

Approved were the following: Dec. 14, 2015, regular meeting minutes with changes; FY17 Budget Calendar; Capital Project Budget Ordinance for Digital Read Water Meters; Proclamation 201601P Declaring Feb. 11, 2016, As Head Start Day at the Beaufort Child Development Center in Beaufort, North Carolina; the Downtown Beaufort Development Association’s request to waive ABC laws on Middle Lane for Mardi Gras on Middle Lane either Feb. 13 or Feb. 20; and Budget Amendment No. 4

Around Town, stormwater crews have nearly completed a large cleanout project at the intersection of Live Oak and First streets. Public Works Director Mark Eakes reports that the ditch bordering the old elementary school property seemed to perform much more eff ectively during the last rain event.

During the Jan. 20 Board of Commissioners annual retreat, the Board discussed an anticipated paving project that will include parts of Front Street, both parking lots by Dockhouse Restaurant and the resurfacing of Mashburn Drive, Glenda Drive, Wellons Drive, Campen Road, Crescent Drive, Circle Drive, North Avenue, Chestnut Drive, Pine Street, Ann Street from the east end to Gordon Street, Belle Air Street, Hill Street, Joyce Boulevard and Fulford Street. The Board also discussed replacing downtown streetlights, the goals for the Stormwater Advisory Committee, and post-bridge transportation planning.