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The Town of Beaufort Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016, in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St., Beaufort, NC. Mayor Richard Stanley presided.

Dennis Litalien gave a presentation on The Carteret County Shellfish Farming Program. Mr. Litalien, after providing background and history of shellfishing in the area, explained that shellfish farming would be a great economic opportunity in the area because of the vast amount of resources available, it’s a sustainable business model plus it fits into the maritime heritage so rich in the county. His presentation is available here.

 The following items were approved under Items of Consent: May 9, 2016, regular meeting and May 25, 2016, Reconvened May 9, 2016, meeting minutes; Resolution Designating Bank Depositories And Authorizing Signatures For Bank Depositories; audit contract for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2016; Budget Amendment No. 10, which provides for any unforeseen expenses that may occur prior to the end of the current fiscal year; Budget Amendment No. 11, which accounts for the receipt of funds from Carteret County to service the North River Fire District, appropriating them to be spent by the Fire Department; Consider approval of Budget Amendment No. 12, which accounts for the distribution of funds received as dredging donations for expenses incurred as part of the U.S Army Corps’ Fall 2015/2016 dredging of Bulkhead Channel and Taylor’s Creek.

Ken Richardson, Shoreline Management Specialist with Division of Coastal Management Department of Environmental Quality, presented, “Bird Shoal & Rachel Carson Shoreline Change.” The presentation is available here. 

FY 2017 Budget Ordinance and Town of Beaufort FY 2017 Fee Schedule was approved. Commissioner Harker, Commissioner Hagle, Commissioner Hollinshed and Commissioner Carter voted in favor while Commissioner McDonald voted against approval.

Restrictive covenants regarding the impervious surface limitations for the property conveyed to the Town of Beaufort by Preston Development was also approved. The document can be accessed here.

It was also decided to reject the sole unopened bid for trash collection and recycling services for residential customers, rebid and open the new bids at the July meeting.