The Beaufort Board of Commissioners met in the Train Depot at 6 p.m. May 9, 2016, for their regularly scheduled meeting.
Police Chief Paul Burdette Jr. shared his observations since joining the Beaufort Police Department six months ago As the Inspirational Moment. He commended the community pride and commitment to service he’s witnessed since beginning with the police department. Chief Burdette said that he’s continued the Coffee with a Cop program to make officers more accessible to the citizens as well as holding Chat with the Chief. He addressed community concerns, including Quality of life issues, drug activity, school safety and people in crisis. Chief Burdette also explained to the Board efforts he and his officers have made to better serve the community including pursuing training and by partnering with community organizations that benefit citizens. He mentioned National Police Week, which was May 15-21, and the sacrifices of fellow officers.
Mayor Stanley presented Chief Burdette with a copy of the National Police Week proclamation.
Mayor Stanley also recognized Assistant Town Manager Lauren Hermley for her work while at Beaufort with this proclamation.
Commissioner McDonald made a motion to approve the following Items of Consent: Budget Amendment No. 9, the transfer of unappropriated fund balance money into the approved Capital Project Fund for the new fire station; National Public Works Week Proclamation; National Police Week Proclamation; and minutes from the April 11 regular meeting, April 20 special meeting and April 27 work session.
Assistant Town Manager Lauren Hermley gave a presentation on the proposed FY 2017 budget to the Board and public, which is available here. This presentation was part of the Public Hearing. She also referenced this FY17 Budget-Working Draft Document.
Vic Fasolino was chosen to serve the in-town, three-year unexpired term that expires Jan. 1, 2017, for the Beaufort Historic Preservation Commission.
The Board of Commissioners Planning Working Group is advising that the current fire station property be rezoned from light industrial to transitional and be advertised for a public hearing during the Planning Board’s meeting in June.
Town Planner Kyle Garner explained to the Board and public the existing and surrounding zoning of the current building, recommended use, using this series of maps.
Commissioner Hollinshed said that she and Commissioner Harker, the members of the Planning Working Group, came to the conclusion that the transitional would be the best fit.
Mayor Stanley explained that since this is Town property, a letter would need to be written to the Planning Board asking that they take up the rezoning of the property for what they deem appropriate. It would go before the Planning Board then the Town Board for a public hearing and final action.
Commissioner Hagle made a motion ask the Planning Board for their recommendation for rezoning the property. All were in favor.
Mr. Burgess will compose the letter for the Planning Board.
As part of his Manager Report, Mr. Burgess reminded the Board about the next work session to be held at 8 a.m. May 25 in the Train Depot. The FY 17 budget as presented will be the primary discussion as well as the road assessment report. The results for the RFP for trash collection will be presented for discussion as well plus there will be a bond referendum presentation.
Ms. Hermley told the board that the finances are in good shape and the projected numbers are in the budget document.
After the closed session was held, it was decided to recess the meeting until 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 25.