Beaufort establishes waterways, harbor committee to help shape future of waterfront, beyond

The Beaufort Board of Commissioners appointed eight individuals and one commissioner Monday to its new harbor and waterways master plan advisory committee. The panel will shape recommendations about bulkhead repairs, the lease of the town docks and more. (News-Times photo)

BEAUFORT — After months tussling over duties and composition, town commissioners have appointed eight individuals to the new Beaufort Harbor and Waterways Master Plan Advisory Committee.

The panel is set to review issues and make recommendations to the board of commissioners on matters relating to the town’s waterways, harbor, docks, bulkhead and more.

During their virtual meeting Monday, commissioners appointed Steve Bishop, Tipper Davis, Victor Fasolino, Bucky Oliver, Susan Sanders, Miriam Sutton, Doug Townsend and Douglas Doubleday as members. All were nominated by consensus and appointed unanimously. Commissioner Charles McDonald did not make any nominations, but voted in favor of the appointments.

The board also unanimously selected Commissioner Ann Carter to serve as the panel ex officio member.  

“You’ve got a lot of work (ahead),” Commissioner Sharon Harker said of the newly minted committee members.

All of the appointees are full-time Beaufort residents. They were selected from a list of 29 applicants, a round up commissioners said they were pleased to receive.

“We had a lot of great applicants, and it made the board’s decision a lot tougher to do,” Commissioner John Hagle noted.

Over the past several months, commissioners have compiled a list of charges for the advisory panel ahead of a number of what town staff has deemed “critical issues.” Those include needed repairs to the bulkhead along Taylor’s Creek – work that is expected to cost more than $1.25 million after a 2018 assessment found the structure to be failing – and planning for the expiration of the lease on the town’s docks in 2024.

Plans for the dock lease and bulkhead work are among the top priorities for the advisory panel, along with reconstruction of the boardwalk following repairs, the possibility of mooring fields in Taylor’s Creek and Town Creek, the future of the lease with the National Park Service for the Cape Lookout National Seashore information center in town hall, the ferry operator docks serving the seashore, dredging plans, changes to the town’s Navigable Waters Ordinance, water quality, protection of the Rachel Carson Reserve and more.

This spring, there had been some concern among commissioners that the scope of duties was too wide, particularly in regard to environmental issues, but the board ultimately approved the list of charges May 10.

The town has contracted with engineering firm Moffit and Nichol – which also serves as Carteret County’s engineering firm for beach restoration efforts – for $40,000 to create a harbor and waterways master plan. The goal is to complete the planning tool by July 2022.

The committee is set to hold its first meeting in the next few weeks, at which time the panel will adopt a regular meeting schedule.

In other action at Monday’s meeting, the Beaufort commission:

·     Heard a presentation from N.C. League of Municipalities official Matthew Selves on the Beaufort Police Department’s law enforcement risk review.

·     Approved two separate voluntary annexation requests, one for 186 Chadwick Road and the other for 190 Chadwick Road. No one spoke during public hearings on either annexation request. Both parcels were within 60 feet of the town’s corporate limits.

·     Appointed Ian Huckabee to the town historic preservation commission.

·     Approved a special event permit for Beaufort Wine & Food’s Dining on the Docks celebration Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7-8. The event will use the town’s west parking lot and John Newton Park, and as part of the approval, commissioners issued an alcohol waiver for the areas.

Items approved as part of the consent agenda, with no discussion, included:

·     Minutes from the March 11 and March 12 board retreat, March 22 work session and April 8 regular meeting.

·     A budget amendment to use $77,000 from the general fund to cover the increased cost for processing comingled recycling by the town’s garbage contractor, GFL.

·     A special event permit for the Beaufort Triathlon to reschedule its 2020 event to Saturday, May 14, 2022. It requires a closure of the Craven Street parking lot and an alcohol waiver for that area and Middle Lane for two days that weekend.  

 

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

(7) comments

DeadBolt

Beaufort will not be out STUPIDEDEDED..... Above is pure , unfiltered IGNORANCE in action! (the new so called progressives can't even keep up with this lot!) [beam]

noitall

First agenda ig - Public restrooms Worst on the ICW and probably the last item to fixed.

the secret life of man

Beaufort has been outstupided by Morehead city.Morehead city powers that be has allowed 16th st beach to be the shevans park splashpad wastewater disposal of approximately 4000 gallons a day. Try to out stupid that move.

DeadBolt

Well, lets see, this is a great punch towards dumbness, simply put, an 'idea ' guy had a brainstorm, town servants , elected and appointed by the few voters etc, put to action a park, i suppose if thats what it is, and by your account, its draining into the sound? Ok, if taxpayer funds were used, you are ALL responsible for the discharge f waste water in a natural body of water, believe it or not. (the funds implicate you). At this point, your all POLLUTERS of the natural environment, and the park should be shut down until it is repaired. (costing more tax money) Basically, you have all been lead down the path of ECO PIRATES by 1-2 'IDEA' guys and gals. Your criminals against mother nature i suppose, so, yea , it's pretty stupid to allow 1-2 guys with bright ideas lead you all into a criminal venture that was not well planned. (i think i would have rather saved my money). However, BLOATFORT will respond, just watch!

sick and tired

Haven't they already shaped the future of Beaufort enough? I can't wait until they build condos on carrot island, expand the port and develop every inch of the Beaufort by-pass. Yes, I know there are no official plans to build condos on carrot island YET. Radio Island was never meant for condos either though was it? Neither were all the wetlands in Beaufort all down lennoxville road(just for one example), right? Or on Atlantic beach where back when I was in my 20's there were lots for sale on the sound side headed towards the fort. No one would buy them because well they were wetlands, would not perk, would cause damage to waters and wildlife(same as Radio Island) BUT they are filled in and crammed with houses now.

DeadBolt

No, BLOATFORT is not done yet, they are the HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF STUPID! The future is unlimited when a select group of wing nuts are left to the TOWN CHECKBOOK, and a huge majority are passive towards the rotten ideas.

the secret life of man

Here's your Shevans park tour.first on most days of the week,visit splashpad and watch the children have ing fun,notice the ones in diapers possibly leaving an accidental trail of an accident.Second go to the corner of Shepard and 16th st stormwater st grid and listen to the waterfall of splashpad waste water with all its content.Third,go to 16th st beach at low tide and look at glebe of waste water through the stormwater emptying onto the beach and into the Bogue sound.This should have been connected to the sewer system.It contains used shower and bath water,sweat and imagine the rest.

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