The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen remains split on
the decision to send out a request for proposals for a server virtualization
project, delaying the decision until after the 2013 election.
Alderwoman Susan Collins, whose term is expiring and is not
running in the election, motioned to delay the decision, seconded by Alderwoman
Elizabeth King, during the Thursday, Oct. 24, special meeting.
Mayor David Cignotti and Mayor Pro Tem Bill Sisson voted against
Collins said she wanted to wait until the new board is
seated. Sisson argued it is all about government efficiency.
“If you lose this data, you are putting this town at risk,”
There is $60,500 in the 2013-14 budget for the server virtualization
project. The figure comes from a quote given about two years ago. There is also
$26,000 in the current budget for hosted exchange.
Town manager Tim Owens estimated the cost savings of the
project at $50,000 in the long run.
Owens presented the board with other options, like estimated
cost of assessments. The University of North Carolina School of Government,
which is working with the City of Wilmington on a similar project, responded
with a quote of $10,000 for an assessment.
Cignotti said he feels like the process has been
“We have an IT director,” Cignotti said. “We know we have
Alderman Darryl Mills, who was absent from the meeting, previously
asked to review the RFPs along with Collins.
Waynick and Causeway
intersection improvement grant
Following a public hearing, the board unanimously approved a
resolution to apply for an intersection improvement grant for one of the
busiest intersections in Wrightsville Beach.
Three people spoke in favor of submitting the grant
application during the public hearing and no one spoke against.
The $292,000 project would transform the Waynick Boulevard
and Causeway Drive intersection to Stone Street along with beautification
efforts. The town is offering a minimum 20 percent match of $54,000.
The project total would likely come closer to $400,000, with
the addition of water and stormwater improvements paid for with town funds.
Those infrastructure costs, estimated between $80,000-$100,000, would come out
of the water and sewer fund. The remainder of town funding for the project
would come from the general fund.
Jim Smith, representing the Wrightsville Beach Foundation,
spoke in favor of applying for the grant and announced a $20,000 contribution
by the foundation to aid the town’s match.
Smith said he looked through the minutes from a July 16,
1980, town board meeting.
“They were talking about the very same thing that they’re
talking about today,” Smith said.
Mary Baggett, of the Blockade Runner, also spoke in favor of
the grant application.
“We would love to see two left-turn lanes off of Waynick
onto Causeway because of the traffic flow, especially on Saturdays and
Sundays,” Baggett said. “… The only issue we would have is the timing of this.”
She said she would want the construction to occur during
off-season months if possible.
Neal Briggi, representing the Henderson Street League, also
spoke in favor of the resolution.
Owens said the project would probably require milling the
road, removing the road surface to expose the base. He also explained to board
members that the project proposal is just conceptual, adding they would get
into the details during the design process.
Collins voiced concerns about the grant, citing the timing
and a lack of public commentary on the project. She pointed out that only one
person who lives on Waynick Boulevard was in the audience.
“We’re just not hearing from people,” Collins said. “I don’t
think this really shows the public hearing that we need to do a project like
She added that she felt it was inappropriate to make a
decision now, but said she was in favor of the application, later voting in
Sisson said this grant would not come again for an entire
“Everybody had ample opportunity to know about this,” Sisson
said. “I don’t know how much more you can do to drag people in. … I think it
would be a big mistake to turn this down.”
During the middle of the meeting, board members received an
early season update from Lanier Parking for items to consider changing for the
upcoming season. Lanier Parking officials will return in January to follow up
with the board.
The full story will be
printed on Thursday, Oct. 31.