BOA to see transition of members Tuesday

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill Blair

Two new board members and the new mayor of the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen will be sworn in during the Tuesday, Dec. 17, meeting.

But first, the current board will address three old business items to begin the 6 p.m. meeting, including approval of November meeting minutes, adoption of the resolution to reduce the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph on U.S. 74 and the acceptance of the abstract of votes from the 2013 municipal election from the New Hanover County Board of Elections.

Town manager Tim Owens said the remainder of the meeting would function similar to swearing in meetings from past years.

“Generally it’s a short meeting, very little business is taken care of,” Owens said. “… It’s mainly just approving meeting schedules and approving appointments here and there.”

After taking oaths of office, incoming Mayor Bill Blair, Alderwoman Lisa Weeks and Alderman Hank Miller III will take their seats.

The meeting will also serve as a time for the new board to elect a mayor pro tem, the position most recently held by outgoing Alderman Bill Sisson.

Blair, who served as mayor pro tem when he was an alderman, said he would likely let board members nominate their choices for mayor pro tem.

“The mayor pro tem’s job is to fill in for the mayor,” Blair said. “… I’ll probably go back to the old-school way of nominating.”

He added that outgoing Mayor David Cignotti gave all board members a chance to serve as mayor pro tem during his tenure as mayor.

To prepare for his new mayoral title, Blair has been meeting with Cignotti to ensure there is smoothness in the transition.

Blair said he hopes to call board members before the meetings to talk about issues so he does not miss the point of an issue and he knows all of the views from other members.

The Dec. 17 consent agenda includes the approval of town meeting schedules for 2014, ranging from the regular board meetings and holiday schedule to planning board and committee meeting schedules.

During new business, the board will make appointments to decide which board members will serve two-year terms beginning January 2014 on the New Hanover County Port, Waterway and Beach Commission; New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority and North Carolina Holiday Flotilla committee among others.

The board will also choose a date for the January retreat, when it chooses priorities and is updated on issues.

“I think we’re going to try to put the retreat on Jan. 11, and have the meeting after that,” Blair said.

The regular meeting is currently scheduled for Jan. 9.

During the regular January meeting, the board will make appointments to the Wrightsville Beach Planning Board, Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Historic Landmark Commission, Wrightsville Beach Marketing Advisory Committee and Board of Adjustment. 

As of the end of November, only one application had been received for the five boards and committees. Those applications, available at town hall, are due in early January.


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