2006 TOWN NEWS ARCHIVES

BELVILLE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

In accordance with the requirements of GS 160A-71(b) (1), on December 29th, 2006, Mayor David H. Long called a Special Meeting of the quorum of the Belville Board of Commissioners. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Upcoming Charrette. The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, January 8th,2007 at the Belville Town Hall.

BELVILLE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

In accordance with the requirements of GS 160A-71 (b) (1), on November 30, 2006, Mayor David Long called a Special Meeting of the quorum of the Belville Board of Commissioners. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the update on Town Administrator. The meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at the Belville Town Hall.

JOB VACANCY

The Board of Commissioners voted at a Special Meeting on August 3, 2006 to open a job position for a Deputy Town Clerk. Deputy Town Clerk - Belville, NC. Admin. prof. to serve as assistant to Town Clerk. Responsibilities incl. maintenance and recordkeeping of all town records, preparing meeting meetings, preparation of legal notices and other admin support. College deg. preferred in English, communications, business or related experience. Req's evening attendance at various functions, some out of town training. MSWord, MSExcel, computer skills & ability to deal w/ public is must. Updates town website, composes correspondence. App. should also possess knowledge of municipal gov't legal & organizational structure. Salary based on edu., ability & exp. Send resume & cover letter to: 117-G Village Rd. Leland, NC 28451. Complete application http://townofbelville.com/forms/tob113.doc and email to townadministrator@townofbelville.com or fax to (910)371-2474. Deadline 08/14/06 or until filled EOE.

PRESIDENT'S DAY SCHEDULE

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DOWNTOWN OPERATION CLEANUP

Mayor David Long and Code Enforcement Officer James Kern invite you to participate in Downtown Operation Cleanup on Saturday, December 16th starting at 10 am. Please view the Press Release to see additional information.

BUSINESS EXPO ON JANUARY 27th

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TOWN COUNCIL MEETING DATES CHANGED

On October 23rd, 2006 the Belville Board of Commissioners voted to change the regularly scheduled Town Council Meeting Dates for the remainder of 2006 to the following:

November - Monday, November 20th at 7pm
December - Monday, December 18th at 7pm

TOWN HALL CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

Please view the Announcement here.

TOWN HALL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Please view the Christmas Announcement here.
Please view the New Year's Schedule here.

NORTH BRUNSWICK CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Mayor David Long invites each of you to join us for the North Brunswick Christmas Festival and Parade at 9 am on Saturday, December 9th, which is sponsored by the Unity Group of North Brunswick. Please contact Town Hall at 371-2456 for more information.

TOWN HALL CLOSED VETERAN'S DAY

The Belville Town Hall will be closed on Friday, November 10th in observance of Veteran's Day. The office will reopen at 8:00am on Monday, November 13th.

TOWN HALL CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

The Belville Town Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and on Friday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving. The office will reopen at 8:00am on Monday, November 27th.

ATTENTION BELVILLE VOTERS: EARLY VOTING BEGINS OCTOBER 19th

Early voting for the upcoming November 7th, 2006 election begins on October 19, 2006 at North Brunswick High School. The school is located at 114 Scorpion Drive, Leland, NC.

ATTENTION BELVILLE VOTERS: VOTING LOCATION CHANGE

On May 15th 2006, the Brunswick County Board of Elections voted to relocate the voting place for the Belville precinct. The voting location is now Belville Elementary School located at 575 River Rd. Belville, NC 28451. The former voting location was the NCDOT building. Election day is November 7th.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETINGS

Effective September 2006, the Belville Board of Commissioners will meet on the (4th) fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Belville Town Hall.

FOUR NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO PLANNING BOARD

The Board of Commissioners appointed Steve O'Rourke to the Planning Board on 5/22/06 for a three year term that expires May 2009.

The Board of Commissioners appointed three new members to the Planning Board 6/12/06 as follows:
  • Scott Evans - appointed to fill Stephanie Bessmer's vacancy which expires June 2007
  • David Stanley - appointed for three year term, expires June 2009
  • Scott Milligan - appointed for three year term, expires June 2009
Board membership is now seven instead of five

TOWN HIRES NEW TAX COLLECTOR

The Board of Commissioners voted 6/12/06 to hire Athina Williams as Tax Collector. Ms. Williams will start 7/5/06.

TOWN CLERK RESIGNS EFFECTIVE 6/30/06

Town Clerk Nancy Avery submitted her resignation effective 6/30/06. Ms. Avery has accepted a position as town clerk for the town of Kure Beach, NC.

OFFICE ASSISTANT RESIGNED EFFECTIVE 6/23/06

Office Assistant Taleshia Henry resigned effective 6/23/06 to pursue other interests. Ms. Henry had been working for the town through the Reserves Network Agency.

PLANNING BOARD SCHEDULES AGENDA MEETING

At the July 19, 2006 Planning Board meeting, the Board unanimously voted to schedule an Agenda Meeting at 5:30 pm prior to each regularly scheduled meeting. Planning Board meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month.

STEPHANIE BESSMER RESIGNS FROM THE PLANNING BOARD

Stephanie Bessmer submitted her resignation from the Planning Board effective 5/24/06 due to a conflict with the change in meeting date.

OLD TOWN HALL DEMOLISHED MAY 19th

Belville has lost a little of its history. The former town hall that served the town for many years was demolished on Friday, May 19th at 10 am. The building, located at 175 Main Street, was demolished because it is no longer a safe working environment. Demolition was handled through Brunswick County at no charge through the ACE Program. The Belville Board of Commissioners believes this to be a positive move toward the beginning of revitalization in the downtown area and is proud to take the first step. With Belville's 30th anniversary approaching in March of 2007, and with new growth coming into the area, the town has a terrific opportunity to re-create itself and the Town Board is excited about the future possibilities for Belville.

TOWN TO RECEIVE PLANNING ASSISTANCE FROM NC DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Vagn Hansen, planner with the NC Department of Commerce, will be assisting the town with planning services. The Department of Commerce offers planning assistance to small towns at a nominal fee such as mileage and meals. Welcome Mr. Hansen!

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

6/8/06 (Thursday) - 9 am - Town Hall - Comprehensive Plan Team committee will meet with representatives of The Lawrence Group to review their proposal for a comprehensive plan for town. The public is encouraged to attend.

6/8/06 (Thursday) - 11 am - Town Hall - Comprehensive Plan Team committee will meet with representatives of Perkins Eastman to review their proposal for a comprehensive plan for town. The public is encouraged to attend.

6/12/06 (Monday) - 7 pm - Town Hall - Board of Commissioners to hold public hearing on adoption of 2006-2007 budget (on file in clerk's office for view).

6/20/06 (Tuesday) - 6 pm - Town Hall - Planning Board to hold two public hearings: 1) preliminary plans for Planned Unit Development "River Oaks" to be located off highway 133 south of Rice Hope and 2) text amendment to zoning ordinance establishing new public and institutional zoning district for schools (on file in clerk's office for view).

6/26/06 (Monday) - 7 pm - Board of Commissioners - public hearing on text amendment to zoning ordinance establishing new public and institutional zoning district for schools.

8/3/06 (Thursday) - 6 pm - Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting: Discussion of Consultant for the development of the Comprehensive Plan for the Town and Discussion of Administrative Staff Issues.

8/9/06 (Wednesday) - 6 pm - Belville Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting: Personnel - Resignation of Town Administrator.

8/16/06 (Wednesday) - 6 pm - Planning Board - Public Hearing (1): Town of Belville Zoning Ordinance authorizing the Board of Commissioners to adopt temporary development moratoria.

8/16/06 (Wednesday) - 6 pm - Planning Board - Public Hearing (2): Rezoning request by Waterford LLC from (I) Industrial to (MF) Multi-family.

9/8/06 (Friday) - 3pm - Belville Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting: Lawrence Group Contract.

9/11/06 (Monday) - 6pm - Belville Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting - Organization of the Administrative Staff

9/18/06 (Monday) - 7pm - Belville Board of Commissioners/Leland Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting: Request to Leland to annex properties (Belville Elementary School Cafeteria).

9/21/06 (Thursday) - 7pm - Belville Board of Commissioners/Belville Planning Board - Special Meeting - Workshop on the Scope of the Possible Moratoria Ordinance

9/25/06 (Monday) – 7pm – Belville Board of Commissioners – Public Hearing ( 1) – Possible adoption of moratoria authority ordinances.

9/25/06 (Monday) – 7pm – Belville Board of Commissioners – Public Hearing (2) – Rezoning request by Waterford Park, LLC from (I) Industrial to (MF) Multi-Family.

10/18/06 (Wednesday) – 6pm - Belville Planning Board – Public Hearing – Review of DLBE Commercial Investments, LLC’s preliminary application for Magnolia Business Park.

10/23/06 (Monday) – 7pm - Belville Board of Commissioners – Public Hearing – Possible adoption of inter-local agreement with the Town of Leland and corresponding animal control ordinances.

10/24/06 (Tuesday) – 6pm - Belville Planning Board – Special Meeting – Review of DLBE Commercial Investments, LLC’s final application for Magnolia Business Park.

11/6/06 (Monday) - 7:15pm - Belville Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting - Update on Town Administrator and Belville's Code of Ordinances.

11/15/06 (Wednesday) - 6pm - Belville Planning Board - Public Hearing - Review of Waterford Park, LLC's rezoning request for 34.39 acres located in the Lincoln Industrial Park from (I) Industrial to (BH) Business Highway.

12-05-06 - (Tuesday) - 6pm - Belville Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting - Update on Town Administrator

12/18/06 (Monday) - 7pm - Belville Board of Commissioners - Public Hearing - Review of Waterford Park, LLC's rezoning request for 34.39 acres located in the Lincoln Industrial Park from (I) Industrial to (BH) Business Highway.

12/20/06 - (Wednesday) - 6pm - Belville Planning Board - Public Hearings 1 and 2 on the following:
  1. The provision set forth in Article VI, Section E (Voting) of Ordinance No. 64 (Belville Planning Board Rules of Procedure) requiring a super-majority vote in certain instances to conform that provision with the provisions of G.S. 160A-381; -388; and
  2. The notice requirement set forth in Article 18, Section 18.2 (Amendment Procedure) of the Town of Belville Zoning Ordinance to have that provision conform with the provisions of G.S. 160A-364; -384.

1/08/07 (Monday) - 7pm - Belville Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting - Upcoming Charrette

1/17/07 (Wednesday)-6pm-Belville Planning Board-Public Hearings 1 and 2 on the following:

  1. The provisions of Article VI, Section D (Quorum) of Ordinance No. 64 (Belville Planning Board Rules of Procedure) to set for the requirements for a quorum in the event that members of the Planning Board are disqualified from voting: and
  2. The provisions of Article VI, Section E (Voting) of Ordinance No. 64 (Belville Planning Board Rules of Procedure) to set forth the specific requirements of a quasi-judicial hearing.

1/22/07 (Monday) - 7pm-Belville Board of Commissioners-Public Hearings 1 and 2 on the following:

  1. The provisions set forth in Article VI, Section E (Voting) of Ordinance No. 64 (Belville Planning Board Rules of Procedure) requiring a super-majority vote in certain instances to conform those provisions with the provisions set forth in G.S. 160A-381;-388:and
  2. The notice requirements set forth in Article 18, Section 18.2 (Amendment Procedure) of the Town of Belville Zoning Ordinance to conform those provisions with the provisions set forth in G.S. 160A-364;-384.

2/12/07 (Monday) - 7pm - Belville Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting - Closed Session - Pending Litigation. Click here for more information.

BELVILLE'S PLANNING BOARD MEMBERSHIP TO BE EXPANDED

The Board of Commissioners voted on 5/8/06 to expand the Planning Board membership from 5 to 7 members. There is currently a vacancy to be filled also. Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 9th. Applications are available on the website under "forms" or can be picked up at town hall between the hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm.. Three people will be appointed to the planning board by the Board of Commissioners at their June 12, 2006 meeting.

BELVILLE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR POSITION OF TAX COLLECTOR

The Town of Belville is accepting applications through May 30, 2006 for the full time position of Tax Collector. Pay Grade is 11 with a salary range of $25,174 - $30,598.

Nature of Work: Performs administrative and supervisory work in the collection of town taxes. Work involves the legal responsibility for collection of all current and delinquent taxes, business license fees and zoning compliance permit fees. Duties also include assisting the general public, attorneys, banks, mortgage companies, social service agencies, and other related organizations in obtaining necessary tax information. Work requires considerable tact and courtesy in serving the public. Plans, directs, and supervises the activities of tax collection in the receiving and accounting of all real and personal property taxes.

Experience & Training:Graduation from high school (or GED) (College degree preferred); and one (2) years experience in a tax office ; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:

Supervises and participates in the collection of unpaid taxes; serves garnishments and tax levies. Supervises and participates in the daily collection of taxes at the office counter. Assists clerks in complex or unusual tax problems. Interprets state and county tax collection laws to individual taxpayers and businesses. Prepares for annual tax lien sale; records appropriate tax records. Files legal papers with Clerk of Court; conducts or denotes other county official to conduct execution sale of property. Supervises the preparation of all daily, monthly, and annual reports of monies collected. Prepares annual budget for Tax Collector's Office. Performs related work as assigned.

Submit resumes to Town Administrator at townadministrator@townofbelville.com or fax to (910)-371-2474. Applications may be obtained at downloaded here or Town Hall M-F; 8-4:30 pm.

COMMISSIONERS JOIN BRUNSWICK COUNTY IN SENDING RESOLUTION TO SENATOR R.C. SOLES, NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY, REGARDING THE BOAT RAMP IN PARK

The Town Board voted unanimously on 5/8/06 to join the County in sending a resolution to Senator R. C. Soles, our representative in the NC General Assembly, requesting that the area of the boat ramp constituting only 0.08% of the Brunswick River primary nursery area, be removed from the protected area so that the County may re-open the boat ramp in the Brunswick River Park thereby allowing the beauty of the river to be appreciated by all.

EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION (ZONING) REQUEST - COMMISSIONERS AND PLANNING BOARD TO HOLD WORKSHOP

The Commissioners and the Planning Board will hold a joint workshop on the request to the county for zoning jurisdiction on the three parcels at the site of the Belville Elementary School and three other parcels around the school. Topics will include proposed zoning for the area and Board of Education requirements. The workshop will be held Wednesday, 5/24/06 beginning at 6pm at Town Hall. The Planning Board's regular meeting scheduled for 7 pm will begin as soon as the workshop is adjourned. The County Planning Board voted unanimously at their 4/24/06 meeting to recommend to the County Commissioners that Belville's ETJ request be granted.

THREE NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO PLANNING BOARD

On March 27, 2006, the Board of Commissioners appointed Michael Jefferson, Perry Davis and Michael Scaturro to the Planning Board. They will all serve three year terms and will take their Oath of Office at the 4/26/06 meeting.

The Planning Board consists of five members as follows: Stephanie Bessmer, John Thompson, Michael Jefferson, Perry Davis and Michael Scaturro. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of every month beginning at 7 pm at Town Hall.

RESULTS OF 'WINDSHIELD SURVEY' (CENSUS) FOR AREAS ANNEXED 8/17/05

On March 25, 2006, Belville staff conducted a 'windshield survey' of areas annexed as of 8/17/06. A 'windshield survey' is an estimated census count of population allowed in the years when an official census is not taken. It consists of driving by a parcel to determine if there is a house, whether it is occupied or not, whether the parcel is vacant or whether there is construction. Each occupied house is allowed an approximate estimate of 2.6 persons. This is what we found:

Occupied Homes=362
Vacant Lots=53
Under construction=5
Not occupied=5

Using 362 occupied homes multiplied by the allowed 2.6 persons, population for areas annexed in 8/17/05 is 941. Add that to the existing population of 409 brings Belville's grand total population to 1,350.

TOWN BOARD ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THREE PLANNING BOARD POSITIONS

The Board of Commissioners is accepting applications until 3/24/06 for members to the Planning Board. Applications will be reviewed and appointments will be made at the 3/27/06 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Planning Board members serve a three year term. Currently there are three positions to be filled. An application can be found here, picked up at town hall or the clerk can email or fax a form to you if requested (townclerk@townofbelville.com). Applications must be returned to the town clerk by end of day 3/24/06 for consideration.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO PROVIDE ROAD MAINTENANCE AND STREET LIGHTS

The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on 2/27/06 to approve a Services Policy for the town. The Services Policy allows for road maintenance on roads within the town limits (excluding privately owned roads and roads owned/maintained by the DOT). The town has a consultant preparing a road assessment to be used in prioritizing repair of roads. The Services Policy also provides for street lights within the town limits. Listed is a street light assessment from Brunswick Electric showing locations for streets lights.

TOWN PURSUING EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION (ZONING) - PUBLIC HEARING ON 3/27/06

The Board of Commissioners voted to pursue extraterritorial jurisdiction (zoning) on six parcels of land located around and including the Belville elementary school property. A public hearing has been set for 3/27/06 at town hall at 7 pm.

CENSUS COUNTY TO BE CONDUCTED MARCH 25

Town staff will be conducting a "windshield survey" of homes within the area annexed last August 2005. A count of homes will be done while driving through the area - no one will be knocking on your door! A census update is required by the state for the town to qualify for additional funding.

NEW COMMISSIONER APPOINTED

Buddie Ennis was appointed by the Board of Commissioners to fill the vacancy left by David Long when the board appointed him mayor. Welcome Commissioner Ennis!

MAYOR KING RESIGNS - NEW MAYOR APPOINTED ON 1/9/06

Recently elected Mayor Michael King Sr. resigned for personal reasons 1/4/06. The Board of Commissioners appointed Commissioner David Long to the position of mayor on 1/9/06.

NEW BOARD ACTION SECTION ON THE WEBSITE

On the left side of the home page under the blue icons is a new icon titled "Board Actions". Actions taken by both the Board of Commissioners and the Planning Board meetings will be posted here.

COMMISSIONER VACANCY TO BE FILLED ON 2/27/06

Four applications have been received for the position of commissioner and no more applications will be accepted. The Board of Commissioners will make the appointment at the 2/27/06 meeting.

SPECIAL MEETING/PUBLIC HEARING-PLANNING BOARD ON 2/15/06

The Planning Board will hold a special meeting/public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 at 7pm for the purpose of reviewing a new policy on town services to include street acceptance, dedication, maintenance and streetlights. The meeting will be at town hall, 117G Village Road, Leland, NC.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING SCHEDULED 1/21/06

A special meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2006 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Belville Town Hall. Purpose of the meeting is a workshop with the Vision To Action group to develop a comprehensive plan. The public is welcome to attend.

VACANT COMMISSIONER SEAT TO BE FILLED. COME GET INVOLVED!

There is currently a vacant commissioner seat on the Board of Commissioners - term expires January 2008. The town board will be appointing someone to fill the vacancy in February and are searching for applicants. Applications are available at town hall and on the website under "forms", then "other" and will be accepted until January 31, 2006. Please return forms to the town clerk in person, by mail or email. The vacancy is due to the fact David Long resigned to be appointed mayor after Michael King resigned.

PUBLIC HEARING - 1/4/06

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 4th at 7 pm at town hall to discuss a transportation overlay zone.

TOWN TO DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ON 1/7/06

The Vision to Action (VTA) Group will be guiding the town through the development of a comprehensive plan. The first workshop session will be held Saturday, January 7, 2006 from 10 AM - 3:30 PM at town hall. The public is invited to observe.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND STAFF TO HOLD ADMINISTRATIVE WORKSHOP ON 1/7/06

On Saturday, January 7, 2006, the Board of Commissioners and the town staff will meet from 8 am to 10 am at the town hall to discuss administrative and staff organizational matters. The public is invited to observe.

ABC BOARD APPOINTMENT

Howard Armistead was appointed to the ABC Board position vacated by the resignation of David Long.

PUBLIC HEARING - 1/9/06

The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 9, 2006 at 7 PM at town hall. The purpose is an amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding preparation of the zoning map.