The first New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting in November featured a show of support for veterans in the community, approval to replace an unsafe culvert, a pair of public hearings and more. All the highlights are available in the Meeting Recap below.
Going green for Operation Green Light
Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of Operation Green Light, a nationwide initiative that shows support for veterans by using green-colored exterior lighting as a tribute to their sacrifice for the country ahead of Veteran’s Day.
Through November 12, the New Hanover County Health and Human Services building (1650 Greenfield Street), the Health and Human Services Annex (1507 Greenfield Street) and the Senior Resource Center (2222 S. College Road) will feature green exterior lighting, showcasing the county’s support for veterans in the community. This marks the second year New Hanover County has taken part in this event.
Residents are encouraged to join in by using green lighting at home or work to show support. More on Operation Green Light and the work being done by New Hanover County Veteran Services can be found here.
Building a safer community
Commissioners approved a budget amendment that will use $840,000 from the county’s general fund balance to fund the replacement of a failing culvert on White Road in the Ogden area. The area has been detoured from travel since late August, following Hurricane Idalia. The project, which will be overseen by the county’s Stormwater Services, should be complete in 12-18 months.
Commissioners also approved purchasing 2.77 acres of land at 4812 Gordon Road which will be used as the site for a new Fire Rescue station in the community. The property has gone through the due diligence process and is being purchased at a total price of $554,000. Additionally, Commissioners approved the sale of a previously purchased parcel at 6102 Gordon Road. This lot was purchased for a future Fire Rescue station but is no longer being considered for that use and will be declared surplus property.
That’s not all …
Commissioners also held two public hearings as part of Monday’s meeting. The first was a request by Porters Neck Village to rename a 300-foot-long private road from Plantation Drive to Village Center Drive. This request was unanimously approved.
The second public hearing was a request to rezone 1.63 acres off Carolina Beach Road from R-15 Residential to B-2 Regional Business to allow for a facility that supplies rental trucks and storage space. The request was denied in a unanimous vote.
Commissioners advised county staff to move forward on eminent domain proceedings to acquire property at 143 S College Rd for redevelopment of public parking facilities to better accommodate Government Center visitors and to ensure fair market value for the property.
You can view the November 6 meeting here and below. The next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners is set for 9 a.m. on Monday, November 20.
The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners holds its regularly scheduled meetings on the first and third Monday of each month at the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse (24 North 3rd Street, Room 301), unless otherwise noted. A schedule of the 2023 meetings can be found here.
All meetings are broadcast live on NHCTV.com, New Hanover County's YouTube channel and Spectrum channel 13. For meeting agendas, minutes and exhibits, visit Commissioners.NHCgov.com.