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Commissioner Meeting Recap

Posted on: November 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Commissioner Meeting Recap for November 20, 2023

There was a lot to be thankful for at the second November meeting of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, including the celebration of longtime employees, diligent work by the Department of Social Services and more. All the highlights are available in the Meeting Recap below.

Recognizing longevity 

Each month, Commissioners take time during the second meeting to recognize employees within the organization who have reached five-year milestones in their careers with the county. Seven employees were celebrated on Monday as the group had a combined 145 years of service to the community. That includes Public Library branch manager Margaret Miles, who has worked for the county for 40 amazing years.  

We are so grateful for all these outstanding individuals and their ongoing commitment to public service here in our community. Congratulations to everyone!

Adoption Awareness Month proclamation

Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution in recognition of Adoption Awareness Month. Across the country, more than 113,000 children are currently in foster care waiting to be adopted, including 33 here in New Hanover County.

As part of the proclamation, community members are encouraged to reach out to the Department of Social Services for ways they can help, including serving as a foster family or providing other support to young people in the foster care system.

Mason Inlet assessment approved

Following a public hearing, Commissioners unanimously approved assessing associated costs to residents in the Mason Inlet area for ongoing maintenance of the inlet. The total cost for the work is $4,069,039 and will ensure that the inlet remains passable and safe for community use.

That’s not all … 

Commissioners also heard from Coastal Protection Engineering of North Carolina on the results of its 2022-23 Water Quality Monitoring Program, which noted that dissolved oxygen levels, turbidity, chlorophyll-a and Enterococci bacteria levels have remained stable overall. The full report is available here.

Staff also presented the Commissioners with the findings and recommendations as part of a year-long Resiliency Study. This study reviewed the county’s framework and capacity for resiliency in response to an event and how the organization can improve in its response and effectiveness. The findings, which were unanimously approved, can be found here.

Additionally, Commissioners approved filling vacancies on boards or committees that provide guidance regarding decisions Commissioners consider throughout the county. To learn more about these committees and see available openings, click here.

You can view the November 20 meeting here and below. The next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners is set for 4 p.m. on Monday, December 11.

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, New Hanover County's YouTube channel and Spectrum channel 13. For meeting agendas, minutes and exhibits, visit

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