Once more the speed limit along West Salisbury Street will be a topic of discussion at the town of Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen meeting on Thursday, Oct. 10.
In response to the town’s request to the North Carolina Department of Transportation about lowering the speed limit on and around the Heide Trask Drawbridge to 35 mph, NCDOT officials said they were in favor of the change only if the town lowers the Salisbury Street limit to the same speed. Town manager Tim Owens said NCDOT felt there would be too many speed limit changes in a small area if Salisbury remained at 45 mph.
The board agreed to set a public hearing on the subject to take the pulse of residents. On Oct. 10, town and NCDOT staff members will answer questions.
Salisbury Street is the subject of another public hearing to air sentiment about a request from architect Blair Goodrich and property owner Dennis Moeller to allow residential space on the first floor of a mixed-use development. Moeller owns the lot at 100 West Salisbury Street, the former site of the Scotchman gas station, and wants to include a residential unit on the ground floor of a six-unit mixed-use development.
The petition for an ordinance text amendment received an unfavorable recommendation from the Wrightsville Beach Planning Board at its meeting on Sept. 3. At that meeting Goodrich said he has found that the only thing possible tenants are interested in renting on Wrightsville Beach are residential or office units, and that commercial units would not sell.
The members of the planning board were reluctant to pass a favorable recommendation on to the board of aldermen because of the ramifications any mixed-use ordinance text amendment would have on every other mixed-use zone in the town.
On the regular agenda, the board will discuss the town’s server virtualization project. In the 2013-2014 budget the board included $60,500 for the project, which would reduce expenditures on physical servers installed in the future, reduce energy costs and make the town’s computing system less susceptible to failure.
Aldermen Darryl Mills and Susan Collins asked to review the Request For Proposals generated by town staff for the server virtualization project. Subsequently, town manager Owens stated that Mills and Collins were not comfortable with sending out the RFP created by town staff.
Owens said the town had other options, including continuing to operate as the town has in the past, by replacing the servers as they age or fail, or issuing an RFP for an independent comprehensive Information Technology assessment to discover if there is another way to more cost efficiently upgrade the town’s digital infrastructure.