BOA seeks public input on entryway improvements

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 23, seeking input on proposed entryway landscaping improvements to the town.

The improvements would be made in the right-of-way from the Heide Trask Drawbridge to Keel Street.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is funding the design, bidding and implementation of the project, estimated between $70,000 and $90,000. 

Mayor Bill Blair said he does not foresee opposition to the improvement plans, but wants to make sure if the town makes a beautification effort, it is supported and there is a long-term plan.

The plans, pictured in the agenda, include constructing a garden wall, planting laurel oaks in front of the post office, fixing vegetation that is in poor condition and installing irrigation near the Keel Street and Causeway Drive intersection.

Joe Chance, NCDOT roadside environmental engineer, will be at the meeting to answer questions.

Town manager Tim Owens said previously that the goal would be for the landscaping to be completed along with the ongoing bridge construction in spring 2014.

Town staff recommends that the banners advertising community events previously placed at the intersection of Keel Street be discontinued with alternate locations established.

Following the first year, the Town of Wrightsville Beach would be responsible for costs of re-mulching, planting of a small annual bed and additional spraying and fertilizing.

After receiving public input, the board will consider approving the plans.

The other public hearing scheduled for the Jan. 23 meeting regards a proposed text amendment for the mixed-use conceptual plan for 100 W. Salisbury St. will likely be continued to Feb. 13.

In December 2013, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Adjustment denied a variance request to reduce a 30-foot front yard setback to 15 feet.

Attorney Jay Short Jr., agent of the owner, said at that time he was unsure of his next step, and town attorney John Wessell said the same request could not come before the board a second time.

Before the Jan. 23 meeting, there will be a meet and greet with board and committee applicants at 5 p.m.

“There are a lot of good people applying for too few positions,” Blair said, adding that he has received calls from most applicants.

The board will choose members to appoint or reappoint to the boards and committees during the meeting.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers and will end following a closed session for advice from Wessell. Blair said the closed session involves a technical matter, not a personnel matter.


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