Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve a 1 percent
merit pay increase for town employees who have been employed for more than one
which accounts for half of fiscal year 2013-14, will cost the town slightly
more than $8,800 and will be implemented April 3 following evaluations.
increase came moments after board members looked at a request for proposals
draft for a Town Operations Study during the Tuesday, Feb. 18 meeting.
Bill Blair, Mayor pro tem Darryl Mills and Alderwoman Lisa Weeks voiced
concerns about results from a similar RFP two years ago, reiterating that they
want the study to focus more on efficiency than pay.
“Pay is certainly part of it, but the origination of this is
an efficiency study,” Mills said.
Town manager Tim Owens recommended a pay study either way,
citing 2004 as the last year a pay study was completed.
board will advertise a March 19 public hearing for proposed parking changes
when looking at increasing enforcement hours, rates and amount of spaces.
are a potential 25-35 additional locations for parking spaces throughout town
and an additional 10-25 spaces for compact cars. The estimated revenue for an
additional 35 space is $52,500.
the crowd, resident Kitty Brunjes said the parking change discussions are
affecting residents on the beach strand.
are super upset over this,” Brunjes said before the motion to advertise a
public hearing. “I’m glad I’m here tonight.”
said he wants the public to understand board members have spent a lot of time
discussing parking changes, and they are trying to recover from a shortfall.
opposed any residential parking pass increases, and Alderman Hank Miller III
said he opposes hourly rate increases.