ONLINE UPDATE: BOA approves 1 percent town employee merit pay increase

by Kelly Corbett
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The 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 year.

The increase, 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.

The increase came moments after board members looked at a request for proposals draft for a Town Operations Study during the Tuesday, Feb. 18 meeting.

Mayor 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.


The board will advertise a March 19 public hearing for proposed parking changes when looking at increasing enforcement hours, rates and amount of spaces.

There 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.

From the crowd, resident Kitty Brunjes said the parking change discussions are affecting residents on the beach strand.

We are super upset over this, Brunjes said before the motion to advertise a public hearing. Im glad Im here tonight.

Blair 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.

Weeks opposed any residential parking pass increases, and Alderman Hank Miller III said he opposes hourly rate increases.


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