Commissioners appoint board members

by Tyler Roberts
Thursday, February 23, 2012

County commissioners approved several board appointments during their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 20 to fill vacant seats on various county boards, including the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Ports, Waterways and Beach Commission.

Lawrence Sneeden was appointed to the CFPUA with a 3-1 vote. Sneeden is employed by the Coastal Stormwater Services Inc. as a contractor and consulting engineer.

The vacancy on the CFPUA was left by Burrows Smith, who was reappointed to the board in 2011 but recently resigned. There were 11 applicants to fill the void, some of which had applied before but were not appointed.

Sneeden wrote in his application that as a member of the board, he would, "provide a voice for citizen interests in authority business and the technical knowledge on water and sewer issues."

Sneeden has had 30 years of experience in designing and permitting public utilities in New Hanover County.

"Sneeden is a civil engineer with water and sewer knowledge, commissioner Rick Catlin said. "That would be useful for me to have a colleague on the board that understood those issues."

Berger did not vote in favor of the appointment. He nominated Michael Barnes, the assistant director in the office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

County commissioner chairman Ted Davis was absent from the meeting.

There are 11 appointments to the CFPUA. New Hanover County Commissioners and the Wilmington City Council appoint five members each to the board. The remaining position is appointed by both entities.

The CFPUA was created in July 2008 by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners and the Wilmington City Council in an effort to operate the consolidated water and sewer systems. The CFPUA has been under public scrutiny since its creation due to rising water rates.

The commissioners voted unanimously to reappoint Nick Silivanch to the PWBC. Silivanch is a commercial real estate broker for Prudential Commercial Real Estate.

On his 2009 application, which was used for his 2012 appointment, he wrote that by joining the PWBC he hoped to spur the economy, show the benefits that local resources have to offer to businesses that invest in the county and to maintain and preserve the uniqueness of the waterways, rivers and estuaries.

There are six members appointed by the county commissioners to the PWBC and the Wilmington City Council appoints five more members. The mayors of the three beach towns Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach also serve on the commission.

The PWBC is responsible for determining the best use of the 3 percent Room Occupancy Tax. The commission also initiates and develops projects for port improvement, beach nourishment efforts and to mitigate declines in water quality.


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