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Town Board Meeting April 2017
Calm meeting, SB310, Potholes, NCCycle Coming
April 11, 2017

own Board met at 7p on April 4, 2017. All Commissioners and Mayor Sally Belangia were present.

1. No public comments

2. Discussion re: HB310 and S377/small cell site permitting
Diane Miller explained the downside of small cell sites in Oriental, including: takes permitting away from municipalities, has to be an imminent threat for local government to step in; only benefits cellular communication companies.

Diane to write a letter against it to legislators and would encourage residents to contact legislature as well.

3. Planning Board is meeting on 4/19/17 to discuss a new Mildred St. SUP. David White proposed the Town Board discuss it at the 5/2/17 meeting – approved. David also noted that letters will be sent to homes not in compliance with SUP laws.

4. Budget meetings to take place on 4/18/17 from 8-10am and 4/25/17 from 8-10am.

5. March Police/Sheriff’s Report
61 resident checks, 10 traffic warnings, 58 business security checks, and 1 response to an alarm. Sheriff’s department redeploying staff to cover Oriental.

6. *Manager’s Report *

Potholes: Town continuing to collect pothole addresses (send them to admin@townoforiental.com)

FEMA: Damages are in process with FEMA—paperwork indicates we will receive $27,800. We recorded a total of $39,400.

CycleNC: Many attendees come back to Oriental later. Any businesses who want their info distributed can bring it to Town Hall (750-1,000 pieces recommended).

Town Wide Yard Sale scheduled the first weekend in May. Participants can pick up their #s at Marsha’s Cottage.

Annual Burnout will be April 21-May 5.

7. Committee/Board Reports
No big news. Repainting, washing, and lining for pickle ball will happen as soon as temps and humidity allow.

Some Parks & Rec staff turnover. Duties are being reassigned.

Gravel on Hinman lot is acceptable as a parking lot. A landscaping plan approved by Planning/Tree Board, as well as a Change of Use form, must be filed prior to use as a parking lot.

8. Commissioners’ Comment Period
Barb brought up the topic of when to post the Town Board agenda. Wednesday prior to the Town Board meeting is the new cut-off for info to be submitted.

Mayor Bellangia mentioned that a fraud seminar is happening at First Citizens Bank on 4/26/17 at 8am. RSVP requested.

David and Barb shared examples of phone scams that have happened to them or others in town; for example, a caller saying “Can you hear me?” so that they can get your recorded voice.

Next town meeting May 7.

Posted Tuesday April 11, 2017 by Keith N. Smith

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