Memo-11-08-2016-Item-14

November 8, 2016

MEMO TO:           Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

FROM:                  Frank A. Rush, Jr., Town Manager

SUBJECT:           Appointments - (Summary & Suggested Motions)

The Board of Commissioners will consider filling vacant seats on two important appointed boards at the November 8 meeting.

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Association, Inc. – 1 Vacancy

The non-profit Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Association, Inc. (EIPRA) was created by the Town in 2004 primarily to hold title to an 8-acre tract of land (since reduced to 7 acres) that was donated to the Town for future recreation purposes.  Because the land is the site of an old residential landfill that was abandoned in the early 1970s, the Town did not want to accept the liability for the abandoned landfill, and the EIPRA, Inc. was created to hold title.  The original 8-acre tract is now a part of the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Facility, and is the portion where the actual ramps, single family parking area, and picnic shelter are now located.  EIPRA, Inc. holds title to the land, leases it to the Town, who then leases it to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

The EIPRA, Inc. is governed by a 3-member Board of Directors.  Linda Hughs, one of the original members of this Board, has moved away from Emerald Isle, and the Board should appoint an individual to serve the remainder of her 3-year term that expires in August 2018.  The EIPRA, Inc. meets very infrequently on an as-needed basis.

Carteret County Beach Commission (Recommendation) – 1 Vacancy

As per the State legislation establishing the Carteret County room occupancy tax, the County Commissioners must appoint 2 individuals that reside in Emerald Isle to serve on the 11-member Beach Commission.  Although not legally mandated, the Town has historically recommended individual(s) to the Beach Commission’s Nominating Committee, which has, in turn, historically recommended the individual(s) recommended by the Town to the County Commissioners.  The County Commissioners have then historically appointed the individual(s) recommended by the Town.

Commissioner Jim Normile and former Commissioner John Wootten currently represent Emerald Isle on the Carteret County Beach Commission.  Commissioner Normile’s term does not expire until January 2019.  John Wootten’s term will expire in January 2017, and he has expressed interest in being reappointed for a new 3-year term that will expire in January 2020.