December 13, 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 three important appointed boards at the December 13 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.

Planning Board – 1 Vacancy

Planning Board member Tom Minnick has moved away from Emerald Isle, thus creating a vacancy on the Planning Board.  The Board should appoint an individual to serve the remainder of his term that expires in March 2018.

The Board may wish to appoint a member of the Board of Adjustment or the Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Steering Committee to this vacancy, could direct Town staff to solicit applications from interested residents, or identify a new member informally. 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – 4 Vacancies

The terms of members Ken Ambrose, Branden Burt, Wayne Ryan, and Mike Taylor all expire in December 2016, and the Board should appoint 4 individuals to serve new 2-year terms that will expire in December 2018.  All individuals have expressed interest in being reappointed to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, with the exception of Wayne Ryan who is unable to continue due to other business commitments.

The Board may wish to reappoint 3 members, and work to identify an additional member for appointment at the December 13 meeting or a later meeting.