Category Archives: MUNICIPALITIES

And the winner is . . . Pamlico Board of Commissioners!

All but 10 minutes of Monday night meeting off limits to public News Opinion BAYBORO — You’re John Q. Public. You pay your taxes. In the last local election, you voted for thus-and-so, who seems like a really nice person. You’ve considered attending a County Commission meeting — usually held on the first and third Monday evenings of each month in a conference room on the second floor of the Courthouse. Your goal is to learn a bit about what is going on, and what the seven elected officials are contemplating these days. • WRONG • WASTE OF TIME • DON’T BOTHER Th…

Shoddy paperwork on septic approvals

PAMLICO COUNTY – A small army of local officials – and County Attorney Jimmie Hicks — are headed to Raleigh on Tuesday, April 10, to meet with representatives of the state’s Division of Public Health – On-site Water Protection Agency. Last week, the local health department received an ultimatum from that same state agency – an order to mail an intimidating four-page ‘Notice of Intent to Suspend’ to 27 property owners in the Windmill Pointe subdivision. Insiders familiar with the matter blame missing permits and/or inadequate soil analysis reports – a problem t…

Brouhaha over septic permits explained

Board of Health briefed on potential problems Top left, Scott Lenhart, Pamlico County Health Director, meets with his advisory board of directors Monday night. BAYBORO – Scott Lenhart, Director of the Pamlico County Health Department, told his advisory board of directors Monday night that hundreds of subdivided – but still undeveloped – residential lots likely have discrepancies and inadequate documentation for previously issued septic permits. He said some of the questionable evaluations go back more than a decade, when the frantic push to subdivide, market and sell waterfr…

Haste makes waste! State legislature proposes bizarre, new House districts

County dangles on a thread, separated by vast stretches of open water from new legislative brethren ‘The birds in Pamlico County are well-represented,’ jokes Commissioner Delamar, ‘because they can fly!’ Long joined at the hip with Craven, Pamlico now forced into bed with unfamiliar faces in rush to obey court order A public hearing Tuesday afternoon, held at Beaufort County Community College, attracted a large crowd, with many complaining that the new redistricting maps had been pushed through far too quickly – with a minimum of citizen input taken into account. BAYBORO – P…

Stop feeding ‘Governmental Beast,’ says Ollison

Veteran commissioner urges large turnout for June 5 meeting Carl Ollison By Carl Ollison | Guest Commentary Editor’s note:  Carl Ollison is the longest serving of Pamlico County’s seven elected commissioners. He represents Township 4, which encompasses all of Pamlico County’s northeast corner. BAYBORO – Property taxes are going up in Pamlico County. If you want taxes to go up, then please stay home on Monday night, June 5. But if — like me — you think higher taxes are bad for our poor county, then please show up at 7 pm on Monday night, June 5. That’s the time and date for…

‘Loosey-Goosey’ one way to describe Monday night’s County Commission session

BAYBORO – Pamlico County’s highest elected officials have been working hard in recent weeks, trying to bring projected revenues for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 fiscal year in line with ever-growing expenses. Numerous workshops have been scheduled. Attendance has been exemplary – even for a Monday night, April 24, budget session when the weather outside was super nasty!! Paul Delamar And, most of the seven – Missy Baskervill, Candy Bohmert, Ann Holton, Paul Delamar III, Patricia Prescott, Ed Riggs Jr., and Carl Ollison – appear to have been doing their homework, which is mostly c…

Noticed of planned water outage along portions of Janiero Road and Adjacent Roads

WATER CUSTOMERS ALONG PORTIONS OF JANIERO ROAD AND ADJACENT ROADS   PAMLICO COUNTY WATER DEPARTMENT The Pamlico County Water Department is issuing a notice of planned water outages for Tuesday, February, 28 2017. Water will be disconnected related to Department of Transportation repairs to the road system. Consumers along the following roads will be affected: Carolina Way, Clubhouse Rd., Cribb Ln., Edmonds Rd., Edna Ct., Elbert Lee Rd., Hardison Lee Farm Rd., Janiero Rd . (2511-4003), Josie Way, Joyce Ct., Martin Rd., Meadow Ln., Morningside Dr., Neuse Village Rd., Roland Rd., Sa…

Pamlico GOP recommends a former commissioner for vacant seat

Nod goes to Baskervill – decision by county’s highest board could come in Feb. 6 meeting Missy Baskervill Paul Delamar January 22, 2017 Pamlico County Board of Commissioners Bayboro, NC 28571 January 22, 2017 Chairman Delamar, I am writing regarding the recent resignation of Commissioner Kenny Heath from Township 5 Precinct. It is my understanding the appointment of a replacement is the decision of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the appropriate political party (NC GS 153-27). Over the last few weeks prior to and following t…

Christine Mele retires as County Commissioner

Only GOP face on board for many years #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ BAYBORO – Time marches on could have been the theme for Monday night’s meeting of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners: • Mele, a conservative Republican retires after almost two decades of service, as she accepts a plaque from fellow board member Pat Prescott. • Young…

Nation’s ‘GRID’ vulnerable to attack

Small bombs, strategically placed, could wreak havoc for years! By Gordon Allison, Jr. | News Analyst Part 2 in a series SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — In April of 2013, snipers pumped some 100 shots into 17 high power transformers at a substation here. The attack took less than 20 minutes. Some 52,000 gallons of high dielectric transformer oil were spilled. What we don’t know is whether the snipers were practicing for a terrorist event or just causing harm and mayhem. Three years later there remains a $250,000 unclaimed reward leading to the capture of the perpetrators. Those of us too youn…
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