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CAROLINA SHORES—Just who will assist the town with its code book revision is still up in the air.
Tuesday, the town board of commissioners voted to table consideration of the matter because the town has not properly detailed what is needed.
“Three different people talked with three different consultants and only did price quotes,” said town commissioner Joseph Przywara, who serves as liaison with the town planning and zoning board.
“It’s incumbent on us we should have a fact sheet stating what we want so we can do a comprehensive bid,” Przywara said. “Based upon that, at this point I think it would be unfair to appoint any consultant. I know it’s going to delay the process, but we need to make sure we do it right.”
At its July 28 meeting, the town planning and zoning board approved recommending Penny Tysinger as consultant for the town’s codes book update. Tysinger is director of planning and development services for the Cape Fear Council of Governments.
But on Tuesday, Przywara made a motion not to appoint a consultant because of a lack of proper identification of what the work would entail.
“I’m not faulting them,” Przywara said the planning and zoning board.
Commissioner Tom Puls said a good deal of the work includes updating FEMA regulations.
“I wonder if the applicant would have the time to devote to what we need, and that is the ordinances rewritten if necessary and fixed,” he said.
Commissioner Gere Dale said he has a great deal of respect for Tysinger, but questioned whether she has enough time to provide assistance.
“I see her involvement in other towns’ activities,” he said. “She’s very much in demand and even notwithstanding FEMA concerns, I sincerely question whether she’s going to have time and can make a commitment to do the job in a reasonably accelerated time frame. We really need to put this up on the front burner.”
Commissioner Jack Csernecky suggested a time line be included with the bid package.
During public comment time at the end of the meeting, former town commissioner Jack Elliott said Tysinger has more background and experience than any of the others who applied for the job.
“I quite frankly didn’t appreciate comments with regard to Penny Tysinger,” Elliott said.
Town administrator Linda Herncane said the outlook looks good, per a meeting with Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson, for possibly getting a flow meter on the Shingletree Ditch.
Such a meter would alert the county when the water is getting high, “which in turn will let us know,” Herncane said.
County commissioners are slated to review the issue in August.
Herncane also outlined, in the event of a major storm, FEMA will only pay for storm-caused limb and branch damages.
“They will not do leaves or pine straw,” Herncane said. “If we get caught doing that, we will not be able to claim anything from FEMA.”
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.