Volume 22 | January 2022
Message from Mayor Allen
Greetings,

Welcome to the January edition of our Town newsletter. I hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday. I look forward to the New Year and the new projects happening around town. I remain thankful for the opportunity to continue to be your mayor and share these events with all of you.

Many of you know that we began construction on the new boat ramp/ kayak launch at the Riverwalk in November. I am proud to say the construction has been completed. I thank each of you that attended our grand opening ceremony for the Brunswick Riverwalk Park Improvements on December 29th. I was delighted to see so many familiar faces. You can find pictures from the ceremony in this newsletter.

As a reminder, Town Hall will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. This holiday honors both the life and achievements of the influential civil rights leader. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 18th at 8am.

Lastly, I would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year and, as always, take time to enjoy your family, friends, and neighbors during this special season.

Take care of each other!
 
Sincerely,
Mike Allen, Mayor
Contents
  • Town Updates/ Upcoming Events
  • Town Offices January Holiday Schedule
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Vision 2030 Plan
  • Town Emergency Information Website
  • Board of Commissioners Meeting
  • Upcoming Monthly Meetings Schedule
  • Other Town Updates
  • Ceremonial Proceedings
  • Omicron Update
  • ABC Vacancy
  • Town Approves Two New Apartment Complexes
  • Brunswick Riverwalk Park at Belville
Town Updates
Upcoming Events
(1) Town Offices January Holiday ScheduleTown Hall will be closed on Monday, January 17th, 2022 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. This holiday honors both the life and achievements of the influential civil rights leader. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 18th at 8am.
COVID-19
All community members aged 5 or older are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Children aged 5-17 are eligible for the Pfizer version of the vaccine only. Brunswick County Health Services requires written permission from a parent/ legal guardian to administer vaccines to those aged 5-15. Click here to learn more and download the consent form: Coronavirus - Brunswick County Government

Brunswick County Health Services continues to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. You can schedule a vaccination appointment online by clicking here: Brunswick County Health Services - novelHealth or by calling the Public Health Line at 910.253.2339 Mondays through Fridays from 9am until 5pm, excluding holidays.

Additional Doses and Boosters
For the most current information, click here: Brunswick County Vaccine Website. The CDC now recommends Moderna & Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines as best choice for most people for preventing severe infection from COVID-19. People who prefer to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will continue to have access to it, given they do not have any contraindications, as will people who cannot receive an mRNA vaccine. The CDC emphasizes that receiving any vaccine, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, is better than being unvaccinated.

Brunswick County COVID-19 Case Counts
As of January 12, 2022, the Brunswick County Resident Covid-19 Case counts are:

21,314 Total Positives (confirmed and probable)
2,913 Active (includes isolating at home and hospitalizations)
260 Deaths
18,141 Resolved

CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a great resource to review whether or not your symptoms may be COVID-19. Click here to check your symptoms and for further guidance.
County Map by Cases per 100,000 Residents (Molecular (PCR) and Antigen)*
January 12, 2022 Data
*Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Response website to view the graphic above from January12, 2022, including the most up to date information.

CDC guidance recommends that everyone wear a mask in all indoor public spaces if you live in areas of high or substantial levels of transmission as defined by the CDC Community Transmission Map until more people are vaccinated and viral transmission decreases. Currently, Brunswick County is an area of HIGH transmission, just as is most of North Carolina.
Vision 2030 Plan
Brunswick Riverwalk Park Improvements
EZ Dock began construction on the new boat ramp/ kayak launch in early November. We are happy to announce that both projects have been completed. On Wednesday, December 29th, we held a grand opening ceremony to spotlight these park improvements that are a part of our Vision 2030 Plan for the Town. Contact Athina Williams, Town Manager, at townmanager@townofbelville.com or 910-371-2456 for additional information. You may also visit the project website at www.townofbelville.com/vision2030 to learn more. 
Town Emergency Information Website
You may access the Town's emergency information page by clicking here or visiting us at townofbelville.com/emergency-information/. Here you will also find a link to sign up for Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation's (BEMC) outage texting service known as COAST (Cooperative Outage and Status Texting). This service will allow members to report and receive an outage status.
Board of Commissioners Meeting
At the December 13th Board of Commissioners Meeting and Ceremonial Proceedings, Mayor Mike Allen, Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Bost and Commissioners David Long and Ryan Merrill were all sworn in with the Honorable Judge Jason Disbrow presiding. Representative Charlie Miller, Senator Bill Rabon and County Commissioner Frank Williams were also in attendance.

Mayor Mike Allen will serve a 2-year term. Commissioner Chuck Bost was re-appointed as Mayor Pro Tem. Commissioner David Long will serve a 4-year term and Commissioner Ryan Merrill will also serve a 4-year term.

Monthly Meetings Schedule
Upcoming January Monthly Meetings Schedule

  1. Parks and Recreation Board Meeting - January 13th at 6:00 PM
  2. Board of Commissioners Meeting - January 24th at 6:30 PM
  3. ABC Board Meeting - January 18th at 6:30 PM

Please check with the Town or follow press releases and notifications for meeting cancellations and changes.
Other Town Updates
(1)  Ceremonial Proceedings Pictures– At the December 13th Board of Commissioners Meeting and Ceremonial Proceedings, Mayor Mike Allen, Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Bost and Commissioners David Long and Ryan Merrill were all sworn in with the Honorable Judge Jason Disbrow presiding.
Pictured is Mayor Mike Allen being sworn in by the Honorable Judge Disbrow. Representative Charlie Miller and Senator Bill Rabon are also pictured.
Pictured from left to right: Senator Bill Rabon, Mayor Mike Allen, Honorable Judge Jason Disbrow, Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams and Representative Charlie Miller
Pictured is Commissioner Chuck Bost being re-appointed as Mayor Pro Tem.
Pictured is Commissioner David Long being sworn in for a 4-year term.
Pictured is Commissioner Ryan Merrill being sworn in for a 4-year term.
(2)  Omicron Update– On Monday, December 20th, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. issued a Secretarial Advisory about rising COVID cases. "The highly contagious variant, Omicron, is beginning to spread rapidly and is expected to cause the highest rates of COVID-19 infections of the pandemic in the coming weeks. The Omicron variant is two to three times as contagious the Delta variant, making it four to six times as contagious as the original COVID-19 virus."
The advisory also stated "If you are sick or have symptoms, do not host or attend a gathering. Get tested and seek treatment." More information on treatment is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/treatment. Visit the NCDHHS website for more information about boosters and additional doses. More information about vaccines for kids can be found here. To find a vaccine location, or for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina, visit MySpot.nc.gov or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 888-675-4567.
(3)  ABC Board VacancyThe Town of Belville is now accepting applications from Brunswick County residents who are interested in an appointment to the Belville
ABC Board. The appointee will serve a three-year term that begins in
February of 2022. Applications are available online at www.townofbelville.com under the
Town Forms tab or at the Belville Town Hall, located at 63 River Road, Belville, North Carolina. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 4 pm. For additional information regarding the vacancy, please contact Sharon Niemann, Town Clerk, at (910)371-2456.
(4)  Town Approves 2 New Apartment ComplexesThe Town has approved the construction of two new apartment complexes: Westport Lofts on Highway 133 (approximately 300 units) and Evolve at Waterford Village on Poole Road (approximately 400 units). Click here to read more.
Brunswick Riverwalk Park at Belville
For updates and information about our Park,
please visit our Riverwalk Facebook Page.
Duke Energy Education Pavilion
The Duke Energy Education Pavilion is located along the Park's boardwalk. Please contact Town Hall at (910) 371-2456 for up-to-date information and reservations.
Riverwalk Farmers' Market
Seaview Crab Company will be at the Farmer's Market on Thursdays from 2pm-5pm, Fridays from 11am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. Produce will be closed until spring.
Riverwalk Veterans' Memorial
Our Veterans Memorial, located on the south side of Riverwalk Park, continues to grow. For more information about adding a name to the memorial, please contact Jim Bucher or go directly to Polar Engraving to place your order online.
Beginning stages of the memorial.
A few bricks at a time.
Growing monthly.