Volume 24 | March 2022
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Message from Mayor Allen
Greetings,

Welcome to the March edition of our Town newsletter. Spring is a time for new beginnings, rebirth, and inspiration. I look forward to the springtime and all of the exciting upcoming projects within the Town.

In the coming months, you will see additional components of our Vision 2030 Plan come to fruition. Some of the items that you will begin to see progress toward include the extension of the Brunswick Riverwalk Trail, recreational equipment rentals, food truck parking, and more. Within this newsletter, you will find further information about all of the superb projects resulting from these efforts.

Lastly, we have three upcoming vacancies on the Parks & Recreation Board. This is an excellent way to get involved with your Town's future.

I appreciate each of you for taking the time and effort to be part of the growth of Belville. I take great pride in our Town. Our residents and business owners are the foundation of our success and without you, none of this would be possible. Thank you for the honor of leading Belville towards its future.

As always, take care of each other!
 
Sincerely,
Mike Allen, Mayor
Contents
  • Town Updates
  • Family Movie Night
  • First Annual Easter Egg Hunt
  • Free N95 Masks Available
  • COVID-19
  • Vision 2030 Plan
  • Town Emergency Information Website
  • Board of Commissioners Meeting
  • Monthly Meetings Schedule
  • Other Town Updates
  • Parks & Recreation Board Vacancies
  • Social Media Update
  • Our YouTube Channel
  • Brunswick Blueprint 2040
  • Job Vacancy: Parks and Recreation (part time)
  • Brunswick Riverwalk Park at Belville
Town Updates
Upcoming Events
(1) Family Movie NightThe next Family Movie Night at the Park will be held on March 26th at 7:30pm. We will be showing Disney's Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and your family and friends! Trolly Stop Hot Dog Stand and Snowie of the Carolinas will be on site with refreshments.
We look forward to seeing you there. The Brunswick Riverwalk Park is located at 580 River Road in Belville.
(2) First Annual Belville Easter Egg Hunt– The first annual Belville Easter Egg hunt will be held on April 9th at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, 580 River Road. The event will begin at 10am and the Easter Bunny will be onsite. Registration is required. We want to ensure that there are enough eggs for all of the children. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, or volunteering, please call Brenda Hewlett at (910) 371-2456. Visit our Riverwalk Facebook page to learn more and to complete the registration form.
(3) Free N95 Masks Available at Town HallFree N95 masks are now available at Town Hall. The masks are part of a federal initiative and were distributed to the Town by Brunswick County Health Services. You may stop by Town Hall, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm, while supplies last.
To learn more about different types of masks that can be used in the fight against COVID-19, visit the CDC's website.
COVID-19
Brunswick County COVID-19 Case Counts
February 24, 2022
28,937 Total Positives (confirmed and probable)
783 Active (includes isolating at home and hospitalizations)
302 Deaths
28,302 Resolved
CENTERS FOR DISEASE PREVENTION & CONTROL’S (CDC) NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COVID-19 VACCINES
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.

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. Additionally, Brunswick County continues to offer clinics. See Upcoming Clinics at brunswickcountync.gov/covid19clinics.

WHERE CAN I FIND FREE N95 MASKS IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY?
  1. Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. Centers (BSRI): Click here for locations
  2. Retail pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy, as well as select grocery stores (see a full list of pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program by clicking here)
  3. Municipal Town Halls: Stop by Belville Town Hall, M-F between 8-4:30; masks are available while supplies last. You may also click here for more information.

County Map by Cases per 100,000 Residents (Molecular (PCR) and Antigen)*
Vision 2030 Plan
The Town of Belville’s Vision 2030 Plan describes proposed improvements that reflect how the community would like to see the Town grow between now and 2030. This plan calls for some exciting improvements to the Brunswick River area, including: extending the Brunswick Riverwalk Trail, recreational equipment rentals, food truck parking, a marina, amphitheater, community center, splash pad, and more! The future downtown Belville will include restaurants with outdoor seating overlooking the river, retail, office space, and residential space - all on the river with easy access to the Riverwalk Trail. For additional information on our Vision 2030 Plan, contact Athina Williams, Town Manager, at townmanager@townofbelville.com or 910-371-2456. 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.
On the emergency information page, you will also find a list of important phone numbers, the NCDOT Division 3 Guide, the Brunswick County Access and Functional Needs form, along with several other important pieces of information relating to our Town.
Board of Commissioners Meeting
At the February 22nd Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board received an update on the Multi-Use Path projects by Hugh Thompson, Regional Program Manager for Professional Prop. The Board also received updates on the Brunswick Riverwalk Project, Street/ Drainage repairs, Coronavirus Actions, the draft Town Safety Plan and the American Rescue Plan Funds. As part of the regular agenda, there was an update of Transportation business and the Brunswick Blueprint public workshops. Also at the meeting, the Town recognized Brenda Williams (pictured to the right, with Mayor Allen) for seven years of excellent service to Belville. Thank you, Brenda! We appreciate your service and dedication.
Monthly Meetings Schedule
March Monthly Meetings Schedule*

  1. Planning Board Meeting - March 1st at 6:30 PM
  2. Parks and Recreation Board Meeting - March 10th at 6:00 PM
  3. Board of Commissioners Meeting - March 28th at 6:30 PM
  4. ABC Board Meeting - March 15th at 6:30 PM

*Please check with the Town or follow press releases and notifications for meeting cancellations and changes.
Other Town Updates
(1)  Parks & Recreation Board VacanciesThe Town of Belville is now accepting applications from citizens and residents who are interested in an appointment to the Belville Parks and Recreation Board. The three (3) appointees will serve a two-year term that will begin in April 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 Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 4 pm. 
For additional information regarding the vacancy, please contact Brenda Hewlett, Parks and Recreation Board Secretary, at (910)371-2456.
(2)  Social Media Update – Are you connected to the Town's Facebook page to receive information from Town Hall? Did you know that the Town also has a Facebook page dedicated solely to the Brunswick Riverwalk Park at Belville? Sign up today to follow us on Facebook so you don't miss any announcements!
Town of Belville Facebook page: Town of Belville, NC | Facebook
Brunswick Riverwalk Park Facebook page: Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville | Facebook
(3)  Meetings Available on YouTube – Did you know that the Board of Commissioners and Planning Board meetings are available to watch on our YouTube channel? To see all of the videos currently available, click here and be sure to subscribe so you do not miss any new videos!
(4)  Blueprint Brunswick: A Framework for the Future – Brunswick County is in the process of developing a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and a Parks and Recreation Plan that will encompass the Blueprint Brunswick Project. The first set of open house meetings in 2022 will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd. On this day, the public is invited to attend an open house in Bolivia at 10am, Belville at 2pm, or Navassa at 5:30pm. Your input is needed to help guide future growth, decisions, and investments in infrastructure and services within Brunswick County and its municipalities. To learn more about the County's efforts, visit the project website.
(5)  Job Vacancy: Parks and Recreation (part time) – We are hiring a part time grounds maintenance technician to join our team. The Town of Belville is seeking a part-time employee within the Parks and Recreation Department to assist the Director of Parks & Recreation and the Town Manager in the overall management and operation of the town’s facilities and recreational programs. To learn more about the position, please visit our website: www.townofbelville.com/jobs/.
Brunswick Riverwalk Park at Belville
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

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.