AS WE MOVE into the month of April it seems this winter will not be one to remember (with my fingers crossed). No long extended windy cold spells and none of that white stuff accumulating on the ground.
We started this year off in high speed. February was a very busy month for our town. Aside from some of the hot issues of the day, we had some big events that have become annual and are part of our town’s strategic plan.
The first week of February, our commissioners and I had our annual off-site strategic planning session. These meetings have gotten so much more constructive with our town’s strategic plan. I’ve mentioned this before, but we had a lot of input from you, and we are paying attention. When we start our annual off-site we always review our vision and mission statements, review the past calendar year and all we accomplished, and look ahead at what we expect our challenges to be.
We are very conscious of the fact that we are working with YOUR money. We look for smarter ways of doing business and improvements in our processes.
This past fall, Town Manager Brian Kramer and I attended the annual conference of the NC League of Municipalities. One of the themes this year centered on governments working together to cut operational investments and costs. At our annual off-site we made decisions that are a huge start in this direction. Our board voted to move forward on plans to provide fire marshal inspections and tax collection services for our westerly neighbor, Indian Beach.
As you may remember we did a study a few years ago on combining our firefighting and rescue operations. I didn’t get the support I had hoped for so we didn’t proceed with this move. I envision a “Bogue Banks Fire District and Firefighters.” We may get to this efficiency sometime in the future, but for now we are taking small steps to be more efficient and provide better service at a lower cost.
On Feb. 27, Brian Kramer and I went to Cary to meet with as many of our second homeowners as we could get together. Our strategic plan calls for this and it also sticks with my continuous number one priority: communication. Most second homeowners will be future full-time residents one day. We had 33 people in attendance. As we typically do, we went around the room and everyone introduced themselves and we briefed and discussed many of the issues of our town. We also got a lot of great questions. I want to thank everyone that attended. Our next “Dinner with the Mayor” event is scheduled for Friday, April 8 at 5:30, at the Clam Digger Restaurant.
No one could do all of the things we do alone. This town, our town, is a great place to be because we communicate and work together. A simple formula that works!
One team, One town, One Pine Knoll Shores!