Gov. Roy Cooper's latest round of board appointments includes local government experience. Governor Cooper appointed Sanford Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wyhof Salmon to the N.C. Oil and Gas Commission and Nags Head Council Member Renee Cahoon to the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission. The governor also appointed Newport Town Manager Angela Christian and Wilkesboro Utility Director Samuel Call to the N.C. Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board. The governor's office additionally this week announced a new web portal for applying to state boards and commissions.
A brand new episode of Municipal Equation is ready for your ears. The setup: It's summer, and beach towns all along the coast each are surging with thousands and thousands of visitors from across the U.S. Take Atlantic Beach, N.C., for example. It has a year-round population of about 1,500, but in the summer months that number explodes exponentially. How in the world does such a small community -- with limited staffing and resources -- prepare for that? How can it provide adequate services, like police or even enough public water, amid outsize demand? What's the procedure when someone calls the authorities to report mysterious matter washing ashore? And did you know it's somebody's job there to make sure the beach is still there for tourists? Yes, literally. It's amazing how it all comes together, though the everyday public isn't always conscious of it. Let's think back to that classic summer vacation as we hear from a panel of experts in this special episode of Municipal Equation, recorded with a live audience in Atlantic Beach. With international listenership, Municipal Equation is the League's own podcast about cities and towns adapting in the face of change. Send feedback, thoughts or episode ideas to host/producer Ben Brown.
Thirty-four local governments in North Carolina will benefit from $100.4 million in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects. The State Water Infrastructure Authority announced the funds' approval Tuesday out of $176 million in requests received. “With North Carolina’s extensive water infrastructure needs, it is important to provide utilities with programs that make water infrastructure investments as affordable as possible,” Kim Colson, director of the state Department of Environmental Quality’s water infrastructure division, said in a press release with details about this round of funding and the next. It also notes an estimate of the total 20-year infrastructure needs for North Carolina: as much as $15 billion for drinking water systems and $11.1 billion for wastewater systems.