Columbus County Boards and Committees

Airport Authority

The Columbus County Airport Authority, for the purpose of doing business, constitutes a Board of Directors that adopt suitable bylaws for the airport’s management. They serve as a recommending board to The Columbus County Board of Commissioners to control, regulate and provide for the development of Aviation in the County of Columbus. The Columbus County Airport Authority consist of seven members who are residents of the county. They are appointed by the Columbus County Board of Commissioners.

Contact Phil Edwards at 642-6187 for information about serving on this Board.


Animal Control Advisory Council

An advisory committee is created to advise the Board of Commissioners and, the animal control director with respect to animal control matters. The advisory committee shall be composed of members appointed by the Board of Commissioners and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. Members will include but are not limited to interested citizens and persons representing animal care, welfare or similar organizations. - Columbus County Ordinances, Chapter 3, Section 2, Paragraph 11.

Contact Loretta Shipman at 641-3945 for information about serving on this Board.


Beaver Management Committee

Assists with a management plan for beaver across Columbus County

Contact Edward Davis at 642-2196 for information about serving on this Board.

 

Board of Adjustment

The Columbus County Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board appointed by the Columbus County Board of Commissioners. A quasi-judicial hearing is similar to a court hearing in that witnesses are sworn in and decisions are based on evidence and factual testimony rather than opinions. The Board’s responsibilities include granting variances, granting Special Use Permits (SUP), and hearing appeals of administrative decisions made by zoning administrators.  The Board of Adjustment meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6 pm in the Commissioner Chambers at the Dempsey Herring Courthouse Annex at 112 West Smith Street in Whiteville.

Contact the Planning Department at (910) 640-2851 for information about serving on this Board.


Board of Health

Columbus County Board of Health has the responsibility to protect and promote the public’s health. The board has the authority to adopt rules necessary for that purpose. Columbus County Board of Health is the policy-making, rule-making and adjudicatory body for Columbus County Health Department.
The members of the county board of health are appointed by the county board of commissioners (NC General Statue 130A-35). The board is composed of 11 members. The composition of the board shall reasonably reflect the population makeup of the county and shall include: one physician, licensed to practice medicine in this State, one licensed dentist, one licensed optometrist, one licensed veterinarian, one registered nurse, one licensed pharmacist, one county commissioner, one professional engineer, and three representatives of the general public. Except as otherwise provided in this section; all members shall be residents of the county.
Members of a county board of health shall serve three-year terms. No member may serve more than three consecutive three-year terms unless the member is the only person residing in the county who represents one of the professions designated. The county commissioner member shall serve only as long as the member is a county commissioner.

Contact Kim Smith at 640-6615 for information about serving on this Board.


Cooperative Extension Advisory Board

The purpose of the board is to be a representative of the county and to provide us what the needs are. Also to tell us if we are meeting those needs and what we could do better. 

Contact Dalton Dockery at 640-6605 for information about serving on this Board.


Economic Development Commission

The Columbus County Economic Development Commission is an eight member board appointed by the members of the Columbus County Board of Commissioners.  The EDC Board members provide oversite and make recommendations to the Director of Economic Development with regard to the recruitment of  business and industry, the expansion of existing industry, and the expansion of infrastructure to support the development of industrial parks throughout the county.

Contact Gary Lanier at 640-6608 for information about serving on this Board.


Industrial Facilities & Pollution Control Board

The members of the Columbus County Industrial Facilities & Pollution Control Board serve in an oversite role when certain types of industrial bonds are being issued with the approval of the North Carolina Department of the Treasurer.  Such bonds are typically issued by corporations to finance large industrial water or wastewater systems constructed to supply the needs of a facility located within the county.

Contact Gary Lanier at 640-6608 for information about serving on this Board.

Juvenile Crime Prevention Council 

Works with community programs  who serve youth and their families. Provides funding, monitors the use of those funds, and identifies needed services in the county. 

Contact Lance Britt,910-641-3080, lance.britt@ncdps.gov  for information about serving on this Board.

NC Pre-K Advisory Committee 

Provides funding for facilities to serve children in Pre-K classrooms. Advocates for funding to help serve children and families in Columbus County. 

Contact Kim Edwards,910-642-5168, kedwards@columbus.k12.nc.us  for information about serving on this Board.

Partnership for Children  

Provides funding to area Day Care providers and other agencies that serve children. Identifies ways to ensure that young children in our county have access  to early education and health services. 

Contact Selena Rowell, 910-499-4548, Selena.rowell@columbussmartstart.org  for information about serving on this Board.

Planning Board

The Columbus County Planning Board hears and makes formal recommendations to the Columbus County Board of Commissioners on proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance and other development ordinances.  The Planning Board also conducts public hearings on Special Use Permit applications followed by a recommendation to the Board of Adjustment.  Other duties, include reviewing preliminary plats of major subdivisions.  The Planning Board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 pm in the Commissioner Chambers at the Dempsey Herring Courthouse Annex at 112 West Smith Street in Whiteville.  

Contact the Planning Department at (910) 640-2851 for information about serving on this Board.    


Public Library Board of Trustees

Trustees are appointed by The Columbus County Commissioners. The Board of Trustees reviews monthly library’s financial and statistical reports. The board adopts policies and recommends the hiring of the library director to the County Commissioners.

Contact Morris Pridgen at 642-3116 for information about serving on this Board.

Recreation Advisory Board

The Recreation Advisory Board is comprised of county citizens appointed by each district commissioner and serves in an advisory capacity.  This board shall make recommendations with the Recreation Director concerning the administration of the affairs of recreation.  This board meets quarterly at Columbus County Recreation Department at 6p.m.

Contact Julie Strickland at 640-24 for information about serving on this Board.


Resident Advisory Board 

As a Section 8 Rental Assistance Tenant ,you are automatically a member of our Resident Advisory Board. We are interested in any concerns you may have related to your housing needs.  Periodically HUD changes our Payment Standards, Income Limits, (Changes to our Administration Plan), and other things that may affect your assistance. All of these changes will be on display 20 days before effective on the office bulletin board for your review. We encourage you to look over these any time you are in the office.  If you have any questions or comments feel free to speak to our office staff or call our office and verbally express your concerns.

Contact  Rebecca Tyson at 640-6618 for information about serving on this Board.



Safety Committee

Provides oversight to the County Safety Program.  Makes recommendations to improve county buildings and work areas to prevent accidents from occurring or reoccurring.  

David Ransom, Chair  910-640-6610  wdransom@columbusco.org



Soil & Water Conservation District Board Of Supervisors 

To administer the operations of the local Soil & Water Conservation District

Contact Edward Davis at 642-2196 for information about serving on this Board.


Tourism Development Authority 

Our goal is to increase economic development through the promotion of travel and tourism.  The efforts are overseen by the Columbus County Tourism Development Authority.

Contact Jennifer Holcomb at 642-3171 for information about serving on this Board.


Transportation Advisory Board

As a condition for receiving Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding, NCDOT/PTD requires sub-recipients to have an actively engaged Transportation Advisory Board that is representative of the service area’s population (minority, low-income, persons with disabilities, elderly persons, etc.).  The underlying reason for the emphasis on the importance of TABs is the FTA’s interest in ensuring that federally-funded projects are selected and federal funds are distributed in a fair and equitable manner. 

Contact Joy Jacobs at 641-3929 for information about serving on this Board.


Voluntary Agricultural District Board 

Encourages the preservation and protection of farmland

Contact Edward Davis at 642-2196 for information about serving on this Board.

 

EMERGENCY SERVICES BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Responsible for the development of the County’s Emergency Operations Plan and regular review and updating of the plan.  Receives Tier II reports from industry.  Community right to know activities, including providing public access to information.  Assessment of resources necessary to implement the Emergency Operations Plan, and making of recommendations to appropriate people, agencies and organizations regarding additional resources needed to implement the plan

David McPherson, Chair
Members are nominated by the County Commissioners and are appointed by the State Commission.  
davidmcpherson40@gmail.com



EMS Peer Review

Serves as the Oversight and Review Committee for all Emergency Medical Services(EMS) operating in the county as well as the county Emergency Medical Dispatch Program (EMD).  Performs Medical Review of EMS system data.  Evaluates and assesses the needs and effectiveness of the educational program for staff and the system’s policies and/or protocols as it relates to patient care.  Recommendations shall be made to the Medical Director for changes.  Evaluates, reviews and makes recommendations as to how all Emergency Medical Services operating in the county are integrated and operates within the overall 

Dr. Dell’ARIA, Chair Members of the committee are Defined by bylaws.  
Kay Worley, Vice Chair 910-640-6610kworley@columbusco.org



Fire Peer Review

Serves at the Oversight and Review Committee for all Fire Departments operating in county.  Reviews fire data and uses this information for evaluation and assessment as to the needs and effectiveness of educational programs of staff and personnel and policies, protocols and procedures as it relates to fire service.  Makes recommendations as deemed appropriate for the purpose of improving both the service and service delivery within all areas.  

Randy Guyton, Chair Members of the committee are defined by bylaws. 910-640-6400



Fire & Rescue Association

Committee that coordinates efforts to improve fire and rescue working relationships between the departments.  Works to improve training and equipment needs of the county.

Randy Guyton, President  Membership composed of fire/ems departments in the county. 910-640-6400



Emergency Food & Shelter Board

Determines funding priorities by which services will be available and the amounts to be spent.  Responsible for allocation of funds to agencies best able to provide the priority services.  Responsible for selecting local receiving organization.  Ensures that funding is spent in accordance with the National Guidelines.  

Kay Worley, Chair National Emergency Food & Shelter Board determines agencies that make up the local board. 910-640-6610 kworley@columbusco.org



Emergency Communications Committee

Promote safety and welfare for the citizens and first responders.  Promote better communications between public safety agencies.  Seek available grants to expand or improve the County Emergency Communications Infrastructure.  Keep the Board of Commissioners informed about communication issues.  Make recommendations on the future improvements of communications.  Helps coordinate agency 

Deuce Niven, Chair Members of the committee are defined by bylaws. tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com



SHPR(Southeastern Healthcare Preparedness Region)

Counties in the South East Region of the State.  Improve and mitigate potential hazards that may affect the region.  Composed of representation from EMS, Hospital, and Emergency Management.  

Hans Edwards, Chair  Hans.Edwards@nhrmc.org



Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Board of Directors

Provides retired & senior volunteers with a variety of service opportunities in various public and nonprofit agencies.  

Coleman Barbour, Chair  Millicent Collins, Director  910-642-7141  Millicent193518@sccnc.edu



Columbus County Disaster Response

Coordinates volunteer groups and other similar helping organizations to assist disaster victims with essential needs that arise.  
Kip Godwin, Chair Kip@kiplinggodwin.com