Faced with a spike in COVID-19, New Bern aldermen switched back to Zoom format at the Dec. 8 meeting. An agenda for an in-person meeting was released on Dec. 3, but on Dec. 4 it was modified to a Zoom format. According to Alderman Jeffrey Odham, the change was a result of a conversation he had with Alderman Sabrina Bengel over their concerns about the COVID-19 spread. For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here. It is unclear when that conversation took place, but it didn’t take place during an open meeting of the board. At the Nov. 24 meeting, when Bengel suggested thatRead More →

In order to maintain the safety of residents, staff, and elected officials during the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled for 6 p. m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, will be conducted electronically. The agenda is shown below. At the board’s last meeting on Nov. 24, Alderman Sabrina Bengel suggested that the meetings return to remote electronic format as a safety measure due to escalating spread of COVID-19. Alderman Jeffrey Odham dismissed her concerned and complained about the state’s response to the pandemic. Alderwoman Jameesha Harris concluded the conversation, saying that the virus is real and that city leaders should do aRead More →

New Bern Parks and Recreation will host a Community Workshop at the Omega Center, 800 Cedar St.,  at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss location options for the new Stanley White Recreation Center. This meeting is required by FEMA, which has funds available for the center as the result of damage it sustained from Hurricane Florence in September 2018.  The city’s consultant, CPL and FEMA will make a presentation. There will be a Public Comment/Question and Answer session after the presentation. Previous New Bern Post coverage about Stanley White Recreation Center here. The city plans to raze the existing building due toRead More →

Funds will provide $1,000 to qualified nonprofits to assist citizens impacted by COVID-19 The Board of Aldermen last week approved a new program designed to help residents affected by coronavirus.  The COVID-19 Nonprofit Grant Program will award $1,000 to qualifying nonprofit/501(c)3 organizations within city limits whose missions, programs and/or services help citizens impacted by the virus.  The Board approved a head start for the program with a $50,000 commitment from the General Fund.  The idea for the COVID-19 Nonprofit Grant Program came from Ward 2 Alderwoman Jameesha Harris. “COVID-19 has had an affect on all of us,” said Harris.  “Every day I see or speakRead More →

“I thought you had respect for me.”  — Alderwoman Jameesha Harris to Mayor Dana Outlaw   Maybe the city attorney sent them a memo, but it sure seemed odd that the Board of Alderman had a nearly half-hour, frank and open discussion on Tuesday about an appointee whose name they took great pains to avoid saying. So we won’t, either. Background Suffice it to say that tumult arose over the last week or so about this Board Member Who Shall Not Be Named (or BMWSNBN for short; we’ll just call him “B”). Many people are offended by a Facebook page that “B” started that reflectsRead More →

The New Bern Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing in which the aim is to control the proliferation of Airbnb-type operations from occurring in residential districts.  At their Oct. 22, 2019 meeting, the Board of Aldermen established the Short-Term Rental Committee to develop an ordinance regulating Short-Term Rentals. The committee conducted bi-monthly meetings between between December and March to create a draft ordinance for aldermen to consider. The issue came to a head when a homeowner on Metcalf Street attempted to turn his home into an Airbnb over the objections of neighbors. Members o f the committee were Anne Schout, who served asRead More →

Plans to raze Hurricane Florence-damaged Stanley White Recreation Center and build a new facility just off Neuse Boulevard are facing the prospect of a full environmental assessment that would require city officials to provide possibly embarrassing information that could jeopardize the project. The city — with Mayor Dana Outlaw and protege Alderman Jeffrey Odham leading the way — has been pushing for the project despite strong objections from residents in the area and aldermen who represent the vicinity. Federal officials said the project will require an Environmental Assessment, but said they should not worry, assuming that they did their due diligence in addressing community concerns.Read More →

On June 23, 2020, after a Public Hearing; the New Bern Board of Alderman denied a request to rezone 2409 Oaks Road from Residential R6 to Commercial C4. Only the owner of the property was in favor, and all others were opposed. A previous request to rezone this property from Residental to Commercial C3 was denied in 2019 (corrected year). As Craven County has no zoning, the property had been used commercially in the past. When 2409 Oaks Rd became part of the City it was Zoned residential. This amounted to a promise to the community, that there will be no future commerical use. CitizensRead More →

In December 2012, An officer from City of New Bern, NC Police Department pulled a gun out on me, I was 13 years old, walking to the post office to mail a Christmas present, if I was Black I would probably be dead. 2012 was the year that New Bern Chief of Police Toussaint E. Summers Jr assumed his position as Chief of Police. Over the past 8 years it has become increasingly evident that under Mr. Summers Leadership that The New Bern Police Department has operated in a culture that is at best disorganized, and at worst, a calculated effort of community intimidation. InRead More →

On March 12, the New Bern Post called for local governments to take leadership in the face of the spreading and deadly COVID-19. They said they are going enough, denied anyone local was being tested, and said they were waiting for the state for guidance. Within two days, Craven County had one COVID-19 case and, under a governor executive order, went to distance learning for K-12 and banned mass gatherings of 100 or more. Meanwhile, other cities, counties, and school districts in the state WERE taking local initiative. Waiting for cases to appear is too late. The key is prevention. According to Dr. John Campbell,Read More →