Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners June 6, 2016 Meeting
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Hatteras Inlet Dredging
During public comments, four citizens spoke from the Fessenden Center in Buxton via the newly-installed remote video link to express appreciation for the Commissioner's efforts to dredge Hatteras Inlet and underscore the importance of this project.
The Board is working with the state for immediate dredging of the channel and has committed matching County funds so that work can begin as soon as updated surveys are available and a work plan is in place.
In addition, the Board voted to issue the required Request for Qualifications for engineers to obtain permits necessary to keep Hatteras Inlet dredged and open for business over the long term.
Commissioners Adopt 2017 Budget
Following a public hearing, Commissioners adopted the proposed budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1. The property tax rate will remain at 43 cents per $100 of valuation and maintains current levels of service.
Tax Service District Established for Buxton Beach Nourishment Project
Commissioners voted to establish a service district for the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project that includes parcels of land at the north end of Buxton located between Highway 12 and Old Lighthouse Road, and the four parcels north of Highway 12.
The Board previously awarded a construction bid for the Buxton Beach Nourishment project to begin 2017. The project cost is estimated at $24.2 million, with the majority of the funding coming from the Beach Nourishment Fund.
Towns Beach Nourishment Project
Beach nourishment for the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills is also scheduled to begin in 2017, with work planned to begin in Duck in April and moving south to Kitty Hawk and then Kill Devil Hills.
Several items of business related to the Towns' Beach Nourishment Project came before Commissioners.
The Board approved an Amendment to the Interlocal Agreement for the project to update debt amounts for each of the towns. Almost half the $41.8 million project will be paid from the Beach Nourishment Fund,
In addition, Commissioners approved a contract with Coastal Planning and Engineering for construction management of the project and adopted an amendment to the capital project ordinance to finalize details for the Series 2016C Limited Obligation Bonds that will be issued to fund part of the project.
Next Property Revaluation Scheduled for 2021
North Carolina counties must conduct a county-wide revaluation of all property at least every eight years. Dare County's last revaluation was completed in 2013 and at that time, the Board established a five year revaluation schedule. Though market conditions have improved, analysis indicates that values have not changed enough to warrant a countywide revaluation in 2018. The Board voted to postpone the revaluation until 2021.
Supporting Open Beaches
After receiving a request from Emerald Isle, the Board of Commissioners voted to submit an amicus brief to support the Town's position on a case to be heard by the NC Supreme Court later this summer or fall. The case will likely determine the public's future right to access, use and enjoy the "dry sand" beach everywhere in North Carolina. Historically, the public trust beach area in North Carolina has included the entire "dry sand" beach between the base of the dunes and the water. If this historical delineation is not upheld, it could potentially have disastrous impacts on the oceanfront tourism economy and the enjoyment of recreational activities on our beaches.
Manteo High School Student Honored
Chairman Bob Woodard recognized Manteo High School senior Arturo Lara for outstanding volunteer service. Last summer, Arturo spent 176 hours assisting the Manteo Lions Club with the concession stand at the Lost Colony and has received special recognition from the White House being named for a "President's Volunteer Service Award."
The Board of Commissioners next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 20 at 5 PM in Manteo.
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