December 5 BOC Meeting Highlights
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Oaths of Office and Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
It was an exciting morning with four Commissioners sworn into office at the start of the December 5 meeting. This was the initial meeting for newly elected Board members Danny Couch and Steve House. Family members stood with them as they individually pledged to uphold the laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina. Commissioners Wally Overman and Bob Woodard also took their oaths of office after being re-elected by the citizens to serve additional four-year terms.
Commissioner Bob Woodard was re-elected to serve as Chairman of the Board and Commissioner Wally Overman was re-elected to serve as Vice-Chairman.
First Flight High Mens Varsity Soccer Team Recognized As State Champs
Commissioners recognized the First Flight High School Men’s Varsity Soccer Team for their outstanding 2016 season that culminated in winning the 2A State Championship. Under the leadership of head coach Juan Ramirez, the team demonstrated a level of athletic performance and good sportsmanship that reflects positively on the entire county. It was pointed out by Coach Ramirez that the boys are not only outstanding athletes, but also excellent students - maintaining an average GPA of 3.9. The team presented Commissioners with a commemorative, autographed soccer ball that will be on display in the lobby of the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo. Chairman Bob Woodard took an opportunity to exchange “high fives” with each of the players at the end of the presentation.
Final Pass for Debris Removal is Underway
Public Works Director Edward Mann reported that the final pass for storm debris removal began this week for all unincorporated areas of the County. Once the final pass is completed, no additional debris will be collected. He noted that Public Works personnel will be utilizing a tracking system that photographs the cleared property once the final pass has been made. He mentioned that it will take additional time to remove discarded boats and some appliances.
Aquatic Weed Control Project
Commissioners approved a resolution requesting assistance from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to implement a Dare County Aquatic Weed Control Program. Community Conservationist Ann Daisey reported that fifty percent of the costs will be paid by the state and she will coordinate application of the herbicide through Dare County Public Works or a state agency. The initial work will be done in East Lake and can later be expanded based on the need in other areas of the county.
Approval of Tourism Board Short Term Restricted Fund Requests
The Dare County Tourism Board received the Board’s approval to award over $1 million for short term restricted grant requests. These grants are disbursed on a matching basis, not to exceed 50% of the actual project cost. The Town of Duck was awarded just under $450,000 for pedestrian improvements along the east side of Duck Road from Four Seasons Lane to Cook Drive. The Town of Kill Devil Hills will receive $340,000 to complete the existing multi-use paths through Kill Devil Hills. The Town of Nags Head will receive $226,000 for Phase II of the Dowdy Park Project to complete public amenities and restrooms at the site. And the Outer Banks Gun Club will be awarded over $22,000 for expansion of the shooting facilities at the Dare County Range in Manns Harbor.
County Manager Bobby Outten reported that some citizens have received denial letters from FEMA after submitting applications for assistance. He explained that in some cases denial letters were sent because of missing or inaccurate information. He encouraged anyone receiving a denial letter to follow up with FEMA rather than getting discouraged and throwing the letter away. He also stressed the importance for disaster survivors to register with FEMA before the deadline. Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.
A State Individual Assistance Helpline has been established for survivors whose unmet needs have not been addressed by FEMA. The State Helpline operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 855-336-2002.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 19 at 5 p.m. in Manteo. For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, click here.