February 6 BOC Meeting Highlights
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Darrell Collins Honored
As we celebrate Black History Month, award winning historian Darrell Collins was recognized for his distinguished career of 37 years with the National Park Service where he inspired generations with the spirit of flight that was born in Dare County. Collins and his wife Tonya came forward to accept the certificate of appreciation honoring his accomplishments and commending him for continuing his family’s legacy of community service.
FEMA’s Preliminary Flood Maps
Spencer Rogers with North Carolina Sea Grant presented information about the preliminary flood maps with regards to historical flood damage. Roger’s presentation and message were consistent with information provided previously by Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef indicating that some areas flooded during recent storms are depicted on the new maps as areas with low flood risk. In discussing local options, Rogers said that FEMA approved maps must be adopted as minimum standards and used for insurance ratings, but pointed out that local standards may exceed FEMA minimums. Planning Director Creef will report back to Commissioners with recommendations as she completes the action items requested by the Board last month. The preliminary maps may be viewed online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/. For more information, you may contact your local planning office.
Beach Nourishment for Southern Shores
Southern Shores Town Manager Peter Rascoe reviewed steps the Town has taken to implement a project to nourish 1,500 feet of beach in Southern Shores, at the southern-most end of town. The concept of the project is that it would be an extension of the upcoming project in Kitty Hawk. Initial estimates for the work have indicated a range of $700,000 to $800,000 not including some associated fees. Once firm costs are known and it is clear that permits for the project can be obtained, the Southern Shores Town Council will decide whether to authorize the project. If the project meets requirements and moves forward, the Dare County Board of Commissioners approved allocating up to 50% of the project costs from the Beach Nourishment Fund, not to exceed $500,000.
Public Hearing Scheduled Regarding Minimum Lot Size in Wanchese
The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, February 20 at 5:30p.m. to consider a zoning amendment that would allow for a reduction in the minimum lot size from 20,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet for lots in Wanchese served by a central water supply. The majority of zoning districts throughout unincorporated Dare County allow for a reduction in the minimum lot size for lots served by a central water supply. The central water system for Roanoke Island was installed in 2013.
Saving Lives Town Hall Meeting
The Saving Lives Taskforce and Dare CASA will host a series of community meetings to address substance abuse and addiction concerns. The first session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nags Head Municipal Complex Board Room. Saving Lives Taskforce members include Dare CASA, Dare County Health & Human Services, Dare County Schools, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Trillium Health Resources, Children and Youth Partnership, CVS Health, College of the Albemarle, Port Human Services, Recovery International, and Outer Banks Hospital. Browse informational displays and listen as panel members discuss challenges and available resources.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 20 at 5 p.m. For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and the video of entire meetings, visit darenc.com/boc.