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Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners August 15, 2016 Meeting

Post Date:08/17/2016 8:30 a.m.

Chairman's Update 

Chairman Bob Woodard reported that he and several others, including NCDOT Board Member Malcolm Fearing, traveled to Raleigh last week to meet with Governor Pat McCrory to discuss the status of Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet. Woodard said the Governor is interested in the work being done and supportive of efforts to improve conditions so both waterways remain open for business. 

Chairman Woodard also announced that the recently completed skate park at the Fessenden Center in Buxton is now open every day from sunup to sundown. Skaters are advised to wear protective gear. No profanity, smoking or pets are allowed at the park. 

Public Comments 
Two citizens spoke about the early voting schedule and requested that the hours be expanded, particularly on weekends. The early voting schedule is established by the Dare County Board of Elections and must meet state statutes and receive the State Board of Election's stamp of approval. Commissioners voted to invite Elections Chair Donna Elms to attend the next Commissioners meeting to discuss early voting. 

Commissioners Approve NCDOT GIS Reference Station at Rodanthe 
The Board of Commissioners approved a request from NCDOT's Location and Surveys Unit to erect and maintain a 16 foot tower near the emergency ferry dock in Rodanthe. This tower will operate as part of the state's GIS network and will enable collection of raw field data for the state's Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS). Currently, this area of Hatteras Island is not covered by the existing stations at Bodie Island and Buxton. Benefits include improved survey accuracy and real time surveying that can be utilized for emergency situations and during the construction of the proposed Rodanthe Bridge. 

Transfer of Funds for Beach Nourishment Fund 
Commissioners approved a budget amendment transferring $10 million from the Beach Nourishment Fund to the Capital Projects Fund for the Towns' beach nourishment project. 2% of the occupancy tax collected in Dare County is designated for beach nourishment to benefit public recreational use of our beaches and mitigate damage and erosion from storms. This particular project includes the Towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2017. 

The Board also approved sending a $1,000,000 installment from the Beach Nourishment Fund for the ongoing dredging effort at Oregon Inlet. 

September 7 Proclaimed First Flight Middle School Day 
The Board proclaimed Wednesday, September 7 as First Flight Middle School Day. First Flight Middle School was the first of three schools constructed on the "Baum Tract", 322 acres of land on the west side of Kill Devil Hills. A portion of the land was gifted to the Town by Mrs. St. Clair and the Baum Family and as they envisioned, the area has become a key location for public education and public infrastructure and facilities.For 25 years, First Flight Middle School has been Dare County's flagship facility on the Baum Tract, leading the way for construction of two more schools on the site - First Flight Elementary School and First Flight High School. 

Board Appointments 
Dan Oden and Ron Lowe, both of Hatteras Island, were appointed to serve two year terms on the Dare County Waterways Commission. 

Carl Reiber was appointed to serve a three year term on the Veterans Advisory Council. 

The Dare County Board of Commissioners welcomes and encourages citizen participation on Advisory Boards and Committees. It's a great way to get involved in local government. The Commissioners regularly use input from the boards and committees to help guide their decisions on issues facing the county. For more information about opportunities to serve, visit darenc.com. 

More Information 
The Board of Commissioners' next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6 at 9 a.m. For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and video from meetings, click here.

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