Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting - July 18, 2016
Dare EMS Lt. Chuck Earley Recognized for Heroic Actions While Off- Duty
Chairman Bob Woodard recognized EMS Lt. Chuck Earley for his selfless and heroic actions, and for demonstrating the highest standard of conduct and professional dedication, even when off duty. On June 7, Lt. Earley was traveling back to Dare County when he noticed a car that had entered a rain swollen creek along Highway 171. Without hesitation, Lt. Earley stopped his vehicle and assessed the situation. Two bystanders tied a strap to Lt. Earley who, without disregard for his own personal safety, entered the creek and approached the vehicle with the panicked driver yelling for help. Due to his quick and decisive actions, he was able to rescue Martha Daniels of Jamesville just before the vehicle was swept away under the water. Ms. Daniels attended the meeting to thank Lt. Earley for saving her life.
Update Report - Dare's Economic Development Plan
Dan Parks and Rex Raiford of NC State's Office of Outreach and Engagement and Zach Oliver of RTI International provided a progress report regarding the Economic Development Plan being prepared for Dare County.
Parks and Raiford reviewed key deliverables and emphasized the goal of developing a visionary and practical plan that can be implemented.
The three topics of interest being studied and researched for best practices include:
- Diversification of regional economies
- Affordable housing
Strategic interviews are being conducted and a community survey will be distributed soon. Draft strategic findings and recommendations will be made by September and an action plan will be presented to the Board by the end of the year. Plan implementation is scheduled to begin early next year.
Governor's Volunteer Service Award Recipients Recognized
This year, 10 Dare County citizens received Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. Three of the awards were presented to Hatteras Island residents at the May 16 Board meeting that was held in Buxton. On July 18, the following seven award recipients who live north of Oregon Inlet were presented their awards by Lorelei Costa, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. These dedicated volunteers make a significant difference in our community and touch many lives:
Frances Down and Annie Harris give tirelessly of their time volunteering at the Dare County Center in Manteo.
Dee and Bob Christensen are volunteer mentors with the Dare County Friends of Youth Program.
Jamie Lavier organizes a three day surf camp, Lee's Lil Shorebreakers, to give at-risk youth in the community who cannot afford to learn the sport of surfing, the opportunity to do so.
Janice Tillett is responsible for many of the outstanding successes with 4H and Dare County Cooperative Extension over the last two decades. Lita Katulski oversees operations of Feline Hope Animal Shelter and Feline Hope has made huge strides over the past 18 years thanks to her dedication.
Kelly and Jeff Tobin lead OBX Project Purple, a volunteer organization with a core group of 50 students that give their time and talents to support and encourage young people facing crucial life decisions, showing their peers that it can be fun and rewarding to do that "next right thing."
Dewey Hemilright volunteers for many different organizations representing the North Carolina commercial fishing industry locally, regionally and nationally.
Commissioners Oppose Rate Increase Proposed by Dominion North Carolina Power
Dare County Commissioners adopted a resolution opposing the rate increase being proposed by North Carolina Dominion Power. The proposal which is now before the State Utilities Commission would result in an average monthly increase of $18.15 for Dare County residents using 1,000 kilowatt hours. Citizens are encouraged to speak at the public hearing that the State Utilities Commission will hold in Manteo on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 PM in the Dare County Commissioner's Room.
Board Approves Agreement for Permitting of Hatteras Inlet Navigation Channels
The Board of Commissioners approved the agreement with Coastal Planning and Engineering of Wilmington, NC to provide environmental, geotechnical, and engineering consulting services associated with the County's efforts to obtain permits to maintain Hatteras Inlet navigation channels. During public comments, four Hatteras Island fishermen spoke from the Fessenden Center in Buxton about difficulties routinely faced navigating the inlet and the importance of keeping the channel open.
Board Approves Resolution Supporting Terminal Groins and Jetties for North Carolina
Shifting inlets have resulted in enormous losses of public beach access, property, business, and infrastructure, costing coastal North Carolina cities and counties tens of millions of dollars in reconstruction costs and lost tax revenue.
With over 320 miles of coastline and 19 inlets in our state, North Carolina is only one of two states in the country that does not allow for protection from the problem of shifting inlets. The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution asking state and federal representatives to support the construction of terminal groin and jetty projects along the North Carolina coast.
Board Approves Veteran's Preference Policy
Dare County Commissioners approved a Veteran's Preference Policy for County employment. The new policy states that, in appreciation for their service to this Country, State and County during a period of war, and in recognition of the time and advantage lost toward the pursuit of a civilian career, veterans shall be granted preference in employment for positions. Jack Leonard of the Dare County's Veterans Advisory Council attended the Commissioners meeting to thank the Board for approving the policy and for their support of the Veterans Advisory Council which serves as a liaison with the community in coordinating services and activities benefiting Veterans and their families. For more information about the Veterans Advisory Council, call 252.475.5604.
The Board of Commissioners' next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 1 at 9 AM in Manteo.
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