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Board of Commissioner November 6 Meeting Highlights

Post Date:11/07/2017 1:44 PM


Good Samaritans Honored for Their Life-Saving Actions

Two Dominion Energy employees and four bystanders were recognized for their heroic actions on September 26 after a visitor to the Outer Banks collapsed while on a morning walk in South Nags Head. The immediate and selfless actions of bystanders Maggie Lebo, Lori and Michael O’Connor, and Karen Wright, and Dominion Energy employees Jeremy Aycock and Quentin Connor directly and positively impacted their fellow man’s chance of survival. EMS Director Jennie Collins thanked them for taking positive actions in the critical minutes before the arrival of EMS paramedics. Chairman Bob Woodard presented them with signed copies of the Board’s resolution honoring their heroic, life-saving actions.  

Buxton Beach Nourishment Update

Haiqing Kaczkowski of Coastal Science and Engineering provided an update regarding the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project. She reported that approximately 46% of the project has been completed so far. The hopper dredge ‘R.N. Weeks’ is currently assigned to the project, and a new, larger dredge ‘Magdalene’ is expected to arrive in January. Work will continue whenever weather allows, non-stop through the holidays. Weeks Marine is expected to submit a written request for a contract extension and now estimate that they can complete the project in February 2018. Click here to view a .PDF copy of the presentation. For updated information regarding the Buxton project, including a map showing the current construction zone, visit MoreBeachToLove.com.

Approval of Tourism Board’s Short Term Restricted Fund Grants

Following a request from the Dare County Tourism Board, Commissioners approved three short term restricted fund requests. These grants are provided on a matching basis, not to exceed 50% of the actual project cost. Projects approved include  pedestrian improvements in the Town of Duck, the East Dogwood Trail Pedestrian Walkway in Southern Shores, and the Sea Oats Community Park Renewal by the Southern Shores Civic Association.

Policy Approved to Allow Participation in Parks and Rec Programs

Commissioners approved a policy to allow people from other counties to participate in Dare County recreational activities. Out-of-county participants will pay an additional fee and no out-of-county requests will be accepted if enrollment is limited and the request would keep a Dare County resident from participating. Contact your local Parks and Recreation Office for more information.

Update on the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

David Alberg and Tane Casserley with the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary provided an update regarding recent studies that show that underwater terrain near shipwrecks is 5 to 6 times more productive for fishing than artificial reefs.  

Board Discusses Plans for 2018

Commissioners held a workshop at the end of the meeting to discuss plans for 2018.

Topics included inlet maintenance, beach nourishment, garbage collection, affordable housing, and future class offerings at the COA - Dare Campus.  

Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 20 at 5:00 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.

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