Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners May 16, 2016 Meeting
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Service District for Buxton Beach Nourishment Project
The Dare County Board of Commissioners held their May 16 meeting at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to provide convenient access for citizens to participate in the public hearing for the proposed expanded service district for the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project. Approximately 110 people attended the meeting and nine spoke at the public hearing.
The Buxton Beach Nourishment project is expected to begin construction in 2017 to ensure safe and reliable access to Hatteras Island via NC 12. The project includes approximately 2.9 miles of beach and will initially widen the beach by approximately 250 feet. The project cost is $24.2 million, with the majority of the funding coming from the Beach Nourishment Fund.
Board Proclaims May 16 - 23 Hurricane Preparedness Week
With hurricane season starting next month, Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson spoke of the importance for Dare County residents, visitors and businesses to be prepared for the potential dangers of hurricanes and tropical storms. The Board proclaimed May 16 - 23 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Dare County encouraging people to complete preparedness activities now, before there's a threat.
The public is invited to attend a Hurricane Preparedness and Safety Open House on Friday, May 20 from 3 PM to 8 PM at Nags Head Fire Station 16, Milepost 14.5. Jamie Rhome, Storm Surge Specialist from the National Hurricane Center, will make a special presentation AT 6:30 PM Emergency assistance agencies will be on hand with activities, displays, and information to help protect you, your family, and your property in the event of a hurricane or other disaster.
For those on Hatteras Island unable to attend the event in Nags Head, Rhome will present the same information on Saturday, May 21 at 10 AM at the Fessenden Center in Buxton.
Agreement for Regional Emergency Communications Center Approved
The Board of Commissioners approved the interlocal agreement for the new Regional Emergency Communications Center for Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde counties that is scheduled to open in April 2017. The facility, currently under construction on Roanoke Island, will be operated by Dare County, with staff dispatching emergency calls for all three counties. By consolidating services for several counties, the project was eligible for grant funding from the state's E911 fund. In fact, over half the cost of the new facility is being paid with grant dollars.
Hatteras Island's Governor's Volunteer Service Award Recipients Recognized
Three Hatteras Island residents received Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. These dedicated volunteers make a significant difference in our community and touch many lives.
Ray and Clair Schaff have volunteered with the Cape Hatteras Methodist Men's Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance Program for the past 15 years, serving 3 to 6 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Volunteer Natalie McIntosh manages the Hatteras Island Meals program and in 2013 was responsible for putting together a team that raised over $21,000 to enable the Hatteras Island Meals program to continue operating.
Sandy Jones Garrison volunteers with Dare Home Health and Dare Hospice, performing direct hospice and respite care for patients and their families that are receiving Dare Home Health or Dare Hospice services.
There are seven other award recipients from the northern Outer Banks that will be recognized by Commissioners at their July 18 meeting. For more information about the Governor's Awards for Volunteer Service and how to nominate an outstanding volunteer, visit volunteernc.org and click on volunteer awards.
Upgrade to Major Water Production Facility Moves Forward
Two water treatment plants - one in Kill Devil Hills and one on Roanoke Island - supply water for Dare County's Northern Regional Water System that serves customers on Roanoke Island and in the towns north of Oregon Inlet. A new water treatment facility will be constructed at the Skyco Water Plant on Roanoke Island, incorporating new, more efficient nanofiltration membrane technology to eventually replace the current ion exchange water treatment facility. The new facility will initially be constructed to produce 3 million gallons per day (MGD) and sized for final build-out production capacity of 6 MGD.
Opposition to House Bill That Could Ban Gill Nets
Commissioners took a stand against a proposed bill that would negatively impact our commercial fishing industry. The Board approved a resolution in opposition to House Bill 1122 which was filed in Raleigh last week and has the potential to ban gill nets and other nets used by fishermen to bring NC seafood to the docks.
Hatteras Inlet Update
Work is being done at the state level to adopt a Memorandum of Agreement that will allow dredging for Hatteras Inlet through the connecting channel. County Manager Bobby Outten reported that he is working with an engineer to obtain the necessary permits for the project as quickly as possible.
Public Hearing for Proposed Budget Scheduled for Monday, June 6 at 10 AM
The next meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners is Monday, June 6 at 9:00 AM in Manteo. The public hearing for the County's proposed 2017 budget will be held at 10:00 AM The full budget document is available online at darenc.com or a printed copy is available for review at the County Administration Building in Manteo.
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