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Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting - October 3, 2016

Post Date:10/07/2016 8:30 a.m.

Appreciation to Public Works for Storm Debris Removal Efforts
Chairman Bob Woodard thanked the many Dare County Public Works employees who worked tirelessly following Tropical Storm Hermine to collect 581 tons of storm debris from Hatteras Island and other unincorporated areas of the county. The effort was completed with assistance from NCDOT but no outside contractors were hired. Public Works Director Edward Mann commented that his employees came together to complete the work in record time with a can-do attitude.

Hurricane Matthew Expected to Bring Impacts to Dare County
Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson asked residents and visitors to keep a close eye on the storm as it moves up the east coast later this week. He said that Hurricane Matthew is a large, powerful storm and current forecast models indicate that the Outer Banks will receive impacts. For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org. Also, if you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance during an emergency, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register.

Update on Southern Flounder Lawsuit

It was reported that a Temporary Restraining Order was issued in the lawsuit that Commissioners voted to join last month opposing use of the supplement process to implement reductions of southern flounder. A hearing will be scheduled in the next few weeks that will determine whether a permanent injunction will be issued.

Traffic Control Assistance Requested from Highway Patrol

The Dare County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution requesting that the NC Highway Patrol provide traffic control assistance during summer weekends at the intersection of Highway 158 and NC 12 near the Aycock Brown Welcome Center in Kitty Hawk. Conditions there pose a threat to public safety and results in gridlock that extends for miles. This past summer, law enforcement agencies collaborated to assist with traffic control at the intersection, which resulted in dramatically improved conditions. Since Dare County and its towns are unable to continually provide traffic control at the intersection during summer weekends without jeopardizing their ability to respond to other emergencies, the Board of Commissioners are calling on the North Carolina Highway Patrol for assistance.

Public Hearing Scheduled Regarding Proposed Road Extension Closure
The Board considered a request to permanently close a portion of the unimproved extension of Amadas Street, formerly known as Virginia Avenue, between North George Howe Street and Francis Drake Street on Roanoke Island. Resident Charles Wayne Kidd spoke about the poor conditions along the road that create safety concerns. The Board approved a Resolution declaring their intent to permanently close the unimproved extension of the road and scheduled a public hearing to receive comments on Monday, November 21 at 5:30 PM Notice will be given to all adjoining property owners.

Check Your Smoke Alarms During Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 9 - 15 and Commissioners adopted a proclamation calling upon all Dare County citizens to participate in fire prevention activities at work, home and school. Heed the National Fire Protection Association's message - "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." Dare County Fire Marshal Steve Kovacs stressed the importance of finding out how old your smoke alarms are and replace them if they're more than 10 years old. He announced activities in Dare County that will be held during Fire Prevention Week and encouraged citizens to participate.

Hatteras Island Angel Gift Program
Linda O'Neal presented information about the Hatteras Island Angel Gift Program, an initiative to carry out the spirit of Christmas by helping Hatteras Island children and families in need.
For more information about programs throughout Dare County that offer relief to local children and families during the holidays, contact Dare County Health and Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500.

More Information

The Board of Commissioners' next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 17 at 5 PM For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and video from meetings, click here.

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