Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting - October 17, 2016
Much of the October 17 meeting focused on impacts from Hurricane Matthew and recovery efforts that are underway.
Chairman Bob Woodard spoke about the devastation and loss suffered by many throughout the county and asked for continued prayers and donations. He spoke of ongoing efforts to assist those in need and of our citizens' great resiliency and the spirit of 'neighbor helping neighbor' being shown as recovery efforts continue.
County Manager Bobby Outten provided a timeline of response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Matthew and applauded the work of the volunteer fire departments, particularly in Hatteras Village and Frisco where the greatest damage occurred. The relief and response efforts mounted by the volunteer fire departments were humbling as they worked tirelessly to not just ensure that public safety was maintained by providing fire and rescue services, but also by leading the recovery effort and going door to door to find and help those that needed assistance. This effort started as soon as weather conditions allowed and continues today.
Commissioner Allen Burrus of Hatteras Village shared his support for the decision to reopen Hatteras Village to visitors on Saturday, recognizing that there is still a lot of work to be done but stressing the importance of moving forward with support from many, even some visitors who have volunteered to help the community while on vacation.
There are many who have been involved in recovery efforts and every expression of generosity and kindness is appreciated. While there's no way to mention all involved, the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Auxiliary, Hatteras Island CERT, the Salvation Army, the United Methodist Disaster Recovery Team and Coast Guard volunteers deserve mention along with local vendors such as WalMart, Home Depot and Bayliss Boats that donated supplies to help launch clean up efforts.
Commissioners will recognize Mary Ellon Ballance of the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Auxiliary at an upcoming meeting for her efforts coordinating relief efforts in Hatteras Village.
The Commissioners will hold their 5 PM meeting on November 21 at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to show support for the Hatteras Island community and allow citizens on Hatteras Island to attend the meeting and provide feedback.
Commissioners voted to waive building permit fees for storm related repairs in the unincorporated areas of the county through June 30, 2017.
Finance Director David Clawson was appointed as the County's agent to coordinate with FEMA on all storm related matters. Dare County Risk Manager Sandy West was designated his alternate.
FEMA has authorized public and individual assistance for Dare County and locations for local disaster recovery centers will be announced as soon as they are established. For now, homeowners, renters and business owners in Dare County who suffered damage during Hurricane Matthew are urged to register online at www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by calling 1-800.621.3362.
Commissioners approved a budget amendment establishing an account for storm debris removal so contractors may now be given the notice to proceed. A schedule for collection in the unincorporated areas of the county will be announced as soon as it is available. For updated information and sorting information, visit darenc.com. Please keep in mind that FEMA has currently authorized debris removal for state maintained roads only so storm related debris must be placed on the right of way on state maintained roads for collection.
Commissioners approved matching funds to enable the Corps of Engineers to begin dredging the channel area at the mouth of Wanchese Harbor that was filled with sand during Hurricane Matthew. Permits are already in place so dredging is expected to begin soon.
For the most up to date information about recovery efforts that are underway, click here.
The Board of Commissioners' next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 7 at 9 AM For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and video from meetings, visit darenc.com and scroll to the Board of Commissioners information located in the left column on the home page.