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Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting - September 26, 2016

Post Date:09/28/2016 10:00 a.m.



Register Now for the October 4th Community Forum on Substance Abuse
Roxana Ballinger with the Public Health Division of Dare County Health and Human Services encouraged everyone to attend the 2nd Annual Saving Lives Community Forum on Substance Abuse Prevention and Education on Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 to 9 PM at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. This is an opportunity to come together to learn about substance abuse issues and resources in Dare County. The keynote speaker is Kurtis Taylor, Outreach Worker and Reentry Coordinator for Oxford Houses of NC. Participants can attend three breakout sessions on topics ranging from recovery, treatment, prescriptions, pain management, youth and parenting. Refreshments will be offered and there is no charge. R.S.V.P. by calling 252.441.0614 or e-mailing cypobx@darekids. org. 

Alzheimer's Awareness Month
September is World Alzheimer's Awareness Month and four citizens spoke during public comments about the need for more local services and education related to Alzheimer's and dementia. Later in the meeting, Gail Sonnesso of Gem Adult Day Services shared information describing the seven outcomes that people with dementia and their caregivers would like to see in their lives and spoke about upcoming events. For more information, call 252.480.3354 or visit gemdayservices.org online. 

Learn Important Work and Life Skills at Upcoming Classes
Chairman Bob Woodard shared information about classes that will be offered free of charge this fall to help employees improve their "soft skills" such as self awareness and self management, work ethics, communication, and problem- solving. While technical skills and experience are important, these soft skills are critical for workers to succeed in their jobs. The "Working Smart - Soft Skills for Workplace Success" is offered through the Albemarle Commission's local NC Works Career Center. The curriculum was developed by the Charlotte Workforce Development Board several years ago and has proven to be successful for both job seekers and employers. For more information or to register yourself or your employees, call the NC Works Career Center in Nags Head at 252.480.3500. 

Southern Flounder Lawsuit and Dominion North Carolina Power Rate Increase
Chairman Bob Woodard spoke about the Board's recent decision to join Hyde and Carteret counties in a lawsuit that challenges the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission's use of a supplement process that will drastically reduce the catch of Southern Flounder. Dare County will not be responsible for any financial costs associated with the litigation. Chairman Woodard also renewed opposition to any rate increase proposed by Dominion NC Power. 
Conditional Use Permit Approved for Family Child Care Home 
The Board of Commissioners approved a request from Roanoke Island property owner Natalie Arzu-Rochez for a conditional use permit or CUP to operate a family child care home at her residence. The site is zoned R-2 which allows family child care homes as a conditional use. 

More Information
The Board of Commissioners' next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 3 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. 
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