Highlights from November 7 Board of Commissioners Meeting
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Chairman Bob Woodard opened Monday’s meeting by remembering Commissioner Warren C. Judge III who passed away on Saturday, November 5 following a sudden illness.
Chairman Woodard described Judge as someone who dedicated his life to public service, stating, “Warren truly loved Dare County and demonstrated it every day in the passionate way that he worked to make a difference as a Dare County Commissioner. He will long be remembered as a community leader and cherished for his legacy of public service. We are united in prayer for Warren’s wife Tess and all of his family.”
Commissioner Judge, first elected in 2000, worked tirelessly for the people of Dare County and was well known for his active participation in civic and community events. He served eleven terms as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
Throughout the meeting, individuals spoke of Commissioner Judge’s outstanding attributes and his commitment to public service. Each Commissioner took an opportunity to express their heartfelt sympathy describing Judge as a gentleman with a servant’s heart and a true friend -- someone who, for many years, went above and beyond to serve the people of Dare County.
Prescription Medication Drop-off Program
Dare County is taking an active role in preventing the abuse of prescription medications and a key component of preventing prescription abuse is having locations throughout the community where expired or unwanted medications can be disposed of properly. A network of locations have been established where medications can safely be dropped off for proper disposal by law enforcement personnel. Chief Kevin Brinkley of the Nags Head Police Department and Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie joined Vice-Chairman Overman in discussing the positive results that the program is receiving throughout the County. For more information about the Medication Drop-Off program visit www.darenc.com/rx.
Improvements to the Dare County Website
Dorothy Hester and Sara Small from Dare County Public Relations showcased improvements that have been made to the Dare County website - darenc.com - that will enable county departments to quickly and easily update information about services and program for residents and visitors. While the layout and navigation for the site are similar, users will find new features including translation ability, adjustable font sizes for easy reading, and many additional resources highlighted on the home page. The updated site will launch on Monday, November 14.
Soil and Water
The Board asked the County’s Soil & Water Conservationist Ann Daisey to pursue gathering information about funding that may be available from the state for stream debris removal in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. She will also report back with information regarding the issue of alligator weed removal.
A resolution was adopted by the Board of Commissioners calling on leadership in Raleigh and Washington, D.C. to correct the appalling conditions that exist with the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs regarding health care for veterans. The Dare County Veterans Advisory Council reports that despite repeated promises from the V.A. the health care that is being provided to eligible veterans is below the standard of care that they rightly deserve.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 21 at 5 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, click here.