January 3 BOC Meeting Highlights
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Commissioner Beverly Boswell Resigns to Begin Service in General Assembly
Commissioner Beverly Boswell submitted her formal resignation as Dare County Commissioner and will soon begin a two year term serving the citizens of the 6th District in the NC House of Representatives. District 6 includes Dare, Hyde, Washington and Beaufort counties. Boswell said she was honored and grateful for the chance to serve as a Dare County Commissioner and mentioned the accomplishments that have been made by several of the board and committees on which she served.
The Oregon Inlet Task Force has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Board of Commissioners, Senator Bill Cook and Congressman Walter Jones to ensure safe passage for all fishermen and watermen. The Five on Five Committee has cemented a great relationship between the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education that has benefitted students, teachers, and all citizens and the Capital Improvements Committee has cautiously controlled spending which has allowed the general fund to increase, leading to an improved bond rating.
Chairman Woodard thanked Commissioner Boswell for her service stating that she is to be commended for taking a stance for what she believes in and sticking with it.
Resolution in Support of Local Watermen
The Board unanimously adopted a Resolution Opposing the Designation of Special Secondary Nurseries which would severely limit shrimp trawling in inshore and ocean waters out to three miles. This designation would have a devastating impact on commercial fishing families by arbitrarily impairing their livelihood and depriving American tables of fresh, healthy catches of North Carolina harvested shrimp.
The North Carolina Marines Fisheries Commission will accept public comments on the issue when they meet at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern. Can’t attend the meeting? Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on January 20. For more information, visit DareNC.com/workingwatermen.
Ashley Jackson Named Dare County’s 2016 Employee of the Year
Ashley Jackson with the Social Services Division of the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services received the 2016 Dare County Employee of the Year Award for her efforts helping citizens before, during and after Hurricane Matthew, even though she and her family were disaster survivors themselves. As one of Ashley’s peers stated, “While her actions alone would qualify her for this award, the fact that she worked so tenaciously to help others while her own home was damaged and family displaced underscores her commitment to her work and Dare County.”
Certificate of Appreciation Awarded to Capt’n Franks
Chairman Bob Woodard presented Capt’n Franks Hot Dogs and Fine Sandwiches a certificate of appreciation in recognition of their family owned and operated business that has become a culinary icon on the Outer Banks and provided employment opportunities. In making the presentation, Chairman Woodard said that Dare County is a place where dreams come true, where people with good ideas can work hard and succeed. Harvey Hess and his family started Capt’n Franks 42 years ago. Attending the meeting to accept the certificate were Harvey Hess Jr., his wife Kathleen, son Harvey and daughter Emily.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17 at 5 p.m. For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and the video of entire meetings, visit darenc.com/boc.
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