January 17 BOC Meeting Highlights
Annual Report from Trillium Health Resources
Commissioners received an annual report from Trillium Health Resources, the agency that serves as the local governmental agency managing mental health, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disability services for a 24-county area in eastern North Carolina that includes Dare.
Dave Peterson from Trillium reported that over the last year Trillium served approximately 50,000 people and almost 1,200 of those were in Dare County. He reviewed new strategies that have been implemented and a reinvestment plan to best meet the needs of all individuals served.
For more information about the wide range of available services, visit trilliumhealthresources.org/ Or, you may call the Crisis Care & Service Enrollment number at 1.877.685.2415 - day or night, 365 days a year. A trained expert is available to assist those in need.
Update on FEMA’s Preliminary Flood Maps
Planning Director Donna Creef provided updated information regarding the preliminary flood maps for Dare County that were released June 30 of last year. Flood maps, known officially as Flood Insurance Rate Maps or FIRMs, show areas of high and moderate to low flood risk. Communities use the maps to set minimum building requirements, lenders use them to determine flood insurance requirements, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses them to help determine what homeowners should pay for flood insurance. High-risk zones, also known as Special Flood Hazard Areas, begin with the letters “A” or “V.” Moderate- to low-risk zones, known as Non-Special Flood Hazard Areas (NSFHAs), begin with the letters “X”, “B” or “C.”
Creef said that the new maps show significant changes with large numbers of properties removed from high risk zones and cautioned that “low risk does not mean no risk.” She explained that while the preliminary maps, if adopted, could result in flood insurance savings for many property owners, there are potential consequences that need to be considered - failure of citizens to realize flood risks for their home, lower base flood elevations resulting in structures not elevated high enough to avoid flooding, conversion of ground floor enclosures to living areas making them vulnerable to flood risk, and property owners discontinuing their flood insurance coverage.
Creef outlined the map adoption process and said the state anticipates the 90 day appeal period to begin sometime in late March to mid April. She spoke of possible measures and suggested action items to address concerns and keep citizens informed. She will report back to the Board on progress of the map process and the action items that were approved by the Board.
To watch the full presentation from Ms. Creef, visit (need to set easy link to Donna’s presentaion). To learn more about your property’s designation, visit http://fris.nc.gov/fris/ or contact your local Planning Office.
Classification and Compensation Study for Dare County Employees
The Board of Commissioners received results of the comprehensive salary and compensation study conducted by Springsted consulting firm. Springsted Vice President John Anzivino presented the findings to the Board, noting that many salaries are lower than those paid by comparable organizations. He said that internal pay relationship inequities also exist within some departments.
If the Board adopts the report and implements the study’s recommendations, the County would have fairer and more equitable compensation to employees in the competitive labor market and would help reduce turnover among existing employees and to recruit replacements when needed.
Springsted offered several options to implement changes and suggested annual adjustments in pay ranges and wages for employees. The study also recommends adjustments that recognize employee performance sometimes referred to as merit pay increases. According to Anzivino, salary adjustments based on performance are seen as better for overall employee morale than across-the-board pay increases.
The Board of Commissioners plans to continue its discussion about the salary study at their retreat later this month.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6 at 9 a.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.