Highlights from the Board of Commissioners June 4 Meeting
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Captain Trey Piland Recognized for Lifesaving Rescue
Captain Trey Piland, 911 Communications Director with the Sheriff’s Office, was recognized for his lifesaving actions last week. Following a 911 call reporting a swimmer in distress at the Ole Swimming Hole located near Piland’s office on Roanoke Island, he quickly responded and performed a water rescue, saving the victim’s life. Chairman Woodard thanked Piland for his swift, heroic efforts.
First Flight High School Athletes Recognized as State Champs
The Board recognized and celebrated the tremendous victory of the First Flight Women’s Soccer Team winning the state championship. The team is now part of the school’s legacy and joins the 2008 Women’s Team and the 2016 Men’s Team in bringing home a state championship. Chairman Woodard congratulated each player, their parents and saluted Head Coach Juan Ramirez who has done a tremendous job developing and guiding student athletes.
Two First Flight High School students were also recognized for winning State Championships in Track and Wrestling. Chairman Woodard congratulated Alex Rodman as the 2A State Champ in track for the 1600 meter indoor and Jeremiah Derby as the 2A state wrestling champ in the 126 lb. weight class.
Appreciation Expressed to Dr. Walter Holton
The Board expressed deep gratitude for the devotion and legacy of Dr. Walter Holton in recognition of his 44 years of dedicated service to the people of Dare County where he provided much needed medical care, laid the building blocks of the medical system we enjoy today, and championed the development of 24 hour emergency medical services. In addition, Dr. Holton has made the Outer Banks a better place through his distinguished service on the Dare County School Board.
Commissioner Jack Shea Named Dare County Citizen of the Year
During recent Dare Day festivities, Commissioner Jack Shea was named Dare County Citizen of the Year. Shea has served on the Dare County Board of Commissioners since 2006 and has spearheaded economic development, chaired the Dare County Audit Committee and worked closely with the Board of Education while serving on the 5 on 5 Committee. He has served on numerous boards and committees including the Airport Authority, Veterans Advisory Council, Albemarle Regional Planning RPO, Regional Solid Waste Authority, and the Committee to Preserve Beach Access. Although he is retiring this year, his legacy of service will endure forever.
Budget Adopted for Next Fiscal Year
Following a public hearing for the 2018-19 proposed budget, Commissioners approved the spending plan as presented at their last meeting. It maintains the current property tax rate of 47 cents per $100 of valuation and provides current levels of service.
Board Reaffirms Support for Commercial Fishermen
For the third time this year, the Dare County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution opposing legislation that would change the definition of commercial fishing. The Board is steadfastly in support of North Carolina’s commercial fishermen who are a vital part of our state’s history, heritage and culture and represent a crucial component if the economy for Dare County and other coastal communities.
Hatteras Village Voter Referendum
Commissioners adopted a Resolution authorizing the Hatteras Village Community Center District to use ad valorem tax funds for construction and maintenance of multiuse pathways. This follows approval by a majority of Hatteras Village voters in the referendum held last month.
Updates From Public Health
Public Health Director Sheila Davies provided an update on the County’s child telepsychiatry partnership with Surf Pediatrics and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She reported that since December, 37 new evaluations have been completed for children ages 6 to 17. Feedback from both parents and medical providers has been very positive and the program may serve as a model for coordinated care in other counties.
In addition, Davies presented a one-year lease agreement with Gail Covington of Island Mobile Care for a portion of the county-owned medical building in Hatteras Village. The space will be used to provide medical care. Commissioners approved the lease unanimously.
Request to Retain District Court Judge Positions
With House Bill 717 proposing to eliminate one the five District Court Judge positions in the 1st Judicial District which includes Dare County, Commissioners approved sending a letter from the Chairman requesting that all five current positions be retained to meet the needs of citizens.
Renewal of Agreement with SPCA
The SPCA will continue to operate the Dare County Animal Shelter and enforce ordinances regarding animals as outlined in Title 9: Section 91 of the County’s Code of Ordinances.
Hurricane season officially began on June 1 and Commissioners are encouraging everyone to prepare. They adopted a Resolution presented by Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson encouraging residents, visitors and businesses to get ready for the dangers of hurricanes and tropical storms so they can be hurricane survivors and not hurricane victims.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 18 at 5:00 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.