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April 3 BOC Meeting Highlights

Post Date:04/07/2017 8:30 a.m.


Acting on Proposed State Legislation

The Dare County Board of Commissioners listened to public comments and discussed proposed state legislation on several issues of importance to the community.  They instructed staff to prepare resolutions reflecting the Board’s unanimous decision to -

  • Oppose House Bill 271 and State Bill 539, which would repeal the ban on plastic bags

  • The Board also voted to oppose legislation that would change Board of Education elections from nonpartisan to partisan.

  • Commissioners agreed to oppose House Bill 531, which would change the way that Dare County’s occupancy tax revenue is spent.

  • The Board voted to seek legislative relief to Allow Dare County to Administer Local College of the Albemarle Building Projects

  • And, in support of Dare County’s watermen, the Board of Commissioners approved two resolutions of support - One would delay action by the Marine Fisheries Commission regarding shrimp rules related to designating coastal waters as Special Secondary Nursery Areas; and the other voices the Board’s support for public participation in fisheries management by enhancing the role of Public Advisory Committees.    

  • The Board also supported bills in the House and Senate to allow a voter referendum on the Use of Tax Funds for the Construction and Maintenance of Multi-Use Pathways in the Hatteras Village Community Center District

Budget Amendment Approved for Hatteras Dredging

The Board Commissioners approved a budget amendment in the amount of $125,000 for Hatteras Inlet dredging. This is the county’s 25% share of the $500,000 deposit required from the state for execution of the Hatteras Inlet Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), with the Army Corps of Engineers for Hatteras Inlet dredging. Once the MOA is executed by the NC Department of Environmental Quality and then by the Army Corps’ District Commander in Wilmington, the Corps can accept the non-Federal funds for dredging of the Hatteras Inlet "Connector Channel" and work can begin.

Approval of Tourism Board Funding for Fireworks

Commissioners approved grant awards totaling $40,000 for July fireworks from the Tourism Board’s Short Term Restricted Fund. The Avon Property Owners Association and the towns of Kill Devil Hills, Manteo and Nags Head were each awarded $10,000.  

Resolutions Proclaiming Child Abuse Prevention Month and Week of the Young Child

The Board of Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Dare County and designed April 24 - 28 as the Week of the Young Child in Dare County.  

Recognition of Paul Spencer  

Chairman Bob Woodard presented Paul Spencer, the founder of Spencer Yachts a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his accomplishments and the way he has enriched the boat building industry in Dare County.

Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 17 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.

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