February 20, 2013
Two upcoming meetings will address local issues
By IRENE NOLAN
separate meetings scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, at the
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building will address issues that are
important to Hatteras Island.
Newly elected state Rep. Paul Tine will host a Hatteras Community Coffee from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m.
purpose is to hear concerns and ideas from the people of Hatteras
Island and provide updates on any state activity in the area.
Tine will be joined by Jerry Jennings, District 1 engineer for the
North Carolina Department of Transportation, and Lee Nettles,
managing director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
At 11 a.m., the newly expanded Dare County Citizens’ Committee to Replace the Bonner Bridge will have its first meeting.
group is a grassroots community group first formed under the auspices
of the county in the spring of 2006 to advocate for the immediate
replacement of the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.
DOT issued a record of decision on the bridge replacement project in
2010, the group has been less active and not met as often.
at the meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners on Monday,
Feb. 18, the group was expanded to include discussion of other access
to Hatteras Island issues, especially the Highway 12 corridor and DOT’s
plan to address the hotspots in a phased approach.
The group has
not yet written a new mission statement or specifically listed its
goals and priorities, but that process will begin with the first
meeting on Monday.
Beth Midgett of Hatteras village continues as chairperson of the committee.
said earlier this month that the committee supports DOT’s plan to
replace the bridge and address the hotspots on Highway 12 and that she
hopes the newly expanded group will address such issues as public
safety and the island’s economy until all phases of the project are in
place. That could be four or five years away.
appointed to the committee are Joe Thompson, John Head, GeeGee Rosell,
Jeffrey Delmonte, and Susan Flythe. They join current committee
members, including Natalie Kavanagh, Susie Perry, Scott Leggat, Wayne
Midgette, and Wayne Mathis.
All of the meetings are open to the public.