the Dare County Board of Commissioners retreat held Jan. 27, Hatteras
Island Commissioner Danny Couch asked for and received unanimous
support to send an amendment to the Hatteras Village Community Center
District charter to the General Assembly.
board of trustees of the district is asking that the powers clause of
the district’s charter be amended by adding the following:
do any and all other acts and things reasonably necessary to enhance
the Hatteras Village Community Center District including, but not
limited to, multi-use pathways.”
Hatteras Village Community Center District is a special tax district in
Hatteras Village that was established in 1981. The district is subject
to a special ad valorem tax on all taxable real property for the
purpose of maintaining and operating the Hatteras Community Center and
other district owned properties.
amendment would allow the district to spend tax funds to design and
build pathways or sidewalks in the village, but it would also give the
district more freedom to use tax funds for projects that would benefit
the community outside of the district properties alone.
had other projects we wanted to do in the past, but the way it’s set
up, we can only do improvements to property that we own,” says Ricki
Shepherd, a trustee for the Hatteras Village Community Center District.
“That’s what we’re trying to change. This gives us a little more leeway
for things that we can do for the community.”
71 people at the village’s civic association annual meeting, held Jan.
25, enthusiastically supported the action. The ensuing request to the
Board of Commissioners came from the board of trustees of the Community
Center district, and Danny Couch says that the request was unanimously
supported by the board.
commissioners gave their blessing and endorsed it, but it has to be
done on the General Assembly level,” says Couch. “We will be talking
with Beverly Boswell and Bill Cook [soon.]”
communities on Hatteras Island, such as the tri-villages and Avon, have
already established multi-use pathways for visitors, and Couch says a
similar project is especially beneficial for Hatteras. “This is an
important cause,” says Couch. “We have a tremendous opportunity in
Hatteras Village. When you look at Hyde County and Ocracoke gearing up
for a passenger ferry and talking about trams, we have to think ‘What
are we doing here to get visitors on the ferry?’ We need to focus on
economic revitalization in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane
Matthew. [With a multi-use pathway,] the village will be up and
running, and will have the appeal of the Duck and Manteo waterfronts.”
for future multi-use pathways won’t solely rely on district taxes, and
additional options for funding the project are actively being looked
into. “The Outer Banks Scenic Byways [Committee] is going to help us in
any way they can, so we are definitely working together for this
project,” says Shepherd .
behind the eight ball for a good part of the season for 2017, but if we
can get this bike path rolling and clean up the village, it can help us
get ready for 2018,” says Couch. “[With this initiative], we’re doing
something for ourselves. We’re a resilient people, and we take care of