Dare County Board of Commissioners met on July 17, and a number of
Hatteras Island-related topics were covered on the 16-item agenda.
Actions and discussions that affects Hatteras Island included the following.
Sunday Alcohol Sales Approved for Unincorporated Areas
response to a request from the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, the
Board unanimously approved an ordinance to allow the sale of alcoholic
beverages before noon on Sundays. Senate Bill 155, known as the
“Brunch Bill” was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on June 30 and
gave authority to local governments to approve the serving and sale of
alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. on Sundays rather than noon. The Dare
County Ordinance was approved by all Commissioners with an immediate
effective date for licensed premises’ in unincorporated areas of Dare
A number of planning issues were discussed at the Board’s July meeting and the following actions were taken:
public hearing was scheduled for August 7 at 10:00 a.m. on a proposed
amendment for solar energy systems. This comes following a request from
a homeowner in Rodanthe that has requested placement of a large solar
energy system at their residence.
public hearing on subdivision ordinance amendments was also scheduled
for August 7 at 10:00 a.m. on proposed changes to make the County’s
definition of a subdivision consistent with revisions recently adopted
by the State of North Carolina.
- The Board approved conditional use permits and site plans for three group developments in unincorporated Dare County.
Introduction of New School Superintendent
Farrelly, the new Superintendent of Dare County Schools, was introduced
to the Board by Board of Education Chair Bea Basnight. Farrelly began
work July 1 and has hit the ground running. He thanked the Board
of Education for giving him the opportunity and spoke of working to
make Dare County’s school system the highest performing in the state.
Farrelly praised the talented employees and leaders in the school
system and said he is thrilled with their level of commitment to
excellence. Farrelly promised to be a superintendent involved and
visible in the local community.
a request from Commissioner Danny Couch, the Board directed County
Manager Outten to gather information about initiating an economic
impact study for Hatteras Inlet. In addition, the County Manager
received the go ahead to request that dredging for Hatteras Inlet occur
in August rather than later in the year since the dredge vessel is
expected to be out of service by September. The Board authorized the
transfer of $110,000 to the State from the County’s inlet maintenance
fund to cover the County’s 25% match for this dredging project.
Rodanthe Recycle Center
August 1, new policies will be implemented at the Rodanthe Recycling
Center to deter the dumping of prohibited material at the facility. The
Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Only the
following items will be accepted at the Center: glass, corrugated
cardboard, paper, plastics #1 through # 7, steel cans, aluminum cans
following items are prohibited: motor oil, C&D materials such as
lumber, toilets, sinks, furniture, mattresses, yard debris, tires,
batteries, appliances and grills.
Dare County Child/Adolescent Telepsychiatry Services Proposal
the request of Vice Chairman Wally Overman, Health Director Sheila
Davies reported on the need for psychiatry services for the children
and youth in our community. Davies presented information about a
tele-psychiatry pilot program to provide psychiatric services through
pediatricians partnering with ECU or Vidant Health. With the projected
financial model indicating a gap of approximately $25,000 for the first
year, the Board committed these funds to establish the program.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday,
August 7 at 9:00 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.