September 21, 2017
Hatteras Island Highlights of the September 18 BOC Meeting
Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a handful of issues
that affected Hatteras Islanders at their September 18 meeting in
Topics which pertained to the island included the following.
New Bonner Bridge Update
NCDOT Division Engineer Jerry Jennings and Resident Engineer Pablo
Hernandez gave the Board a report on construction of the new Bonner
Bridge. Jennings provided a timeline and summary of the project
and described construction features differentiating the old bridge from
the new span. He said the project is about 50% complete and that
the new bridge will open for traffic in fall 2018.
Hernandez gave a comprehensive report on the innovative design
technology that is being used to construct the new Bonner Bridge.
He highlighted the way the new bridge will enhance navigational
access by providing a much wider span at Oregon Inlet for vessels
traveling under the bridge.
Jennings also gave an update on the Rodanthe bridge project and he
announced that the NCDOT Board has approved Dare County’s request to
name the new Pea Island Bridge, which is near completion, in honor of
Captain Richard Etheridge.
Update on the Plastic Bag Ban
At their last meeting, Commissioners heard from citizens opposed to the
NC Legislature’s repeal of the plastic bag ban. County Manager and
Attorney Bobby Outten reported back to the Board on the issue, stating
that North Carolina’s general statutes will not allow a referendum on
the plastic bag ban.
That said, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the bill which included the
plastic bag ban – House Bill 56 - on Thursday morning. September 21.
Large Item Pick Up
Dare County Public Works has proposed scheduling large item pick up
once a year rather than twice. This is to relieve the burden on staff
now that inmates are no longer available through the Department of
Corrections to assist with providing this service. Commissioners agreed
to the new schedule and notices will be prepared to inform customers
that will be affected by the change.
Capital Improvements Plan for 2018 through 2022
The recommended Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for 2018 to 2022 was
presented to the Board by Finance Director David Clawson. The CIP
includes major projects that cost over $50,000 and have a service life
of at least 5 years.
Clawson noted that the Capital Improvement Planning Committee set fund
balance goals of $650,000 for the first year and $750,000 for each
subsequent year. It was noted that the CIP funds, over the five
years, the total amount requested for CIP projects by Dare County
schools. Mr. Clawson reviewed each CIP project including a new
request for $170,094 to fund 3-D photography for revaluation and GIS.
He also outlined a $7,500,000 item for a new building on the COA
Dare County campus and a $1,000,000 placeholder for demolition and
renovation of the COA Russell Twiford campus that will be deeded to
Dare County. Mr. Clawson described how the COA project will be
financed, including revenue from the state’s bond
referendum, and provided details about debt issuance for the CIP.
A request to address immediate needs for EMS facilities was also
presented in the CIP at a cost of $167,000.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for
Monday, October 2 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.