The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC)
covered several issues that affected Hatteras Islanders at their
December 4 meeting in Manteo.
Voter Referendum for Hatteras Village
At the request of the Hatteras Village Community
Center District, Commissioners approved a resolution calling for an
election in the Hatteras voting precinct for the issue of authorizing
the District to expand the uses of the ad valorem taxes for multi-use
pathways ardarenc.com/hhsar2017ound the village of Hatteras. The election will be held in 2018.
Revised Winter Trash Collection Schedule
At its last meeting, Commissioners tabled
discussion of a pilot program to revise the winter trash collection
schedule in unincorporated Dare County so that additional information
could be developed by staff. Following discussion of the analysis
prepared by staff, the Board agreed that at this time the potential
cost savings does not warrant changing the existing trash collection
Woodard and Overman Re-elected to Serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman
By statute, the Election of Chairman and Vice
Chairman occurs annually on the Board’s first meeting in December.
Chairman Bob Woodard and Vice Chairman Wally Overman were re-elected to
serve their fourth consecutive year serving in these roles.
Cycling Ride to Benefit Local Charities
Local cyclists Jim Ebert, Rita Ayers (AIRS) and
Jack McCombs will embark on a 3,600 mile bike ride to demonstrate the
benefits of vigorous exercise while also raising funds for local
non-profits that help cancer victims, caregivers, and families as well
as the American Cancer Society.
Update on Economic Development
Bob Peele, Chairman of the Outer Banks Chamber
and Karen Brown, President presented an update regarding the Chamber’s
progress in initiating the first phase of the County’s Economic
Development and Diversification Strategic Plan.
Department of Health and Human Services Annual Report
Jay Burrus, Chuck Lycett (LI-SET)and Sheila
Davies presented the 2016-17 Department of Health and Human Services
Annual Report that includes extensive data about the vital
services provided by the Department last year. To review the report,
Child Telepsychiatry Update
Public Health Director Sheila Davies reported
that a partnership between Dare County, Surf Pediatrics and Medicine,
and Brody School of Medicine at ECU will enable a child psychiatrist to
be available 4 hours per week beginning Thursday, December 7. Referrals
will come from Surf Pediatrics and Medicine’s providers based on the
identified needs of established patients. Dare County is providing
funding to cover gaps between billing collections and provider
Tourism Board Plans to Purchase Property
Commissioners consented to a request from the
Dare County Tourism Board to spend up to $715,000 from the Tourism
Board’s Long Term Restricted Fund to acquire property in Nags Head that
will provide overflow parking and supplemental utility for the
Soundside Event Site.
Dare County Tax Assessors Win Statewide Awards
Dare County Tax Assessor Greta Skeen was recently
awarded the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers (NCAAO)
Assessor of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in
tax administration and public service. Hosea (HO-zée) Wilson, Assistant
Assessor, was awarded the NCAAO President’s Recognition for Outstanding
Contributions to Assessment Administration Award for outstanding
contributions to further the cause of NCAAO and the assessing
Public Relations Employee Recognized for Outstanding Work
Public Relations Specialist Sara Small was
recognized for her efforts developing Dare County’s Hurricane
Preparedness Guide, winner of the 2017 International Association of
Emergency Managers Public Awareness Award for Division 1. In addition
to hard copy distribution, the guide is available online and content
was made part of the county’s ongoing social media campaign to improve
hurricane awareness and readiness.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting
is scheduled for Monday, January 8 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.