The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of issues at their January 22 meeting in Manteo
Topics which pertained to the island and/or the local community included the following.
Continued Support for Commercial Fishing
Commissioner Steve House presented a Resolution
opposing the effort that is underway by the Marine Fisheries Commission
to redefine who is a commercial fisherman. House reported that
the agency is in the process of redefining commercial fishing and is
considering a move that, among other things, would dictate a percentage
of personal income that must be derived from commercial fishing.
He explained that this would be devastating to the industry and make
fresh, locally caught seafood less accessible to the public. The
Board unanimously adopted a Resolution opposing any change in the
definition of commercial fishing and Commissioners strongly voiced
their objection to this latest move by the Marine Fisheries Commission.
Those in support of our local fishermen are encouraged to submit written comments opposing the proposed changes by Feb. 9 to [email protected].
In addition, a public comment period will be held at the NC Marine
Fisheries meeting and is scheduled for 6 p.m. on February 14 at the
Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach.
Annual Report from Trillium Health Resources
Dave Peterson, Central Regional Director with
Trillium Health Resources, provided an overview about the mental
health, intellectual and developmental disability and substance abuse
services provided to the people in Dare County and the other 24
counties that are part of Trillium’s service area. Peterson reported
that Trillium’s mission is to transform the lives of people in need by
providing ready access to quality care. He noted that last year,
over 1,200 people in Dare County were served by Trillium.
Peterson expressed appreciation to Vice Chairman
Wally Overman and the local Saving Lives Task Force for their efforts
addressing substance abuse in Dare County. At the end of the meeting,
Vice Chairman Overman reported that the first in a series of 2018 Town
Hall meetings is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7 at the First
Flight High School Auditorium. For more information, visit
Dare Soil and Water Quarterly Report
Ann Daisey, Community Conservationist, reported
on cost share programs currently being implemented throughout Dare
County including stormwater runoff projects, marsh sill projects, rain
gardens, a permeable pavement project in Nags Head, and a land
smoothing project near East Lake. In addition, she updated the Board
about work with ditch clean ups, the Soundside Road Watershed
Restoration Project, the 12th annual 5th Grade Bookmark Contest, and
technical assistance that has been provided to landowners and
Public Information Officer Dorothy Hester and
Channels Manager Bobby Dobbs updated the Board about recent CurrentTV
initiatives and upgrades that have made high quality local programming
available to anyone in the world with an internet connection. The
channels are streamed live 24 hours a day, seven days a week and
programming is also available on demand via www.currenttv.org.
Support for Protecting the Rights of North Carolina Crime Victims
Commissioners unanimously adopted a Resolution
Supporting HB551/SB595, also known as Marsy’s Law. This law will ensure
that victims of violent crimes, including murder, rape, robbery,
aggravated assault, burglary and larceny receive the same rights that
are afforded to criminals and have rights to notification of release,
hearings, appropriate restitution, and the right to speak at criminal
Community Meeting Scheduled for Monday evening, March 19
The Dare County Board of Commissioners will host
a Community Meeting on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in Manteo. Citizens
are invited to attend and discuss any topic of interest or concern.
Unlike the more formal public comment periods at the Board’s regular
meetings, Commissioners will be able to engage and have open dialogue
with citizens. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting
is scheduled for Monday, February 5 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.