The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of issues at their February 5 meeting in Manteo.
Topics which pertained to the island and / or the local community included the following.
Griffin, President of the Chicamacomico Historical Association,
provided an overview of the events planned this year to commemorate the
100th Anniversary of the rescue of the British oil tanker, the S.S.
Mirlo, which took place on August 16, 1918. For information, visit www.chicamacomico.org.
Update from NCDOT
Jennings from NCDOT provided an update on transportation projects
throughout Dare County. He reported that NCDOT anticipates that the new
Bonner Bridge will be open to traffic by the end of this year with
demolition of the old bridge by late 2019.
Division Engineer explained that the Pea Island Bridge is now complete
except for demobilization and will be named in honor of Captain Richard
Etheridge at a dedication ceremony planned for February 20.
were also briefed on the structure known as the Rodanthe “jug handle
bridge” which is scheduled to be under construction later this year
in the report were NCDOT’s efforts to rehabilitate the Alligator River
Bridge and the Wright Memorial Bridge along with road projects planned
for West Kitty Hawk Road and Colington Road.
Commissioners Adopt Updated Resolution Expressing Continued Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Seismic Testing
Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution
reflecting the Board’s long-standing opposition to offshore drilling
and seismic testing off North Carolina’s coast. This is the fifth
resolution passed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners since 1998
because of the potential damage that could occur to our environment and
resolution was presented by Chairman Woodard following a report about
his recent meeting in Raleigh with Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary of
the Interior Ryan Zinke to discuss the risks associated offshore
drilling and testing. Woodard reported that Secretary Zinke has
agreed to consider a request to extend the public comment period and
add additional public hearings in coastal communities, including Dare
Cooper has requested an official exemption for North Carolina, similar
to the exemption recently granted to Florida based on the importance of
tourism to the state’s coastal economy. The North Carolina Governor has
encouraged people to call the Interior Department at 202.208.3100 to
share their feedback. Public comments may also be submitted to the
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management through March 9 at http://bit.ly/DrillingComments.
Support for LME/MCO Services in North Carolina
adopted a resolution in support of the system that is currently in
place to provide services to those with mental health problems,
developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. The resolution
asks the North Carolina Legislature to continue the Local Management
Entities that serve as Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCO’s)
rather than considering privatized, for-profit enterprises to serve
these vulnerable populations.
Land Use Plan
Director Donna Creef reported that it is time to begin work on updating
the County’s Land Use Plan, a policy document that is required by all
coastal counties to guide development and ensure compliance with
Coastal Area Management Act regulations. Following the presentation,
Commissioners instructed staff to begin initial plans for developing a
Public Participation Plan and an on-line questionnaire. Creef was
designated as the Planner in Charge for the project and the Planning
Board as the steering committee.
voted to execute a contract with Potter & Company to perform the
County’s annual audit for the next four years. Independent Audits are
required by NC State Statute to evaluate the performance local
government entities and ensure compliance with all Federal and State
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday,
February 20 at 5:00 p.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.