Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of
Hatteras Island-related issues at their March 5 meeting in Manteo.
Topics which pertained to the island and / or the local community included the following.
Coastal Storm Impacts
Woodard spoke of the high winds and flooding associated with the recent
coastal storm that continues to impact Dare County, particularly
Hatteras Island. He gave an update on roads that were closed due to
ocean overwash. Chairman Woodard asked everyone to keep Hatteras
Islanders in their thoughts and prayers and commended Emergency Medical
Services and the Sheriff’s Office for continuing to provide services to
residents and visitors during difficult conditions.
Hatteras Village Voter Referendum Confirmed for May 8, 2018
approved an updated Resolution that designates May 8, 2018 as the date
for the election in the Hatteras Voting Precinct to authorize the use
of ad valorem taxes for multi-use pathways around Hatteras
Village. The resolution calling for the voter referendum that was
previously adopted by the Board did not include the date of the
election, which is required under the North Carolina General Statutes.
The request for a referendum on this issue was made last year by the
Hatteras Village Community Center District.
Coastal Federation Reports on the Recent Rally to Raleigh and Efforts to Oppose Offshore Drilling
Fleckenstein of The North Carolina Coastal Federation expressed
appreciation to the Board for their leadership in the community’s
effort to oppose offshore oil drilling. Fleckenstein provided a recap
of the recent Rally to Raleigh and encouraged citizens to submit their
comments by March 9, 2018 regarding the current proposal that includes
opening waters along the US East Coast to oil and gas leasing and
drilling. For more information, visit www.boem.gov/National-Program-Comment/.
Rate Filing Would Increase Homeowners’ Insurance
Kelly, Government Affairs Liaison with the Outer Banks Association of
Realtors and the Outer Banks Homebuilders Association, alerted
Commissioners to a rate filing that, if approved, would result in a
huge increase in homeowners’ insurance rates. She noted that the rate
filling would have a greater impact on coastal communities than other
areas of the state.
Favorable Financial Projection for County’s General Fund
Director David Clawson presented a five year projection for the
County’s general fund, stating that this is a best practice viewed
positively by ratings agencies. The projection includes detailed
information about funding sources, fund balances, and outstanding debt.
If all holds as expected, the fund balance will decline from 32.8% to
31.7% at the end of the current fiscal year and modest deficits could
occur in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Over the five year period, debt service
(as a percentage of total expenditures) is projected to decrease from
17.11% to 11.40% and outstanding debt is scheduled to decrease from
$95.6 million to $46.6 million - which are positive factors for ratings
Cooperative Extension’s Report to the People
Brooks, Extension Director for Dare County, provided an overview of the
agency’s accomplishments last year. 103 volunteers provided over 7,200
hours of service - an economic value of over $174,000. Brooks reported
that Extension continues to expand its programming through strong
Recognized for Service on the Airport Authority
a founding member of the Dare County Airport Authority, George
Henderson was recognized for the 47 years of continuous service that he
has faithfully given to the people of Dare County. Because of his vast
aeronautical experience, long standing commitment, and insightful
leadership, general aviation in Dare County has flourished and grown in
a remarkable way.
March 2018 Proclaimed American Red Cross Month
adopted a Proclamation establishing March as American Red Cross Month
in Dare County in an effort to applaud the heros in Dare County who
deliver help and hope during disasters.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday,
March 19 at 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by an informal
Community Meeting that begins at 7:00 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.