Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a number of Hatteras
Island-related issues at their April 3 meeting in Manteo.
Topics which pertained to the island and / or the local community included the following:
Board Declares the Opioid Crisis a Public Nuisance and Retains Legal Counsel to Recover Damages
Seagle of Seagle Law provided information about a consortium of law
firms that have joined together to represent local governments in
filing legal action against drug distributors and manufacturers that
are responsible for the wrongful distribution of prescription opiates.
This national epidemic is greatly impacting local communities,
including Dare County. Currently, over 400 local governments in 22
states are part of this consolidated effort to pursue civil remedies
against those responsible for this crisis plaguing our communities.
Following the presentation, Commissioners adopted a resolution
declaring the opioid crisis a public nuisance and voted to retain legal
counsel with the goal of recovering damages that have and will be
suffered as a result of the epidemic. The agreement for legal services
is on a contingent fee basis meaning that if the complaint is
successful, the attorneys will retain part of the proceeds as payment.
If unsuccessful, there is no cost to the County.
Post-Project Monitoring for Buxton Beach Nourishment
approved a five-year agreement for professional services with Coastal
Science and Engineering to meet requirements for post-project
monitoring for the Buxton beach nourishment project. The monitoring is
required by both the Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service
to protect endangered species, track the condition of the beach and
quantify sand volume changes, including those that occur during storm
Director Donna Creef announced that www.OBXFloodmaps.com has now
launched, providing a resource for citizens to learn about the recently
revised flood maps and local elevation regulations. Local planners from
all six towns have worked together to establish a unified source of
information for residents and property owners throughout the County.
Get Involved in Updating the County’s Land Use Plan
Director Donna Creef explained that public participation is an
important element of a land use plan update and outlined the strategy
to generate as much interest and participation as possible. The Board
adopted the plan as presented with public workshops scheduled during
the spring, before the summer rush. Updated information regarding the
workshops and other activities pertaining to the plan are available at
Energy Issues for Coastal North Carolina
Droz, a physicist and “citizen advocate for energy, environment and
education” from Morehead City, spoke about what he calls “common
misconceptions” associated with offshore oil drilling. After Droz
outlined his support and rationale for seismic testing related to
offshore drilling, Chairman Woodard affirmed the Board’s staunch
opposition to offshore drilling under any circumstances.
April Proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month and April 16 - 20 Named Week of the Young Child
adopted a resolution proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
in Dare County and another resolution declaring April 16 - 20 as Week
of the Young Child following presentations from representatives with
Children and Youth Partnership and Dare County Health and Human
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday,
April 16 at 5 p.m. For more information about the Dare County Board of
Commissioners, including full agenda packets and the video of entire
meetings, visit http://www.darenc.com/boc.