The Dare County
Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a number of Outer Banks-related issues and
achievements at their September 4 meeting in Manteo.
pertained to the island and / or the local community included the
Reestablishment of Dare County Commission for Working
Following a request at the Board’s last meeting,
Commissioner Steve House discussed reestablishing the Dare County Commission
for Working Watermen, an advisory group that was created to help protect and
enhance the county’s commercial fishing industry. According to Commissioner
House, the group has not met since 2012. He will schedule an organizational meeting
and report back to the Board with suggestions for moving forward.
Water Department’s Capital Improvements Plan Approved
The Board of Commissioners approved the recommended Capital
Improvements Plan for the Water
Department. The plan outlines major water projects over the next
seven years and includes water rate models that maintain consistent fund
balances. Projects include expansion of the Hatteras well field, implementation
of an automated meter reading system, treatment replacement and expansion of
the North RO Plant in Kill Devil Hills, replacement of the Buxton elevated
tank, and a distribution system expansion in Hatteras.
County to Assist with Manteo Dredging Project
Commissioners approved a request from the Town
of Manteo to assist with the dredging project for the main boat
channel into Shallowbag Bay. In May, Commissioners passed a resolution in
support of the Town’s request to the state for emergency dredging. Since that
time, state funds have been allocated on a reimbursement basis. County Manager
Bobby Outten reported that the county has the ability to front the money and
oversee the project.
Elizabethan Gardens Receives Grant Funding from Tourism
Commissioners provided consent for the Dare County Tourism
Board to award a $30,000 Natural, Historic & Cultural Grant to the Elizabethan
Gardens for the Discovery Cottage and Discovery Center Outdoor
Classroom that will become a valuable learning center for groups and local
school children for education activities.
C & D Landfill Project
Commissioners approved a budget amendment to address the
removal of concrete and other large debris from the county’s landfill
property on the Dare County mainland. These particular items could not be
placed in the landfill and were piled separately on the site until appropriate
disposal arrangements were made.
September 17 through 23 Proclaimed Constitution Week
Commissioners approved a request from the Virginia Dare
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution proclaiming September 17
through 23 Constitution Week in Dare County. Citizens are asked to reaffirm the
ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the
freedoms guaranteed through the Constitution of the United States of America.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is
scheduled for Monday, September 19 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 darenc.com/boc.