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Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting November 20 Agenda

Dare County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners that conducts public meetings throughout the year on a regularly scheduled basis.

Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Monday of each month at 5 p.m. Occasionally this schedule is adjusted to accommodate holidays and there are a few months each year when only one meeting is conducted.
  • Following are the remaining regularly scheduled meetings for 2017:
   
 

     • November 20 - 5 p.m.
     • December 4 - 9 a.m.
     • December 18 - Cancelled

Each regularly scheduled meeting begins with an opportunity for anyone to make public comments. During this time, you can let your voice be heard by speaking directly to the entire Board of Commissioners for up to five minutes on any topic or item of concern.  In an effort to encourage public participation, the Board accepts public comments from 2 locations - Commissioners Meeting Room in Manteo & Fessenden Center video link in Buxton.

Meetings are held in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.

Click here to view the November 6 Agenda.
Click here to view upcoming and archived meetings.





November classes and activities at the Fessenden Center

The Fessenden Center is a multi-generational facility serving all of Hatteras Island with programs and activities for toddlers, youth, adults, older adults, and families. Located in Buxton, Dare County Parks and Recreation programming and Dare County Adult and Senior Services are both offered through the facility.

The center's staff seeks to provide professionally designed and supervised programs that benefit all ages and interests in areas such as athletics, arts, wellness and general leisure programming. Youth programs include a variety of classes and lessons, as well as team and individual sports, summer camps, and special events. Adult programs are also diverse including shopping trips, movies, luncheons, team sports, fitness classes and speakers covering a variety of topics

The fitness and activity calendar provides a wide range of opportunities to learn, stay fit, and have fun. There is something for everyone at the Fessenden Center. The classes are free for Dare County residents over 55. For residents under 55 or non-residents, they are $3 a class or $15 a month.

Click here for the this month's calendar.

For more information, go to http://www.darenc.com/fessenden or find the center on Facebook.




A Community Conversation on the Dare Public Schools to be held Nov. 16

Take a unique opportunity to learn and talk about public education in Dare County. Meet and hear from the new Superintendent of Dare County Schools. And pose a question to local school officials.

Dare County residents are invited to participate in a unique public forum on the Dare County Public Schools featuring new DCS’ Superintendent, John Farrelly, and hosted by the Outer Banks Sentinel. The event will be held from 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 16 at First Flight High School. It is free and open to the public.

The county’s school system experienced a changing of the guard this past summer when 17-year Superintendent Dr. Sue Burgess retired and was succeeded by John Farrelly, who had been serving as Superintendent of the Edgecombe County Schools. With the help of a national search firm, the Dare County Board of Education selected the schools’ new leader from a large and impressive field of 78 candidates.

This public forum is in keeping with the Superintendent’s stated goal of embarking on a “listening tour” as part of his efforts at community outreach in Dare County.

The format of the event will be divided into three parts:

The first part will feature a presentation by the Superintendent that will provide an overview of how the Dare schools are funded, organized and operate.

The second part will be a panel discussion with the Superintendent, another member of the central administration, a school principal, a teacher and a representative of the Dare Education Foundation. Those panelists will answer questions posed by Outer Banks Sentinel publisher Mark Jurkowitz.

The last segment of the evening will be an interactive experience that will allow members of the audience to direct their questions to the panel members.

This is a unique opportunity for parents, and other interested parties, to hear from and talk with the educators making the important decisions that affect what happens in our classrooms.




Seven coastal reserve sites to hold local advisory committee meetings in November

Local advisory committees for seven coastal reserves will meet in November. The meetings are open to the public.

  • The Buckridge Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, 205 South Ludington St. in Columbia.
  • The Buxton Woods Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Buxton Volunteer Fire Department, 48103 N.C. Highway 12 in Buxton.
  • The Permuda Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at the North Topsail Beach City Hall, 2008 Loggerhead Court in North Topsail Beach.
  • The Zeke’s Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Fort Fisher Recreation Area Education Room, 1000 Loggerhead Road in Kure Beach.
  • The Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Kitty Hawk Town Hall, 101 Veterans Memorial Drive in Kitty Hawk.
  • The Bald Head Woods Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Nov.14 at the Bald Head Island Conservancy Auditorium at 700 Federal Road on Bald Head Island.
  • The Rachel Carson Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the NOAA Beaufort Lab, Administration Building, 101 Pivers Island Road in Beaufort.

The committees consist of citizens and representatives from community organizations, government agencies and non-governmental partner organizations who provide the Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites.

The division will seek applications from citizens and community organizations in January 2018 to fill vacancies on the local advisory committees. Citizens and community organizations serve five-year terms and bring knowledge and experience representing relevant topical areas, based on the needs and uses at each site. These topical areas may include: education, research, commercial use, recreational use, traditional uses such as hunting and fishing, neighboring property owners, citizen at large, volunteer, and non-profit community organization or interest group. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend the fall 2017 meeting for their reserve site of interest to learn more about how the committees operate. Additional information about the local advisory committees is available on the division’s website at: http://www.nccoastalreserve.net/web/crp/local-advisory-committees1.

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protects natural areas for education, research and compatible traditional uses. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 42,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites al




Hatteras Island Angel Gift Program Seeks Sponsors, Donor and Applicants

The coalition that implements the Hatteras Island Angel Gift program is seeking sponsors, donor and applicants for the upcoming holiday season.  The program is provided in collaboration with individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations committed to providing Christmas joy for children on Hatteras Island.  Dare County Department of Health and Human Services works with these organizations to provide referrals, administrative support and identity family needs, as well as to help protect the  privacy of the request.

Most of the giving is from local businesses, organizations and individuals.  In addition to Donation Boxes and Angel requests located in businesses for donors to sponsor, monetary and toy donations are also excepted. Angel Gift volunteers will do shopping after the cutoff date for donations passes, which is on December 4, 2017.

For those families in need of assistance this Christmas, applications for Hatteras Island Angel Gift are available to pick up at the Dare County  Department of Health and Human Services Frisco campus, Hatteras Island United Methodist Church, and local post offices.  Application dates will run from October 4, 2017 - November 3, 2017.

Participants do not need to be a client of the Department of Health & Human Services to receive Angel Gift.  Participants must live on Hatteras Island, and gifts are provided only for child(ren) in the custody of the applicant.  In person interviews will be required to verify information and assess needs once completed applications are submitted.  Children 2-14 years of age eligible for sponsorship.  Other children in the home with eligible children may be included if under 16 years of age and enrolled in school.  For families that have received Angel Gift for three consecutive years, the application will be reviewed by the committee and sponsorship is not guaranteed. 

For questions regarding the program, or to make a donation please contact the program coordinator, Linda Oneal, with Hatteras United Methodist Church at 252.986.2149 or Ashley Jackson at 252.475.9345





Operation Beach Respect Elementary School Art Contest

Participate in the The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association in partnership with Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore invite 3rd through 5th grade students from across North Carolina’s beach communities to submit their best artwork of a clean and healthy beach. This contest is designed to help create and enhance individual awareness and stewardship of the coastal resources of the state of North Carolina.

When: October 9, 2017 to November 15, 2017. All entries must be postmarked by November 15, 2017. Winners will be announced on or before December 15, 2017.

Who: All individual students in grades 3 through 5 in the school systems of Carteret, Dare, and Hyde Counties.

Theme: Respect for our beaches helps keep them clean and healthy. We can all help by showing Respect for Beaches, Respect for Dunes, Respect for Wildlife, Respect for Vegetation, and Respect for Others. What does a clean and healthy beach look like when we help to protect it?  All entries should be designed on an 8 x 11 piece of paper.

Awards: Three awards will be presented to individual students:

  • 1st Place $250.00
  • 2nd Place $150.00
  • 3rd Place $100.00
  • Honorable Mention Awards, Four $25.00

JUDGING: Judging will be conducted by members of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, and staff members of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore.  Decisions of the judges will be final.

All entries become property of NCBBA and may be reproduced for promoting Operation Beach Respect.

Student Information: On the back of each poster submitted by an individual student, the following information should be placed:

  • Student’s name and age
  • School and grade
  • Teacher’s name, address, and phone number

Mail Entries to:

North Carolina Beach Buggy Association
Art Contest
Post Box 189
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959

For more information contact Harry Nash, Past president, chairman art contest, 252-489-901



25th Annual Island-Wide Food Drive is Now in Progress

The 25th Annual Island-wide Food Drive to stock the shelves of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry is now in progress.  Only with your support will this non-denominational, non-profit outreach be able to meet the needs of our community and get through the winter, the period of greatest demand.  Whether you donate unopened non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, dog food, cat food, kitty litter, or money, 100% of all donations goes to assist island residents.  

Here are this year's convenient drop-off locations:

1. Hatteras Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
2. Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish Social Hall in Buxton (24-hr. drop box on porch)
3. Frisco Shopping Center in Frisco (daily 6 am-9 pm)
4. Surf-or-Sound Realty in Avon and Salvo (daily 8:30 am-5:30 am)
5. Midgett Realty in Hatteras in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
6. Hatteras Village Public Library (Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10:30 am-5:30 pm; Wed. 1-7 pm; Sat. 10 am-12:30pm)
7. Outer Beaches Realty in Waves, Avon, and Hatteras (daily 9 am-5 pm)
8. First South Bank in Buxton (Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-5 pm; Fri. 9 am-6 pm)
9. OBX Attitudes in Food Lion Shopping Center, Avon (Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm)

Do you live off-island or don't have time to shop?  Consider making a monetary donation.  No amount is too small, and all are tax deductible.  Checks may be written to United Methodist Men, the group that manages the pantry, and sent to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.

This is the largest food drive of the year and will run through December 31.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact food drive organizer, Linda Browning, at (252) 995-3662.






Ocracoke Preservation Society Events

November 7, 2017 Fall Membership Meeting. Ocracoke Preservation Society will have its 2017 Fall Membership Meeting during which the 2017 Ocracoke Cultural Heritage Award Recipient and 2017 Historic Home Award will be announced.  Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a potluck meal and fellowship as well celebrate this year’s winners. 6 pm at the Ocracoke Community Center. 

December 2, 2017 Ocracoke Preservation Society will sponsor the 2017 Ocracoke Historic District Holiday Home Tour.  Come out and join our Historic Home Tour featuring homes along the British Cemetery Road. Tour several historic homes, learn the unique history of the home and enjoy some holiday spirit!  The Tour is from 3 -5 pm. 
 
December 5, 2017
Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Wassail Party.  Join in the holiday spirit at the Museum for the Wassail Party and 2017 Quilt Raffle Winner announcement. Time: 4-6 pm.
 
January 27, 2018
Ocracoke Preservation Society Silent Art Auction.  Everyone is looking forward to the 2018 Silent Art Auction where numerous talented artists from all across the spectrum have donated a work of art to be auctioned off to help support OPS. The theme is “Ocracoke Through Your Eyes”.  We will begin to post the artwork on our Facebook Page in January where you will have an opportunity to preview and bid on each piece before the night of the auction if you are not able to be here in person. Enjoy hors d’oeurves and beverages while mingling with friends, artists and supporters all while bidding on these unique works of art. Festivities are from 5-7 pm at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

For questions and information please call 252-928-7375 and check keep checking our Facebook page for more information.




Revised October Bingo Schedule At Cape Hatteras Anglers Club

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club in Buxton has revised its Bingo schedule for the month of October.

There will be only one Bingo session in October.  It will be held Wednesday evening October 11 at the Anglers Club.  Bingo sessions originally scheduled for October 4 and October 18 have been cancelled.

Bingo will resume on its regularly scheduled dates in November – November 15 and November 29.  The final Bingo session for 2017 will be held December 13, when all three jackpots will be awarded. 

Doors will open at 6 pm and games will begin at 7 p.m.  Games are all cash prizes.  Soft drinks, snacks, popcorn and candy are available along with free coffee.  Proceeds benefit the Anglers Club scholarship program for local high school seniors and other island non-profit organizations.  The Anglers Club is located on Light Plant Road in Buxton.  Light Plant Road is directly across Highway 12 from Conner’s Supermarket.  The Club is on the left just past the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative property.  Ample parking is available in the club’s parking area along the left side of the building