Comments from the public part of every Dare BOC agenda

Published 8:16 am Sunday, December 1, 2019

Every agenda for the Dare County Board of Commissioners includes an item labeled Public Comments.

If it’s a hot topic, lots of people may speak. At some meetings no one comes forward.

At the BOC’s Nov. 18 meeting, Penny Adams came to the podium in the Manteo meeting room.

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Adams is president of the Dare County Association of Educators, an affiliate of the state organization.

She thanked the commissioners for supporting public education and for having a great relationship with the county’s Board of Education.

She asked the commissioners to fund an increase in the teacher supplement, which is provided with local funds to ease higher costs of living in a resort community.

Robert L. Woodard, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, indicated in a phone conversation that the board would discuss the request after the first of the year. The chairman indicated that a first step may be a meeting of Five on Five committee, a unique gathering of Dare school board members and commissioners along with administrative and financial heads from both the school district and the county.

On Dec. 2, the Dare County commissioners gather for regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m., at 954 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Manteo. Public Comment is Item 7.

This is the holiday season and at the top of the Dec. 2 agenda is special music provided by the First Flight High School Choir.

And, as is required at the first meeting in December, an election is held for the chairman and vice chairman of the board.

Public Comment follows the chairman’s remarks and employee recognition.

On the agenda are reports about the Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run and the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. The Public Health Division will present the Community Health Needs Assessment.

The county’s Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2019 will be presented.

The board is asked to concur with the Dare County Tourism Board’s allocation of $851,002 for Tourism Impact Grant Awards and approve a Construction Manager at Risk Contract for the Department of Health and Human Services renovation.

The board will consider adopting the Schedules, Standards and Rules for Real Property Assessment for the 2020 revaluation and scheduling a hearing for a text amendment for Highway 345 zoning district.