Nags Head addresses non-resident access restrictions in Saturday meeting

Published 10:54 am Thursday, March 26, 2020

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On March 21, the Nags Head Board of Commissioners met to discuss what actions the town wanted to take to address COVID-19.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the town’s response to the virus, review recent access restrictions, consider additional restrictions that may be taken by authorities which will impact Nags Head and decide which actions need to be taken by the town in relation to the previous items.

After conducting a public meeting that was live streamed and can be accessed via YouTube/Current TV, the board took the following actions:

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– The board asked town manager Cliff Ogburn to bring a fiscal plan to the scheduled Wednesday meeting (March 25). The plan will be a response to reduced revenues.

– The board asked town attorney John Leidy to prepare an electronic meeting policy.

– The board asked Mayor Ben Cahoon to ask Dare County “if there is a mechanism to allow non-resident property owners, who may have been in the middle of a project when they were barred from entry, and whose property may be in a compromised state, to finish what they were doing.  And to do so without adding excessively to the deputies’ burdens at the checkpoints.”

Cahoon later released a statement addressing the last item: “In response to the third item I have learned, and reported to the board, that the county was already addressing this issue on a case-by-case basis countywide.”

He also noted that the Nags Head board did not vote to allow non-resident owners back into the county.

“I am proud of our board for being proactive to protect our town at this critical and worrisome time,” Cahoon wrote.

With regard to being approached by the Town of Nags Head, Bobby Outten, county manager for Dare, said: “We are applying the policies that were adopted and put in place and trying to follow the rules. Everybody’s trying to do the best they can to do the right thing, and we are too.”



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