Nags Head officials review budget adjustments

Published 12:46 pm Monday, November 2, 2020

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In an October 21 mid-month workshop meeting, Nags Head officials reviewed current revenues and discussed making some minor budget adjustments.

According to town documents, it was board consensus to:
– raise lifeguard salaries by $2 per hour.
– increase the weekly Ocean Rescue housing allowance from $25 to $50.
– include Dowdy Park Phase III and a part-time position in the General Fund Budget.
– reinstate the Water Fund with payments from the General Fund.
– use annual Christmas party funds to offer employees with a choice of a turkey or a ham since there will not be a party this year.
– provide funds for a redesign of the Admiral Street Beach Access with temporary signage directing non-emergency vehicles to the Bladen Street Beach Access.

Town clerk Carolyn Morris was also directed to update a 2019 letter from Mayor Ben Cahoon to the Dare County Visitors Bureau on the town’s interest in recovering its investment in the Soundside Event site. The letter encourages a Tourism Board decision on how and when Nags Head will be repaid. Earlier conversations were suspended while the Tourism Board explored development options and then COVID restrictions went into place.

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Other items discussed include an interior painting request for Fire Station #21, a sanitation truck refurbishing, the need for additional easement information prior to taking any Soundside Boardwalk action and offsetting beach plantings costs.

Several other projects, such as beach nourishment, were deemed better discussed in separate workshops. Interim town manager Greg Sparks will provide a budget amendment for the items discussed at an upcoming board meeting.