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Manteo commissioners updated on town project

Manteo commissioners heard two presentations at their December 2 meeting and set a public hearing. Shane Baum gave a presentation on the Dare County Toy Run followed by a presentation by town manager James Ayers on an update of the Shallowbag Bay Pump Station.

Baum recognized the Manteo Police Department for their help with the annual toy run and told commissioners the charity will help 1,000 kids with Christmas gifts this year. Baum said the Christmas event has grown substantially since it was started five years ago.

Ayers briefed the board on the Shallowbag Bay Pump Station project. The town manager said the $1,128,793 project to replace the aging 1940s era pump station is expected to be completed by April 2022. He said the design of the pump station on Queen Elizabeth Ave. would preserve the waterfront views and protect existing trees. The mechanism will be housed beneath a boat shed structure that mimics others in town. He said the majority of the project would be state funded.

Commissioners’ one action item was to set a public hearing of a zoning text amendment application to amend Article 8 of the Town of Manteo zoning ordinance to include walk-up ATMs as a conditional use permit. The required public hearing was set for the board’s Wednesday, December 16 meeting. The town’s Planning and Zoning Board has recommended against the zoning text change.

The remainder of the meeting was conducted in closed session to consult with the town attorney over a matter to protect the attorney client privilege.

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