Dare and Manteo officials to meet on affordable housing

Published 11:37 am Monday, February 7, 2022

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Elected officials from Manteo and Dare County will talk with each other about affordable housing Feb. 7 after the Dare commissioners’ regularly scheduled meeting.

At the Feb. 2 Manteo Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor Bobby Owens told his board of a phone call from Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert L. Woodard asking for a small group from the Manteo board to discuss affordable housing.

Manteo commissioners attending include Jason Borland and Ruth Stetson as well as Owens. Dare members are Woodard, Vice Chairman Wally Overman and commissioner Rob Ross.

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Robert L. Outten, county manager, and Melissa Dickerson, interim Manteo manager, will also attend.

In business matters, the Manteo board accepted the bid from A.R. Chesson, the only bidder for two rounds, to build Phase II of the Town Common. The board accepted the base bid together with alternative for metal roofing for a total of $432,690. The board rejected adding non-functional dormers.

The board adopted an amendment to its Code of Ordinances about meeting attendance for appointed boards. The amendment now states that three missed meetings in a calendar year are grounds for removal from an appointed board.

Commissioner Sherry Wickstrom called the previous rule “cumbersome to follow.”

“I’m really proud of this board,” said Owens. At the beginning of comments, Owens asked Dickerson to list the major projects the town has going on. Dickerson listed the Shallowbag Bay Sewer Pump station, the Davis Lot improvements, the Town Common project and the Westside storm water project.

Stetson asked for a minimum building code to address housing that seems unfit: “It’s painful to see.”

Mayor Pro Tem Betty Shelby reminded the board that two positions needed to be filled. An item about process will be on the agenda for the next meeting, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.