Dare commissioners approve development in Salvo, funding for Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Published 6:18 am Thursday, June 16, 2022

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On June 6, 2022, the Dare County Board of Commissioners approved a special use permit for a group development on Sand Street in Salvo.

The development calls for three duplexes. Two structures will contain two-bedroom units and one structure will have three-bedroom units. The development is intended for employee housing. A residential sprinkler system and driveway permits for all three buildings are required.

The group housing permit is issued to Red Shed LLC. The parcel is 20,100 square feet and meets the required minimum lot size.

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Two existing duplex structures will be removed. A neighbor, Taylor Jones from Salvo Inn Motel, questioned the removal. The current structures house four people on long-term rentals.

County manager Bobby Outten responded that the owner is doing something that is allowed.

For the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras village, the commissioners allocated $250,000 and consented to the Dare County Tourism Board’s grant of another $250,000.

The state’s General Assembly provided $4.2 million and the $500,000 from Dare County shows local support. The funding will be used to build the permanent exhibit in the museum.

The county’s contribution comes from the unassigned fund balance which is over $3 million.

One possible scenario for the permanent exhibits includes a lifesaving diorama, lifesaving boat, a submarine section, the mounting of the Corolla wreck and nine hands-on interactives. Audio visual components include a live data feed, a NOAA kiosk, a digital map table and eight artifact video players.

In the consent agenda, the board:

– Granted the Avon Property Owners Association a permit to host the July 4th fireworks.

– Adopted polices required under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery and American Rescue Plan in accordance with U.S. Department of Treasury regulations. Dare County has been allocated $7,188,564 from both sources.

– Approved budget amendment for the grant project ordinance of the American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The move adjusts actual interest income and reduces Emergency Management salaries and increases Sheriff’s Office salaries.

– Granted approval to apply for a three-year, no cash match grant for a Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. The grant would total $562,389 with an in-kind match of $187,910. Grantees would be the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and Outer Banks Hotline. The program would involve investigation, officer training, crisis intervention and other items for the Task Force.

– Sponsored a North Carolina Department of Transportation project to upgrade to curb ramps in the communities of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton. Funding comes from Transportation Alternatives Program.

The board made the following appointments:

– Virginia S. Tillett Community Center Advisory Board: reappointed Lynda Hester, Cindy Perry, Reha Otte and Sara L. Hester Smith.

– Wanchese Community Center Board: reappointed Robert L.Walton. Joyce T. Meekins is no longer able to serve. Justin Bateman was appointed to fill the vacancy.

– Library Board – Dare County. Appointed Bea Basnight and Susan Pfaff to fill vacancies.

– Fessenden Center: appointed Wendi Munden to fill the vacant Buxton seat.

– Game and Wildlife Commission: reappointed Timmy Midgett, Mike Johnson and Edward “Bow” Meekins.