It’s budget season in Manteo

Published 2:34 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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A time was set aside for budget public comment at the March 1, 2023 Manteo Board of Commissioners meeting.

While no one approached the podium, Bob Keeney had sent in written comments, which were read into the record by town manager Melissa Dickerson.

Keeney’s list includes:

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– Speeding is a significant safety issue and concern of many. He asked that electronic signs be installed and to focus on areas frequented by children.

– Sidewalks are in poor shape.

– Work with Dare County on securing acreage at College of The Albemarle for sports.

– Water and sewer systems are a priority and work to make the systems most efficient and up-to-date. Continue to examine water lines and replace lead pipes.

– If funding is available, the town should take ownership of the old Coast Guard station [at Oregon Inlet] and move it to Manteo.

“I want to thank you for your efforts to find additional medical facilities,” he wrote. He suggested going to Dare County if money is involved since it’s a countywide issue.

Commissioner Tod Clissold raised the issue of the sports fields still at College of The Albemarle. Dickerson responded that that an old master plan for developing the site called for housing where athletic facilities are. “We’ve not seen plans,” she said.

Later in the meeting, Dickerson said the electronic speed signs have arrived and town staff will start deploying them.

Dickerson also announced that the goal for the Board of Commissioners budget workshop is Wednesday afternoon, April 19, 2023 at 2 p.m.