Dare commissioners meeting to cover a variety of topics

Published 12:01 pm Sunday, July 16, 2023

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The Dare County Board of Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2023.

The meeting will be held in the commissioners meeting room at 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.

The agenda has 17 individual items along with 15 items in the consent agenda.

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After public comments, the commissioners will hear an update from the Senior Tar Heel Legislature and a N.C. Cooperative Extension Report.
A presentation will be offered on Medicaid expansion.

The Dare County Airport Authority is asking permission to relocate the graves in the Wescott Cemetery to the Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The authority adopted a resolution certifying the need to relocate the graves.

The county’s water department has several matters on the agenda, including one that will increase the water department’s development fee and water connection fee.

The board will consider partially funding a Rodanthe Beach Nourishment Feasibility Study.

U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy wrote a letter dated June 16, 2023, to Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert Woodard regarding the required feasibility study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a beach nourishment project in Rodanthe. The cost of the study is $3 million and the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 requires half the cost to be incurred at the state and local levels.

According to Item 17, “the Dare Board of Education advises they are having difficulty hiring teachers because of the lack of housing. They advise the Dare Educational Foundation can expand Kill Devil Hills teacher housing but are $1 million short in funding.”

The Board of Education is asking if the county has funds available to assist.

The response is “the County has sufficient funds in Fund Balance to move necessary funds. This funding will allow the foundation to construct from 9 – 12 additional units.”

The item presenter is county manager Robert L. Outten.