YEAR IN REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS
- During 2017, Rob Ross and Jim Tobin became Dare County Commissioners.
A campaign was developed by the Dare County Public Relations Office and the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head to inform residents and visitors about all beach nourishment activity throughout the County. The campaign, known as “More Beach To Love,” featured a website that kept viewers informed about construction activity on a day-to-day basis.
During 2017, the County engaged in talks with the National Park Service regarding the need for beach nourishment in the Village of Avon.
- During 2017, the Board of Commissioners continued its strong stand in support of Dare County Watermen. A resolution was adopted opposing the petition to designate Special Secondary Nursery Areas and House Bill 867, which would have had devastating impacts on the local fishing industry.
The Board conducted a series of four (4) Budget Workshops where important issues were tackled including – expenditures for the EMS Department to meet the increased demand for emergency medical services, funding for the Board of Education, resources for inlet maintenance, 911 Communications and Emergency Management, mandatory retirement supplements, and funding of the salary study and merit pay plan.
The Board supported Vice Chairman Overman in his tireless work with the Saving Lives Task Force in creating a series of Town Hall Meetings for 2017.
- During 2017, the Dare County Board of Commissioners conducted the grand opening of the state of the art facility for the Regional 911 Call Center and Emergency Operations Center.
- Commissioner Shea kept the Board informed about the County’s economic development initiative. The Board approved $25,000 for the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce to implement the first phase of this important program.
At the request of Commissioner Ross, the Board adopted a Dog Tethering Ordinance to assure the humane treatment of animals. The Board also voted in 2017 to update the Dangerous Dog Ordinance to give more flexibility and remedies for dealing with potentially dangerous dogs
- Preliminary flood maps were presented to the Board during 2017 and a letter was sent to the State outlining the County’s concerns with the flood maps.
- During the year, Dare County was awarded a CRS Class 7 designation, which will help property owners earn discounts on flood insurance premiums.
- The Board of Commissioners proposed naming the Pea Island Bridge in honor of Captain Richard Etheridge and approved an expenditure of $2,000 for the administrative fee that is required by NCDOT.
- Early in the year, the Board resolved at its Retreat to continue its efforts to safeguard Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet. This commitment was reaffirmed throughout the year as funds were appropriated for the dredging of both inlets. Additionally, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was prepared and signed for Hatteras Inlet.
Although legislators in Raleigh repealed the plastic bag ban that was in place for Dare County, the Dare County Board of Commissioners took a firm stand against repeal of the ban and joined municipalities in lobbying against this action by the Legislature.
- During 2017, a comprehensive salary study of Dare County employees was presented by the consultants and adopted by the Board of Commissioners.