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Property transactions on Dare agendas

Dare County commissioners authorized county manager Robert L. Outten to sign a contract to sell a triangular parcel about 3,700 square feet in size. The parcel adjoins the south property line of the under-construction College of The Albemarle campus in Manteo. The authorization was made September 8.

The adjoining landowner, BRIX, LLC, submitted an offer to purchase the parcel for $15,000.

On Monday, Sept. 21, the commissioners will consider another offer for county-owned property.

C. Daniel Burrus has offered $20,000 for 0.66 acre or 28,640 square feet for land adjacent to his property and the county-owned Buxton Harbor.

The purchaser’s appraisal indicates all the land is “usable,” but Dare County has no land access.

Also on the agenda for Sept. 21 is a resolution opposing offshore drilling and seismic testing, an update to the county’s travel policy and presentation of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The Sept. 21 consent agenda has four items, but the one for Sept. 8 had eight. At that time, commissioners unanimously:

– Agreed to a request from Dare County’s Water Department to NCDOT to encroach in the right-of-way of Water Association Road in Frisco to construct 2,400 linear feet of 10-inch water transmission main.

– Charged the county’s tax collector to begin tax collections based on the budgeted valuation of $16,180,264,969 and the gross county and municipal levies of $97,529,453.78. This order covers the 2020 taxes for Dare County and the Towns of Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Southern Shores and Duck.

– Accepted a grant from NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services-Division of Soil & Water Conservation to the Dare Soil & Water Conservation District for $32,700 for the needed repairs of drainage ways resulting from hurricanes and subsequent flooding. This grant will restore approximately 6,000 lineal feet of ditches and canals on Mainland Dare County from damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. No matching funds are required.

– Adopted an amendment to the Department of Health and Human Services capital project ordinance that increases the county’s contingency by $41,465, by which AR Chesson Construction reduced the guaranteed maximum price.

– Accepted $247,694 from NCDOT as part of Round 2 CARES Act program for the county’s Transportation system. The funds can be used for operating expenses such as driver’s salaries and benefits, fuel, cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, vehicle repairs and maintenance and other items.

– Approved a budget amendment for a $7,500 grant from the Outer Banks Hospital Grants Program for a public awareness and education campaign for the Breaking Through Task Force to reduce the stigma related to behavioral health and to improve overall community wellness.

– Approved a budget amendment for $18,000 for a Strategic Planning Framework grant from Trillium Health Resources for the Saving Lives Task Force to raise awareness about sharing medications and to work with community partners to address drug misuse. The funds will cover the costs of community events, trainings, advertisements, website and social media public service announcements.

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