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Dare commissioners approve new salaries, tourism grants

Printed 9:24 am Saturday, November 12, 2022

Dare County Board of Commissioners adopted compensation and classification suggestions for workers as offered by Evergreen Options, LLC in a particular assembly Oct. 27, 2022.

New salaries will start Jan. 1, 2023.

The commissioners licensed transferring $562,242 to cowl extra wage expense within the common fund for the present fiscal 12 months.

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The transfer commits the board to $2,323,078 for subsequent fiscal 12 months and going ahead, mentioned Robert L. Outten, county supervisor.

Staff of six extra funds are additionally included within the wage and classification strikes. These funds are C&D landfill, sanitation, water, insurance coverage, fleet upkeep and Dare County Airport Authority.

Included within the Evergreen Options suggestions is a transfer to 21 grades, a discount from the present 34 grades.

How the plan shall be rolled out to staff is forthcoming. In 2021, Dare County reported 761 staff and was the biggest employer within the county.

The commissioners granted consent for the Dare County Tourism Board to spend $908,595 from the Tourism Board’s Restricted Fund.

Eight tasks are funded within the 2022 spherical of Tourism Impression Grants. 5 tasks partially fund pathways:

– Frisco-Buxton pathway, $200,000 for match of attainable federal grant.

– Duck: Ocean Crest Bicycle and Pedestrian Enhancements, $78,000 of $110,128.68 wanted.

– Kill Satan Hills: Sidewalk in entrance of Wright Brothers Memorial connecting current sidewalk segments alongside U.S. 158 from the northern to southern finish of the city, $177,000 of $424,980 wanted.

– Outer Banks Endlessly for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pathway: assemble a paved path from lighthouse entrance to lighthouse, $132,000 of $2,080,583 wanted. Funding already secured totals $1,375,000.

–City of Southern Shores: strolling path from Ocean Blvd. to current path at East Dogwood Path, $150,000 of $328,415 wanted.

Three different tasks that can go ahead with funding from the Tourism Board embody:

– Southern Shores Civic Affiliation for handicapped entry ramp at walkover 96A Ocean Blvd. to seashore, $25,000 of $37,235 wanted.

– Nags Head: assemble Whalebone Park universally accessible restrooms near ADA parking, $112,000 of $150,000 wanted.

– Outer Banks Endlessly: rebuild historic Climate Bureau sign tower, $34,595 of $37,095 wanted.

Stated Commissioner Danny Sofa, “these TIG grants work.” He known as the present grant lineup “a strong combine. Everyone wins.”