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Dare County Beaches Receive ASBPA Best Restored Beaches Award

The award highlights the value of restored beaches and the crucial role they play in providing wide and beautiful beaches that attract people from around the world. 

Post Date: 05/21/2018 3:28 p.m.

Dare County beaches in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills have been named as Best Restored Beaches for 2018 by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). The award highlights the value of restored beaches and the crucial role they play in providing wide and beautiful beaches that attract people from around the world. Visitors to Dare County spend more than $1.1 billion annually, supporting over 13,100 local jobs and generating more than $102 million in state and local tax revenue.

According to Bob Woodard, Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, “Dare County is committed to preserving our beaches. They are the engine that drives our tourism economy and they require ongoing attention. That is why Dare County and its municipalities have stepped up to the plate and committed local resources to fund beach nourishment projects due to the lack of federal funding.”

Dare County and its municipalities have invested resources in beach nourishment, a process by which sand that is lost through erosion is replaced to create a wider beach that reduces storm damage by dissipating wave energy to provide protection from storm surges and unusually high tides.

Dare County’s beach nourishment fund consists of revenue that is generated by a portion of the occupancy tax that is collected on short term rental properties such as hotels and cottages. These local dollars have helped fund beach nourishment projects throughout the county since 2011.

It was one year ago this week that work began on the northern beaches project and over a five month period, almost four million cubic yards of sand was placed along 8.3 miles of beach. This project was done as a collaborative effort including Dare County and the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. By working together, each of the towns was able to achieve their design goals while benefiting from a significant cost and time savings in both the permitting and construction phases of the project.

According to Program Manager Ken Willson of APTIM, “Dare County’s collaborative effort is a model to be considered nationwide by communities trying to increase coastal resilience. This approach enabled considerable cost and time savings. For example, we’ve estimated that by constructing the projects cooperatively, the locals achieved a cost savings of around $5.5 million on mobilization alone.”

Mayors from all four of the project municipalities joined Chairman Woodard in making the announcement about the ASPBA award at Monday evening’s meeting. Chairman Woodard commented, “I think we all agree that in order to remain as sustainable and resilient coastal communities, we must continue to prioritize protection of our beaches as a vital component of our tourism infrastructure.”

Pictured: Mayors from all four of the project municipalities joined Chairman Woodard in making the announcement about the ASPBA award at Monday evening’s meeting. (L to R) Duck Mayor Don Kingston, Kill Devil Hills Mayor Sheila Davies, Chairman Woodard, Project Program Manager Ken Willson of APTIM, Kitty Hawk Mayor Gary Perry and Southern Shores Mayor Tom Bennett.


NOTICE OF MEETING

CANCELLATION

            NOTICE is hereby given that the 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018 regularly scheduled meeting of the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners has been cancelled.  The next regular meeting of the Board is Monday, June 11, 2018 at 5:30 o’clock p.m. and it will be held in the Meeting Room at the Administration Building, 102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Road.

            The public is cordially invited to attend.       

Posted this 18th day of May 2018.

Mary E. Quidley
Town Clerk

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Town Manager's Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Presented to the Board of Commissioners; scheduled for worksession and public hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

ON THE TOWN MANAGER’S RECOMMENDED BUDGET

For Fiscal Year 2018/2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with NCGS 159-12, on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Administration Building, 102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Road, the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive public comment, both written and oral, regarding the Town Manager’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2018/2019. The Recommended Budget was presented to the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Significant elements of the Recommended Budget include, but are not limited to:

The Recommended Budget reflects no change to the current ad valorem Town-wide tax rate of $.3809; the $.33 tax rate applicable to the real property listed within Kill Devil Hills’ Beach Erosion Control and Flood and Hurricane Protection Works Municipal Service District (MSD), charged for the purpose of raising the revenue listed as “Taxes – Municipal Service District” remains. 

Retail water rates are recommended to increase 4% as the Town continues to address operating costs and waterline and system improvements that are associated with the Water System Master Plan.  Tap fees are also proposed to increase based on cost of materials and installation.

Funding in the amount of $775,000 is included in the Street Capital Reserve Fund, and $218,000 in Powell Bill revenues, for street/drainage improvements in the Whispering Pines Subdivision; also part of this project will be waterline improvements.  Discretionary street maintenance and repair funding is continued in the amount of $50,000. 

A 2.1% cost of living adjustment increase is recommended.

An Other Post-Employment Benefits Irrevocable Trust Fund and a Law Enforcement Officers’ Special Separation Allowance Trust Fund will be established with initial funding in the amounts of $200,000 and $25,000, respectively.

Funding in the amount of $50,000 for construction of a dog park in the vicinity of Aviation Park, along Veterans Drive, is recommended.  Installation of overhead lighting of the Skatepark at Aviation Park is also recommended, and funded in the amount of $140,000. 

The Communications Special Revenue Fund is dissolved; a monopole to house communications antennae arrays is proposed for construction at an estimated amount of $300,000.

The Sidewalk Capital Reserve account is recommended for funding at $100,000; discretionary funding in the amount of $30,000 is included for maintenance and repairs on sidewalks and multi-use paths.  Continued funding of $30,000 for capital maintenance at shorelines accesses is recommended.

Tipping fees for an estimated 10,880 tons of garbage at $74.98 per ton, and 1,330 tons of construction and demolition debris at $67.25 per ton.

Fleet investments include: five police vehicles, three pick-up trucks, a tractor/mower, one commercial garbage truck, a roll-off truck, and a grapple attachment.   

Debt service payments for the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year are recommended as follows:

Recommended Lease Payments = $1,344,077

Debt Service – Public Works Complex – Phase II = $450,418

Debt Service – Beach Nourishment = $1,065,159

The following recommendations from the Water System Master Plan are included in the Recommended Budget: construction of a 300,000 gallon replacement for the elevated water tank at 1634 N. Croatan Highway, and demolition of the existing tank which has been in service since 1964.

All citizens of the Town of Kill Devil Hills are invited and encouraged to attend the public hearing and make oral or written comments on the recommended use of funds. A copy of the budget and budget ordinance, in their entirety, are available for public inspection in the Kill Devil Hills Administration Department, 102 Town Hall Drive, and the Kill Devil Hills branch of the Dare County Library, 400 Mustian Street. The Recommended Budget may be viewed on Kill Devil Hills’ website, www.kdhnc.com. Copies of the budget may be purchased for $25.00 in the Kill Devil Hills Tax and Finance Department, 102 Town Hall Drive.

At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board of Commissioners may take action on the Recommended Budget, such action to include approval, disapproval, or tabling the budget for further consideration.

Posted this 26th day of April 2018.
Mary E. Quidley
Town Clerk

Free Mulch at KDH Public Services

The Kill Devil Hills Public Services Department is here to help by offering free mulch at its Recycle Center.  Located at 701 Bermuda Bay Blvd. (off Colington Road), the KDH Recycle Center is open from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Stop by and pick up all the mulch you need.
The Town has developed an informative video that explains how yard debris is recycled into a useful product like mulch for our community: KDH Mulch Program For more information, please call the Public Services Department at 252-480-4080.

Mulch Pile

Water & Wastewater System Development Fees

In July 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted legislation HB 436, which is now part of the 2017 Session Law, to implement system development fees for public water and sewer systems in the state.  This bill requires local governments like Kill Devil Hills that provide water and sewer services to establish a cost-based justification for charging Water System Development Fees (SDF); this terminology will replace items known as “initial hook-up fees” or “impact fees.”  Compliance with HB 436 must be in place by July 1, 2018.  For more information, please visit:

Water & Wastewater System Development Fees

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