Town Manager Update July 13, 2020
The Town of Manteo continues to expand its communications program, and the latest initiative is the monthly Manteo Police Department Community Update developed by MPD Officer Ashley Currie. This one-page report is done in a police blotter format, and it provides easy-to-understand information on topics including arrests, cases and statistics, community policing activities, professional development, and more. Check out the Manteo Police Department Facebook Page for more information.
Activities on various Town Projects have continued to make progress. The State Local Government Commission met this past week and approved the State Revolving Fund loan for the Shallowbag Bay Sewer Pump Station that serves a significant portion of the town. The funding package for this $1.1+ million project includes $500K in loan forgiveness or grant coupled with a 0% interest loan for $600K+ amortized over 20 years. In addition, engineering and related work on Phase 1 of the Town Common project has been underway for a month or so, and the new Advisory Task Force will be meeting with the Engineer and Landscape Architect this week as we work to ensure a smooth transition from conceptual planning to design and construction. The Town is also preparing to procure engineering services for other projects, including the design of the Phase V Stormwater Drainage Project to improve the drainage system in critical areas west of Highway 64.
The next meeting of the Town’s Board of Commissioners will be held on July 15th at 5:00 p.m. The first two items on the agenda include the renewal of the fire service contract with the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department followed by a resolution related to the CAMA Access Grant. Also, there will be a presentation prepared by community members on the Marshes Light Boardwalk and Park. As usual, there will be an opportunity for public comment, so please feel free to participate by calling +1-253-215-8782, +1-301-715-8592, or +1-346-248-7799 and then entering Meeting ID of 622-572-789. Click here for the full agenda and supporting materials.
Key issues are expected to be addressed by the State of North Carolina during the upcoming week, including word on the economic re-opening plan and feedback on schools. Governor Cooper previously extended Phase 2 of his three-phase re-opening plan until July 17th per Executive Order 147, and we expect to hear whether or not the State can move to Phase 3, which would mean less restrictions for residents and businesses. The North Carolina General Assembly failed this past week to override the Governor’s vetoes of various bills for re-opening businesses and related matters. The Governor is also expected to provide guidance to school districts on re-opening plans for the fall term, with a range of options on the table including, but not limited to, in-person instruction, staggered schedules, remote or virtual learning, and various hybrid remote/in-person approaches. After guidance is received from the State, the dedicated professionals at Dare County Schools will be the best source of information on the local plan for the upcoming school year.