Governor Cooper of North Carolina issued Executive Order 142 last week extending the moratorium on utility disconnections and penalties until July 29th. But don’t worry, this new order doesn’t impact the Manteo Resident Relief Fund designed to help Manteo residents impacted by COVID-19. We will just postpone the application period from June to July so that residents don’t have to apply twice. If you’re interested in one of these water & sewer bill grants (maximum value of $500 per household), just call Town Hall at 473-2133 to get on the list and we will get you an application form at the right time.
For information on public health, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services or NCDHHS has an “information hub” on COVID-19, including a dashboard updated daily with the latest data. It even allows you to check for information by zip code or by county! Speaking of the county, Dare County has its own COVID-19 web page, which includes information on local case counts, community resources, testing opportunities, information for businesses, and more.
Here in the Town of Manteo, the Planning and Zoning Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. on June 9th. The agenda includes a public hearing on the possible lifting of the prohibition against boat lifts as well as the review of potential temporary parking at the future Town Common. The public may access the meeting by calling +1-312-626-6799, +1-929-436-2866, +1-301-715-8592, or +1-346-248-7799 and entering Meeting ID 893-7861-4131. Please feel free to participate in the Public Hearing, the Public Comment period, or both!
There is another meeting this week, and that is the exploratory discussion for the proposed Manteo Business Association that will start at 5:30 p.m. on June 8th. Please join by video or by phone using Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89558677695 or by dialing +1-301-715-8592, +1-312-626-6799, or +1-929-436-2866 and then entering Meeting ID 895-5867-7695. The Town is working hard to promote our local economy, and this proposed business alliance can really help make that business-government relationship work the right way – together. Whether you’re a business owner, a resident, a non-profit, an attraction, or any other stakeholder, please join this important community conversation.
There were quite a few Town Projects completed this past week, including the installation of new “Welcome to Manteo” gateway signs on the highway, water line work at the intersection of Ananias Dare and Highway 64, and sanitary sewer work on Agona Street. Punchlist work on the Shallowbag Bay Boardwalk project was completed, including a ramp extension for improved ADA accessibility at the walkway entrance across from the Maritime Museum. Across the park, the maintenance and painting work was completed on the Weather Tower, and flags are flying high once again!
The Town continues to operate Public Facilities in accordance with guidance from the State and the County. In accordance with State orders, playgrounds and museums remain closed. However, we previously re-opened public restrooms with special disinfection and cleaning procedures in place, and this is helpful as residents and visitors alike have been using them during their open hours from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week. The Downtown Marina is open as well, and boat slips are filling up as we enter the season. If you’re looking for a boat slip rental, even an annual agreement, please call 473-3320 for more information.
Don’t forget to stop by Town Hall at 407 Budleigh Street for one of the new Town of Manteo License Plates and Car Decals. The colorful license plate is proving to be popular since it was first released last week, and the MTO car decals have been seen around town as well. Make sure to get your copy soon so you can display that community pride right on your car or truck!