Town Manager Update June 1, 2020
At the State of North Carolina, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 142, which places a three-week moratorium on residential and commercial evictions, plus it extends the moratorium on utility disconnections and penalties until July 29th. Dare County is continuing to provide information on public health, testing, resources, and related matters at its COVID-19 webpage. The Town of Manteo has its own COVID-19 webpage that focuses on information and updates on local activities and Town operations.
The Town of Manteo’s Board of Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 3rd, and the agenda includes a public hearing on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, which starts on July 1st. As always, members of the public are welcome to join in the Public Hearing or Public Comment segments by calling +1-253-215-8782, +1-301-715-8592, or +1-346-248-7799 and then entering the Meeting ID of 622-572-789.
At 5:30 p.m. on June 8th, there will be an organizational meeting on the proposed Manteo Business Association (MBA). You can 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. We know it may be a little bit messy to have so many people on the conference call, but that will be outweighed by the need to hear from all stakeholders, from business owners to non-profits to attractions. Participants will get a sneak peek at exciting new initiatives in the economic development program designed to help all businesses throughout town along with the jobs they provide to our residents. Please call Town Manager James Ayers or Program Manager Michele Bunce at 473-2133 for more information.
Town Operations are continuing with service delivery by all departments ranging from sanitation to utilities to law enforcement. Access to Town Hall is available for urgent matters, but please call 473-2133 first to see if your item can be handled over the phone, online, or by another method. The same approach holds true for the Manteo Police Department. If you have an emergency, dial 911. Please call 473-2069 for non-emergency assistance weekdays or 473-3444 after hours. You will need to ring the doorbell and use the intercom prior to entry during weekdays. Also, there is a call box for after-hours use located at the police department entrance.
There are a number of Town Projects expected to make progress in the upcoming week (weather permitting), including some sanitary sewer work on Agona Street and the installation of new gateway signs on Highway 64 and near the entrance to Pirate’s Cove. Landscaping work will continue in different parts of town as well, including several park areas that serve the community.
We have received the new Town of Manteo License Plates and Car Decals. The black and white car decal is oval in shape with MTO in bold letters. The license plate, on the other hand, is a full-color representation of iconic images such as the lighthouse and boating. These items are intended to promote community pride, and we are hopeful that they will be well-received here in town. If you’d like to pick one up, just ring the doorbell at Town Hall and we will deliver a license plate or decal (or both) right to you!