At the May 8th meeting, CHNS Superintendent Hallac provided the Board of Commissioners with a general overview of the National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group, comprised of Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. He conducted a PowerPoint presentation, which is included with this meeting’s packet materials. (The slides of the PowerPoint can be seen here, individually.)
As part of the overview, he provided updates of a few key items, including: 1) Wright Brothers visitor center renovation; 2) 2017 Wright Brothers events; and, 3) Recent changes regarding off road vehicle access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. His comments included information on airstrips within the park, visitation numbers, budgets, staffing, and operations of the various parks within the Seashore, such as sales off-road driving permits, beach nourishment on Pea Island in the Buxton area, wildlife protection, construction of new accesses to the beach,
Superintendent Hallac also announced that Wright Brothers will again be the site of the celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight on December 17, 2017. He invited the Town to partner with the event. A set of slides displayed the visitor center at Wright Brothers when it first opened in 1960. The visitor center, which is a national historic site, is under renovation which will include a full rehabilitation of the displays, plumbing, exhibits, etc. It will cost about $7 million to complete the project, which is not scheduled to be finished until August 2018.
He also reported on wildlife protection buffers and corridors that have been implemented within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which are aimed to protect piping plovers, oystercatchers, terns and sea turtles.
At the conclusion of his presentation, Superintendent Hallac thanked the Board of Commissioners for this opportunity to speak to them and the citizens of Kill Devil Hills. Likewise, the Board thanked Mr. Hallac for attending this meeting.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with NCGS 159-12, on Monday, June 12, 2017 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 2017/2018. The Recommended Budget was presented to the Board of Commissioners on Monday, May 8, 2017. Significant elements of the Recommended Budget include, but are not limited to:
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.
Posted this 15th day of May 2017.
Mary E. Quidley