Commissioners dare to take financial action for beach supply and courthouse projects – The Coastland Times
Dare commissioners have made progress in funding beach and courthouse improvement projects for 2022.
The commissioners adopted a first funding resolution and held a required public hearing. A final resolution will be presented on phased funding for projects on September 20.
The authorized loan is $ 13 million for the county’s share of the beach supply projects at Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores ($ 12,315,869) and improvements ($ 325,000) at the County’s Justice Center, which is pledged as collateral for the financing contract. . The current value of the Justice Center is $ 19,196,000.
The estimate for the resupply project was $ 36.6 million. Two of the three bids were less than this amount: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock at $ 34,599,625; Marine Weeks at $ 27,932,500; and Manson Construction at $ 45,945,050.
The commissioners approved a final resolution of $ 3 million, approving the resolution of the 2021A milestone finance agreement to finance the purchase of a property in Kill Devil Hills (Mako’s Beach Grille and Bar) and Manteo (Masonic Lodge).
Seven financing offers have been submitted. First Bank in Kill Devil Hills won the 10-year debt offer with an interest rate of 1.48%.
Dare’s commissioners unanimously passed a resolution approving a memorandum of understanding between the state of North Carolina and local governments regarding the resolution of opioid-related disputes.
The North Carolina County Commissioners Association has formed a task force of five county commissioners, five county directors and five county attorneys. Dare County Director Bobby Outten was part of this task force and worked with the state Department of Justice. The plan contained in the Memorandum is now considered a national model.
Nationally, $ 26 billion is expected to be paid out over 18 years.
In the Opioid Dispute Resolution Overview, North Carolina’s share will be split with:
– “15% to the State (which the General Assembly would have the power to appropriate over a wide range of strategies to fight against the epidemic)
– “80% to local governments, including the 100 counties plus 17 municipalities, distributed among these counties and municipalities via a formula developed by lawyers representing local governments in national disputes
– “An additional 5% in an incentive fund for any county (and any municipality within that county that should receive settlement funds) in which the county itself and each municipality with at least 30,000 inhabitants (based on 2019 population totals) in the county signs the state memorandum of understanding.
The commissioners authorized Outten or a designate to publish calls for tenders using electronic means instead of placing an advertisement in a newspaper with a large circulation.
As explained to the commissioners, the first solicitations for project proposals would appear in a newspaper with a large circulation, but the notice of a relaunch of a project would appear on the county’s website.
The commissioners approved two non-negotiable contracts, with companies serving as intermediaries in the Medicaid transformation program.
The first contract is with One Call for Non-Emergency Ambulance Service. Under this contract, Dare’s emergency medical services will be reimbursed for transporting a Medicaid recipient in non-emergency situations.
The second contract is with WellCare Health Plans, Inc., for actual emergency medical services, which will be reimbursed.
Of the contract with One Call, Outten said, “We’re stuck with it. “
“It’s just the way things are going to go forward,” said vice chairman of the board Wally Overman.
Dare commissioners, as part of the consent program, approved budget changes from the Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division, for three grants:
—A $ 115,000 School Health Liaison Funding Grant that will be used to hire part-time RNs and administrative staff, purchase supplies and pay for travel and staff development and to “improve practices.” working relations between schools and local health authorities, ”said the item on the meeting’s agenda.
—Continued funding of $ 7,000 from the Outer Banks Hospitals Grants Program for a public awareness and education campaign for the Breaking Through task force to reduce behavioral health stigma and improve the general well-being of the community through better access to care, support, improved functioning and the promotion of positive mental health. Funding will be used to produce additional videos for the Champions of Mental Health video series, printing of the adult mental health workbooks and resource guides and promotional materials.
—The County Public Health Division is one of four health departments chosen to work with the local North Carolina Department of Health Accreditation Program to participate in a six-month collaborative design team on the ‘quality improvement. There is an allowance of $ 1,500 for staff participation in two workshops, monthly meetings and testing of quality improvement activities.
A contract with Johnson Controls, Inc., for scheduled services for two gas boilers in the health and human services building was also approved in the consent agenda. The cost for the first year is $ 8,358.
These actions were taken on September 7, 2021. All the commissioners were present. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday September 20 at 5 p.m.
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