11/9/18: DID ROD MCCAUGHEY WIN A SEAT ON THE COUNTY SOIL & WATER BOARD? Town Capital Improvements Committee to Meet Nov. 15

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Did Southern Shores homeowner and SSCA board member Rod McCaughey emerge victorious in his write-in campaign for a seat on the Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors? Inquiring minds want to know.

Answer: We’ll know on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. That’s when the Dare County Board of Elections will canvass the results for all of the local elections held on Nov. 6, according to a DCBOE spokeswoman.

The DCBOE will upload all of the county results on canvassing day to the N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, which will post them on its website.

Mr. McCaughey worked the polls in Southern Shores on Election Tuesday for nine hours, he told The Beacon, an experience that he found both rewarding and educational.

If elected, Mr. McCaughey would succeed one of the three elected members of the five-member nonpartisan Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, whose terms are staggered with those of two supervisors appointed by the county Soil and Water Commission. The supervisors serve for four years. Mr. McCaughey’s term would begin in December. More than 2,000 write-in votes were cast for the two vacancies on the board.

I assume all of you know who won the other county elections and all of the state seats, both judicial and legislative, that were being contested. The Outer Banks Voice, the Outer Banks Sentinel, and other local media have covered all of the results. The State Board of Elections’ canvassing of statewide elections occurs on Nov. 27 at 11 a.m.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLANS

The Town’s Capital Improvement Plan Committee, which is chaired by Mayor Tom Bennett and Town Councilman Jim Conners, will meet Thurs., Nov. 15, at 2 p.m., in the Pitts Center, to discuss ongoing FY 2018-19 projects and to review the list of needed street improvements recommended for this fiscal year.

According to the committee agenda posted on the Town’s website, the seven committeemen also will consider recommending to the Town Council that two large trees along the new East Dogwood Trail sidewalk be removed: one at 63 E. Dogwood Trail and the other at 57 E. Dogwood Trail. Plans for the sidewalk called for no trees greater than 8 inches in diameter to be removed; hence, the need for approval from the Council.

The committee also will address possible needed improvements that “have emerged for discussion,” according to the agenda, including action on South Dogwood Trail.

You will find the committee’s agenda here:

https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/CIP-Committee-Agenda-for-Public-Notice-11-15-18.pdf.

The CIP committee meeting is public, of course, but no time is set aside for public comment. Typically, members of the public have the opportunity to speak at the conclusion of the meeting, if they wish.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 11/9/18

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