A large crowd of family and friends attended the Duck City Council meeting on August 4, where Police Chief Jeff Ackerman introduced Nathan Mauffray and Kelly Hill as the two new officers to the police department by Duck.
According to Ackerman, Mauffray is originally from Colombia and graduated from Beaufort Community College 2010. He comes to Duck with 11 years of previous service as an assistant in Tyrrell, Washington and Dare counties.
Ackerman then explained that Hill, who has worked with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office for the past six years, grew up in Maryland and received a science degree from Eastern Connecticut State University.
As day-to-day business for the evening, council authorized City Manager Drew Havens to sign an installment purchase contract for five police vehicles and associated portable radios for police and fire departments.
Havens explained that three vehicles are replacement vehicles and two are new patrol vehicles for two new positions, with funding to be provided through an installment purchase contract amortized over a three-year period. All are included in the 2021-22 fiscal year budget.
According to Havens, of the five lender responses received, Bank Funding, LLC, a loan broker, submitted the cheapest proposal of 1.13%, with the loan to be placed with a lender before closing. PNC bank was the second lowest with a rate of 1.22%.
Havens added that while using bank financing would save money over a three-year loan period, he recommended using PNC as little is known about the former. Additionally, the RFP stated that Duck was looking for a direct lender, not a third party broker who works with multiple banks.
The council then entered into a lengthy discussion on a request to appoint a member of the city council to serve as a liaison with a group that has no official members, no formal meetings and no dues.
City documents indicate that Ron Blunck, president of the Carolina Dunes Association, founded the Duck HOA Forum in 2020 to facilitate communications between all HOAs and / or subdivisions in the city. After city council members recently met via Zoom with members of Duck HOA, the HOA called for a more formal line of communication between the forum and city council by having a council member serve as a liaison. with the forum.
Although Rob Mooney has said he believes this is an important group and the council should not drag their feet to establish a bond, Mayor Don Kingston said he was concerned it might open the door to all other groups in town to request similar communication. connect. He went on to say that anyone can always contact any board member and that there has always been a response when contacted.
One alternative that gained council support was de Havens who he and a few council members met with the Duck HOA forum and provided advice on communicating with city council.
After the terms of the five members of the board of directors expired on July 1, the board was faced with the task of renewing the former members of the board of directors or selecting a list of new members, including two alternates, for terms of office expiring on July 1, 2023..
In a long process, the board chose Olin Finch, Tom O’Brien, Carol Powell, Ed Sadler and Robert Wetzel as regular members of the FOB, along with alternates David Flowers and John Pucciano.
June 16 mid-month meeting minutes, a resolution revising city staff policies, a $ 19,000 audit contract with Johnson, Mizelle, Straub and Murphy, LLP for an audit for the Fiscal year 2021 and a new legal services contract were also approved as part of the evening’s agenda. with the Hornthal, Riley, Ellis and Maland legal team which includes a monthly fee of $ 2,800 and specific hourly rates for any additional legal services not covered by the down payment.
After public comments criticizing a Dare County court case in July in which an assault charge was dismissed and a deferred prosecution was initiated for a second charge against former chief executive Chris Layton, Chief of Duck Firefighters Donna Black, speaking as a citizen of the town, said it was a tragic event and although she was as disgusted as everyone else, there is always more to any story. She then warned others to know all the facts before judging anyone.
Other items discussed at Wednesday’s meeting included concerns about the volume of traffic in the city, safety at village crosswalks, traffic jams and significant traffic delays, and updates to legislation for emergency proclamations.
Council ended the evening with a closed session to discuss an employee issue.
The next scheduled meeting of the Duck Council is a regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1.
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