House approves Dare’s use of state bond for COA buildings

By on June 13, 2018

The Russell Twiford campus in Manteo. (COA)

Wednesday, 9:15 p.m.: After sitting for nearly two weeks, the state House passed the measure by a unanimous vote and sent it to the Senate.

Earlier story from May 31:

A year after Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Kill Devil Hills, cut Dare County from a bill to use money from a statewide bond referendum for new construction at College of The Albemarle, she has introduced amended legislation that lets Dare back in.

The bill passed last year gave only Currituck permission to use ConnectNC Bond funds to build an emergency services program facility for COA.

Under H1035, Dare County would be able to use the money to renovate one building and build two more on the campus across from Chesley Mall.

When voters passed the NC Connect Bond in 2016, the COA board had earmarked $1.5 million of the bond funds for the Dare campus, with Dare County kicking in the remaining $6 million.

Dare County wanted to own the building and manage construction. While the language of the bond indicated the state had to manage the process, the state had worked out a plan where Dare could control the construction phase and own the facility.

However, Boswell opposed the idea and halted the process through a bill she introduced in the General Assembly.

Boswell instead met with Rep. Bob Steinburg, who represents Currituck County, and essentially assigned $1 million to Currituck County, which would use the funds to build a facility to be used by both COA and Currituck County for public safety training and administration.

But Boswell agreed that Currituck County would own the building and manage construction, just as Dare had proposed.

Steinburg has signed on as a co-sponsor of the new legislation.

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scales of balance

Looks like now that she doesn’t have to answer to party power brokers, she can now focus on her constituents.


Guess being voted out of office by your own party tends to refocus one’s thinking… but folks have long memories.