Nags Head discusses improved trolley catering service to help keep waste under control – Reuters

Director of Public Works Eric Claussen comically discussed the state of the beach road during peak season, then offered a suggestion for keeping the town presentable.

“I arrived here last April and one of the very first things I did was walk up and down the beach road knowing that this is one of the most visible areas in the whole community . April looked pretty good and then, you know, everyone told me to be ready for the start of the tourist season because it’s like a switch that goes on and off. As May approached I was taking these same rides a few times over the weekend looking down the road from the beach and I would liken it to a five year old birthday party – all intact and then suddenly the five-year-olds come and they destroy everything.

Claussen discussed the litter problem in Nags Head, with the inability to bring carts back in time and the general mess resulting from carts lining the streets. “The ultimate goal is to have a presentable beach road when [visitors] arrive on Saturday,” he said.

The city is considering an enhanced roll cart catering service, which means the service provider would drive to properties the day before pickup and drive carts from home to the right-of-way. After the garbage collection, the carts would be brought back in a single file, so, as Claussen said, “there would be some kind of order in what everything looks like”.

About 2,000 homes would be included in the new plan – from S. Virginia Dare Trail to Oregon Inlet. The service would last from May to October. Properties receiving the service would pay for the service through their tax bill. Claussen estimates the fee will be less than $20 per household per month.

Commissioner Mike Siers raised the possibility of sending letters to permanent residents “who don’t mind rolling their carts” to offer an opt-out option, citing those on fixed incomes who may not want to be not pay the extra fee.

Commissioners then approved a site plan by Blue Moon Five, LLC to build a two-story, 8,676-square-foot restaurant at 4329 S. Croatan Highway that can seat one hundred people.

Also during the meeting, Dare County Manager and Attorney Bobby Outten approached the Nags Head Commissioners about a joint venture to replace the Nags Head EMS station.

The county is in the planning phase to replace nine EMS stations. “Nags Head station needs work,” Outten said. From discussions with Nags Head City Manager Andy Garman, Outten said, “Your long-term goal is to replace this station. . . ideally, we would like to do this jointly with you. Where are we going? How do we move this discussion forward? »

Mayor Ben Cahoon responded, “I think it would be appropriate for council to direct the city manager to enter into these discussions knowing that council would like to work cooperatively with the county to determine the terms and timelines for a project. before that works mutually for the county and the city and bring that back to council.