|Chairman Bob Woodard|
Dillon needs to refresh her memory, or go back and view the video of the April 13th meeting, and then apologize to Woodard and his board.
Actually, the idea of going to Washington was brought forth by commissioner Warren Judge who said (quote) "it's a crazy idea'...but he would be willing to be a part of the delegation.
His suggestion was met with a question from commissioner Jack Shea who asked what the odds were of getting the money. Woodard responded that he thought the odds were "slim", due to the fact that he had talked with Representative Walter Jones only a couple of weeks ago and Jones said there was no "pot of money" available for such a purpose in Washington. Yet, Woodard said he was not opposed to Judge's idea.
Shea then said he thought the chances were slim, followed by commissioner Margarette Umphlett who said she wanted the people to know the board was doing all it can do to help them.
Commissioner Wally Overman then asked Judge who he thought they should contact in Washington and Judge responded by saying Jones, and Senators Burr and Tillis. Overman was also in favor of the idea, but suggested the board make a call to see if there was a "reasonable feeling there were funds available" before making the trip.
Woodard then told his board he would make the calls prior to the next meeting, and if necessary schedule another meeting in order to do what was necessary. He also expressed concerns about meeting the funding deadline set by the Local Government Commission.
Woodard fulfilled his promise and in no way deserved the criticism from Dillon. Perhaps, Dillon should have asked commissioner Judge why he didn't make the trip to Washington, DC and take her and Commissioner Allen Burrus along with him. Burrus, by the way, was absent from the April13th meeting.
In defense of Woodard's comments in Buxton this week, where he said he understood the frustration, he was 100% correct in his assertion that no county board has worked harder for the people of Dare County during the past 18 months than the one holding office. Woodard especially, has worked as hard as any commissioner in recent years to bring unity and positive results to a board that might best be described as "one-legged". Democratic commissioners Burrus and Judge have consistently refused to work with the new leadership, as Republican members did during the years the board was under Democratic control. And Burrus has gotten to the point where he misses as many meetings as he attends. Fortunately, both Burrus and Judge will be leaving the board at the end of the year. Meanwhile, commissioners Shea and Umphlett, for personal reasons, also have not been able to devote their full attention to all board matters before the board in recent months.
If grades were given for service, EyeonDare would have to award commissioners Woodard, Overman and Boswell "A's" for the time they have been in office. Shea and Umphlett have earned a "C", with failing grades going to Burrus and Judge.
Everything considered, the current board of commissioners has done an outstanding job for the people of Dare County during the past 18 months. And, much of the thanks should go to commissioner Bob Woodard. His leadership has been exemplary.