Editorial: Parking Deck, Utility Rate Hike and Website Problems

By / Editorials / الأربعاء, 02 آذار/مارس 2016 00:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

Parking Deck:
The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider a proposal to hire a firm (see report on page 1A) to conduct a parking study of the downtown Central Business District and other major thoroughfares throughout Town at their March 8th, meeting.
This includes the potential for a public private partnership with a developer to build a mixed-use retail, condo and parking deck structure on the Canal Drive parking lot. The topic of building a parking deck on that property isn't new. It came up in 2004 and later during meetings to author a Master Plan for the downtown area.
Parking in the downtown area is limited at times during the busy summer months because people like to park all day and go to the beach. That leaves on-street parking primarily for local businesses that have no parking on their properties.
The Town Manager is recommending the Council allocate $60,000 to hire DramTree Collective to perform the study and hold various public meetings.
This will obviously become a hot topic over the next 12 months. I encourage people to attend the March 8th, meeting to hear the proposal and whether or not the Council approves funding it. There's a portion of the meeting where residents can sign up to voice their opinions directly to Council.

Utility Rate Hikes:
The Carolina Beach Town Council agreed last week to double water and sewer rates over the next five years. For a family using around 6,000 gallons of water and sewer per month that will equate to paying an estimated additional $1,200 per year.
Also, no more 3,000 per month allocation. You'll be charged for access to the meter and then per 1,000 gallons of water and sewer.
The graph pretty much spells out how a %10 increase per year each for water and sewer will impact customers. There's also a plan to increase the $9 per month storm water fee by at least a $1 per year. Again, you should attend the March 8th, meeting and voice your opinion. The Town says the increases are needed to fund $57.8 million dollars of infrastructure projects to improve our water and sewer systems.

Website Problems:
Unfortunately our site was hacked by someone with nothing better to do than ruin things for no apparent purpose. It went down Monday February 22nd. After moving the site to a new server and rebuilding the database from backups, the site was back up and running February 29th. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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