Town Manager Says Private Firm Needed For Streets Evaluation

Town Manager Says Private Firm Needed For Streets Evaluation

By / Local News / Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer informed Council Tuesday, January 20th, that a private firm will be required to evaluate the condition of streets throughout Town because Town staff members simply have not had time to complete the job.
In a memo to the Council earlier this week, Cramer explained, "In November, Mayor Pro Tem Pierce requested an update on the Street Evaluation.
At that time I indicated that we would begin evaluating the streets in December and be complete by the end of January. Our plan was to assign one or two employees to evaluate each street and catalog the types of issues. They will mark the location and identify the type, seriousness and size of the problem."
Cramer explained due to the task of moving the Town's Operations Department out of commercial space leased at the Federal Point Shopping Center to land recently purchased by the Town on Bridge Barrier Road and the transition of an employee in that department to the Planning Department, "We have not been able to perform this work" said Cramer.
He explained, "At this point it has become abundantly clear that we will not be able to perform the street evaluation with the staff that we have. Over the next few months we will be ramping up for the tourist season and we will not be able to dedicate the employees to the evaluation. Because of our current workload I have determined that we can’t evaluate the streets in-house and we will need to hire a consultant for this work. It is not unusual for communities our size to need outside expertise to perform these operations, however, I was hopeful that we could do it ourselves so that we could continue to be self sufficient."
Cramer said the Town will advertise a Request for Proposals for a company to evaluate Town streets over the next several months.
He explained, "The RFP will be complete by Friday and on the town website by Monday next week. I anticipate that it will take three to four months for a firm to complete the task."
He explained the cost for such an evaluation can be funded using Powell Bill funds given to the Town by the State to help fund maintenance of public streets.
He explained, "This type of evaluation is an eligible expense for Powell Bill funds and we would be well served by using these funds to more efficiently program our street repair funds. During this time Brian and I will be developing a Request for Proposal that will allow us to go out for bid to get a company to perform the street repairs. Tasks will include; remove the asphalt, tamp down and repair the base stone and resurface the location. Once the evaluation is complete we will prioritize the locations and get estimates for larger projects. At that point we will know a general cost of the patchwork and bring it to council for a priority discussion on how to move forward. I apologize for the continued delay of this project."

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