Carolina Beach Working On Marina Freezer Installation

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 04 February 2015 05:00

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach is working on placing a freezer in the parking at the Town's Municipal Marina on Carl Winner Street.
Town Manager Michael Cramer said the Council approved $45,000 at their January 13th, meeting to install the freezer which will be used to store fish remains until the cans are transported by a commercial hauler to be disposed of.
Cramer explained to the Council earlier this week in a weekly update, "As part of our future plans for reducing the municipal waste stream and the impacts on the community we have continued to explore purchasing an industrial outdoor freezer to contain the fish waste associated with the marina area.  We have identified the northwest corner of the Parking Lot behind Ida Thai as a suitable location for this activity and at the January 13th Council Meeting council authorized the use of $45,000 for the project.  We conducted a preconstruction meeting at the site on January 26th and anticipate the project will be completed by April 1st.
Planning for the installation of the freezer began last year in response to complaints of a foul rotten fish odor coming from the Town's Waste Transfer Station adjacent to the Post Office on Bridge Barrier Road behind the Food Lion Shopping Center.
Several years ago the Town was forced to remove their waste transfer station located on property leased from the U.S. Army off Dow Road. The Army said those operations, and others, were not in compliance with the lease which only permitted a wastewater treatment plant and associated uses on that land.
The Town ultimately leased land adjacent to the Post Office and constructed a ramp and concrete pad and structure to hold large garbage containers. Garbage from public trashcans throughout Town, along the beachfront, at Freeman Park and the Town's Marina is hauled to the transfer station by Town employees and ultimately transported to the County landfill by a private waste hauler contracted by the Town.
During the warm summer months the odor from the containers caused area property owners to complain.
The Town Council ultimately decided to again relocate the transfer station to another location they would lease and eventually purchase off Dow Road. The property adjacent to the Post Office will be converted to a materials storage area with employees using a small building as a workshop.
The Town Council also approved relocating Operations Department offices - also displaced due to non-compliance with the U.S. Army Lease - from space leased at the Federal Point Shopping Center to a future warehouse style building with office space to be located behind Town Hall adjacent to the Old Mariner's Village subdivision. Currently the Town is seeking proposals from contractors to construct that project.
The freezer will be located in a fenced in area behind the Thai restaurant in the Town's parking lot on the west side of the Marina.


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