Council Approves Budget Amendment For Cape Fear Blvd Project

Council Approves Budget Amendment For Cape Fear Blvd Project Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 12 August 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council voted unanimously at their Tuesday August 11th, meeting to approve of budget amendments funding an additional $500,000 to repair failing storm drain lines on Cape Fear Blvd.
According to Town Manager Michael Cramer, "At the July 14, 2015 Regular Council the Town Manager updated Council about the progress of the Phase 1 A Infrastructure Project. During the update it was revealed that the last section of the project from 3rd St to 6th St on Cape Fear Blvd contains storm water infrastructure in desperate need of repair. The cost to improve the infrastructure is estimated at $500,000 and will delay the completion of the project until October 1, 2015."
Cramer explained, "Various options and ideas were discussed and Council requested that the Town Manager a change order for the storm water infrastructure repair and the extension of the project until October 1, 2015. The attached Budget Ordinance Amendment will fund the additional work through a transfer of funds from the Utility Fund Balance and the associated Resolution will allow the town to seek financing to reimburse the Utility Fund."
Council member Sarah Friede said, "The figure we got last time was the range of $300,000 to $500,000. I presume we are going for the upper end of the estimate so that we have enough for the budget."
Cramer said any money left over goes back into the budget.
The Council unanimously approved of the budget amendment and a financing resolution for the $500,000.
The Phase 1A project, financed under an $8 million dollar loan in 2014, served to replace aging water, sewer and storm water lines in commercial and residential areas throughout Town as part of a larger phased long range plan. That included improvements to the streetscape design along both Cape Fear Blvd and Canal Drive in the Boardwalk area.
East of Lake Park Blvd, wider sidewalks were installed to 3rd Street. A multi-use bike and walking path is planned from 3rd Street to Dow Road on Cape Fear.
Last month Cramer explained the storm water issue to Council stating, "The last section of Cape Fear Blvd from 3rd Street to 6th Street was evaluated several years ago and since that time the storm drainage infrastructure in this area has become increasingly distressed.  We have recently identified multiple joint failures, tree root penetration and two sections of collapsed pipe.  The storm water replacement that was included for this section of roadway was limited a few hundred feet of pipe and a couple of catch basins.  Approximately 50 % of the storm water infrastructure will need to be replaced in order to install the proposed multi use path on the Southside of Cape Fear Blvd. If we were to correct all of the storm water problems that
have been identified it will cost between $300,000 and $500,000 to replace.  It will also extend the completion of the project approximately 44 days and the project will not be complete until October 9, 2015.  The costs of these improvements were not included in our installment financing for the project and we would require a budget adjustment from the Utility Fund Fund Balance to complete the work."

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