Town Lays Out List of Big Projects

Town Lays Out List of Big Projects

Town Lays Out List of Big Projects Featured

By / Local News / Monday, 25 July 2022 17:11

Councilman Mike Hoffer along with town staff created a current list of “Big Projects.” Marina Repair; This one has already started. It consists of repairing the bulkheads on the southern and eastern edges of the marina. 2 years is a long project! And it will include temporary closures of Canal Drive and Carl Winner Drive (but not at the same time), while balancing the repaving of CB Ave North (winter 2022/2023). Cost to taxpayers was $900,000, $2M was awarded from Golden Leaf grant and $1M from the American Recovery Plan Act (FY23). Finish date is projected for June 2024. CB Lake Dredge; This project will remove 5,000 cubic yards of sediment from the east side of the lake and keep it on site. The sediment will be used to build up the shoreline around the lake, adding more useable space while making the lake smaller and deeper. The total depth of the east side of the lake will be about 2'. The project also includes adding another 12" pump which will improve the stormwater removal capacity. The general concept has been determined. The application for the permit to dredge/site-retain was submitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers for approval on 24 June. Turn-around time for USACE approval is 4 month. Then, it goes to bid (~10 business days) , Cost to taxpayers $1.3M from 2016 revenue bonds and $2M from FY22 State budget. This project will hopefully start in December of this year and last 3 to 4 months. Hamlet Bath House, parking area and Ocean Rescue headquarters: Project was held up by a subcontractor for several weeks but is now and cost tax payers zero dollars as the project was $777,000 and paid for with Room Occupancy Tax (ROT). The St Joseph Multi Use Path: Funds approved through 2019 NCDOT grant (80% State / 20% CB). Taxpayer cost $114,510 and $458,043 from a DOT Grant. This project will start in February 2023 and end in May of the same year. Playground at Carolina Beach Lake: This money can be used for a new playground and improvements to our restroom facilities and/or picnic shelter. It is still in the design phase and stems from a $1 million Brandy Meyers Grant costing taxpayers $175,000. Carolina Beach Avenue Paving: Roughly 1 mile. All of Carolina Beach Avenue North. Tied to project is a stormwater retention project (~$400K) and will end Fall 2022. Citywide Street Paving; Roughly 3.2 miles to be paved. The town had a scientific survey done to determine the most needed spots. The results were 100% objective… no special treatment! Of note, the paving includes 3 years of unspent Powell Bill funding. Ocean Blvd Sidewalk; In the very early stages of selecting an engineer. Cost was zero dollars to taxpayers as $485,100 was granted by State Legislature. Freeman Park; The purchase price was $7 million. We put down $3.75 million (saved up from park entrance fees and ROT funds saved up for about 10 years) and borrowed $3.25 million. The 10 year note calls for payments of roughly $366,000 per year. We're seeking a grant from the NC Land & Water Fund to pay the rest. We'll find out this fall if we are approved. No significant plans have been made for improvements or operational changes. Hamlet Avenue Stoplight; Delays in DOT receiving the traffic light poles (~9 months) have pushed project to winter. DOT is paying for this in total. It will include crosswalks parallel to Lake Park on both sides and one crosswalk across Lake Park Blvd on the south side of the intersection. This is funded by the NCDOT at $285,000 and should start in Winter of 2023.  Headworks Expansion (Waste Water Treatment Facility); Estimated project cost of $3.3M, of which Kure Beach would fund ~22% of cost (based on usage). The projected taxpayer cost is unknown and should start in Spring of 2023. Turn Lane on Dow Road to State Park; DOT is paying for project. Contractor will install a left turn lane on the north bound side of Dow Road at the State Park entrance. This will cost taxpayers zero dollars and is projected for this Fall. Bathroom at Mike Chappell Park; The building is completed, but not here yet. (It's a prefab… built offsite and then brought in.) The site work is mostly complete, but won't be until the building is put in place. This was paid for by Room Occupancy Tax at a price tag of $190,000. 

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