Canal Drive Flooding Advisory Committee Shares Updates at Town Workshop

Canal Drive Flooding Advisory Committee Shares Updates at Town Workshop

Canal Drive Flooding Advisory Committee Shares Updates at Town Workshop

By / Local News / Friday, 02 July 2021 15:44

The Town of Carolina Beach held their monthly workshop this past Monday starting with staff recognition introducing the town’s new Stormwater System Manager, Brandon Wise and the town’s new Project Manager, Paula Kempton.

The Canal Drive Flooding Advisory Committee followed with a presentation by Chair, Dale Walters, who shared the committee’s updates; “The Canal Drive Flooding Advisory Committee was established by Town Council on February 13, 2018. Since establishment, a traffic control ordinance and flood routing plan has been adopted by Town Council, a three point survey and qualitative assessment of private and public bulkheads between the Town Marina and the marina at the North End has been completed, a State of North Carolina monitored tidal and sea level gauging station has been installed on Myrtle Grove Sound (Sandpiper Lane), and initiating legislative proposals for management of long term solutions for tidal flooding have been forwarded to State Legislative Staff, yet the basic health, welfare, and flood damage to private and public properties at the North End continues unabated. The Town of Carolina Beach Canal Drive Flooding and Vulnerability Assessment Study, (Aptim, 2/2019), identifies nine locations along Canal and Florida that are at the root cause for the majority of tidal flooding at the North End. Tidal flow through these locations is the principal factor behind the continued deterioration of pavement on Canal, Florida, and the connector segments between Canal and CBAN, and those that run between Florida and Virginia. Dewatering constraints that are necessary to physically reconstruct water and sewer systems at the North End are the principal reason the Town has had to abandon its planned renovation of underground services and storm water pumps at the North End. Monthly flooding of the existing gravity sewer at the North End continues to compromise the health and welfare of residents and visitors, as well as impede public access to beach parking, restrooms, North End commercial establishments, and Freeman Park. It is the Committee’s opinion that immediate action is required to address these nine identified flooding locations.”

Walters shared two recommendations to council including the Town Council authorize Staff to develop an engineering RFP to solicit a cost estimate and hard design recommendations for the nine locations identified in the “Vulnerability Assessment Study. Estimated Cost < $100,000. The Committee also recommended that Staff be authorized to develop an RFP for solicitation of legal services to thoroughly examine the Town’s nuisance abatement options and responsibilities, and to identify the legal and legislative hurdles necessary to implement a long term solution to tidal flooding. (Estimated Cost < $30,000).” Walters included that 9 properties were affecting 100 homes.

Mayor and council shared concerns with CAMA and legalities using the town’s nuisance abatement options by forcing property owners to build a bulkhead. Mayor Pierce said, “I don’t like the thought of suing our citizens.” Councilman Barbee shared, “when you start taking action against property owners, what we’ve seen is that it ends up in a long legal fight, which ends up costing us almost every time we do that so I’d much rather see any solution where we resolve.” Council advised the Town Manager to explore ordinances concerning bulkheads and possibly reaching out to the property owners to work on a solution together and possibly finding grants to off set cost to the property owner. The town owns two of the properties that currently do not have a bulkheads and Mayor Pierce stated, “if we are going to expect other people to do it we need to be the example.” Council agreed and advised the Town Manager to come back to council with an update.

A presentation was made to council by Reef Parking who presented “RoverPass” a possible vendor for North End Passes and campsites. The company stated their system makes things more streamline, is extremely user friendly which will generate more money for the town. In the proposal all processing fees would be passed to the customer tagging on an additional $6.75 to any purchase, currently the processing fee is only $3.65. Councilman Garza asked staff why they were exploring other options, Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin answered, “we want to increase efficiencies increase our reporting and be more efficient, to bring in more revenue.” Council raised concerns of annual pass holders versus daily pass holders, those visiting from out of town to only arrive to a park that has reached capacity or closures due to weather and tides. The proposal will be revisited in July.

Council and staff finished with Committee Ordinance and Policy Review implementing new polices and procedures for appointments and the administration of the Town’s volunteer and citizen advisory committees. The updates included purpose, appointments, meeting attendance, resignations, procedures for filling vacancies and appointed positions. administration, membership, establishing a chair, conflict of interests, meetings , voting and quorum, ground rules,  procedures and limitation of powers. A complete list of updates are available at carolinabeach.org

 

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