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Tateway construction changes approved

In spite of a last minute addition to the March 4 Kitty Hawk Town Council meeting agenda, all the evening’s business was still concluded in near record time.

After the Tateway Emergency Pumping project contractor H & H Land Development ran into unexpected conflicts while installing underground utilities, it was determined that a the proposed piping needed re-routing.

According to town documents, the changes includes lowering existing pipe and routing a new pipe extension under the waterline and cable utilities. Due to the proximity of the pipe to the roadway, shoring will be require to prevent collapse of the roadbed and asphalt. The change will also require well pointing due to the high water table level in the area.

“We’re trying to get Tateway into a position where we can pump it,” explained Mayor Gary Perry. “It’s not only expensive, but every time we turn around there is something new to add to it. But, we need to get it done.”

Prior to voting for the change order approval, Perry confirmed with town manager Andy Stewart that the additional $12,078 is available in the budget.

The original project was approved in January with a budget of $38,187; the additional change order amount increases the project cost to $50,265.

In other business for the evening, a conditional use permit request to allow a gas station as part of a planned commercial development on a 35,000 square foot parcel at 6100 North Croatan Highway was scheduled for an April 1 public hearing. The area was zoned for a PCD in January and gas stations are included as permitted uses in the Beach Commercial, BC-2, district provided they meet specific setback and height requirements.

There is currently an abandoned building on the site and the Planning Board recommended approval at its February meeting.

Also approved as part of the consent agenda were the February 4 council meeting minutes, a budget amendment to record the construction cost reimbursement of $30,000 committed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to the town in the Moore Shore Road Living Shoreline Project, a designation of applicant’s agent resolution required by the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency with regards to Hurricane Michael, approval of the Dare County Government Education Access Channels Committee FY 19-20 budget of $419,961.40 and update to the  agreement and operating procedures to use ECU instead of UNC, a resolution opposing a proposed homeowners insurance rate increase calling the increase unjustified, unfair and unnecessary and asking the North Carolina Department of Insurance to deny the filing, and a $9,570 agreement with Albemarle & Associates for professional design services for connector trails between Sandy Run Park to the existing trail within the Coastal Reserve and Kitty Hawk Park to the Coastal Reserve Trail.

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