Dare moves forward on 2022 beach nourishment

Published 7:28 am Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The 2022 beach nourishment project for Dare’s incorporated towns moved forward at the county’s Board of Commissioners meeting Sept. 20, accompanied by a note of caution.

The board unanimously adopted a letter of intent, capital project ordinance, a resolution approving an installment financing contract and an interlocal agreement with the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.

The letter of intent is issued to Weeks Marine, which submitted the lowest “responsible” bid of $27,932,500 for the projects.

The resolution is about financing the 2021 limited obligation bond in the amount of $13 million to be funded by Regions Capital Advantage, Inc. with Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee.

The packet to the Local Government Commission, which must review and approve the financing, totals $34,988,568.

Finance director David Clawson told the board the project is facing some issues. With a lower than expected bid, Duck and Kitty Hawk could ask for more sand. Duck declined; Kitty Hawk decided yes to more sand. That decision requires reallocation of overall figures.

In order to get funding, Coastal Area Management Act permits are required. One permit is outstanding. In order to get Local Government Commission approval, year-end audits are required from the county and the towns.

Clawson is aiming to submit documents to the Local Government Commission at its October meeting. If that meeting is missed, Clawson warned that the entire process may have to be repeated and the risk of losing the contract with Weeks Marine is a “big risk.”

With the impending beach nourishment projects, Dorothy Hester, Dare County’s public information officer, announced that the More Beach to Love campaign will start up again.

In the consent agenda, the commissioners:

– Renewed for three years a contract with Rave Mobile Safety, the county’s mass notification system service provider. Annual cost for one year is $12,626. The cost under a three-year term is $11,800, saving $2,478 over the three years. Costs are shared with the towns.

– Authorized Capt. Edward Jack Scarborough with Dare County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a $25,000 grant to be used for traffic safety from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

– Approved the final budget amendment for the sale of Dare County Home Health and Hospice Certificate of Need. After expenses, $2,453,570 is reserved for uses to be determined by the Board of Commissioners.

– Agreed that Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie may present Capt. Wallace E. Piland, III, upon his retirement, his service weapon in recognition of his service as provided in the North Carolina General Statutes.

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